New Library Books
Librarians are often asked how they choose books for their collections. I’d like to share some of the beautiful new children’s books I’ve recently acquired for my library. Unlike many public libraries, our fiscal year begins in January, rather than July to June, so lots of new purchases are coming in (although fortunately for our town, the flow is pretty constant throughout the year).
By Lewis Hine – U.S. National Archives and Records Admin. Public Domain
As a children’s author, I try to keep up with all of the latest releases anyway, so filling in on book ordering was second nature. I’ve spent tons of time checking out reviews on sites such as Goodreads, participating in discussion boards—SCBWI for example, and most of all perusing professional review journals like SLJ, PW, Booklist, and Horn Book to narrow down my choices. It’s important to not only pick the most beautiful or popular, but to also check out what’s trending locally and balance the subject matter (as well as the budget) in order to have a good variety of picture books, easy readers, chapter books, middle grade fiction and nonfiction in our collection.
Let me know what you think of the following choices, and if you have any recent favorites feel free to share your suggestions in the comments that follow this post.
These are all 2016 picture book titles. I’ve already read through most of them, loving each one as much or more than the previous one.So many new wonderful books featuring adorable animal characters of all shapes and sizes. (Thrilled to see anthropomorphic characters are still popular despite one comment I received from an editor.)
Great middle grade fiction—just released!
With nonfiction, I try to fill spaces in our collection or replace outdated books on important subjects, noting in particular the needs of the community I serve.
I also love picture book biographies, including these new titles.
Brand new 2016 nonfiction for the youngest set!
Much of what we order hinges on patron requests (another staff member is currently selecting YA and graphic novels). Usually we have a preference for hardcover rather than paperback, since it’s much more durable for long term use.
My library receives a lot of donations throughout the year. Whether we add them to our collection depends on many factors: Do we already own the book? Is it in better condition than our copy? Is it a somewhat recent publication date? Subject matter requirements and production quality are also top considerations. If we can’t use the item, we save it for our book sale. If it’s been sitting in someone’s barn for decades and has a musty smell, we pass it along to be recycled.
That’s all for Book Collection 101, thanks for reading!
If you’d like to see a popular post about some of my favorite older picture books, please click on this photo collage.
Or how about my picture book favorites from around the world? Click on this colorful duo if you’d like.