Working With Readers

Be Genre Confident: How to Recommend Books in the 8 Most Challenging Genres (202)

*️⃣ This course is available through institutional purchase only. For more information, contact us at for a free consultation.

Do you want to help your staff have a basic understanding of a broad range of the most popular and challenging fiction genres? An expert from NoveList will introduce participants to many genres, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, romance, mysteries/crime fiction/thrillers, relationship fiction, westerns, and gentle reads.

Participants will get an overview of current genre trends for adults and teens, tips to keep up with various genres, and titles to know, with an emphasis on diverse titles and authors.

*️⃣ Example learning outcomes include:
- Identifying current trends in popular genres and tools they can use to keep up with future trends.
- Recognizing what qualities attract readers to certain genres.
- Applying strategies for recommending books to readers even when they are unfamiliar with the genre.
- Finding extensive lists of titles to read or recommend.

*️⃣ Course instructors: Yaika Sabat (MLS) comes from a background in public libraries and is now the Manager of Reader Services at NoveList, where she works on reader-focused services and trains library staff nationwide on recommending books. As a Horror Writers Association’s Library Advisory Council member, she works to help librarians understand and embrace the horror genre. She is passionate about diverse representation in books and media and is always open to trying a new genre. Her other interests include writing, graphic novels, folklore, and baking.

April Mazza (MLS) is a Learning Engagement Specialist at NoveList. She previously worked in public, school, and special library settings and has reviewed youth materials for "School Library Journal", "Kirkus", "Booklist", and the "Horn Book Guide". She has served on both the Sibert Informational Book Medal and Newbery Medal committees. She also cohosts and coproduces the podcast “This Podcast is Overdue,” which explores books and reading. As a kid, April loved reading folk and fairy tales. Today you’ll find her reading all sorts of genres, especially if they are moving, culturally diverse, or illustrated.

Estimated completion...: 2 hours

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  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever