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January 16, 2017
ALA Nepal Library Relief Fund Donates $2,500 to a Community Library in the Himalayas
A community library and resource center, the READ Center is being rebuilt after sustaining significant damage during the 2015 earthquakes. Read More
January 13, 2017
First Book and the Guru Krupa Foundation Provided More Than 20,000 Books to Kids in Need in 2016
First Book and the Guru Krupa Foundation distributed new books to 213 programs and schools serving children in need in Nassau County, New York; New York City; and the greater Los Angeles area. Read More
January 12, 2017
Applications Sought For 2017 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants
Awarded by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee, the grant program provides books submitted for consideration for the Coretta Scott King Book Awards to libraries and other organizations to expand their collections. Read More
January 11, 2017
Three Debuts on the Indie Bestsellers List
Three children's titles debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list for the week of January 11, 2017. Read More
January 11, 2017
Disney and ABC Invite Families to Read Together During Fifth Annual “Magic of Storytelling” Campaign and Second Annual Disney Reads Day
Disney to Donate up to One Million Books in 2017 through First Book; More than 57 Million Books Distributed To Date. Read More
January 10, 2017
CBC Announces Winners of Publishing Staff Scholarships for ABA Institutes
2017 CBC Diversity Scholarship and Early Career Scholarship winners announced. Read More
January 10, 2017
Thousands to View ALA Youth Media Awards Results Live
A complete list of award winners will post to the ALA Youth Media Awards webcast page immediately following the live broadcast. Read More
January 6, 2017
Remembering Author Marilyn Sachs
The beloved children's and young adult author has passed away at 89. Read More
January 6, 2017
It’s Me Eloise: The Voice of Kay Thompson and the Art of Hilary Knight
The first major retrospective of Hilary Knight’s work showcases more than 90 objects, from numerous Eloise illustrations to art from the rest of his prodigious career as a children’s book artist, poster designer, magazine illustrator, and painter. Read More
January 4, 2017
Barnes & Noble Makes Major Donation to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation in New York City and Reno, NV
$450,000 Worth of Products Donated Including Books, Puzzles, Plush Toys, Board Games, Electronic Games, Infant Toys and More. Read More
January 3, 2017
PLA Offers Post-Election Resources For Public Libraries
As we invite our communities to have critical conversations, we must be committed to ensuring a safe place for all that reflects and serves the diversity of our nation. Read More
January 2, 2017
Debut on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers Lists
One children's title debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers lists the week of January 1, 2016. Read More
January 2, 2017
Anansesem: December 2016 Issue
Presenting the December 2016 issue of Anansesem, the Caribbean children's literature ezine. Read More
January 2, 2017
Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture Grant
The American Indian Library Association and the Asian Pacific American Librarian Association are now accepting applications for the 'Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture' Grant. Read More
December 30, 2016
Libraries Retain More Than $1.3 Billion in Federal Funding in Massive Spending Bill Passed By Congress
The continuing resolution will allow spending by all arms of the federal government to continue at or near FY2016 levels through April 28, 2017. Read More
December 28, 2016
The New York Public Library Transforms Vacant Former Custodial Apartment At Washington Heights Branch Into A Teen and Adult Education Center
Nearly 4,000-square-foot spaces receives $4.4 million renovation to further support community’s diverse needs. Read More
December 26, 2016
Amazon Announces Best-Selling Books of 2016
Harry Potter & The Cursed Child is the best-selling book of 2016 overall and in the Kids & Teens category. Harry Potter & The Cursed Child is also this year’s Most Wished For and Most Gifted book. Read More
December 22, 2016
Holidays in Kid Lit
Authors share how they'd celebrate their dream holidays with children's book families. Read More
December 22, 2016
2017 Teens’ Top Ten Book Groups Announced
The Teens’ Top Ten is a booklist created entirely by and for teens. Read More
December 20, 2016
Debut on the Indie Bestsellers List
One children's title debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list, for the week of December 21, 2016. Read More
December 20, 2016
Children’s Book Editors on Working with their Heroes
Children's book editors on the experience of working with their favorite authors from childhood. Read More
December 20, 2016
2017 Morris Award Finalists Announced
YALSA will name the 2017 award winner at the Youth Media Awards at 8 a.m. on Jan. 23 in Atlanta during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting. Read More
December 19, 2016
Expanding Library Outreach Services

Library services and programs for underserved and underrepresented populations.

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December 16, 2016
Engineering and Kid Lit

Tufts University has developed a program that integrates reading with STEM learning. 

