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Serving Teens Through Readers' Advisory (Ala Reader's Advisory Series)
by Heather Booth (Goodreads Author)
Getting teens to read for fun is the ultimate challenge, yet research shows that it improves skills in grammar and spelling while expanding vocabularies. Accessible and encouraging for beginners and an informative refresher for those more experienced, this hands-on expert guide addresses teens' unique needs with practical tools that help readers' advisors: build winning re ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Amer Library Assn Editions
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this is an excellent and approachable textbook, or maybe i just love the subject matter. not the teen part - i am pretty regularly irritated by the teenagers i come into contact with on a daily basis, but this book makes me want to be less annoyed; it presents situations that are ideal and rewarding and makes me want to be a better person and be the best librarian ever instead of, "that bitch that scowls at the teenagers sprawled on the floor bending back the covers of books with their loud voic ...more
This book is an incredible resource and one I hope to get my hands on for my own bookshelf. Booth walks you through all the differences between adult and teen reader's advisory. She gives recommended questions to ask and methods of approach. I like that she doesn't get too into specific titles, because that technique dates these kinds of books so quickly. She instead sticks to broad examples and themes, even remembering to include how a teen specialist can help other librarians in the library wo ...more
This is a handy reference book. I imagine it might be more useful or helpful if you are new to working with teens, as a lot of the ground covered is about how to approach teens specifically. The references are also quite useful, as many of the articles and things she cites are relatively easy to find. It was a bit of slog for me to get finished, even though it's a slim volume. Though I'm thinking that was partly because of the academic tone and partly that I'm very familiar with the subject matt ...more
Feb 05, 2008 Lauren marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: anyone who works with or routinely interacts with young adults
This book covers the how, what, where, and why’s of readers’ advisory for teens by explaining how to adapt readers’ advisory for adults to this demographic. Booth walks readers step-by-step through the process of conducting a readers’ advisory interview. She also includes tips on readers’ advisory for homework assignments as well as ways to find books for readers when they’ve already read award winners or when they’re just looking for something different to read that's the right fit for them.
This book is one of the best RA books I have read. Booth presents lots of real-world strategies, how-tos, what-ifs, and patron situations/interactions that librarians can and have used and experienced in their practice. I marked-up and doggie-eared so many pages that I now keep it next to my desk for quick reference. The resources Booth provides are also great. This is a definite must-have for new and old librarians ~enjoy!
An interesting and extremely comprehensive look at RA for teens. My favorite parts where the suggestions about approaching teens in the library, the sure bets and favorite author lists, and the overall tone of respect for teen reading interests. Very useful, very well written, and I can't wait to implement some of these suggestions!