Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month With Books for All Ages
#ShakeUpYourShelves this Hispanic Heritage Month with books for all ages by and about members of the Latinx community. Latinx students make up more than 25% of students in schools across the United States. We believe that they - like all readers -...
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Picture This: Home and Community
From the moment children are born, their home, family, and community become their world. Children’s earliest feelings, impressions, experiences, and dreams come from these interactions, and set the stage for how they will engage with the broader world around them....
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Writing the Muslim American Experience After 9/11
I’m a Muslim American immigrant, and my children are Americans who were born in the U.S. and raised through the lens of the worst terrorist attack on the U.S. Yet for the longest time, it never occurred to me that...
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Let's Talk About It: An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi
About the Book Shadi is named for joy yet is feeling anything but. It’s 2003. The United States has officially declared war on Iraq and the local Muslim community is being harassed and targeted more than ever before. Her community...
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Let's Talk About It: Pumpkin by Julie Murphy
About the Book Release your inner Drag Queen and get ready for Pumpkin! Growing up in a small town isn’t easy especially when you’re fat AND openly gay like Waylon Brewer. Luckily, Waylon has a plan. After graduation, he and...
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Let's Talk About It: A Sitting In St. James by Rita Williams-Garcia
ABOUT THE BOOK Told from multiple points of view, A Sitting in St. James intertwines the story of a white slaveholding family as their position in society begins to slip with the lives of the enslaved at Le Petit Cottage....
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Pride On Every Page Guest Post: Madeline McGrane
The Accursed Vampire is on sale 7/27/21 When I write and draw comics intended for a middle grade reader, I can’t help but think about my experiences as a book-loving kid. I think about what I would’ve found fun and...
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Let's Be Frank: Honest Conversations About Sex in YA
This piece was originally published on SLJ Teen Librarian Toolbox on May 27, 2021. I get asked a lot what I’d like to see more of in the YA space, and my answer is always, “More frankness around the topic...
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PEACE TRAIN Downloadable Poster
Download the FREE poster! Hop aboard the Peace Train in this picture book adaptation of Cat Stevens’s legendary anthem of unity and harmony in time for the song’s 50th anniversary! With illustrations by New York Times bestselling illustrator Peter H....
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National Library Week: Morris Award Winner Kyrie McCauley
The town I grew up in didn’t have a library. In fact, it still doesn’t to this day. But for a while it had instead what we called the "lending library." It was housed in the old bank, and then...
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Shake Up Your Summer Reading!
View the archived webinar here! By sharing and celebrating diverse books, teachers and librarians have an opportunity to help young people better understand themselves and others. We encourage you to look critically at the books you’re sharing with your students...
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Wild Summer Reading!
Take a read on the wild side this summer with some of our favorite books about animals! The Collaborative Summer Library Program’s theme for 2021 is “Tails and Tales,” so here are some great titles for middle grade to keep...
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A Hero Like Thurgood: Author Guest Post by Kekla Magoon
Author Kekla Magoon and The Highest Tribute: Thurgood Marshall's Life, Leadership, and Legacy - available now! I’ve always thought of Thurgood Marshall as a hero. He was a famous attorney who battled for civil rights in courts all over the...
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Picturing Thurgood Marshall: Illustrator Guest Post by Laura Freeman
The Highest Tribute: Thurgood Marshall's Life, Leadership, and Legacy is on sale now I’ve been very fortunate. I’ve had the opportunity to illustrate so many wonderful books about amazing, inspiring people. I love the challenge illustrating a biography for children...
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Time for Black History Month Here and Now: Author Guest Post by Brian Pinkney
Brian Pinkney's newest picture book, Time for Kenny, is on sale now! Time for Kenny is the story of a busy kid whose days are filled with things that bring him joy. He loves dressing in Granddaddy’s hat, learning to...
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We Are Folks with Folklore: Author Guest Post by Eden Royce
“If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.” - Carter G. Woodson, historian and founder of the Association...
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Shake Up Your Shelves this Black History Month - and all year long!
What books are you sharing with young readers this Black History Month? We encourage you to #ShakeUpYourShelves by celebrating the Black history makers of today and shining a spotlight on Black creators for all ages and genres. Check out some...
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Our 2021 ALA Award Winners and Honorees!
While 2020 was not the year anyone expected, it was certainly a great year for children’s books. We could not be prouder of our winners and honorees! Please find more information about these books and authors below.      ...
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Congratulations 2020 Morris Award Finalist Kyrie McCauley
Dear Reader, Like so many stories, this one began with the question what if? What if I could slip through time and talk to my sixteen-year-old self? I know exactly what I’d tell her: It isn’t okay. You aren’t alone....
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"More Realness" in our literature with Kacen Callender
National Book Award winner Kacen Callender reflects on why it is so important to build inclusive literary curriculum for children and teens. Their latest YA book, FELIX EVER AFTER, is on sale now. Hello, teachers, librarians, and booksellers! It’s Kacen...
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Finding Friends (And Ourselves) in Books
By Cynthia Leitich Smith November is Native American Heritage. As we honor the Indigenous peoples of North America this month, we know the importance of uplifting Native voices every day of the year. Award-winning author Cynthia Leitich Smith is the...
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