A. Instruction - 5.7
B. Design - 8.9
C. Engagement - 7.3
YALSA’s Book Finder: A Go-To Resource for the YA Book Community!
Summary : Learn about YA Books Award Winners!
The Young Adult Library Service Association’s (YALSA) Book Finder is a searchable database of its annual selected young adult books along with its media list, awards, and honorees. From its main screen, users can type in a keyword, title, author, or genre into the search box, and YALSA will report all of the books in its database that match the search term. Users can then click on the books listed in the report to read a short synopsis along with any awards it won, the year it was released, its genre, and its ISBN.
From YALSA’s Book Finder page, users can also click the Award/Booklist, Author, Genre, and Award Year to locate books. Each option will load a list of books that users can click to learn more about them. At the top of the page, users can click the “About” option to learn more about YALSA, the “YALSA” link to visit the organization’s home page, or “The Hub” link to access news about the current happenings in the Young Adult literary scene.
Instructional Ideas for YALSA’s Book Finder
- Teachers can have students use the Book Finder tool to locate books of interest to read. Students can then read the books, and teachers can then have students present the book as a commercial, trailer, or digital poster. For these presentations, students can use the Renderforest website to make the commercials or trailer and the Smore about to make the digital poster.
- After students read a book found from this website, students can write a review of the book and post it to a class Padlet, so other students can read and share their ideas. For the heading of the Padlet entry, students can include the book’s title along with a rating (1-5). Next, students can write a short summary of the book and why they did or did not like it and if they would or would not recommend it.
- Teachers can use the Book Finder tool to locate books and they can post several of the books to a Dotstorming board they made. Next, they can have students read the book during free reading time in school and, after completing a book, vote for it depending on established criteria, such as engaging plot, quality of writing, or overall enjoyment.
- Teachers can nominate a student to be “The Hub” reporter. This student can earn extra credit by monitoring the news on “The Hub” page and reporting back to the class on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis.
- If a school’s librarians are unaware of this website, teachers can send them a link and encourage the librarians to consult the database when making book purchasing selections.
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|B1. Ability to Save Progress|
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|B4. Ease of Use|
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Screenshots of YALSA’s Book Finder