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My library subscribes to Booklist Online. How will it help me deliver materials and services to our young-adult patrons?
Dear YA Librarian,
We’re glad you asked. Booklist Online is a great tool for librarians who need to build young-adult collections and enhance their knowledge of young-adult literature.
To find the newest reviews of YA titles, look for the graphic of the current Booklist cover on the home page, and click on Browse Current Print Issue. Scroll down to Books for Youth, then select Books for Older Readers. This takes you to the latest reviews, just as you’d find them in the print magazine.
To find other reviews for teens, go to the Advanced Search page. By using the Grade Range limiters, you can set any search you build on this page so that only titles with YA grade ranges assigned to them are returned.
If you’re a regular Booklist reader, you’re familiar with our notes recommending adult books for young-adult readers. In Booklist Online, these notes are found under the Young Adult Recommendation tab you’ll see on some review pages. To search for these titles, use the Adult Book Recommended for Young Adults check-box filter on the Advanced Search page.
To find reviews of YA award winners such as the Alex Award, the Printz Award, and Quick Picks, you can either browse the Awards list in the left-hand navigation bar or use Awards as a filter in Advanced Search.
Once you find a review, it will lead you down other paths. For example, Ian Chipman’s review of Margo Lanagan’s Tender Morsels, a 2009 Printz Honor Book, has links to Booklist Editor’s Choice: Books for Youth, 2008, and two related Carte Blanche columns, by Michael Cart, who often writes about YA literature. If you click on the Find Similar Titles button, you’ll find three Booklist editor-selected books you can hand to teens who liked Tender Morsels—The Traitor Game, by B. R. Collins; Psyche in a Dress, by Francesca Lia Block; and Firebirds, by Sharyn November. Following Booklist Online’s internal links can greatly expand your search for YA titles and features.
Finally, don’t forget to check out our newest blog, Bookends, for YA-related posts from middle-school librarians Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan.
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