Every winter my TAB teens work themselves into a frenzy finding books to “star” during our annual “star” meeting. It’s a fun activity that helps them “own” the YA collection, via special stickers, and highlight the books they think are special and wish others would read.
Setting up this meeting is easy. I have a “star” template for stickers that I make in-house. On the rectangular form, one side features a star and the other says “Northbrook Teen Recommended 2011.” Each year I change the sticker’s background color (and of course the year). Each teen gets ten stickers. They may pick a book from anywhere in the library, but only YA and Juv books get the sticker on the spine (Adult ref and reader’s advisory prefer the sticker to go on a book’s inside cover.)
Once they’ve collected their books, they bring them back to our meeting room, put the sticker on the book, and then fill out a form listing all ten books. I use the list later to make up teen lists or bibliographies.
The new twist this year, now that we’ve migrated to a new catalog, was inputting their number 1 favorite books onto a Bibliocommons list under Staff Picks – Teens. Instant gratification!
As always it’s always fun to see what these 6th-12th graders pick as favorites. Below are some of these teen faves, with their comments, for you to peruse!
The characters were very realistic and I loved the history.
Great sequel to Incarceron.
Wizards First Rule – Terry Goodkind
The start of an amazing series, so there’s plenty more to read if you find it interesting!
The plot is very intriguing.
This was a great book about an amazing band.
It is a fast-paced book that is very exciting and lively.
Entertaining and suspenseful. The best of the whole series.
It was a really intense book because it had a lot of drama, romance, and of course, wizardry!
It’s a good manga.
Suspenseful and funny – an unusual combination.
Beautiful examinations of normal life in a surreal manner.
It’s really really good. And it’s a vampire book where they don’t sparkle!
A very meaningful and deep book. It made me cry.