Podcasts As Selection Resources

5-v4-115x The podcast I listened to this week was Publishers Weekly PW KidsCast. These podcast were mostly author interviews, and could be helpful when librarians are reviewing material. Since each podcast only focuses on one author or particular novel, it could never be used as a sole resource, but it is a nice complement and break from reading journals.


The first podcast I listened to was PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Maggie Stiefvater, mostly because I am personally a huge fan. During this interview she talked about the final book of The Raven Cycle, which was about to come at the time of the podcast. It was interesting to hear a ‘”review” of the book from the author’s perspective.


The second podcast I listened to was PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Holly M. McGhee, where she discusses her book Matylda, Bright and Tender. This book is about a fourth-grader whose best friend passes away, and to hear the author’s perspective on how writing such a serious topic for children.

These podcasts help librarians literally hear the author’s thoughts on the books, and also provide more context about the material coming out. This can be useful when deciding whether to purchase the item and how to booktalk it.



2 thoughts on “Podcasts As Selection Resources

  1. Quick question: how does hearing “a ‘review’ of the book from the author’s perspective” help your professional work? You mention booktalking but in what other aspects can it be helpful? or just plain informative?


    • I think it’s mostly helpful in book talking, because it might offer anecdotal information that one could use to help better hook readers. Also, since no one knows the book better than the author that wrote it, it may help put some things into context. The author might mention other books that inspired it or that they took inspiration from and that could help with readalikes and such. However, the fact that the author did write it and has bias should also be heavily taken into consideration, which is why I think that it is a nice tool to use but ultimately not the main things librarians should turn to when selecting materials. I’m not sure if that answers the question.


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