- Allison at Reading Everywhere lists five ways libraries can be like Nordstrom when it comes to customer service. Such an important part of working with the public!
- The nominees for the 2011 Nebula Awards, including the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book have been announced: Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson; Chime by Franny Billingsley; The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson; The Boy at the End of the World by Greg van Eekhout; Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King; Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor; The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman; Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
- Want to know what books to look forward to this fall? Publisher’s Weekly has the rundown from dozens of publishers and imprints in their Fall 2012 Sneak Preview.
- More book awards! The Los Angeles Times Book Prize for young adult literature nominees are: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray; The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman; A Monster Calls: Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd by Patrick Ness; Life: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet; The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
- VOYA awarded 24 books perfect 10s in 2011, that is, books that were rated highest in both quality and popularity.
- It’s been a big week for children’s and YA literature with the announcement of the ALA Youth Media Awards! Also check out the YALSA selection lists including Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults, Best Fiction for Young Adults, Fabulous Films for Young Adults, Great Graphic Novels for Teens, Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, and Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.
- Speaking of awards, Kelly at Stacked wrote a fantastic post about the importance of nominating books you love for the ALA awards and lists that accept field nominations.
- Andrea compiled a great list of online resources for librarians and others who work with teens for the February issue of VOYA.
- Library Day in the Life Round 8 is coming up this week! Learn more about participating to share what it’s like working in your library.
- For a bit of kidlit fun, check out Stephen Colbert’s two-part interview with Maurice Sendak!
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai has won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.
The Boston Globe takes a look at the burgeoning young adult book market.
YALSA launched a redesign of its website this week.
I love this digital signboard showing live library statistics from the Darien Library in Connecticut.
The Pew Internet and American Life Project released a report on Teens, Kindness and Cruelty on Social Network Sites based on surveys conducted earlier this year.
Forever YA posts about library YAngelism — getting adults to read teen titles. Includes some great pictures of displays!
I love this new Research Roundup from the YALSA blog — a monthly feature highlighting academic research articles related to libraries and young adults.
What else has been getting buzz this week?
The finalists for the 2011 National Book Award were announced, including six title in the young people’s literature category:
- Chime by Franny Billingsley
- My Name Is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson
- Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
- Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy by Albert Marrin
- Shine by Lauren Myracle
- Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
Another day, another piece about how dark children’s and young adult literature have become — this time, The New York Times.
Love the insight from Someday My Printz Will Come about finding the best books to read for award committees.
A writer at Salon thinks teens should be encouraged to read adult fiction to expose them to life’s realities — as if YA fiction does not or can not do the same.
Nominations are open for the Cybils Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards until Oct. 15. Any books published in English since last October are eligible.
Publisher’s Weekly takes a look at the current YA market from the industry perspective.
The trailer is out for the film Young Adult starring Charlize Theron as a young adult author who returns to her hometown in an attempt to fix her life.
For even more on the Printz, you can sign up for Secrets of the Seal: The Michael L. Printz Award, month-long online class from YALSA.
National Gaming Day is coming up on November 12! Sign your library up to join in the fun, get free games, and participate in nationwide video game tournaments.
Anne of So Tomorrow wrote an epic post about collection development in youth services. It’s the first in a series, so look out for more!
Reports from KidLitCon are rolling in. For a look into what happened at the annual conference for children’s and YA blogging, check out posts from: A Chair, A Fireplace, and a Tea Cozy, Reading Everywhere, Spine Label, I’m Here. I’m Queer. What the Hell do I read?, and Stacked.
Have you seen the 30 Days of How-To series at the YALSA Blog? Lots of great tips and more to come!
Love this booktalk done in Animoto from Naomi Bates of YA Books and More!
The Atlantic examines Power of Six by Pittacus Lore and other books with soundtracks.
Abby (the) Librarian posted a handout about using blogs for collection development from her presentation at the Illinois Library Federation Children’s & Young People’s Division conference.
The A.V. Club takes a trip down memory lane by revisiting the Sweet Valley High Series.
Love Forever YA’s gushing review of Center Stage, truly the best movie about teen ballet dancers ever made.
A report from the field by Detroit teen librarian Steve Teeri on the Letters to a Young Librarian blog.
Jonathan Hunt picks his Printz frontrunners at School Library Journal.
The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced its 2011 book of the year winners.
Sarah from YA Librarian Tales posted a Day in the Life of a Youth Librarian.
This is from last week, but MTV has a first look from the forthcoming movie, Young Adult, starring Charlize Theron as a YA author. The article also includes reactions from real-life authors!
Voting’s open for this year’s Teens’ Top Ten! Get your teens to vote for their favorites from the 25 nominees.
Author Kate Hart is back with another cover analysis — just how girly are YA books?
Wall Street Journal takes a look at major publishers’ search for the next big hit in book publishing, focusing on the forthcoming Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
Check out the summer issue of The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults, including an article on LGBTQ issues in professional journals and research posters from ALA Annual.