February 18, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Helping the 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.

How Draw a Fox, Jeremy Tankard–Style

Author and illustrator Jeremy Tankard invites readers in for a look at his artistic process.


No Jacket Required: Why the Industry is Talking About Kidproof Material

Every librarian is familiar with the pain of replacing and repairing popular children’s books. With the average children’s book surviving a mere ten circulations—and with an average cost of $1.99 per circulation—one can see how already strained budgets get even tighter.

The problem is twofold: the wear and tear that children exact on books, and the material that publishers use to bind them.

Buckram, a material that’s been widely used for bookbinding since the early 20th century—it was a replacement for leather, which was scarce during the first World War—had inconsistencies. It needed to be more printable.


SPONSORED: Macmillan Library @ ALA Annual 2016 (Booth #2115)

We can’t wait to see you later this week in Orlando! Stop by the Macmillan Adult (Griffin Teen & Flatiron Books YA) booth #2115 and RSVP to all of our events!


SPONSORED: Q&A with Monika Schroeder, Be Light Like a Bird

I often start a book with setting. The ‘seed idea’ for Be Light Like a Bird came to me the first time I saw a landfill. My husband and I had cleaned out the cabin my husband inherited from his father in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. I couldn’t believe it when he drove all the stuff to a landfill nearby, a big hole where people bury unwanted items.


SPONSORED: Join Macmillan Library (Booth # 1958-1959) @ BEA 2016

Join Macmillan Library at BookExpo America in Chicago.


SPONSORED: Macmillan Library @ TxLA 2016 (Booth #1544)

We can’t wait to see you in Houston at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference later this month! Peruse the program, join us in booth #1544 for galley giveaways and at all of the events below!


SPONSORED: Hooray for YA! Macmillan Adult and Griffin Teen Congratulate their Winners

Sponsored: Macmillan Adult and Griffin Teen congratulate their many ALA-YALSA Award Winners, including Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On and Sarah McCarry’s About a Girl.


SPONSORED: Join Macmillan Library (Booth # 1806) @ ALA Midwinter 2016!

SPONSORED: Macmillan Library shares which titles and YA authors ALA Midwinter 2016 attendees have to look forward to at the booth.


SPONSORED: Macmillan’s Adult Books for Teens

SPONSORED: The following adult titles are in-house favorites at Macmillan, and are perfectly appropriate and accessible to teens. Mix it up by giving them a taste of reading choices that they won’t find on the young adult shelves.


SPONSORED: FREE Copies of Flatiron Books’s YA Debuts: “If I Was Your Girl” and “American Girls”

SPONSORED: Macmillan presents two debut novels that will launch its Flatiron Books YA list—Meredith Russo’s If I Was Your Girl and Alison Umminger’s American Girls


SPONSORED: Books for Teens in Twenty-SixTEEN from Griffin Teen and Flatiron YA

Macmillan presents a roundup of its forthcoming 2016 teen titles. In addition to new books from Griffin Teen (including works by David Levithan and Stephanie Perkins), there are also new offerings from Flatiron Books.


SPONSORED: Rainbow Rowell’s Epic Love Story, “Carry On,” Is Finally Here

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story— but far, far more monsters.


SPONSORED: Free Advance Reader’s Copies for All*

Librarians can request complimentary copies of SANCTUARY BAY, IN REAL LIFE, and FIRSTS—three Winter 2016 Griffin Teen titles about fitting in, falling in love, and finding out who you really are.

Dover’s Thrifty Classics | Behind the Books

A look at the history and mission behind Dover Publications’ Thrift Editions imprint.


SPONSORED: Stars for Kat Spears’s “Breakaway”!

St. Martin’s Griffin presents advance readers e-galleys of librarian Kat Spears’s sophomore novel, Breakaway, which has already garnered several starred reviews.

“To Infinity and Beyond!”: Papercutz Editor-in-Chief Jim Salicrup on Comics

As Papercutz celebrates its 10th anniversary, editor-in-chief Jim Salicrup took the time to discuss the company’s future, the changing perception of comics, and the role of libraries in promoting graphic novels. NOTE: This content was sponsored by Papercutz.

SPONSORED: Join Macmillan (Adult) at 2015 ALA Annual

Macmillan (Adult) invites librarians attending the 2015 ALA Annual Meeting in San Francisco to visit their booth (#1009) and attend teen-friendly and YA-focused events. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan.


SPONSORED: Request Advance Reader’s Copies of Brandon Webb’s “The Making of a Navy Seal”

The Making of a Navy Seal is Brandon Webb’s tale of overcoming the odds to be the best, and a secret look inside one of the finest and most difficult military training courses ever. If you’re an Active librarians in the United States can request complimentary advance reader’s copies. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan


SPONSORED: Score Advance Reader’s Copies of Marie Marquardt’s “Dream Things True”

If you’re an active librarian in the United States, you can request a complimentary advance reader’s copy of Marie Marquardt Dream Things True, a YA novel about a wealthy Southern boy and an undocumented Mexican girl who fall in love in their hostile Georgia town. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan.