News to Wake Your Brain Cells – Feb. 5


13 children’s books that encourage conversations about financial hardship – Insider

About our February cover – SLJ (Note: this is not being shared as a “recommended” article, but rather as a call out about a racist SLJ cover that centered on white children while allegedly promoting diverse books. Lots more to read on Twitter, if you want to dig into the very valid criticism of SLJ.)

Catching up with Philip Stead and Matthew Cordell – 100 Scope Notes

Children’s books roundup – the best new picture books and novels – The Guardian

Reading picture books to my son felt repetitive – but that helped me see how brilliant they were – NBC News

‘She Persisted,’ now in chapter book form, brings history to life – NPR

Their stories matter: the nation’s oldest Black children’s book fair goes virtual for 2021 – WHYY


Chicago Public Library workers wonder why they’re not at higher priority level for COVID-19 vaccine – CBS Chicago

Libraries helped us cope during coronavirus shutdown and are critical to Florida’s recovery – Dayton Beach News-Journal

Madison Public Library’s 2.1% budget cut to impact homeless individuals, community members – The Badger Herald


12 riveting YA books hitting shelves in February 2021 – PopSugar

20 Black voices in teen fiction from 2020 – Seattle Public Library

All the new young adult SFF books arriving in February – Tor

The best found family YA books – Book Riot

How “Tiny Pretty Things” writer Dhonielle Clayton is bringing more diversity to publishing – Ms.