October 24, 2016

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Wanted: YA Author In Search of Reluctant Readers | Opinion


Brian Conaghan, the author of When Mr. Dog Bites and The Bombs That Brought Us Together writes about his desire to create books for the kids in the back row—teens very much like the young adult he once was.


Helping the Reluctant Reader

Reluctant Reader

Students in the age of digital screens often face significant reading challenges. A library’s large print collection can be instrumental in helping them change their habits for the better.

Create Buzz Around Reading with a Pop-Up Library


Here’s how a PA high school librarian enticed reluctant library users with a mobile, curated selection of high-interest titles.

When an Ebook is the Best Book


Five reasons why ebooks can be a better choice than print in your school library.

Book Review: Detour by S. A. Bodeen

Publisher’s description: Livvy Flynn is a big deal – she’s a New York Times-bestselling author whose YA fiction has sold all over the world. She’s rich, she’s famous, she’s gorgeous, and she’s full of herself. When she’s invited to an A-list writer’s conference, she decides to accept so she can have some time to herself. […]

Relearning reluctant readers

As a librarian, I’ve always tried to champion the reluctant readers. I’ve strived to provide a wide variety of reading material in my collection development ranges – everything from high interest low level books, to compelling nonfiction, to fiction told by and about diverse voices, to comics, image heavy browsing books, and more. When parents […]

Real World Readers: Attention-Grabbing Titles | Focus On


Loaded with surefire kid appeal, these fiction and nonfiction series are meant to entertain, reinforce skills, and, more importantly, create a lifelong love of reading.

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An Interview with Patrick Jones by guest blogger Jessi Schulte-Honstad

Written by Jessi Schulte-Honstad, Young Adult Services Supervisor for Skokie Public Library, Skokie IL.   In Patrick Jones’ current book series, Locked Out and Support and Defend he looks at the effects of losing a parent to the justice system and military service. Written specifically with reluctant readers in mind, Jones works hard to portray […]

SPONSORED: Who Has 2015 Winners? Macmillan and Griffin Teen


Let loose with the confetti! Macmillan and Griffin Teen are thrilled to share their 2015 young adult award-winners. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan.

Finding a Formula for Independent Reading


In this informational webcast, we’ll explore the latest research and philosophies behind independent reading to unlock some of the mysteries around student engagement and motivation — including things K–12 schools can do to redefine independent results—and you’ll get practical ideas for building an affordable, engaging, and effective independent reading program in your school. Register Now!

SPONSORED: We Love YA Griffin Teen | YALSA Recommendations

Eleanor & Park

The good news just keeps on coming for Griffin Teen in 2014! YALSA recommendations include Eleanor & Park, If You Find Me, and Uses for Boys. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan.

Tough Choices for Tough Boys: New Titles Explore “Manhood” | JLG’s On the Radar


From paperboy routes to dealing with a dad fighting in Afghanistan, these new releases selected by Junior Library Guild editors feature boys who make difficult, life-altering decisions.

Books for Teens You Might Have Missed | YA Underground


Amy Cheney rounds up her “underground” picks, perfect for reluctant readers and teens looking for something a little different. From the latest in the Bluford series to a nonfiction title dealing with addiction, this compilation explores a few of the edgier titles being published this season.

Amazing but True | Nonfiction for Reluctant Readers


Beyond those tried-and-true series entries there are many stand-alone titles with engaging texts and high-quality art to lure reluctant readers into informational texts.

Reaching Those Resistant Readers | Fun, Fast-Paced Fiction


When children and teens are ready to take a leap from those hybrid novels popularized by Jeff Kinney’s “Wimpy Kid” books into titles with a bit more text, where do they go? The books listed here will provide guidance.

Pick of the Day: Mr. Hynde Is Out of His Mind: My Weird School, Book 6 (CD)

Book on CD cover- kid and teacher

Mr. Hynde Is Out of His Mind: My Weird School, Book 6. By Dan Gutman. cassette or CD. 45 min. Recorded Books. 2012. cassette: ISBN 978-1-4498-6426-2, CD: ISBN 978-1-4498-6427-9. $15.75.
Gr 1-3–In the funniest book (HarperCollins, 2005) yet in Dan Gutman’s series, second grade king of hyperbole, A. J., complains that he hates school, dislikes reading, and particularly despises Andrea Young, a geeky brown-noser, and her crybaby sidekick, Emily. Good news arrives when their music teacher, “boring, snoring Mr. Loring,” is […]

How to Win Over a Reluctant Reader