News to Wake Your Brain Cells – January 8

Happy new year! Here is some library and book news to welcome a new and hopefully better year for us all:

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

2021 Titles by/for/about Latinx – Latinxs in Kid Lit

Dr. Seuss’ net worth in 2020 is actually shocking – Showbiz CheatSheet

How author Jacqueline Woodson gets it done – The Cut

How children’s books grapple with the Native American experience – NPR

I Spy Louise Fitzhugh: a conversation with Leslie Brody – Los Angeles Review of Books

Michael Morpurgo denies ‘censoring’ Merchant of Venice in children’s book – The Guardian

Struggling to discuss tough topics with a kid? Here are books that might help – NPR

LIBRARIES

REALM Test Results – American Libraries

Social equity policy at San Diego Library boosting branches in low-income neighborhoods – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Toronto library staff are calling more than 20,000 seniors for a quick check-in chat during the pandemic – Toronto Star

YA LIT

5 books to help young people understand racism – The Conversation

2021 debut MG & YA authors – Crazyquiltedi

Co-authors of “Tiny Pretty Things” discuss the Netflix adaptation and what’s next – BuzzFeed

Get cozy with these winter 2021 YA books for your TBR – Book Riot

Q & A with Angie Thomas – Publishers Weekly

These 33 YA books of 2021 are worth saving your gift cards for – Epic Reads

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