Promoting Your Collection With Book Lists and Book Displays


So I had this idea for an episode.  I would use content that I’d already created (an enormous booklist that I used to hand out to the teens in my library) as the backbone of an episode about promoting your collections, and voila!  Easy episode!  Except I didn’t anticipate that so much reading would be quite so draining, or that this episode would take so much editing.  Honestly, I can see how “Rumplestiltskin” could be difficult to pronounce, but “2011”?  Really???

Oh, and about that booklist.  I whittled it down a lot before I shared it, so it was originally even longer.  And in case you were wondering how I chose those categories, it was a twofold process.  The first part of the reason behind those categories was that I wanted to promote great books that didn’t seem to fit into any special category except for the extremely broad area of “realistic fiction.”  So I would look at great books on my shelves by authors like John Marsden, Norma Fox Mazer, Angela Johnson, Jacqueline Woodson, and Adele Griffin and think of angles that I could use to promote them.   The second part of the reason was based on requests by my teen patrons, either direct category requests like “Where are your books on teen pregnancy?” and “Where are your books that have gay characters?” or broader requests like “Where are more books like Push by Sapphire?” or “Can you help me find books that will make me cry?”

And yes, I know that that list was very long, and it was a lot of information to absorb and digest.  So I’m pasting a copy of the list here, in case you’d like to consult it at your leisure:

Chaltas, Thalia – Because I am Furniture
Flinn, Alex – Breathing Underwater
Garden, Nancy – Endgame
Haddix, Margaret Peterson – Don’t You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey
Lynch, Chris – Inexcusable
Mazer, Norma Fox – When She Was Good
McNamee, Graham – Hate You
Sapphire – Push
Tashjian, Janet – Fault Line
Werlin, Nancy – The Rules of Survival
Williams, Lori Aurelia – When Kambia Elaine Flew in From Neptune
Woodson, Jacqueline – I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This
Zarr, Sara – Sweethearts

Anderson, Laurie Halse – Wintergirls
Asher, Jay – Thirteen Reasons Why
Borris, Albert – Crash Into Me
Cohn, Rachel – You Know Where to Find Me
Coman, Carolyn – Tell Me Everything
Deaver, Julie Reece – Say Goodnight, Gracie
Downham, Jenny – Before I Die
Ellis, Ann Dee – Everything is Fine
Forman, Gayle – If I Stay
Giles, Gail – Right Behind You
Green, John – Looking For Alaska
Griffin, Adele – Where I Want to Be
Hurley, Tonya – Ghost Girl, Ghostgirl: Homecoming
Johnson, Angela – Looking For Red
Johnson, Maureen – The Key to the Golden Firebird
Leavitt, Martine – Keturah and Lord Death
Mazer, Norma Fox – Girlhearts
MacCullough, Carolyn – Falling Through Darkness
McDaniel, Lurlene – many titles
Myers, Walter Dean – Shooter, Autobiography of My Dead Brother
Peters, Julie Anne – By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead
Rylant, Cynthia – Missing May
Scott, Elizabeth – Love You Hate You Miss You
Soto, Gary – The Afterlife
Vande Velde, Vivian – Remembering Raquel
Woods, Brenda – Emako Blue
Woodson, Jacqueline – Behind You
Zeises, Lara M. – Bringing Up the Bones
Zevin, Gabrielle – Elsewhere

Diary-Format Novels:
Cabot, Meg – Princess Diaries series
Cushman, Karen – Catherine, Called Birdy
Dear America / My Name is America series (various authors)
Goldschmidt, Judy – Raisin Rodriguez series
Grimes, Nikki – Jazmin’s Notebook
Haddix, Margaret Peterson – Don’t You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey
Lloyd, Saci – The Carbon Diaries, 2015
Marsden, John – So Much to Tell You
Rees, Celia – Witch Child
Rennison, Louise – Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging etc.
Van Draanen, Wendelin – Runaway

Eating Disorders:
Anderson, Laurie Halse – Wintergirls
Friedman, Robin – Nothing
Hautzig, Deborah – Second Star to the Right
Newman, Leslea – Fat Chance
Shaw, Liane –

Family Problems:
Barkley, Brad & Heather Helper – Jars of Glass
Bauer, Cat – Harley Like a Person
Cohn, Rachel – Gingerbread, Two Steps Forward
Gantos, Jack – The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs
Grimes, Nikki – Dark Sons
Hopkins, Ellen – Identical
Johnson, Angela – Bird
Klass, David – Dark Angel
McCormick, Patricia – My Brother’s Keeper
Mazer, Norma Fox – When She Was Good, What I Believe
Namioka, Lensey – April and the Dragon Lady
Peters, Julie Anne – Between Mom and Jo
Plummer, Louise – Finding Daddy
Quarles, Heather – A Door Near Here
Sleator, William – Oddballs
Williams, Lori Aurelia – When Kambia Elaine Flew in From Neptune
Woodson, Jacqueline – Miracle’s Boys