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December 15, 2016
First Book’s Citizen Power Project

First Book’s Citizen Power Project gathered proposals for how educators can show their students that they have a voice and the ability to make positive changes happen.

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December 14, 2016
Debut on the Indie Bestsellers List
One children's title debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list, for the week of December 14, 2016. Read More
December 14, 2016
Two Debuts on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers Lists
Two children's and young adult titles debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers lists the week of December 11, 2016. Read More
December 14, 2016
Global Kids Connect Surveys China, Latin America, and Brexit

A recap of the second annual Global Kids Connect conference.

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December 13, 2016
First Book and Penguin Random House Partner to Bring Brand New Books and Red Mittens to Kids in Need Through Red Mitten Campaign
Campaign marks release of “A Poem for Peter,” a new children’s book based on the life of beloved children’s author Ezra Jack Keats. Read More
December 12, 2016
Young Readers Prefer Paper Books to E-Books for Pleasure Reading

A recent Scholastic survey revealed that 65% of young people prefer to read in print, which is up from 60% who preferred print in 2012.

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December 9, 2016
The Rise of the New Adult Genre
The emergence of the New Adult genre has created more options for readers transitioning between childhood and adulthood. Read More
December 9, 2016
2017 Teen Tech Week™ Site Now Live
The celebration will take place March 5-11, 2017 with the theme “Be the Source of Change.” Read More
December 8, 2016
Debut on the Indie Bestsellers List
One children's title debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list, for the week of December 7, 2016. Read More
December 8, 2016
In Partnership with First Book, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation Announces a Toy and Book Relief Effort for North Carolina Flood Victims
In partnership with First Book, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundations Announces a Toy and Book Relief Effort for North Carolina Flood Victims Resulting From Hurricane Matthew. Read More
December 7, 2016
Three Debuts on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers Lists
Three children's and young adult titles debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers lists the week of December 4, 2016. Read More
December 7, 2016
Every Child a Reader Announces Expanded Plans for Children’s Book Week (May 1-7, 2017)
Major new plans for the longest-running national reading initiative in the U.S. Read More
December 7, 2016
Barnes & Noble Invites Customers to Experience Its First-Ever Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball On December 9
Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide will feature dancing, music, Harry Potter-themed activities, and a special giveaway. Read More
December 6, 2016
2017 Sendak Fellows Revealed
The 2017 Sendak Fellows have been announced. Read More
December 6, 2016
Winners Announced For the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards
Children's book titles took the top prize in six categories: fantasy, debut Goodreads author, young adult fiction, young adult fantasy & science-fiction, middle grade & children's books, and picture books. Read More
December 2, 2016
Winner Announced for the 2016 Children’s Books on Tour NYC Translation Competition
The German Book Office New York has revealed the winner and runner-up of the 2016 Children’s Books on Tour NYC Translation Competition. Read More
December 2, 2016
Libraries Win Funding For Their Teen Programming Ideas at YALSA’s 2016 YA Services Symposium
Each winner will receive a monetary award of $1,500 to help fund their program and the honorable mention recipient will receive $500. Read More
December 1, 2016
2017 Teen Choice Book of the Year: Nominate Your Favorites Now!
Nominate your favorite YA titles of 2016 by 11:59 PM(EST) on February 1, 2017 at Teenreads.com! Read More
December 1, 2016
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Presents A Friend Among Us: The Art of Brinton Turkle
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is pleased to present A Friend Among Us: The Art of Brinton Turkle. Read More
December 1, 2016
Our First Worldreader Author Ambassador Tad Hills Visits Schools in Africa
With his books and hundreds of other children’s titles donated by Penguin Random House, Worldreader’s largest publishing partner, Tad read, taught and interacted with students in Worldreader’s e-reader program. Read More
November 30, 2016
Debut on the Indie Bestsellers List
One children's title debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list, for the week of November 30, 2016. Read More
November 30, 2016
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Expands Its Board of Trustees
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is pleased to announce the election of two new members to its Board of Trustees: H. Nichols B. Clark and Robert Forbes. Read More
November 29, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang Shares Holiday Reads
The National Ambassador for Young People's Literature reflects on his lifelong love of comics and favorite reads for the holidays. Read More
November 28, 2016
New York Public Library Reveals its List of Best Books for Kids and Teens Just in Time for The Holidays
The two lists – 100 Best Books for Kids and 50 Best Books for Teens – selected from titles published in 2016 by children and teen librarians across the system. Read More
November 25, 2016
“Healthy Mind, Healthy Body” Initiative Will Provide Custom Educational Resources to Address Social and Emotional Learning
New Research From First Book and Molina Healthcare Identifies Emotional Wellness Resources as Teachers’ Top Health Education Priority in Low-income Communities. Read More
November 22, 2016
Women Dominate YA but Not Film

Women dominate the YA industry but are underrepresented in mainstream film. 

