News to Wake Your Brain Cells

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Catholic School Bans ‘Harry Potter’ – But According to Free Speech Advocates, It’s Nothing New – Forbes

Harry Potter used to be the number one banned book in schools, according to Caldwell-Stone. These days, she said, books with LGBT themes are increasingly being targeted, both with lawsuits and other extreme measures, like public book burnings.

Interview: Mitali Perkins Talks of Between Us and Abuela – Fuse 8

When it comes to our relationship with Mexico, it struck me that children would have an honest response akin to the child in the old “Emperor’s New Clothes” fable (“Why is that man naked, Mama?”)

New York Times book editor shares tips on ‘How to Raise a Reader’ – WTOP

It may sound counterintuitive, but Paul cautions parents not to reward their children for reading, no matter how badly you want them to crack open a book.

Q&A with Chris Raschka – Publisher’s Weekly

Ultimately, I told the legend in a Mother Goose style of my own, incorporating poems of hers that related to her life. Vladimir’s challenge was to design and illustrate the book so as to keep the strings of text separate and understandable. We worked on the book for six or seven years. He was ill for a number of those years, so there were inevitable big gaps when he didn’t have the strength to work.

This Is Home: Renee Watson on the Importance of Setting in Some Places More Than Others – Bookish

In some novels, the setting is far more than just a location, it’s a character within its own right.

Why I Love Kids’ Books in Translation – Publisher’s Weekly

With children’s books in particular, those in translation have an added aura of adventure, even a sense of the hidden being revealed. At least they did for me. I thought of books written in English as like coming across a fortune typed in that special red ink; I thought of books written in another language as that same fortune, but with a cookie around it, a message you got to crack open for yourself.

The Youth Vote: Women’s Suffrage Centennial – Publisher’s Weekly

As publishers anticipate the 2020 women’s suffrage centennial, they remain mindful of how history is presented to children. And just as words matter, so too do pictures, says Susan Van Metre, executive editorial director at Walker Books.

LIBRARIES

10-year-old library changes with the times – WBAY

“A good library today is not your grandma’s library,” library director Kristin Vogel said. “Nothing against grandmas, but that shushing, that quiet, that sense of policing is very different than what a lot of people experienced in their childhood.”

Thriving Together / Best Small Library in America 2019 – Library Journal

The Copper Queen Library in Bisbee, AZ, is the oldest in the state. It’s older than the state itself, having been founded in 1882 and open continuously ever since. But it isn’t resting on its laurels. Once focused on mining, today’s Bisbee is a study in contradictions.

Wisconsin public library adds part-time social worker – Minneapolis StarTribune

The decision to bring in a social worker didn’t happen overnight: The library staff gradually realized how ill-equipped they were to deal with certain situations, particularly those related to homelessness and drug abuse —

YA LIT

7 Young Adult Books Out in Autumn 2019 in the UK That’ll Keep You Busy until Christmas – Bustle

From romantic vampire thrillers to a feminist call to arms, if you’re a fan of YA writing, you’re in luck this autumn.

50 YA Paperback for Fall 2019 – BookRiot

You’ll find something from every genre in this collection of fall YA paperbacks, so prepare to be swept away in a good book.

‘Permanent Record’ Captures the Confusing Moments between Adolescence and Adulthood – NPR

…Mary H.K. Choi is quietly defining new-adult literature with her modern explorations of how relationships help young people figure out who they really are.

The Korean-American Kids in These Books Bust Stereotypes – New York Times

Fast-forward to 2019 — with its bulgogi tacos, K-pop, snail slime masks and Sandra Oh memes — and Koreans are the new purveyors of cool. Korean-Americans are making a mark on American culture, and the Y.A. universe is no exception.

You’re Not Alone: Mental Health Nonfiction Picks for Teens – The Hub

As mental health struggles get more time in the spotlight, mental health nonfiction books have been cropping up aimed a variety of demographics. In fact, many options are now available just for teens. This list looks at great resources for those who are struggling with mental health issues or want to help someone that is.

 

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