Library Reads

LibraryReads List

April 2018

All you need this April is an umbrella and a book. LibraryReads can help with that last item.

LibraryReads has announced the top ten books available in April 2018 that librarians across the country love. You can request or wish for the featured titles below on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the LibraryReads site.

If you are a librarian, you can nominate titles for the LibraryReads list via NetGalley – learn more here!

Additional LibraryReads titles:

The Female Persuasion: A Novel by Meg Wolitzer
(Riverhead • 9781594488405)

All the Beautiful Lies: A Novel by Peter Swanson
(William Morrow • 9780062427052)

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The poet laureate of the United States, Tracy K. Smith, has selected twenty-five poems by contemporary poets to be featured in the Academy of American Poets’ popular Poem-a-Day series in April.

“I’m honored and excited to curate the month of April for Poem-a-Day, a series that shares the good news of poetry every single day, even covering the spaces, like small towns or rural communities, that poetry festivals and reading series sometimes fail to reach,” said Tracy K. Smith.

Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for her book Life on Mars (Graywolf Press, 2011), Smith is the twenty-second poet to serve as poet laureate. She was appointed by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden in June 2017. Smith’s latest book, Wade in the Water, will be published by Graywolf Press on April 3, 2018.

Launched in 2006, Poem-a-Day is the original and only daily digital poetry series featuring over 200 new, previously unpublished poems by today’s talented poets each year. The series is distributed via email, web, social media, and syndication to 350,000+ readers.

“We’re grateful to work with the U. S. poet laureate this April in celebration of National Poetry Month, which the Academy of American Poets founded in 1996. We know that thousands of individuals, and especially students, will learn about poets and poetry for this first time this month. With Tracy K. Smith’s leadership, we hope many of them will become regular readers of poems,” said Jennifer Benka, executive director of the Academy of American Poets.

Celebrate National Poetry Month!

 

 

Readers interested in receiving Poem-a-Day, a free emailed series, can sign up here: www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem-day

For more information about National Poetry Month, visit: www.poets.org/national-poetry-month/home.

You can follow the thousands of National Poetry Month Celebrations taking place throughout the United States by using #nationalpoetrymonth and following @POETSorg.

You can also use the National Poetry Month logo, which can be downloaded from Poets.org, on your poetry event materials.


About the Academy of American Poets

Founded in 1934, the Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets. The organization produces Poets.org, the world’s largest publicly funded website for poets and poetry; founded National Poetry Month; publishes the popular Poem-a-Day series; offers Teach This Poem and other resources for K-12 educators; and presents an annual series of poetry readings and special events. The organization also coordinates the work of a national poetry coalition working to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.

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Librarian's Choice

Librarians' Choice: top 10

March 2018

Librarians’ Choice has announced the Top 10 titles for March 2018 that librarians across Australia love. You can request or wish for the featured titles below on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the Librarians’ Choice site.

If you are a librarian in Australia, you can nominate titles for the Librarians’ Choice list via NetGalley!

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Cover Love

We’ve rounded up another batch of book covers that we love, and we hope you will too. We’ve also gathered all of your cover votes from this month, and your most loved cover is…All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin!

Click on each cover to read the full book description, request (or wish for) the title, and cast your vote for the cover. If you’ve read these books, don’t forget to share feedback with the publisher and with your friends & followers.

 

Want to continue gazing upon gorgeous covers? Check out our Cover Love series!

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Indie Next List

April edition

It’s time to spring ahead and refresh your TBR list with these fantastic recommendations from indie booksellers!

The American Booksellers Association has announced the selections for the April Indie Next list. You can request many of these titles on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the ABA site

If you are a bookseller, you can nominate titles for the Indie Next list via NetGalley, and receive special access to new galleys via the Digital White Box program. Sign up today!

Additional Indie Next titles:

Varina by Charles Frazier
Stray City by Chelsey Johnson
Blue Self-Portrait by Noemi Lefebvre
Waiting for Tomorrow,by Nathacha Appanah
Wade in the Water: Poems by Tracy K. Smith

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Reader Spotlight

The NetGalley community is rich with Librarians, Booksellers, Educators, Media, Reviewers and Bloggers who excel at helping books succeed and promoting a love of reading. We like to take a moment to highlight these members and share their stories with you.

This week’s spotlight is on. . . Kate Fais, a Young Adult Librarian at the NYPL Bloomingdale Branch in NYC!

Featured Librarian: Kate Fais

Library: New York Public Library, Bloomingdale Branch, New York City

Role: Young Adult Librarian

 

 

When (and how) did you decide to become a librarian?

I’ve wanted to be a librarian since I was five years old – and then one of my older cousins told me I had to read every book in the library. I was terrified of the Goosebumps series, so I did briefly consider other jobs.

Is there anything that your library does especially well that you’d love to continue and possibly expand?

My branch has an amazing weekly teen writing group that meets on Thursdays. It really is the best hour of my week! We have a wonderful volunteer who leads the workshop – the kids and I just love her. The teens have actually come in during random days of the week asking if Writing Club is that day! I’m also lucky to be part of an amazing team of young adult librarians with the New York Public Library. Every year we have the Anti-Prom at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (the Library on 42nd Street with the lions!), and the teens (and the staff!) have a blast.

