The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Blends for Children and Young Adults

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Item Number: 
978-0-8389-4990-0
Published: 
2022
Publisher: 
ALA Editions
Pages: 
192
Width: 
6"
Height: 
9"
Format: 
Softcover
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A, C
  • Description
  • About the Authors

A fast-growing area in fiction for the young, genre blends allow for new possibilities and ideas, stimulating children’s imaginations. This helpful guide orients readers' advisory staff, educators, and collection development librarians with a hand-picked selection of hybrid genres and novels published since 2000. 

It’s no wonder that genre blends are some of most popular books for children and teens. When you mash up two different traditional genres, it’s like doubling what makes each one pleasurable on its own. This guide, the first of its kind, will help public and school librarians, teachers, and collections staff identify genre blends for readers' advisory, curriculum development, or creating core collections. Profiling more than 200 titles, inside its pages you’ll 

  • learn about six of the most in-demand genre blends for young readers, including Fantasy Mysteries, Magical Realism, Steampunk, and Verse Novels;
  • be introduced to each genre blend’s most compelling novels and contemporary authors;
  • understand both book appeal factors (such as genre and theme) and reader-appeal factors, assisting you in matching readers with the perfect book; 
  • receive guidance on finding genre blends for children who are facing difficult circumstances, such as their parents’ divorce, cliques in school, lack of popularity, poor body image, or self-blame; and
  • find what you’re looking for quickly and efficiently with the help of succinct annotations and a thorough index.

Pauline Dewan

Pauline Dewan is a liaison librarian at the Brantford, Ontario campus of Wilfrid Laurier University. Co-author of Connecting Children with Classics: A Reader-Centered Approach to Selecting and Promoting Great Literature, she has also written two books about children's literature and a number of articles about reading for pleasure. Dewan served for five years on the Reader's Advisory Committee of the Ontario Library Association. She won the 2015 RUSA Press Award for her article, “Reading Matters in the Academic Library: Taking the Lead from Public Librarians.” She received her MLIS from the University of Western Ontario and her doctorate in English from York University (Toronto).

Meagan Lacy

Meagan Lacy is an Information Literacy Librarian at Guttman Community College, CUNY. She writes about information literacy, reading literacy, and children’s literature. She co-authored Connecting Children with Classics and edited Slow Book Revolution, which is a librarian’s response to promoting reading in the Age of Digital Distraction. Her article “Portraits of Children of Alcoholics,” published in Children’s Literature in Education, earned the 2015 Emerging Scholar Award. She holds an MLIS from the University of Washington (Seattle) and an MA in English from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis.

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