Thanks to Lorie Steed for writing this post, Brene Duggins for putting together the toolkit and for the other HS SLMCs for their hard work putting together this awesome list of titles, now in it's third year!
One of the best things about being a school librarian is putting great books into the hands of students, and one tool we as DCS high school librarians use to do so is our annual DCS Teen Lit Top 10 list. This year marks our third of putting together such a list, and as usual, it was both fun and challenging to come up with ten titles to recommend to our high schoolers.
Check out the FAQ below to learn more about this program and to find out what books we decided to highlight for the 2018-2019 school year!
What is the DCS Teen Lit Top 10?
The DCS Teen Lit Top 10 list, first implemented during the 2016-2017 school year, was created to give Davidson County high school students options to explore quality young adult titles through a list curated by their school librarians.
How is the DCS Teen Lit Top 10 Different from Battle of the Books?
The Battle of the Books is a great program, but a more flexible format works better for DCS high school students. Many high schoolers have jobs, take advanced classes, and participate in extracurricular activities, which makes finding time for pleasure reading and after-school BOB practices a challenge. With the DCS Teen Lit Top 10, students simply read the books from the list that appeal to them, and share and discuss their favorites. One thing we love about this approach is that it mirrors the way we read and interact with fellow readers in real life.
How is the Top 10 list created?
DCS high school librarians choose books based on a variety of criteria to create a list that we believe represents a wide range of reading tastes, diverse perspectives, social issues, and cultural significance. For inspiration, we often look at Goodreads reviews and award information, though winning an award is not a requirement. We are most concerned with creating a well-rounded list that has the power to engage and enlighten.
Where can I get the books?
All titles will be available at DCS high school libraries, as well as through the North Carolina Digital Library, which students can access with their NC Cardinal/public library account number. This is a great time to sign up NC Cardinal access if you haven’t! See our Smore (https://tinyurl.com/DCSTLT10-18) for more complete information and detailed summaries of each book, and our Toolkit (http://tinyurl.com/DCSTLT10Toolkit2018) for a printable poster, bookmarks, and handouts for students to rate the books they read.
What does it mean to participate?
Students can read as many or as few titles as they wish, and activities will vary from school to school. This is meant to be a flexible opportunity for readers to participate at the level they feel comfortable with. We realize that not every book is for every reader, and that’s okay!
How can librarians help?
Middle school librarians can inform their current Battle of the Books teams of this opportunity, while high school librarians can spread the word to their feeder schools, teachers, and patrons.
We’re still figuring out the best way to give our students an opportunity to build a reading community that reaches across our schools. We’d love to hear suggestions about how to invite further participation--please share your thoughts in the comments below. Happy reading!
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