What is a Reader’s Advisory Guide? It’s a directory to help you figure out what to read now and what to read next. Let your interests and your curiosity lead you to some great books!
In addition to browsing the library’s catalog, sometimes it’s helpful to browse reading guides for your next book. There are many reading guides available on the internet; this is just a small sampling to help you start.
These websites focus on book reviews and “read-alike” recommendations based on authors, genres, etc. Many are user-sourced.
Young Adult (teen)
Young Adult literature is a genre that is separate from children’s literature. It emerged in the twentieth century when teenagers became a powerful force of the economy in the 1930s and gained prominence in the 1960s. The term “young adult literature” is inherently amorphous, for its constituent terms “young adult” and “literature” are dynamic, changing as culture and society – which provide their co context – change. When the term first found common usage in the late 1960s, it referred to realistic fiction that was set in the real (as opposed to imaged), contemporary world and addressed problems, issues, and life circumstances of interest to young readers aged approximately 12 to 18. Though once dismissed as a genre consisting of little more than problem novels and romances, young adult literature has the mid-1990’s, come of age as literature — literature that welcomes artistic innovation, experimentation, and risk-taking. ,
As society changes, so do young adult materials. Not everything will be to everyone’s liking, and different individuals and families have different values. The reader’s advisory sources listed below are suggestions which may or may not be appropriate to your family. The use of library resources and materials by library guests is an individual matter. Responsibility for children’s and teen’s use of library resources and materials rests with their parents or legal guardians.
Tween (probably ages 9 to 12)
Reading materials for tweens presents its own challenge. Readers may re reluctant to read children’s books and may prefer items from the teen areas; their parents may prefer items from the children’s collection. The suggested reader’s advisory sites below may help families select materials that are most appropriate for the guest’s family. The use of library resources and materials by library guests is an individual matter. Responsibility for children’s and teen’s use of library resources and materials rests with their parents or legal guardians.
Children (birth to 12)
Podcasts are basically topical radio shows that are available on-demand anytime on any device. Anyone with a computer, microphone, and some software can start their own program–some productions have video alongside their audio content. Shows are available on every subject you can think of, and episodes are archived for you to listen to at your leisure.
Here are a few of the better-known podcasts devoted to books and book recommendations:
Book Riot‘s The Podcast is one of the most popular book podcasts. The co-hosts discuss in a weekly news and talk show what’s new, cool, and worth talking about in the world of books and reading. All book-related news is up for conversation.
All the Books is a weekly podcast that falls under the Book Riot umbrella. The host is a voracious reader, and her show focuses on that week’s new releases across genres.
Get Booked is another weekly podcast in the Book Riot group. The co-hosts provide in-depth custom book recommendation lists, whether something broad like travel and adventure books or something specific like books for introverts.
The New York Times Review of Books Podcast brings the largest newspaper’s prestigious Book Review issues to audio format with top-author interviews, publishing news, reviews and recommendations, and insider insights.
The Librarian Is In is co-hosted by two NYPL recommendations librarians. They focus on providing book recommendations from a librarian’s perspective.
What Should I Read Next? is hosted by Anne Bogel, aka. the “Modern Mrs. Darcy”. Every episode brings to listeners recommended books having a particular theme. She also interviews authors, librarians, booksellers, and others, for their recommendations on the subject.
Bookworm is hosted by the country’s arguably most well-known reader, Michael Silverblatt, on Los Angeles’s KCRW. Intellectual, accessible, and provocative conversation ensues with top-tier fiction writers and poets. A variety of books and poetry are typically brought up during each episode.
♦ Other Media
Bookstagram is a part of the larger Instagram social media site. Posts that focus solely on books–recommendations, reviews, aesthetics, links to other sites, related items like bookcases and tea and bookmarks–are what qualify for Bookstagram. It’s a growing “community” with thousands of participants and millions of postings. Just head to Instagram and search “#Bookstagram”!
Booktube works the same way Bookstagram does: it’s book-focused videos and channels on Youtube. The vast majority of videos on Booktube focus on recommendations and reading lists. You can be engaged on it for hours! Hundreds of Booktubers have produced tens of thousands of hours of video.
Litsy is an app for your smartphone and tablet which has only recently gotten a website. It’s a book community that works as something of a combination of Instagram and Goodreads. Tens of thousands of voracious readers sharing what they’ve read, want to read, reviews, recommendations, author run-ins, etc. You can join book clubs, buddy readings, giveaways, book swaps, regional meet-ups, etc. Expect your To-Be-Read list to grow immensely!
Book Riot is an all-in-one book news hub. They have dozens of contributors providing daily book-related columns, articles, and lists for your perusal. They also provide podcasts and email newsletters.
Children & Teens
Common Sense Media – offers developmentally age-appropriate, balanced, and reliable information so parents can decide what’s best for their family. Includes reviews of books, movies, TV, games, and other media marketed to children and teens.
‘Juvenile Series and Sequels’ database – contains over 36,000 books in 4,900 series titles that are classified into three audiences: Juvenile Easy [JE] – for birth through 2nd grade readers; Juvenile [J] – for 2nd through 6th grade readers; Young Adult [YA] – for 6th through 12th grade readers. Great way to check titles and order in series. It is run by Mid-Continent Public Library.
Association for Library Service to Children promotes reading and books for children through recommendations, list compilations, and related services. It is a part of the American Library Association.