Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Add to the Long Lists for Red Dots 2014-2015 via Goodreads

It's time to start thinking of the next round of Red Dots.

As you think of good potential titles, please put them on these GoodReads Listopia lists.  The lists are handy as sources of summer reading suggestions for your students.

These GoodReads Listopia lists are open to anyone in the world (with a GoodReads account) to contribute to - and/or vote on.

Criteria in choosing books for the longlist:
  • Published (in English) within the last 4 years -- so 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014
  • The shortlists will consist of 8 books at each level
  • Preferably only #1 if in a series
  • Preferably no repeat of an author from previous years
  • Think of accessibility -- easy to purchase from major vendor? is it available in paperback?
Overall considerations when generating the shortlist:
  • Mix of genres, e.g., fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic format
  • Balance of male/female main characters
  • Balance of cultures or countries of origin
  • Preferably including a book from Singapore or the region
 HUGE WARNING: Because the lists are open to the world, some really weird things can be put on it -- and, even though our ISLN Goodreads account created the lists, we can't delete things off it (at least I can't figure out how to do that). Right now a guy called Jonathan:
has added several titles, which are not appropriate.  One is a nonfiction book about health care for adults.  E.g.,
Please ignore them.  The Red Dot committee surely will.  And if anyone has a better idea of how to suggest titles, let me know.  We could just go with the Goodreads group shelf, but it's a bit more of a hassle to put books on a shelf.

The four SHORT LISTS will be announced by the Red Dot ISLN committee in September.

(Alternatively, click here to join our Red Dot Nominations Group in GoodReads and put books on the Group bookshelves.  Some of us will then put the group suggestions on the next year's LONG LISTS.)
See you all at the Readers Cup competition on May 22nd at CIS Lakeside.

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