Handy Resources for Teachers and Librarians from Books, Teens & Magazines

This page provides librarians and teachers with links and resources for library lessons, displays, author visits etc. If you have any resources that you would like to add, please email me at chiara@booksteensandmagazines.com

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF BOOK COVERS 

how a book cover is put together
 
Book covers that were swapped for the film poster when the film came out
 
School Library Journal - 20 unfortunate book covers
 
Gods and Warriors by Michelle Paver - different covers for different markets
 
The Importance of a Good Book Cover by Bali Rai 
 
What would famous book covers look like if they had been written by authors of the opposite sex?
 
 
 
 
FIRST SENTENCES THAT HOOK THE READER
 
lists the novel, the opening line and why it works - not all the books listed are suitable for teens
 
four teens books with bloggers own opinion
 
teen books - bloggers own view
 
20 YA books with their opening line
 
YALSA's blog about using great first lines as a display. It also provides a list of opening lines
 
HOW TO SET UP A READING GROUP
 
Advice from Hachette
 
Advice from Julia Eccleshare of the The Guardian
 
The Reading Agency - advice and offers and freebies for Teen Reading Groups
 
Shadowing site for the Carnegie awards
 
Reading group guides from Bloomsbury
 
Faber and Faber reading guides - for adult books but some are suitable reading for older teens
 
IDEAS FOR ENCOURAGING READING
 
A toolkit for encouraging 11-14 year olds to talk about books
 

HOW TO WRITE A REVIEW AND WHERE CAN YOU PUBLISH THEM?

Writing a good book review, one that doesn't spoil the book for potential readers but also provides enough information so that they can work out if it interests them, is not easy. Too many times a book review ends up being a synopsis of the plot and doesn't answer the question: why did you like/dislike the book? Below are a few resources that provide guidelines for a good book review, provide some creative ideas for book reviews (filming a book review could be a lot more fun than writing one) and also a few places where teenagers can post reviews online - unless they would like to create their own blog?

http://readinggroups.org/tips/creative-reviews-for-teen-books.html

some different ideas for book reviews

http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books/teenagers/writing-tips/tips-for-writing-book-reviews/

a sensible guideline for writing good book reviews

http://www.stylist.co.uk/life/the-art-of-the-book-review

more advice on how to write an interesting book review

http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2011/may/26/writing-book-review

advice in The Guardian about writing book reviews, aimed at children

http://www.spinebreakers.co.uk/crew/

join the Spinebreakers Crew and you can post reviews

http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books/teenagers/writing-tips/tips-for-starting-a-book-blog/

advice for teenagers on how to start a blog for reviewing books

http://www.totallyrandombooks.co.uk/index.php/Have%20Your%20Say

Random House provides a space for teenagers to comment on books

 

TEEN BOOKS INTO FILMS - an idea for a display or a lesson

Resources include books already made into films and films in the pipeline. 

A lot of books have their film rights bought but are never made into films - which ones do you think are missing?

Some films have names that do not match the books - can you match them up

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/2241.YA_Novels_Made_Into_Movies

96 teen books already adapted to film

http://www.slj.com/2013/02/books-media/read-watch-alikes/page-to-screen-upcoming-kids-books-set-for-film-adaptations/

A list of books already adapted or in the pipeline

https://www.facebook.com/HowILiveNow

How I Live Now movie news

https://www.facebook.com/DivergentMovie

Divergent movie news

https://www.facebook.com/mazerunner

Maze Runner movie news

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/book-thief-begins-shooting-germany-427216

The Book Thief movie news

https://www.facebook.com/slumdog

Slumdog Millionaire based on Q&A

http://theweek.com/article/index/241263/7-movies-that-are-cleverly-disguised-shakespeare-adaptations

Cleverly disguised Shakespeare adaptations - I don't recognise all the films but liked The Lion King connection!

http://theinsider.etonline.com/movies/50701_Failed_Movie_Franchises/index.html?page=2

Film adaptations that haven't quite worked (not all YA)

http://www.wordandfilm.com/2013/07/the-early-axe-5-successful-ya-book-series-that-never-made-it-past-book-no-1-on-the-big-screen/

Successful YA books that only had one book turned into a film and the reason why.

CREATING A TREASURE HUNT IN THE LIBRARY

The idea of the treasure hunt is to make teens aware of the resources in the library and to introduce them to new books. The students start wth one clue in their hands, which will lead them to a resource or book. There they will find a second clue and so on until they find the final answer and a note in it saying they have reached the end. You need to consider the layout of your library and the resources and displays you have and try and include the majority of them in your treasure hunt. If you have a large number of students taking part in the treasure hunt at the same time you will need to lay different trails to avoid fighting over the clues or resources; preferably starting different groups off in different parts of the library. 

Start with a straightforward clue - one they cannot get wrong. It is probably easier to start them with a book in the reference section - a dictionary (clue: you use me to find the meanings of words) or an atlas (clue: you use me to find where countries are). Clues should then lead on to audio books (clue: a book without pages) or DVD's (clue: a story to watch) or magazines (clue: no hardbacks in this section) as well as fiction and fact books.

Suggested clues for fintion books are:

  • Harry Potter: read me if you are a muggle who likes wizards
  • Divergent: read me to find out which faction you belong to
  • Hunger Games: a book with twelve districts
  • Anne Frank's Diary: I never knew how famous my diary would become
  • Call of the Wild: it's a dog's story, a classic
  • Noughts and Crosses: black is white and white is black
  • Out of Shadows: because of me, President Mugabe lives

If you need more ideas, then please email me on chiara@booksteensandmagazines.com