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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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Librarians’ Top Graphic Novels for Teens

Members of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) have put together an amazing list of recent graphic novels for teens. A committee of librarians curated their 126 favorite titles from 145 nominations submitted by readers. Their picks include a diverse mix of fiction and nonfiction books and are curated for youth aged 12 to 18. Here …

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Book covers: The Nickel Boys, Trick Mirror, A Burning, Jane Against the World, American Like Me, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

Librarians Recommend These 100+ Books for College-Bound Teens

Looking for great gifts for the teens in your life? The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has released their long-awaited list of Outstanding Books for the College Bound (OBCB) for this year. Every five years, a group of public, high school, and college and university librarians come together to review countless fiction and nonfiction titles targeted …

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If Your Kids Need Help Coping with the Pandemic, Look to Libraries

COVID-19 has taken an enormous mental toll on people of all ages; even young children are struggling with grief, isolation, and fear during the pandemic. If you’re wondering about the best way to approach challenging conversations with the kids in your life, turn to children’s library professionals for expert guidance and support. As part of …

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How Your Family Can Make the Most of Screen Time During the Pandemic

With people everywhere staying home to curb the spread of COVID-19, individuals of all ages are turning to screens for entertainment, information, and socialization. While digital media has been a lifeline during these unprecedented times, parents and caregivers may be wondering what online videos, apps, and games are best for their families. Fortunately, your local …

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Book covers: Black Brother, Black Brother; The Oldest Student; Black Enough; IntersectionAllies; Black Is A Rainbow Color; March Forward, Girl; Crown; Genesis Begins Again

Librarians’ Social Justice Reading Recommendations for Kids and Families

Amid ongoing national conversations about anti-Blackness and racial violence, librarians from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) and the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) have put together a social justice reading list for youth. The list, titled Community, Connecting, Cultivating & Constructing Conversations Through Literacy, highlights books for kids in …

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Book covers: Girls on the Verge, Pet, Heroine, Lovely War, With Fire On High

70+ Amazing YA Books Recommended by Librarians

Love reading young adult literature? Librarians from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) have put together an extensive list of their favorite recent novels from the genre. Of the 71 titles they selected, they’ve also chosen their top ten must-reads, which are as follows: The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben …

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COVID-19 Won’t Stop Librarians from Promoting Summer Reading

Summer reading helps kids stay engaged when school isn’t in session, ensuring that students are prepared and ready to learn when they return to the classroom in the fall. Libraries have long played a key role in hosting summer reading programs that are free and accessible to everyone in their communities, but due to the …

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