You served on NYPL’s Best Books for Teens 2017 committee. Can you speak a little bit about this and other initiatives you’ve worked on to expose teens to great literature?

Serving on the Best Books for Teens committee was an absolute dream. Imagine, each month you meet with almost twenty of your peers for three hours to just talk books. I’m lucky enough to be serving on the committee for 2018 this year, and because of NetGalley, I’ve been able to read a good number of titles before their release dates.

Additionally, I have great relationships with the middle schools in my area. I always try to sneak in several booktalks whenever I have class visits! Plus, I just started hosting a monthly Free Book Friday for my teens – teens have the opportunity to come to the library and take home as many books (finished published copies and galleys) as they like, to keep forever. At my last Free Book Friday, as one of my teens was flipping through Grendel’s Guide to Love and War, I learned that they are a BIG fan of Beowulf and totally ships Hrothgar and Grendel.

In my prior job at Cold Spring Harbor Library, I also volunteered with the Authors Unlimited conference which connected teens with YA authors, and was a fact-checker for the Suffolk County (NY) Battle of the Books.

When it comes to motivating your patrons to read and enjoy reading, what techniques or strategies have you found to be most effective?

I’m a big believer in just stopping a book if it’s not gelling for you. Why torment yourself? I always encourage people to take home several books at a time, especially if they’re not sure what they’re in the mood for. One of their selections is bound to stick.

Do you have a favorite moment when you provided someone with a book?

It’s actually when they come back, find me, and tell me how much they absolutely adored the book I paired them with.

What is the most requested title in your library right now?

Holds wise, Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff. I actually have a copy checked out, but I have too many other things to read!

Has having access to digital galleys affected the types of titles you recommend to your patrons?

I think I’ve been able to actually read more galleys since they’re digitized! I take the subway each day to get to and from work, and honestly, it’s a lot easier to read from my phone when I can’t sit! Additionally, digital galleys are soooo much easier for me to travel with. I’m the kid who got in trouble for bringing fifteen hardcover books in her suitcase to Florida, so having a ream of digital galleys when I’m on the train, plane, or waiting in line for something has been a life-saver.

Please make sure to check out more Reader Spotlights, plus discover Young Adult books on NetGalley!


Would you like to nominate a fellow book advocate to be featured in our Reader Spotlight series? Fill out this form!

 

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Reader Spotlight


The NetGalley community is rich with Booksellers, Educators, Librarians, Media, Reviewers and Bloggers who excel at helping books succeed and promoting a love of reading. We like to take a moment to highlight these members and share their stories with you. This week’s spotlight is on. . . Nicole Hadley, a teacher from Ann Arbor Adventist Elementary School (a one-room schoolhouse!).

Featured Educator: Nicole Hadley

School & grade level(s): Ann Arbor Adventist Elementary School, grades 1-8

 

When (and how) did you decide to become an educator?

I decided to be an educator in 2011. In 2011 I completed a B.A. in English at Andrews University. I decided to go to SE Asia to teach English. While in SE Asia, I fell in love with teaching. I returned to the US in 2012 and in 2013 I began a certification program. I began teaching full time in 2014. My first students in SE Asia taught me that I can be a good teacher. Each class is different as is every day. I

Can you describe your classroom/school?

I work in a one room school in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This year I am teaching grades 1, 3, and 5. The main classroom is where we spend most of our time learning. When we have hands on activities we go to our computer lab where there is most space. The gym is for recess and PE. We also have a choir and art room. I have eight students who all contribute to each other’s learning. My classroom has bulletin boards and posters that each student can gain from.

I have many books that my students can read during free time. I try to find books that cover a variety of interests.

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at your school does especially well that you’d love to continue and possibly expand?

My school does a great job of providing opportunities for students that most small private schools are unable to offer. My students have the opportunity of having French, Danish, Art, Computers, Choir, PE and chapel once a week in addition to their core classes. My students have the opportunity to give back to others in need. They receive quality lessons and those lessons are hands-on when possible.

When it comes to motivating your students to read and enjoy reading, what techniques or strategies have you found to be most effective?

I try to find books that are of interest to my students whether the books are physical books, or e-books checked out from the library. When it comes to book reports I find creative book reports that requires the students to put their knowledge of the book into practice.

In addition to teaching, you also blog about books – do you find that reviewing books helps you better incorporate them into your lesson plans? If so, how?

I am able to incorporate the books I review into my lesson plans. My students enjoy reading the books I receive from NetGalley. Sometimes I allow my students to choose the books we read together.

*Check out Nicole’s blog, A Window into Books!

Do you have a favorite moment when you provided a student with a book?

A favorite moment when I provided a student with a book was when I gave one of my first graders an e-books and he read the entire book. The student then proceeded to ask for more books like it.

Are there any upcoming book(s) that you’re excited about recommending?

I am excited about the upcoming book The Marvelous Mustard Seed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you could invite any author to your school, who would it be, and why?