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November 21, 2016
Four Debuts on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers Lists
Four children's and young adult titles debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers lists the week of November 20, 2016. Read More
November 21, 2016
James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club Donate to School Libraries
Author James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club have teamed up once again to provide school libraries across the country with grants. Read More
November 21, 2016
Teen Vogue’s New Book Club

Teen Vogue’s new book club kicks off with Zora Neale Hurston’s ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’.

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November 18, 2016
How Fantasy Novels Help Kids Face Real Life

Author Matthew Cody (Supers of Noble’s Green trilogy) says fantasy novels allow readers to explore the world’s problems and practice empathy in a safe context.

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November 17, 2016
2016 National Book Award Winners Revealed
John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell have received the National Book Award for Young People's Literature for 'March: Book Three.'
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November 17, 2016
Debut on the Indie Bestsellers List
One children's title debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list, for the week of November 16, 2016. Read More
November 15, 2016
Children’s Book Summit Focuses on Kids, Their Trends, and Their Parents

Participants at Nielsen’s third Children’s Book Summit looked at book sales, content trends, and the buying habits of millennials.

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November 14, 2016
600 Students to Interview National Book Award Finalists at Teen Press Conference as Part of National Book Awards Week
The National Book Foundation’s annual National Book Awards Teen Press Conference will take place this year at the 92nd Street Y on November 15, beginning at 10:30 am EST. Read More
November 14, 2016
The Coexistence of Ebooks and Print Books in the Market

Major publishers have reported a fall in ebook sales in 2016, after years of sales growth.

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November 11, 2016
90-Second Newbery Film Festival Open for Submissions
Festival for kid-made films enters its sixth year. Read More
November 10, 2016
Two Debuts on the Indie Bestsellers List
Two children's titles debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list, for the week of November 9, 2016. Read More
November 10, 2016
The Challenge of Raising Free-Range Readers

Author of ‘8th Grade Superzero’ Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich says books help children discuss tough topics and give them the tools to navigate difficult circumstances.

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November 10, 2016
Award-Winning Children’s Author Kwame Alexander is 2017 Midwinter Meeting President’s Program Speaker
Attendees can look forward to hearing how Kwame Alexander’s work is inspired by his belief that poetry can change the world, and how he uses poetry to inspire and empower young people all over the world. Read More
November 9, 2016
The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2016
The New York Times has revealed its list of Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2016. Read More
November 9, 2016
Why We Need Feminist Children’s Books

New York Times bestselling author Kate Schatz says feminist children’s literature empowers and enlightens both boys and girls.  

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November 8, 2016
25 Children’s Book Creators Contribute Childhood Work for Anthology

Atheneum Books for Young Readers will publish an anthology containing work children’s authors and illustrators created as children on July 4, 2017. 

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November 7, 2016
Announcing the 2017-2018 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List
Children’s authors Jon Scieszka and Steven Weinberg joined students from the central Texas area in announcing the 2017-2018 Texas Bluebonnet Award (TBA) Master List on November 5 at the 2016 Texas Book Festival. Read More
November 7, 2016
Four Debuts on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers Lists
Four children's and young adult titles debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers lists the week of November 6, 2016. Read More
November 7, 2016
Watch the 67th Annual National Book Awards Live on Twitter and Facebook
The National Book Foundation will be broadcasting the 67th National Book Awards Ceremony live on Facebook, Twitter, and at nationalbook.org. Read More
November 7, 2016
U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance on Early Learning

The U.S. Department of Education released guidance on early learning as a part of the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

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November 7, 2016
Applications Open For The 2017 AASL Awards Program
American Association of School Librarians (AASL) members are encouraged to nominate a colleague or themselves to be lauded for their outstanding talent and dedication to the profession as part of this prestigious program. Read More
November 4, 2016
PW’s Best Children’s Books of 2016 Announced
The editors of 'Publishers Weekly' have revealed their picks for the year's best picture books, middle-grade, and young adult titles, culled from over 2,000 books published in 2016.  Read More
November 4, 2016
First Book and Pearson launch #ReadUP: A Non-Partisan Call-to-Action for Education and Literacy

First Book and Pearson have created a social media campaign to promote the importance of literacy and informed voting prior to Election Day, using the hashtag #ReadUP.

