“Metacognition” is a favorite word of mine that essentially means thinking about your thinking. It’s trendy now to refer to all sorts of things as “meta.” We can teach about teaching, read about reading, or write about writing. Well, today, I’m going to blog about a blog: it’s all very meta.
The Children’s Book Review Blog is the place to get a virtual librarian’s help finding something great to read. Every day, one of the children’s librarians is assigned to highlight a great book from the children’s collection. So, of course, there’s a lot of great stuff on there.
As a new librarian who just hasn’t gotten around to reading everything in our collection, I often use the children’s blog instead of the catalog when I’m trying to find a great recommendation for a patron. Here’s how it works:
When you go to the blog’s homepage, you’ll find a simple layout with the most recent post appearing first. However, in the far top left corner is a search box where you can type in a book you’re curious about to see if anyone’s reviewed it yet. OR you can use the handy dandy list of labels to the right of the posts. If you have a budding paleontologist in your family, click the “dinosaur” label, and suddenly you’ll have a great list of some of our favorite books featuring dinos.
Sometimes, I’ll have patrons who want recommendations about topics a little tougher than dinosaurs, but that’s ok because we also have labels for things like “family,” “friendship,” or “education.” Although, dinosaurs are cooler than any of those things.
Check out the The Children’s Book Review Blog! And don’t be surprised when you find your next great read.