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The Shelf Care Interview: Kim Johnson and Alex Aster
By September 14, 2020 0 Comments Read More →

The Shelf Care Interview: Kim Johnson and Alex Aster

Welcome to the Shelf Care Interview, an occasional conversation series where Booklist talks to book people. This Shelf Care Interview is sponsored by Random House Children’s Books and Sourcebooks. We have a special installment today in honor of our yearlong Women in Focus celebration. In addition to this podcast, be sure to check out our […]

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Virtual Shout ‘n Share Showdown: Titles to Watch

Virtual Shout ‘n Share Showdown: Titles to Watch

Booklist Adult Books editor Donna Seaman just wrapped up this year’s Shout ‘n Share webinar, the virtual equivalent of the beloved Book Expo program starring library staff from across the country—and the forthcoming titles they’re most excited about. This year we had the pleasure of hearing from Robin Bradford, collection development librarian for the Pierce […]

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Talking with January LaVoy

Talking with January LaVoy

With the recent publication of The King of Crows (Listening Library), January LaVoy completes over 80 hours of narration in Libba Bray’s Diviners series. In addition to this feat, LaVoy is the recognizable voice of many nonfiction audios featuring stories of strong Black women, an always satisfying narrator of genre fiction who is notable for […]

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Celebrating 20 Years of the Michael L. Printz Award

Celebrating 20 Years of the Michael L. Printz Award

Twenty years ago, Walter Dean Myers’s Monster won the first-ever Michael L. Printz Award. Three runners-up, David Almond’s Skellig, Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak, and Ellen Wittlinger’s Hard Love, were dubbed Honor Books. Since then, the Printz Awards, which recognize the “best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit”—and are sponsored by Booklist […]

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And Since We’ve No Place to Go: Three YA Reads for after LET IT SNOW
By December 20, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

And Since We’ve No Place to Go: Three YA Reads for after LET IT SNOW

Grab your corn for popping and get those lights turned down low—though not so low you can’t read. Christmas is less than a week away, which means we’re in prime holiday movie territory. Hopefully you’ve seen Netflix’s adaption of the YA collection Let It Snow. If not, I’ll wait. If you’re looking for something to […]

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If I Could Turn Back Time: 15 Novels to Read in Standard Time

If I Could Turn Back Time: 15 Novels to Read in Standard Time

This weekend saw the passing of daylight saving time back into standard time, giving many of us a coveted extra hour of sleep. And sure, in Chicago at least, that means we may also never see the sun again. But if we think about the changing of the clocks as time travel, it all becomes […]

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Shelf Care, Episode #4: Body Horror, Bruce Springsteen, and Vampire Feelings

Shelf Care, Episode #4: Body Horror, Bruce Springsteen, and Vampire Feelings

Bid farewell to the familiar planes of reality and enter the eerily entertaining realm of the fourth episode of Booklist’s Shelf Care: The Podcast. Here, Susan Maguire, senior editor, collection management and library outreach, speaks with “the library world’s horror maven,” Becky Spratford; Booklist audio editor Heather Booth; and Booklist senior editor Maggie Reagan. For […]

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Trend Alert: Witches

Trend Alert: Witches

I don’t know about you, but I am all here for the twenty-first century reclamation of the witch as a feminist icon. In a 2017 opinion piece for the New York Times, writer Lindy West (Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, 2016) responded to the cries of Hollywood creeps and abusers who were calling the […]

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Let’s Go to the Beach!

Let’s Go to the Beach!

Summer was off to a mild start here in Chicago . . . then last weekend’s heat wave made it very clear the season—and its sweltering 95-degree temps—was upon us. Whether you’re ready to head to the beach, the pool, or just want to dream of being near (ice-cold) water, here are some reads guaranteed […]

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Title Trend: Noun of Noun and Noun

Title Trend: Noun of Noun and Noun

Here’s one I know you know: the “Noun of Noun and Noun” title has been a popular trend—especially in YA fantasy—recently. The construction is so prevalent, in fact, that Twitter seems to regularly invite me to find my own title Mad Libs-style: “Your YA fantasy title is “The [last place you went] of [weather outside] […]

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