Monthly Archives: February, 2014

Introducing Special Guest Anne Ursu

We are thrilled to share that queen of middle grade Anne Ursu will be joining us as a special guest for our chat on Thursday, March 6 at 8 pm Eastern time.

Our topic will be Middle Grade. What are “middle grade” books? What’s out there in middle grade? Who is reading middle grade? What should we know to be great reader advisors of middle grade books, especially if it’s an area we’re not familiar with? 


Anne Ursu is the author of the middle grade fantasies Breadcrumbs, The Real Boy, as well as the Cronus Chronicles trilogy. Breadcrumbs was listed as one of the best books of 2011 by Publishers Weekly,, School Library Journal, and BCCB, and The Real Boy was on the long list for the National Book Award. Anne teaches at Hamline University’s low residency MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and is the recipient of the 2013-14 McKnight Fellowship in Children’s Literature. She lives in Minneapolis with her son, many cats, and lots of books.

Please join us on March 6 for this chat, and if there are questions you’d like Anne to address, let us know in the comments or with our Twitter hashtag, #readadv.


Outstanding Books for the College Bound Reader’s Advisory Display

Becky Canovan, an academic librarian at the University of Dubuque in Iowa, put together a really awesome display of this year’s Outstanding Books for the College Bound in her college library. She notes that it was nice to have books chosen across disciplines and that it really highlighted areas where they as librarians maybe don’t do as well collecting some of the approachable texts.

Check it out:

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The long view.

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Titles from the Arts & Humanities list.

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Books from the Lit & Languages section.

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The other side of Lit & Languages.

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A look at history and cultures.

Thanks for sharing these, Becky!  This is awesome (and easy!) reader’s advisory at the university level.