As is the case at many libraries, I work a shared reference desk. As a result, about 50% of the time the children's staffers are assisting with adult questions and adult staffers are assisting with children's questions. Not all staff read children's books, so I like to have ready-to-go resource lists to make sure kids get great reading suggestions regardless of when they visit.
This summer, my clipboard of resources includes a few key lists:
- ALSC's Summer Reading Lists for grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8
- A great YA "If you liked..." visual list from Kelly at Stacked Books
- Leveled reading book lists in the Fountas & Pinnell system (created by a local organization)
- A readalike map for "If you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid" as shown here
We also have state award nominee bookmarks at the reference desk, and we have Caldecott and Newbery lists within easy reach. My teen services staffer has also put together a binder with all our local schools' summer reading lists. All of these combined resources mean that reference staff have lists of great kid-friendly reads--and the books teens will be searching out for school--at their fingertips. Everything can be photocopied, and everyone can leave the library happy and with something to read. That's one of the best ways I can think of to promote a successful summer reading program.
What sorts of resources and book lists do you have ready to go at your reference desk?