Are you a reader? Do you like to tell people about the books you’ve read? If so, then I sure hope you’ve been enjoying nominating great reads for the 2013 Readers Choice list. The latest nominations are up now.
As I looked through the nominations this month, I was pretty excited to see that there were a lot, including titles that have already been nominated. That’s great! The more nominations a title has, the more likely it is to end up on the final ballot. Each month we’ve been reminding readers about the list and the nominations, and this month I’d like to reach out to librarians and talk for a moment about promoting and using the nominations. Here are a few tips from the Readers Choice Taskforce that you might like to implement at your library:
- Put a bookmark to slip which includes the link to the submission form in YA readers books — especially new ones
- Use the poll function on your library’s Facebook page to do a sort of showdown between new titles. For example, list a few new 2012 titles and ask which they like better. Then include a link to the submission form.
- Signage in new book displays
- Host an informal battle of books programs that include using the submission form. Each participant shares his/her “tell us about the book and why you liked it” part of the nominating form as an easy way to have debates/booktalks
- Promote the nominations process among TABs or any group that you give pre-pubs to. Encourage nominating and use the process to spark discussion.
- Post a message like this to your library’s Facebook page: “Attention teen readers! Did you read a great new book this summer that you’d like to suggest to your friends? Why don’t you nominate it for the 2013 Reader’s Choice Award? Go to http://www.ala.org/yalsa/readerschoice/suggestions to submit your favorite book that was published this year.
- Post a message to Facebook or Twitter that specifically mentions nominees, such as this example: “Take your passion for books and voice it with the nation-wide YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) Reader’s Choice List. Some of our favorite nominees are Legend by Marie Lu and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
- Don’t forget the different categories (Horror/Thriller, Mystery/Crime, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Dystopia). You know your teen readers — if you have a sci fi fan, make sure they know they can nominate in that category. Have a reader who can’t get enough of this year’s dystopian novels? Give them the link to the nominations page whenever they check one out!
Be mindful when promoting to make sure your teens know we are seeking nominations for books published this year. I loved seeing six nominations in a row for the same book this month — I imagined six friends all passing around this book and loving it and excitedly nominating it. Unfortunately, the book, published last September, was ineligible.
Have fun with the nominating process and let it be a useful tool for your booktalks and displays, and for getting kids involved in sharing their voice. The more nominations, the better the list will be!
— Sarah Debraski, currently reading Wake by Amanda Hocking
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