Blogger Maria Trivisonno

Vote for Books!

Or rather, books about voting. How can we engage our young customers in the electoral process, and start imparting the importance of voting upon them at a young age? This would be the time to do a mock election at your branch—Peanut Butter or Jelly?  Chocolate or vanilla?  I recall seeing this great blog that had a secret voting booth and everything!  But this year, however…EVERYTHING is different, again thanks to the pandemic.  One thing that remains, though, is that publishers put out election-friendly books for kids during our presidential election year.  And today, I’m going to take a look at a few of them. First, for the picture book set: Jonathan London’s Froggy for President. Froggy is so excited to run for class president that he leaves his house in only his underwear and is once again saved by his reliable mom.  Of course, Frogilina would run against him,…

Blogger Maria Trivisonno

Readers’ Advisory Review

A coworker commented to me that we’ve recently had a slew of kids asking us for book recommendations, which is perhaps not surprising coinciding with the new school year.  Therefore, it might be time for a Readers’ Advisory tune up. I am always interested in how other librarians approach book recommendations and am happy to share my own ideas.  I try to talk to the actual child if they are present, even if their adult is a little pushy and/or the child is shy.  I usually ask what grade they are in, and what books they have enjoyed in the past.  At this point, reluctant readers will typically shrug.  I then ask what they like outside of reading—are they into sports?  Video games? Stranger Things?  Other shows or movies?  What do they watch on YouTube? Do they like animals?  The more I know about children, the better chance to pair…