I would invite Lois Lowry. She is one of my favorite authors. I respect her as a person and as an author. I think my students would enjoy a visit from her, as much as myself.

Please make sure to check out more Reader Spotlights, plus Middle Grade and Children’s Fiction on NetGalley!


Would you like to nominate a fellow book advocate to be featured in our Reader Spotlight series? Fill out this form!

 

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NetGalley UK’s Top Ten Books, April 2018

As we decided which ten titles to include this month, we all agreed April certainly was the cruellest month. There were so many exciting books to consider that it provoked some fierce debate – some of which is still raging!

Though we were sad not to be able to include Gayle Forman’s I Have Lost My Way, Circe by Madeline Miller and Skybound by Rebecca Loncraine, we think this is one of the strongest months yet. Enjoy!

BOOK OF THE MONTH

Dear Mrs Bird
A J Pearce
Picador
UK Edition

You may well have seen Dear Mrs Bird rather a lot on NetGalley—and there’s a reason for that: we all think it’s a marvellous, wonderful book. And it’s not just us: NetGalley members love it too. Which is why we think this is going to be one of the best debuts of the year.

London, 1940. Emmy Lake types letters for Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt of Woman’s Friend magazine. Mrs Bird is very clear: letters containing any form of Unpleasantness must go straight into the bin. But Emmy is about to rebel…

Irresistibly funny, charming and moving, this is a book to tell everyone about.

The One Who Wrote Destiny
Nikesh Shukla
Atlantic Books
UK Edition

The eagerly anticipated new novel from the editor of The Good Immigrant is a brilliantly constructed, wonderfully moving and bitingly funny novel of three generations of one family. Ranging from Kenya to Keighly, from death to life, from love to racism, The One Who Wrote Destiny will be one of the most popular and important novels of the year

Macbeth
Jo Nesbo
Hogarth
UK Edition

Hogarth’s series of reworkings of Shakespeare plays by contemporary writers has been a huge success, but Jo Nesbo’s Macbeth is something different – a seering crime drama that does real justice to the source material. Inspector Macbeth is a cop with a past – and a glittering future. But his vaulting ambition could be his undoing..

Starfish
Akemi Dawn Bowman
Ink Road
UK Edition

A huge hit in 2017 with readers in the US, Starfish looks set to be a 2018 YA sensation in the UK. Kiko dreams of attending her dream art school, Prism; but is left devastated when she is rejected. Then a childhood friend suggests visiting her on the West Coast. It’s a chance for Kiko to discover what she wants to be, and who she is. Heartbreaking and illuminating.

Ordinary People
Diana Evans
Chatto & Windus
UK Edition

The highly-acclaimed, award-winning author of 26a returns with her first novel in nine years – and it is worth the wait. Acute, tender and insighful, Ordinary People tells the story of two couples at a crossroads, battling the daily pressures that can change lives. It is a bravura novel of identity, love and family – with a cracking soundtrack to boot.

The Lido
Libby Page
Orion
UK Edition

Acquired in a frenzy of interest just before last year’s London Book Fair, The Lido is a compelling and uplifting tale of inter-generational friendship. Rosemary (86) and Kate (26) don’t appear to have much in common. But both love outdoor swimming at their local lido. When the lido is threatened with closure, the two women swing into action…

The Man I Think I Know
Mike Gayle
Hodder & Stoughton
UK Edition

Mike Gayle is one of the funniest and most perceptive writers around – and his latest is his very best yet. Compared to Jojo Moyes and Ruth Hogan, The Man I Think I Know is a touching and wise story of two men bound by the past and unsure of their future – and how their friendship is tested by the world. Witty, warm and uttterly compelling.

The Overstory
Richard Powers
William Heinemann
UK Edition

Richard Powers is one of America’s most intriguing, intelligent and unusual novelists, and this is his masterpiece. Already being touted as a Man Booker Prize frontrunner, The Overstory is a ranging, deeply felt exploration of our relationship with nature, and the delicate balance we strike with it.

The Wolf
Leo Carew
Wildfire
UK Edition

There are many pretenders to George RR Martin’s throne, but Leo Carew’s debut novel – the first in the Under the Northern Sky series – shows him to be a worthy adversary. A great war has come to the land under the Northern Sky, and two very different ways of life are about to do battle. Bold, fresh and captivating.

A Grand Old Time
Judy Leigh
Avon
UK Edition

A breakout from an old people’s home. A road trip beginning in Dublin and continuing through the UK and on to France. A disapproving son in hot pursuit. Things are certainly changing for 75-year-old Evie Gallagher. But is there one last surprise on the cards? Riotously funny, genuinely touching and inspiring.

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Cover Love

We’ve rounded up another batch of book covers that we love, and we hope you will too. We’ve also gathered all of your cover votes from this month, and your most loved cover is…The Forest Queen by Betsy Cornwell!

Click on each cover to read the full book description, request (or wish for) the title, and cast your vote for the cover. If you’ve read these titles, don’t forget to share feedback with the publisher and with your friends & followers.

Want to continue gazing upon gorgeous covers? Check out our Cover Love series!

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