General comments & suggestions from students:
“The Nook was cool”
“More books for girls”
“I think we should get more of todays [sic] books. And some a little more challenging”
The third one is my favorite…If only they realized how expensive “today’s books” are, compared to the free classics I downloaded.
Suggestions for ebooks (Each line is from a single student; prices added and spelling corrected by me):
“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series by Jeff Kinney (sadly not available on Nook)
“Series of Unfortunate Events” series by Lemony Snicket ($6.99 each x 13 books)
“Titanic” series by Gordon Korman ($4.91 each x 2 books I don’t have)
“Baseball [Card] Adventure” series by Dan Gutman ($5.99 each x 11 books)
“The Penderwicks” by Jeanne Birdsall ($6.99) or “Heidi” by Johanna Spyri ($5.99 for Sterling Publishers’ version)
“Scumble” by Ingrid Law ($7.99), Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord (not available on Nook), and “Finally” by Wendy Mass ($5.59)
Another request for “Finally” by Wendy Mass
By combining the remaining amount on 2 gift cards, I was able to purchase “Finally” since that got two votes, and I’m asked at least once a week if we have more copies. The rest of the ebooks available might be possible if I can purchase a gift card with a P.O. Barring another donation, the gift card balances are expired.
My takeaway – Students know what they like when they are introduced to it, and their friends are a big influence on their choices. I have booktalked other books by Wendy Mass and Cynthia Lord, and there is higher demand for them as soon as one students reads it and tells his/her friends. I’ve known this in theory, but it helps to see it played out. Now I just have to harness that social influence and keep students excited about discovering new books.