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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Everyone Can Do Something
By Meena Harris Meena Harris is the Founder and CEO of Phenomenal and the New York Times bestselling author of Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea. She currently resides in San Francisco with her partner and two daughters. “No one can...
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Thesaurus Has a Secret
Download this free poster! Thesaurus Has a Secretby Anya Glazer Thesaurus is an ordinary dinosaur. A very ordinary dinosaur . . . who just happens to love words. And the other dinos know that’s just who he is. But behind...
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Shake Up Your Shelves: Why an Inclusive Bookshelf is Important and How to Make it Happen
We know that children learn a lot about the world through the books that they read. When the stories they hear do not reflect the reality of the world we live in, young people develop a warped view of society,...
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Essential books for all ages by Black creators
Download Your Free Poster! Now more than ever, it's important to celebrate and uplift Black voices. Artist Anjola Coker created this gorgeous free downloadable poster featuring some of our most essential books for all ages by Black authors and illustrators....
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A letter from Tanita S. Davis, author of SERENA SAYS
On Sale 11/3/20 Dear Reader, We all know people who are sparklers—who shine in every situation and light up a room when they arrive. For those a little less confident, it can be exciting to have a friend who makes...
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A letter from Tessa Allen, author of SOMETIMES PEOPLE MARCH
On Sale September 1st! Dear Reader, I recently found a note I scribbled to myself November 10th 2016: “I am struggling to reconcile my identity as an American.” While recent political history has brought this challenge to the front of...
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A letter from Caela Carter, author of HOW TO BE A GIRL IN THE WORLD
On Sale 8/11 Dear Reader, In February of 2017, I was invited to be a key note speaker at the Women’s Leadership Summit at Ridge High School, my alma mater in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. I was asked to simply...
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#BlackVoicesMatter: Essential YA by Black Authors
  Download Your Free Poster! Whether your teaching and librarianship is virtual or in person, your workspace could surely use some book-themed decoration. Lucky for you, we have just the thing! Artist Anjola Coker created this gorgeous free downloadable poster...
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A letter from justin a. reynolds, author of EARLY DEPARTURES
Early Departures is on sale Dear Reader, This story exists because I can’t let my friend go. I want to know where he is, if he’s okay. I want to tell him he’s still the funniest person I know. Thank...
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A Letter from Tiffany D. Jackson, author of GROWN
On Sale Now! Dear Reader, My first boyfriend was twenty-two years old. I was fifteen. The greatest secret I ever kept. It was exciting and invigorating, to be considered so beautiful and adult-like, but ultimately, I knew it wasn’t right—the...
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Celebrate Black Americans with These Nonfiction Books for Young Readers
No matter the time of year, it's always a good time to celebrate the Black Americans who have made - and continue to make - their mark on this country. We've put together a list of picture book and middle...
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A letter from Lisa Moore Ramée, author of SOMETHING TO SAY
Something to Say by Lisa Moore RaméeOn sale 7/14/20 Dear Reader: Something to Say is about a lot of things. It examines whether we should hold people accountable for things they said or did "a long time ago," or when...
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