Brandi Ivester

About Brandi Ivester

Brandi Ivester is a Collection Development Specialist at Booksource. She loves finding just the right books to make collections as complete and compelling as possible. Her favorite genres are science fiction, fantasy and nonfiction science. Brandi is currently pursuing an MA in Library and Information Science from the University of Missouri. Every summer she listens to the Watership Down audiobook while gardening to remember that nature connects all living things. This is followed by rereading Dandelion Wine (preferably in a hammock) to be reminded of the magic of the everyday.

Curating Collections of Books That Reflect a Diverse America

Of all the duties of a Booksource Collection Development Specialist, the one we take the most pride in is the curation of the collections in our catalogs and on our website. We carefully consider every decision we make about which books are and are not included. We ask ourselves numerous guiding questions throughout the process:

Are […]

By |February 24th, 2017|Feature|Comments Off on Curating Collections of Books That Reflect a Diverse America

ALA Resources for Finding Great GLBT Books

Recent times have seen a dramatic shift in public opinion and policies regarding the rights of GLBT individuals. Literature is experiencing a parallel increase towards inclusivity of GLBT characters. This can make choosing titles for the classroom interesting, to say the least! Luckily, the American Library Association (ALA) offers numerous resources to help review and […]

By |June 8th, 2016|Book Recommendation, High School, Middle School|Comments Off on ALA Resources for Finding Great GLBT Books

Starting from Scratch: Titles to Support Coding and Computer Science

Without a doubt, more and more emphasis is being placed on incorporating technology and computer science into the classroom. Numerous articles and studies have shown the significant benefits of doing so. However, it can be daunting for educators to learn a new technology—especially one that students may know better, or pick up faster, than their […]

By |February 22nd, 2016|Book Recommendation, Elementary, Middle School, Science|Comments Off on Starting from Scratch: Titles to Support Coding and Computer Science

Bring the 2016 Election into the Classroom with These KidLit Candidates

No matter which side of the aisle you are on, the 2016 elections will have everyone talking! Students will likely have questions about what is going on. Luckily there are some great books out there to explain the political process in a light-hearted, bi-partisan way. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites—guaranteed to inform and […]

By |December 28th, 2015|Book Recommendation, Elementary|Comments Off on Bring the 2016 Election into the Classroom with These KidLit Candidates

Celebrating 20 Years: The Golden Compass

Twenty years ago master storyteller Philip Pullman introduced readers to Lyra and the fantastical worlds she discovers in the His Dark Materials series. In book one, The Golden Compass (Grades 5-12, Level Z, Lexile 930), Lyra is a wild child. She is an orphan who is being raised by scholars at a college in Oxford, […]

By |December 15th, 2015|Book Recommendation, Feature, High School, Middle School|Comments Off on Celebrating 20 Years: The Golden Compass

New Cross-Curricular Picture Books for Middle Grade

You are never too old for a good picture book! Each year publishers add more wonderful picture books to the literary landscape. 2015 has been no different! Below are a few new picture books middle grade students will love. Each one offers cross-curricular opportunities for science and/or social studies topics.

28 Days: Moments in Black History […]

By |November 23rd, 2015|Book Recommendation, Booksource Scout Awards, Middle School, Science, Social Studies|Comments Off on New Cross-Curricular Picture Books for Middle Grade

How to Keep Good Books from Banishment: ALA Resources for Library Challenges

Banned Books Week is a favorite time of year for many readers nationwide. It is a time to celebrate the books that have the power to stir deep emotions, challenge beliefs and shape readers in meaningful ways. Most teachers and librarians want students to discover the stories that will stir, challenge and shape their own […]

By |September 30th, 2015|Elementary, High School, Middle School, Professional Learning|Comments Off on How to Keep Good Books from Banishment: ALA Resources for Library Challenges

5 Titles to Explore Technology Through the Years

Technology has become quite the buzzword over the last few years. What does it mean exactly? Merriam-Webster defines technology as “the practical application of knowledge, especially in a particular area” (merriam-webster.com/dictionary/technology). Using that definition, humans have been creating technology since around the time we mastered fire. While these titles do not go back as far […]

By |July 22nd, 2015|Classroom Ideas, Elementary, Science|Comments Off on 5 Titles to Explore Technology Through the Years

Summer Reading: Had Me a Blast!

Summer is my favorite season for reading. This sun-filled season is fun, full of freedom and (sadly) short. Summer reading should reflect the season itself: enjoyable, self-selected and achievable! With these qualities in mind, the following books were chosen for their enjoyable story lines, engaging themes and low page counts. Another important element to summer […]

By |April 16th, 2015|Book Recommendation, Elementary, Middle School|Comments Off on Summer Reading: Had Me a Blast!

New Books for Avid NONreaders

 

We have all heard that getting kids to read is dependent on introducing them to the right book. Students become striving or reluctant readers for many reasons, but luckily for them there are thousands of books designed to help increase ability and interest in reading. With more of these books available almost daily, it can […]

By |October 16th, 2014|Classroom Ideas, Elementary, Middle School, Striving Readers|Comments Off on New Books for Avid NONreaders