Ask an Agent: Favorite Websites/Newsletters for YA Reads?

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Question: What are your favorite websites or newsletters for new YA reads? Bonus points for recommendations that are easy to print and post on the teen bulletin board!


Kelsey (Burnham Memorial Library) says: 

I troll epicreads, ireadya, yabookscentral and believe it or not–tumblr! Following publishers on tumblr has been awesome in terms of easy-to-steal and modify book announcements. Obviously, each of these suggestions is publisher-run and not librarian-run, so account for their biases accordingly.

Laura (Wabash Carnegie Public Library) says:

If you aren’t following Epic Reads, do it now. They have all kinds of neat printables! I also follow Forever Young Adult and Fierce Reads. I also follow lots of the major YA authors on Twitter. They usually post their current reads, many of them as ARCs, so I have an idea what they’re enjoying in advance and can put those titles on my radar.

Molly (Moore Public Library) says:

I like Any New Books; their newsletter format is pretty printable.

Samantha(Winslow Public Library) says:

I subscribe to a fair amount of booktubers: Polandbananasbooks, SashaAllsberg, KatyFantastic. That’s where I find out what they are interested in. It won’t help with printing though! I also look at Book Riot, Epic Reads, publisher’s emails, and a long list of blogs.

Stephen (Chapel Hill Public Library) says:

Do you have access to Library Aware/NextReads? They offer tons of monthly newsletters patrons can sign up for where they get 5 new book recommendations and a book list on a relevant theme in their inbox every month. They’re usually formatted pretty nicely, though I’ve never printed one myself. I’m guessing if your library doesn’t offer the service, you could easily find one that does and just subscribe to the relevant newsletters (though the lists will likely reflect that library’s collection.) Also chat with your staff! See if they’re reading something they love and would be willing to write a short blurb about it to display with it. You also might try following different publishers on Twitter. If you see a book that may be of interest to your patrons, email their school and library marketing department and see if they have extra marketing materials you can display. They’d likely be thrilled to send you some stuff. You could also check in with your local bookstores since most of them get more marketing materials than they know what to do with.

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