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November 4, 2016
Nominations Open For 2017 Lemony Snicket Prize For Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity
If you know a librarian who has gone above and beyond the normal requirements of librarianship to stand up in the face of adversity with dignity and honor, please consider giving that person some much needed recognition by nominating them for the 2017 Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity. Read More
November 2, 2016
How Audiobooks Can Help Struggling Readers

Audiobooks and podcasts can help struggling readers build vocabulary and participate in class discussions, while instilling a love of stories.

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November 1, 2016
Happy Picture Book Month!
November is the month-long celebration of picture books. Read More
November 1, 2016
Remembering Author Natalie Babbitt
Acclaimed author and artist Natalie Babbitt has passed away at the age of 84. Read More
November 1, 2016
Kid Lit Helps Kids Be Who They Are

Bestselling children’s book author Todd Parr (‘Be Who You Are’) says children’s literature can help kids be themselves.

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October 31, 2016
Creating Effective Libraries

Fifth grade teacher Corrina Allen shares strategies for creating and maintaining effective, vibrant libraries.

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October 28, 2016
Willy Wonka Reboot

A new film featuring beloved Roald Dahl character Willy Wonka is in the works, according to Variety.

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October 28, 2016
First Book Partners with Reading Rainbow® to Offer Acclaimed Skybrary to Educators Serving Kids in Need – at a Fraction of the Cost
Award-winning app features digital library, video field trips, and educator-created lesson plans designed to inspire a love of learning for grades K-3. Read More
October 27, 2016
Debut on the Indie Bestsellers List
One children's title debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list, for the week of October 26, 2016. Read More
October 27, 2016
Reading Habits of Young Boys

According to a UK study of children’s reading habits, young males do not tend to challenge themselves in their reading material.

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October 26, 2016
First Book and Celebrated Children’s Author Pat Mora Honor Texas School with Estela and Raúl Mora Award
Three schools serving students in need receive special recognition for promoting literacy. Read More
October 24, 2016
Five Debuts on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers Lists
Five children's and young adult titles debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers lists the week of October 23, 2016. Read More
October 24, 2016
The Enduring Importance of Libraries
On the evolving role of libraries in promoting information literacy and community. Read More
October 24, 2016
Nominees Announced For Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2017
For the world’s largest children’s literature award next year, 226 candidates from 60 countries are nominated, of which 63 are nominated for the first time, jury chairman Professor Boel Westin announced at the Frankfurt Book Fair today. Read More
October 21, 2016
Announcing YALSA’s 2016 Teens’ Top Ten
YALSA has announced the 2016 Teens' Top Ten. Read More
October 21, 2016
Library Hosts Online Conference for Educators
This free two-day event, "Discover and Explore with Library of Congress Primary Sources," will be held October 25-26, from 4-8 p.m. EDT and will be open to K-12 educators from across all teaching disciplines. Read More
October 20, 2016
Debut on the Indie Bestsellers List
One children's title debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list, for the week of October 19, 2016. Read More
October 19, 2016
NCCBA and NECBA Take on the Windows & Mirrors Challenge
The Northern California Children’s Booksellers Alliance and the New England Children’s Booksellers Advisory Council are once again challenging each other to sell the most diverse books during the holiday season. Read More
October 19, 2016
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Presents The Golden Age to the Modern Era: The Michael and Esther Droller Collection
On view are artists from the Golden Age of Illustration—a period of extraordinary creative ferment from 1875 to World War I—such as Randolph Caldecott, Walter Crane, and Kate Greenaway, as well as later but accomplished practitioners Frank Adams, L. Leslie Brooke, and W. Heath Robinson. Read More
October 17, 2016
Grateful American Book Prize Will Be Awarded to Author Chris Stevenson for His Revolutionary War Novel ‘The Drum of Destiny’
Chris Stevenson, a lawyer from Tippecanoe County, IN, is the winner of the 2016 Grateful American Book Prize for his first novel, The Drum of Destiny, a work of fact-based historical fiction published by Capstone. Read More
October 17, 2016
Five Debuts on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers Lists
Five children's and young adult titles debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers lists the week of October 16, 2016. Read More
October 14, 2016
The Appeal of Mysteries for Young Readers
Author Stuart Gibbs on the intellectual appeal of mystery novels for young readers. Read More
October 13, 2016
Teachers Ramp up K-5 Writing Instruction with a New Resource from Ruth Culham and Scholastic

Best-selling author and pioneering researcher in literacy instruction Ruth Culham has once again paired writing exercises and activities with selections of popular fiction and nonfiction children’s books in the new teaching resource for grades K–5, Trait Crates Plus® from Scholastic.

