Missouri Gateway Nominees- Training and Read Alikes

I was tasked with reading this years Gateway nominees and presenting a mini training for other librarians in our district. I thought I would share my book-talks, slides, and read-alikes with my followers. I had mixed feeling about this year’s nominees. I felt that the group as a whole was rather depressing. There are a lot of heavy topics and not a lot of humor. On their own I feel that most of the books were pretty good stories but together they made me a bit bummed out. I really think that teens need some happy mixed in with hot topic books. I am hoping that next year includes a few books with humor. From the statistics at our library Eleanor and Park, 5th Wave, The Naturals, and Out of the easy, seem to be the most popular with our teens. My vote for the award winner is “Eleanor and Park.”

Read-Alikes for the Gateway Nominees-


Slide Presentation-


On my slides are a few book posters that I made on Canva. If you are interested, please message me and I will send them to you!


1 Comment

  1. thejedilibrarian

    I agree that there is a LOT of heavy material on this list, but also a LOT of good ones. I loved Eleanor and Park. All the Truth That’s in Me and In The Shadow of Blackbirds are very good too. I read all three as part of YALSA’s hub challenge last year. Out of the Easy, The 5th Wave, All our Yesterdays, and Steelheart are on my TBR list.


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