Brashares, Ann – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, 3 Willows
Cohn, Rachel & David Levithan – Naomi and Eli’s No Kiss List
Cooney, Caroline – Among Friends
Jacobson, Jennifer Richard – The Complete History of Why I Hate Her
Mazer, Norma Fox – Babyface
Myracle, Lauren – ttyl
Perkins, Lynne Rae – All Alone in the Universe
Philbrick, W. R. – Freak the Mighty, Max the Mighty
Scott, Elizabeth – Love You Hate You Miss You
Woodson, Jacqueline – Maizon series, I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This, After Tupac & D Foster
Young, Alexa – Frenemies

Ford, Michael Thomas – Suicide Notes
Garden, Nancy – Annie on My Mind
Hardy, Mark – Nothing Pink
Howe, James – Totally Joe
Levithan, David – Boy Meets Boy, How They Met and Other Stories
Lieberman, Leanne – Gravity
Myracle, Lauren – Kissing Kate
Peters, Julie Anne – grl2grl, Between Mom and Jo
Ryan, Sara – Empress of the World
Sanchez, Alex – So Hard to Say, Rainbow Road, The God Box
St. James, James – Freak Show
Weyr, Garret Freyman – My Heartbeat
Wittlinger, Ellen – Love & Lies: Marisol’s Story
Wolff, Virginia Euwer – True Believer
Woodson, Jacqueline – From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun, The House You Pass on the Way

Letter-Format Novels:
Buckhanon, Kalisha – Upstate
Frank, Hillary – I Can’t Tell You
Ives, David – Voss
Marsden, John – Letters From the Inside
Myracle, Lauren – ttyl, l8r, g8r
Ortiz Cofer, Judith – Call Me Maria: A Novel in Letters, Poems, and Prose
Petersen, P. J. & Ivy Ruckman – rob&
Rosen, Michael J. – ChaseR: A Novel in E-mails

Poem-Format Novels:
Bryant, Jen – Ringside, 1925: Views From the Scopes Trial
Chaltas, Thalia – Because I am Furniture
Fehler, Gene – Beanball
Friedman, Robin – Nothing
Grimes, Nikki – Dark Sons
Herrera, Juan Felipe – Crashboomlove
Hesse, Karen – Out of the Dust, Witness
High, Linda Oatman – Sister Slam and the Poetic Motormouth Road Trip
Hopkins, Ellen – Crank, Burned, Glass, Impulse, Identical
Koertge, Ron – Shakespeare Bats Cleanup
Lee Wong, Joyce – Seeing Emily
Levithan, David – The Realm of Possibility
Marcus, Kimberly – Exposed
Mazer, Norma Fox – What I Believe
Myers, Walter Dean – Street Love
Rylant, Cynthia – God Went to Beauty School
Sones, Sonya – Stop Pretending, What My Mother Doesn’t Know, One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies, What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know
Weatherford, Carole Boston – Becoming Billie Holiday
Wild, Margaret – One Night
Wolff, Virginia Euwer – Make Lemonade, True Believer, This Full Ho

Retellings of Myths and Fairy Tales:
Brooks, Laurie – Selkie Girl
Childs, Tera Lynn – oh. my. gods.
Dokey, Cameron – Belle: A Retelling of “Beauty and the Beast”, Wild Orchid: A Retelling of “The Battle of Mulan”, The World Above
Flinn, Alex – Beastly
George, Jessica Day – Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow
Geras, Adele – Pictures of the Night, Watching the Roses, Ithaka
Haddix, Margaret Peterson – Just Ella
Mclaren, Clemence – Aphrodite’s Blessings: Love Stories From the Greek Myths
Napoli, Donna Jo – Beast, Breath, Zel
Palmer, Robin – Cindy Ella
Soinner, Stephanie – Damosel
Troll’s Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales ed. by Datlow & Windling
Vande Velde, Vivian – The Rumpelstiltskin Problem
Whitman, Emily – Radiant Darkness

Teen Pregnancy:
Brisson, Pat – The Best and Hardest Thing
Buckhanon, Kalisha – Conception
Doherty, Berlie – Dear Nobody
Efaw, Amy – After
Gramont, Nina De – Every Little Thing In the World
Plummer, Louise – A Dance For Three
Taylor, Michelle – What’s Happily Ever After, Anyway?
Williams-Garcia, Rita – Like Sisters on the Homefront
Woodson, Jacqueline – The Dear One

One comment

  1. .Oh ! Amazing exertion through the critique.The library displays are nice and it is amazing to have such a vast collection.Read and grow is the motto.I highly recommend this. Thanks a lot…

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