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October 11, 2016
29th Annual Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant Program Call for Proposals

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, which fosters children’s love of reading and creative expression in our diverse culture, celebrates the 29th year of its Mini-Grant program with a call for proposals.

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October 7, 2016
We Need Diverse Books to Launch OurStory
We Need Diverse Books has announced plans to launch the OurStory app, a searchable database of diverse children's books. Read More
October 6, 2016
Finalists Announced for the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature
The National Book Foundation has announced the finalists for the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.  Read More
October 6, 2016
Author Ross Welford on the Pleasure of Reading Aloud
Children’s book author Ross Welford reminds parents they also benefit from reading aloud to children. Read More
October 5, 2016
Eight American Teenagers Chosen to Represent the Political Views of the Next Generation of Voters
Channel One News names OneVote student contributors for 2016 Presidential Election. Read More
October 4, 2016
Four Debuts on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers Lists
Four children's and young adult titles debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers lists the week of October 2, 2016. Read More
October 3, 2016
Best-selling Children’s Author Mo Willems to Match Donations to First Book Up to $50,000
Join Mo Willems, wife Cher and First Book to equip classrooms and programs with new books for children in need. Read More
October 3, 2016
United for Libraries to Coordinate National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct. 16-22
National Friends of Libraries Week offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate Friends – promoting the group in the community, raising awareness and increasing membership and also giving libraries and boards of trustees the opportunity to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library. Read More
September 30, 2016
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Launches GO Math! GO, the Fun Math App for Young Learners At Home and On the Move
Creator of the #1 math curriculum, GO Math!, introduces engaging math app for grades K-2. Read More
September 30, 2016
First Book and NEA Foundation to Bring Thousands of Diverse Books and Resources for Children in Need
Collaboration includes special edition affordable paperbacks from multicultural publisher Lee & Low Books, and opportunity for first-time author of color to be published. Read More
September 29, 2016
Library of Congress Selects Early Elementary Teacher-in-Residence
Teresa St. Angelo, a kindergarten teacher from Manalapan, New Jersey, has been selected to serve as the 2016-2017 Teacher-in-Residence at the Library of Congress. Read More
September 28, 2016
Debuts on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers Lists
Fourteen children's and young adult titles debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers list for the week of September 25, 2016. Read More
September 27, 2016
Library of Congress Literacy Award Winners Announced
The Library of Congress Literacy Awards honor organizations working to promote literacy and reading in the United States and worldwide. Read More
September 26, 2016
Four Debuts on the Indie Bestsellers List
Four children's titles debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list. Read More
September 23, 2016
Submit for the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award
The de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection and the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation are now accepting submissions for the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. Read More
September 23, 2016
National Book Festival Summer Writing Contest Winners Announced
Launched in 2012 with the DC Public Library, "A Book That Shaped Me" expanded with the help of public libraries in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The local libraries offered the contest as part of their summer-reading programs. Read More
September 21, 2016
Why I Write about the Immigrant Experience Contributed by Reyna Grande, AuthorI learned to read in  English in the 8th grade. As a child immigrant from Mexico  struggling to adapt to the American way of life, I had a hard time finding my  experiences reflected in the books given to me by ... Read More
September 21, 2016
On the Need for Children’s Literature in Translation
Writer and translator Daniel Hahn on the value of international children's literature. Read More
September 21, 2016
ALA Awarded IMLS Grant to Offer Free Community Engagement Training For Libraries
Courses will be customized to meet the needs of various library types and sizes: small, medium-sized and rural public libraries; large public library systems; and academic libraries. Read More
September 20, 2016
The 2016 PW Publishing Industry Salary Survey
PW’s annual salary and jobs survey. Read More
September 20, 2016
Library to Host 2016 Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature
The Américas Award recognizes outstanding U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore or selected non-fiction published during the previous year. Read More
September 19, 2016
Six Debuts on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers List
Six children's titles debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read More
September 19, 2016
Comic Book Fans Prefer Print
Comic book readers overwhelmingly choose physical books over digital. Read More
September 19, 2016
ALSC Now Accepting Applications For 2017 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award
This $4,000 award, made possible by an annual gift from Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing in honor of Maureen Hayes, brings together children and nationally recognized authors/illustrators by funding an author/illustrator visit to a library. Read More
September 16, 2016
Carla Hayden Appointed 14th Librarian of Congress
Carla Hayden has officially been sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress. Read More
September 14, 2016
Literary Greats Headline Children’s Literature Festival at Bank Street College of Education
On October 22, BookFest @ Bank Street will welcome authors, illustrators, editors, and other luminaries from the children’s literature community to share a closer look at their unique and often award-winning approaches to their work. Read More
