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Celebrating the Year’s Best Literature for Children and Young Adults

This morning, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, digital media, video, and audio books for children and young adults—including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery, and Printz awards—at the Youth Media Awards, which took place virtually during LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience. Selected by librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards …

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Fresh Librarian-approved Kids’ Reads for Summer 2021

Looking for great summer reads for the young readers (and pre-readers) in your life? This list of librarian-recommended books for babies through fifth graders is a great place to start. Compiled annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, this list is meant for parents and caregivers …

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Check Out These Librarian-approved Digital Experiences to Keep Your Kids Learning

We’re all glued to our screens these days, and there is a seemingly endless supply of content out there to choose from. Sorting out what’s educational from what’s garbage can be a challenge, especially for parents trying to regulate their kids’ digital intake. Luckily, these apps and experiences have been reviewed and approved by librarians …

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This New Website Helps You Find the Best Kids’ Books

Looking for great books for the little ones in your life? The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has just launched their Book & Media Awards Shelf, a one-stop shop for finding world-class content for youth. The website lists almost 2,000 titles that have won ALSC awards over the past century. Each year, the organization’s …

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Book covers: Sentient, Kent State, Big Black, Parable of the Sower, Making Comics, Invisible Kingdom

Check Out Librarians’ Favorite Recent Graphic Novels

Looking for some great books to add to your to-read pile? Members of the American Library Association’s Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) have released their 2020 Best Graphic Novels for Adults Reading List, featuring amazing recent titles for readers of all kinds. “During a difficult year, the committee members and I worked diligently …

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Libraries Take the Spotlight in this Disney Junior Show

by Burkely Hermann Recent animated series like She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Hilda, Cleopatra in Space, and Too Loud have portrayed libraries positively. One Disney Junior show, which features the first South Asian protagonist in the network’s history, brings this trend to cable: Mira, Royal Detective. The titular protagonist, Mira, lives in the fictional kingdom of Jalpur, set in 19th century India. She …

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These Online Games Help Kids Learn Money Skills Early

The American Library Association (ALA) has teamed up with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation to create free online games for kids about earning, saving, and spending money. The games are part of a series called Thinking Money for Kids and are perfect for youth aged 7 to 11. They empower kids to develop financial savvy …

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Book covers: I Am Jazz, My Rainbow, When Aidan Became a Brother

Join Educators in Supporting Transgender and Nonbinary Youth

Later this month, readers across the country will join the annual Jazz & Friends National Day of School & Community Readings, a literary celebration of transgender and nonbinary youth. On Thursday, February 25, libraries, schools, and households will participate in readings of three children’s books about gender identity: I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, My Rainbow by …

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The Year’s Biggest Book Awards for Kids and Teens Are Here

Each year, the American Library Association (ALA) and affiliated library organizations present the prestigious Youth Media Awards, a celebration of the very best content for children and young adults—all curated by expert librarians. This morning, ALA announced 2021 honors including the Newbery Medal, the Caldecott Medal, the Coretta Scott Book Award, and more. Check out …

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