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Narwhals and a Microphone Named Blue: Talking with Susan Maguire about Booklist’s New Podcast SHELF CARE

Narwhals and a Microphone Named Blue: Talking with Susan Maguire about Booklist’s New Podcast SHELF CARE

Today, Booklist celebrates the launch of its first-ever original podcast, Shelf Care. The brainchild of Susan Maguire, Senior Editor, Collection Management and Library Outreach, Shelf Care seeks to unite listeners with rock-star librarians, the publishing world’s latest trends, and need-to-know reading recommendations from the editors at Booklist. I recently sat down with Susan, met her microphone (it’s […]

Title Trend: The Nouns of Full Names (YA Edition)
By February 13, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Title Trend: The Nouns of Full Names (YA Edition)

From The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, authors have used “the noun of full name” titling method to effectively pitch their stories to readers, giving them the who and the what right off the bat. Due to the sheer volume of examples I’ve found (literally hundreds), I’ll be breaking up this title […]

Cover Trend Alert: Long Road, Dusky Clouds

Cover Trend Alert: Long Road, Dusky Clouds

Hey! Get your head out of the figurative clouds and into the literal clouds adorning the covers of these exciting upcoming releases. Brought to our attention by Allison Carter at Harper Collins/Thomas Nelson—thank you, Allison!—these covers imbue rustic roads and dreamy golden tones with a dash of nostalgic wonder. With 70% of the books on this […]

The Butler Did It: Gary D. Schmidt’s New Middle-Grade Novel

The Butler Did It: Gary D. Schmidt’s New Middle-Grade Novel

Cindy: Doesn’t everyone need a butler to appear on their doorstep to help restore order and routine to their household? He might not have the supernatural talents of Mary Poppins, but the butler in Gary D. Schmidt’s new book, Pay Attention, Carter Jones (2019), works his own kind of magic. The butler, Mr. Bowles-Fitzpatrick, was […]

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Health & Wellness

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Health & Wellness

Happy Lunar New Year and happy new Booklist day! The latest issue is our Spotlight on Health & Wellness with a new top 10 of adult nonfiction covering medical science, self improvement, and global health issues. Sarah Hunter collects read-alikes of relevant sex-positive nonfiction for youth. Donna Seaman offers a core collection focusing on various forms of addiction—make […]

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Books That Would Survive the BIRD BOX Challenge
By February 4, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Books That Would Survive the BIRD BOX Challenge

As I was reading about the recently announced 2019 Edgar Award nominees, the blindfolded girl on the cover of Debra Jo Immergut’s debut The Captives immediately brought to mind Josh Malerman’s Bird Box and the recent Netflix adaptation that has sparked all manner of impressions and challenges (don’t Bird Box and drive, people!). I wondered: Is Immergut’s the only […]

What Are YOUR Favorite Winter Novels?
By January 30, 2019 4 Comments Read More →

What Are YOUR Favorite Winter Novels?

With Chicago experiencing genuinely arctic weather (and the Arctic warmer than usual), most sensible citizens are waiting it out indoors. ALA’s offices are closed through tomorrow, and Booklist employees who have made it home from the Midwinter Meeting in Seattle are hunkered down at home. What to do with an unexpected reading day? Well, personally, […]

2019 ALA Youth Media Awards

2019 ALA Youth Media Awards

Early Monday morning at the Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, the American Library Association announced the 2019 Youth Media Awards to a cheering crowd. Following is the complete list of this year’s winning and honor titles, linked to their Booklist reviews when available.   JOHN NEWBERY MEDAL  Merci Suárez Changes Gears, by Meg Medina (Candlewick)   Newbery Honor Books The Night Diary, […]

Title Trend: The Books at the End of the World
By January 25, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Title Trend: The Books at the End of the World

For some, the “end of the world” is a faraway place to wonder about or even travel to. For others, it’s an event (usually not a pretty one, maybe with locusts and crying). As we ponder what exactly awaits us at the end of the world, let’s explore the ideas offered us by some books already […]

Nine Read-Alikes for HEARTLAND, a Memoir by Sarah Smarsh
By January 23, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Nine Read-Alikes for HEARTLAND, a Memoir by Sarah Smarsh

As a journalist, Sarah Smarsh, a “fifth-generation Kansas farm kid,” has reported on class, rural America, and economic inequality. In her memoir, Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, the first nonfiction SJP pick, Smarsh recalls her 1980s Midwestern upbringing and relays the stories of the family who […]

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