September 13, 2016
The Eric Carle Museum Launches 2016 Carle Honors Art Auction
Twenty-five exceptional works of art from celebrated picture book artists; Bidding begins September 7. Read More
September 13, 2016
Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!
Celebrating the 100th birthday of the iconic children's book author. Read More
September 12, 2016
2016 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature Revealed
The National Book Foundation has announced the 2016 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People's Literature. Read More
September 12, 2016
Young Adult Authors to Speak With At-Risk Youth as Part of the ALA Great Stories Club Tour
The following individuals will take part in the tour, discussing some of their most popular works: author MK Asante (Buck: A Memoir), author Jay Asher (Thirteen Reasons Why), author Andrew Aydin and illustrator Nate Powell (March trilogy) and illustrator Matt Weigle (No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels: Romeo & Juliet). Read More
September 9, 2016
Connecting Preschoolers With Nonfiction Books Through Movement
In “Nonfiction in Motion: Connecting Preschoolers with Nonfiction Books through Movement,” published by ALA Editions, Julie Dietzel-Glair spotlights a multitude of nonfiction titles published since 2005 that will engage young children’s curiosity while activating learning through movement-based activities. Read More
September 8, 2016
Texas Gov. Abbott Declares September 15 “Power Up at Your Library Day” and Libraries Statewide Revv Up
Texas Governor Greg Abbott formally declared Thursday, September 15, 2016 as Power Up at Your Library Day, and libraries around the state have responded by curating events geared to promote technology, innovation, creativity, and literacy in their respective communities. Read More
September 8, 2016
The Carle Awarded Competitive Seeding Artful Aging Grant to Catalyze the Growing National Artful Aging Movement
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is thrilled to join Aroha Philanthropies at the forefront of the emerging field of Artful Aging. Read More
September 7, 2016
Remembering Author and Illustrator Anna Dewdney
The children's author and illustrator behind the beloved Llama Llama series has passed away. Read More
September 7, 2016
Banned Books Week Makes International Splash Across the Pond
With support from the American Library Association (ALA), U.K. organizations have united to host Banned Books Week programs throughout London, demonstrating that censorship is not confined to the United States. Read More
September 6, 2016
SCBWI Announces Slate of Winners for SCBWI Work-in-Progress and Karen Cushman Late Bloomer Grants
The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators congratulates the winners of the 2016 Work-In-Progress Grants and Karen Cushman Late Bloomer Award. Read More
September 2, 2016
Library of Congress to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month 2016
All events are free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required. Read More
September 1, 2016
First Book, Target Team Up to Bring New Sports Equipment to Further Wellness and Learning for Children in Need
From Soccer Balls to Baseballs, Target Helps First Book Go to Bat to Help Educators Boost Physical Activity for Kids in Need. Read More
August 31, 2016
New York Yankees Celebrate Young Readers at The New York Public Library’s Annual Summer Reading Awards Ceremony
Yankees meet with NYPL’s Summer Readers to highlight the importance of reading. Read More
August 30, 2016
Book Clubs for Kids
Bookstores around the country are hosting book clubs just for kids. Read More
August 30, 2016
Remembering Gene Wilder
The actor who brought the whimsical Willy Wonka to the screen has passed away at 83. Read More
August 29, 2016
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Celebrates 50 Years of Brown Bear
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art celebrates the 50th anniversary of the beloved story that launched Eric Carle’s picture-book career—Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr—with the exhibition Brown Bear Turns 50. Read More
August 26, 2016
S.E. Hinton’s ‘The Outsiders’ Turns 50
The classic work of young adult literature will celebrate 50 years. Read More
August 26, 2016
A Library Card Provides Endless Opportunities For Family Engagement
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when the nation’s public libraries highlight the value of a library card. Read More
August 24, 2016
Inspiring Summer Reading
Tips for encouraging kids to read this summer. Read More
August 23, 2016
Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday Celebration
Penguin Young Readers Group and the Roald Dahl Literary Estate are gearing up for the centenary celebration of author Roald Dahl. Read More
August 23, 2016
New Report from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reveals Educators Hungry for Professional Learning and Greater Family Engagement
Additional findings show drop in concerns about meeting standards and accountability requirements. Read More
August 22, 2016
The Evolution of Children’s Literature
Literary critic and professor Seth Lerer on the evolution of children's literature from didactic to subversive, and everything in between. Read More
August 19, 2016
DOGObooks and YALSA Partner for 2016 Teens’ Top Ten voting
For the fourth year in a row, DOGObooks is the host site where teens will go to vote for the Teens’ Top Ten. Read More
August 17, 2016
Pottermore to Publish Pottermore Presents 6 September, A Series of eBook Shorts About the Wizarding World from J.K. Rowling
Pottermore has announced the publication of Pottermore Presents, a series of eBook shorts featuring stories and J.K. Rowling’s first-person reflections about the wizarding world. Read More
August 15, 2016
Vote for the 2016 Teens’ Top Ten!
Voting is now open for the 2016 Teens' Top Ten: YALSA's "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Read More
August 11, 2016
ALSC Now Accepting Applications For 2017 Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award
This award, made possible by an annual gift from Penguin Young Readers Group and Random House Children’s books, provides a $600 stipend for up to four children's librarians to attend their first ALA Annual Conference. Read More
August 10, 2016
Author Natalie Lloyd on the Magic of Summer Reading
Author Natalie Lloyd on her favorite kind of summer vacation: one spent reading. Read More
