News to Wake Your Brain Cells – July 2

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

15 LGBTQ graphic novels for middle graders – Book Riot

45 best middle-grade books under 250 pages – Reading Middle Grade

‘Cardboard Kingdom’ is about so much more than just cardboard – NPR

Censorship and curation in children’s books – The Irish Times

Children’s book imprint Heartdrum focuses on contemporary Native stories – Forbes

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

Children’s house Lee & Low buys the bilingual Cinco Puntos Press – Publishing Perspectives

Kyle Lukoff’s speeches responding to the controversy over his easy reader series “Max and Friends” – SCBWI: The Blog

Raul the Third brings border culture to life in books for kids – Boston Globe

LIBRARIES

The Hot-Spot Library was born in two shipping containers in a Cape Town slum – NPR

Pride Month book displays at Lafayette public libraries concern board vice president – The Acadiana Advocate

San Diego City Library branches grapple with inequities – Governing

The value of the book cover: my favorite way to discover books in libraries – Book Riot

YA LIT

26 YA sci-fi fantasy books that are hitting shelves this summer – BuzzFeed

Netflix is taking a stab at R.L. Stine’s ‘Fear Street’ horror books for three new films – Daily News

The rise of BookTok: meet the teen influencers pushing books up the charts – The Guardian

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