*This post was originally published in the course blog of INFO 266: Research and Discussion Forum
I’m sure many teachers and librarians are well-acquainted with the Young Adult Library Association’s online list Outstanding Books for the College Bound, but you may not know there is a book by the same title. The book version expands on what is available online by describing how librarians can use the Outstanding Books list in different library settings, including public, academic and school libraries.
The chapter “Outstanding Books for School Libraries,” explains how the Outstanding Book list helps school librarians find the perfect match between “classics, YA literature, and resources to support the curriculum” (p. 21). There is detailed advice for how to incorporate the list into a school library program through summer reading, curriculum connections, and teacher or classroom collaborations. You can even find sections about marketing the Outstanding Books list, which books are best for book talks, and which to books to use with book clubs.
Rotten English, edited by Dora Ahmand
Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design by Deborah Nadoolman Landis.
If Outstanding Books made me want to stretch myself as a reader, I imagine it will inspire younger readers in the same way.
Dando, P. (2011). Outstanding books in school libraries. Carstensen, A. (Ed.). In Outstanding books for the college bound: Titles and programs for a new generation (pp. 21 – 28). Chicago, IL, USA: ALA Editions. Retrieved from http://www.ebrary.com