August 9, 2016
Philosophy and Children’s Books
How educators are using picture books to spark deeper conversations with students. Read More
August 8, 2016
Developmental Benefits of Early Literacy
Studies show the cognitive and emotional benefits of reading for young children. Read More
August 5, 2016
Author Matt de la Peña Receives Intellectual Freedom Award
NCTE honors Matt de la Peña for his courage in standing up for intellectual freedom with the NCTE National Intellectual Freedom Award, given for de la Peña’s efforts to fight censorship not only through his words but also through his actions. Read More
August 5, 2016
PLA Receives ASAE Power of A Summit and Gold Awards for Every Child Ready to Read Literacy Program
The Power of A Awards reward outstanding accomplishments of associations and industry professionals for their efforts to enrich lives, create a competitive workforce, prepare society for the future, drive innovation and make a better world. Read More
August 4, 2016
Winnie-the-Pooh Dolls Back on Display
After undergoing cleaning and conservation, the dolls that inspired AA Milne's 'Winnie-the-Pooh' stories are back on display at the New York Public Library. Read More
August 3, 2016
AASL Welcomes New Knowledge Quest Bloggers
Knowledge Quest offers breaking news, inspired blogs and encourages conversations to inspire insightful professionals and stronger communities. Read More
August 2, 2016
Submissions Open for the New-York Historical Society Children’s History Book Prize
Submissions are now open for the 4th annual New-York Historical Society Children's History Book Prize. Read More
August 1, 2016
Call for 2017 Carter G. Woodson Young Reader Book Nominations
The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) announces its call for nominations of books eligible to receive the CARTER G. WOODSON BOOK AWARD, presented to the most distinguished young reader non-fiction books depicting ethnicity in the United States. Read More
August 1, 2016
Barnes & Noble Announces That Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the Company’s Most Pre-Ordered Book Since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2007
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Expected to Be Barnes & Noble’s Biggest Selling Book of the Year. Read More
August 1, 2016
Script eBook of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two” Now Available Globally
Following the opening gala of the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, Pottermore has published the original eBook edition of the official script book. Read More
July 29, 2016
Children’s Book Shout-Outs at the Democratic National Convention
Introducing presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention last night, daughter Chelsea reflected on the role that books played in her upbringing and her mother's commitment to children everywhere. Read More
July 29, 2016
Make More Time for Summer Reading
Tips for making more time to read over the summer. Read More
July 29, 2016
Documentary Following Curious George Creators Hans A. & Margret Rey Announced – Ema Ryan Yamazaki Directorial Debut
Through a unique and Rey-inspired technique of animation, as well as archival photographs, the documentary tells the story of the couple’s lives, the birth of George and how the well-loved children’s book character almost didn’t come to fruition. Read More
July 28, 2016
Happy 150th Birthday to the Multi-Talented Beatrix Potter!
Beatrix Potter was born on July 28, 1866, 150 years ago today. A natural scientist and conservationist, she was the author and illustrator of beloved childhood classics The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, The Tailor of Gloucester, and many more.  Read More
July 27, 2016
Should Children’s Book Heroes Grow Up?
Contemporary children's book writers on 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,' and the implications of aging beloved kid lit heroes. Read More
July 26, 2016
2016 Eisner Awards Announced
The winners of the 2016 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards have been revealed. Read More
July 22, 2016
Paul O. Zelinksy, Matt de la Peña and Jane Yolen Headline 2nd Annual Picture Book Summit
Three of today's most beloved and honored picture book authors will headline the 2nd annual Picture Book Summit, an all-day online writing conference that will take place Saturday, October 1st. Read More
July 22, 2016
Digital Literacy for Tweens
Studies show that tweens' status as digital natives does not necessarily equate with digital literacy. Read More
July 21, 2016
VCFA Young Writers Network
Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier is launching the VCFA Young Writers Network for underserved kids. Read More
July 19, 2016
The American Indian Library Association and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Announce Winners of the 2016 Talk Story Grant
The American Indian Library Association and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association have announced the winners of the 2016 Talk Story Grant. Read More
July 19, 2016
How Booksellers Are Harnessing Pokémon Go
The popular new app is driving players into bookstores. Read More
July 19, 2016
Random House Children’s Books to Publish a Picture Book Biography on Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton
Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, has announced plans to publish a picture book biography on the wife of Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton. Margaret McNamara will serve as the writer for Eliza: The Story of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton. Read More
July 18, 2016
Sarah J. Maas to Work on New Young Adult Projects
Sarah J. Maas has announced that she has many young adult book projects in-the-works. She will be writing new books for two popular series: A Court of Thorns and Roses and Throne of Glass. Read More
July 14, 2016
The New York Public Library Makes It Easier Than Ever To Borrow Free eBooks with New App SimplyE
SimplyE is currently available for iOS and Android devices, with Kindle Fire, and web browser versions in development. Read More
July 13, 2016
Carla Hayden Confirmed as Librarian of Congress
The Senate has confirmed Carla D. Hayden the 14th Librarian of Congress. Read More
July 12, 2016
#BlackLivesMatter Booklist for Teens
Librarian Chelsea Couillard-Smith has created the #BlackLivesMatter booklist in an effort to promote discussions about current events and issues of race, justice, and privilege among teens.

