A Youthful Frame of Mind

News from the Rod Library Youth Collection

May 2013

  • Displays . . . Thoreau, Grief, Zombies, and more!
  • Genre Labels
  • Shared Reading
  • E-Resource

Coming Soon to the Youth Collection: Genre Labels!

One of the most frequent questions we get in the Youth Collection concerns genre. People wonder where they can go to find books that are classified as science fiction, fantasy, realism, historical fiction, etc. In the Youth Collection, all of these genres are interfiled, and though some of our books currently have genre stickers, we understand that it can be difficult to determine genre in some of our other unlabeled books. So, we've heard your cries, and we will abide! In order to improve your browsing experience, all Youth Collection fiction and picture books will have genre stickers on their spines identifying them as sci-fi, fantasy, realism, historical fiction, and short story.

Remember: You'll still have to use the catalog and preview the books when you are looking for specific topics, concepts, themes, etc. But, the genre labels should at least get you started.

The labeling project is currently in its beginning stages and will continue through the summer!

Shared Reading

As many know, shared reading emphasizes conversation between children and the reader about aspects of a story. Readers ask questions about the text, let the children make predictions, read stories more than once, and so on, so that children interact with the literature and begin to recognize words, phrases, and patterns that they can then apply to further reading.

Here, in the Youth Collection, we have tons of great books that are perfect for shared reading. Check out this short list of some of those titles below, and don't forget to drop by the Youth Collection and explore numerous others!

Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds
And Then It's Spring by Julie Fogliano
Beach Feet by Kiyomi Konagaya
Boot and Shoe by Marla Frazee
Happy Like Soccer by Maribeth Boelts
Blackout by John Rocco
The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man by Michael Chabon
Cat Tale by Michael Hall
Goldilocks and Just One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson

E-Resource: Emergent Reader's Bibliography

In addition to the resources we physically have in the Youth Collection, we keep some great resources online at the Youth Collection webpage. One of those online resources is the Emergent Readers Bibliography, a bibliography specifically focused on books for early and reluctant readers. But, the bibliography isn't simply a list of books. It includes summaries and classifies each book by category (genre, format,etc.), concepts/themes (rhyming, repetition, counting, etc.), reading strategy (predicting, questioning, inferring, etc.), and sentence complexity. The bibliography also has lists of relevant key terms that can be searched for using ctrl+f. Visit our website and try it out!

A Note:

There will be only one newsletter during the summer, and that will be for the month of June. Monthly newsletters will resume at the start of the 2013-2014 academic year.

Congratulations to Megan Blackford and Chris Harbaugh, Winners of April's Book Give-Away Drawing!