Our biggest section in Picture Book City is and will likely continue to be the Favorites section. It’s where we are putting all those popular characters like Dora the Explorer and Disney.
So far it’s been the easiest section to determine and doesn’t require a ton of input from me since we already shelved our character books under “J-E FIC DOR” or “J-E FIC DIS.” My staff has been able to work on this without my direct input, which has been super helpful.
I did decide to continue using the character’s name in place of the author last name on the spine label. That way whoever writes a Dora media tie-in will be shelved with all the other Dora tie-ins.But this section is also for authors that I don’t want to split up. I’ve already designated Kevin Henkes, Lauren Thompson, Mo Willems, and countless other authors to this section. This is what my staff worked on while I was at Midwinter and I came back to eight full shelves completed!
The last part of Favorites is our only “street” in the section — Favorites / Awards. I have all the Caldecott winners. I didn’t put honor books, simply because we already have 75 winners and that’s a shelf and a half. (We do have all the winners though. I went through the list recently and double-checked since the schools assign the kids to read Caldecott winners and we have a local library school close by.)I also pulled our state awards, the Monarchs, for Favorites / Awards as well. I struggled here since we only have seven winners so far. I wondered if I should include the second and third place winners to beef up this area. Ultimately, it made more sense to think towards the future when we’ll have 75 winners there too!
One of the most important things that I kept in mind while working on this section was whether it was a favorite of the kids/patrons or if it was a favorite of mine. So, even though I love Antoinette Portis, I separated out her books since the kids/patrons would benefit more from seeing “Kindergarten Diary” in Growing Up / School.
I’m still finding a few more books to add as I go through the rest of the books, but I think that overall, we are mostly done with Favorites.
Coming up on Picture Book City — what happens when a new box of books comes in? How do they get processed? Tune it next week!