Short and Sweet: Short Stories and Readers’ Advisory

Short story collections are often overlooked both by librarians and patrons, but they area actually great for doing readers’ advisory with teens. Here’s why:

  • The thematic nature of most short story collections makes them easy to include in displays and booklists. Themes range from fluffy romance and/or the supernatural to more serious subjects like disability, teens between cultures, and guns to suit a wide variety of reader interests.
  • Popular authors, including Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins, and Holly Black, contribute to short story collections giving teens another place to read work by their favorite authors.
  • Short story collections make it easy to emphasize the element of choice in reading. We can let teens know they are free to pick and choose which stories in a collection appeal to them.
  • Anthologies of short stories can introduce teens to unfamiliar authors and encourage them to seek out the author’s other work.
  • Short stories work well for busy teens because they can have a complete story experience in a limited amount of time.

Here are just a few short story collections with 2015 publication dates:


Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

For the readers who like it dark and twisted, featuring stories by teen favories Marie Lu, Carrie Ryan, Kendare Blake, and Jonathan Maberry among others.


Taking Aim: Power and Pain,Teens and Guns

The many ways that guns play a role in our culture with standout stories from Alex Flinn, Jenny Hubbard, and Elizabeth Wein.


Summer Love: An LGBTQ Collection

From brand new imprint Duet Books this collection of LGBTQ love stories includes more than just the L&G.


Violent Ends

Steve Brezenoff, Courtney Summers, Trish Doller, and Neal Shusterman are just a few of the well known authors contributing to this unusual collection of stories from multiple viewpoints around a single event.


Things I’ll Never Say: Stories About Our Secret Selves

This collection about secrets includes stories by Ron Koertge, Kekla Magoon, Chris Lynch, and Cynthia Leitich Smith.


Want more?  Stacked Books has a great list of older titles in their Get Genrefied post.  Please share your favorites and tips for encouraging readers to give them a chance in the comments.

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