1-13-12: When It’s Okay to Judge a Book by Its Cover
When you stand in a bookstore, or browse on-line, there are, of course, thousands of possibilities. How do you decide on a particular book? Do you check out award winners? Does the picture on the cover matter? Or do you read reviews?
Tom Hall talks about this with a book reviewer who’s a member of the under-18 set herself. Sarah Nakasone is a freshman at The Catholic High School of Baltimore. Last summer, she and four of her friends started a blog called “Ink Bitten,” where they review the books they’re reading–mainly young adult books, but some that are intended for adults as well. In addition to full reviews, they also include rankings such as such as Judged by a Cover, which rates the cover, and Head Over Heels, which rates the romance factor.
They’re also joined by Paula Willey, who writes about books for children and young adults at her blog, Pink Me. She’s also a librarian at the Towson Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library and a library consultant. She previews her picks for the Caldecott and Newbery Medals, which will be announced by the American Library Association on Monday, January 23.
Make sure to check out Paula’s list of 2012 ALA award candidates.