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July 12, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Be the Change’ illustrated by Evan Turk Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
July 12, 2016
Dollar General Literacy Foundation Renews Commitment to the American Dream Literacy Initiative
To date, the American Dream literacy initiative has provided funding to more than 150 libraries across the United States. Read More
July 8, 2016
Using Picture Books to Promote Early Literacy
Tips for building children's language skills through picture books. Read More
July 8, 2016
Christopher Myers to Launch Make Me a World Imprint With Random House Children’s Books
Myers’s inaugural list to launch in 2018 with astronomer Ray Jayawardhana’s Child of the Universe, Annie Sieg’s picture book Mama Mable’s All-Gal Big Band Jazz Extravaganza!, and former boy soldier from South Sudan and activist Ger Duany’s memoir for young adults. Read More
July 7, 2016
Books for Babies Project
2016 Tennessee Teacher of the Year Cathy Whitehead on the Books for Babies project in her classroom, a literacy initiative that provides hand-selected books to new mothers and their babies. Read More
July 7, 2016
Unpublished Beatrix Potter Illustrations Discovered
Four never-before-seen illustrations by Beatrix Potter have been discovered in a Tudor mansion in Suffolk. Read More
July 7, 2016
United for Libraries Dedicates Literary Landmarks For Erich Maria Remarque and E. L. Doctorow
320 and 333 East 57th Street were selected by the Empire State Center for the Book and were supported by City Councilman Ben Kallos. The buildings were the homes of Remarque and Doctorow. Read More
July 6, 2016
Harry Potter Alliance Casts Protective Shield Spell With Trans Community in New Protego Campaign
Fans can visit thehpalliance.org/protego to sign up and learn more about individual, community, and policy level actions they can take to better the world for the transgender community. Read More
June 30, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Creativity in Progress Series: Part 4
National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang's monthly Creativity in Progress series at Panels. Read More
June 30, 2016
Celebrating 20 years of the Pura Belpré Book Award
ALSC and REFORMA co-hosted a 20th anniversary celebración for the Pura Belpré Book Awards at ALA Annual. Read More
June 29, 2016
Conference’s New Award Recognizes Founding Director of Children’s Literature Studies at Hollins
Hollins University’s Francelia Butler Conference (FBC), a one-day, student-run conference dedicated to celebrating children’s literature, is presenting a new prize this year in honor of the founding director of Hollins’ graduate programs in children’s literature. Read More
June 28, 2016
Diversity in the News: June 2016
Presenting the June edition of Diversity in the News! Read More
June 28, 2016
Pottermore unveils new writing by J.K. Rowling about Ilvermorny, the North American School of Magic, in the second instalment of Magic in North America, setting the stage for the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
‘Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry,’ the second instalment in a collection of new original writing by J.K. Rowling entitled Magic in North America, will be published today exclusively on pottermore.com. Read More
June 23, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘City Shapes’ by Diana Murray, illustrations by Bryan Collier Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More

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