News to Wake Your Brain Cells – January 22


2021 Spring Preview: Kids’ books – Quill & Quire

Announcing Lee & Low Books’ 2020 New Voices Award Winner and Honor – The Open Book Blog

Netflix partners with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi for three projects based on his books – The Hollywood Reporter

Obituary: Kathleen Krull – Publishers Weekly

SCBWI Celebrates #OwnVoices “Celebrating Queer Voices” – SCBWI

These books will get your kids out of their reading rut – LifeHacker

Virtual library gives children in England free book access – BBC News


A life already saved: the power librarians hold, a guest post by B. B. Alston – Teen Librarian Toolbox

Milwaukee Public Library facing major budget shortfalls, considering recommendations – Spectrum News


6 YA adaptations coming to Netflix in 2021 – Netflix Life

January 2021 YA book releases – The Nerd Daily

Netflix lands adaptation of YA graphic novel ‘Heartstopper’ – Deadline

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – Jan 15


20 children’s books for your dino-loving kid – Romper

25 #OwnVoices books for kids – Chicago Parent

33 middle-grade books about families (big and small) – Afoma Umesi

50 picture, middle-grade, and YA books coming out in 2021 to add to your kid’s TBR list – PopSugar

‘Ambitious Girl’ reminds kids: your dreams are not a drawback – NPR

Ben Affleck to direct adaptation of ‘Keeper of the Lost Cities’ for Disney – Deadline

A Mighty Girl’s 2020 Books of the Year – A Mighty Girl

Rooting out racism in children’s books – Salon

Scholastic launches new BIPOC-focused publishing program – Publishers Weekly

Surviving Covid winter: a lesson from Leo Lionni’s Frederick by James Preller – Nerdy Book Club


33% growth for digital books from public libraries and schools in 2020 sets records – PR Newswire

Food, Shelter, and the Public Library – Publishers Weekly

Hennepin County libraries end overdue book fees – Star Tribune

How did the Free Library’s cooking school go virtual? – The Philadelphia Inquirer

The Library Path by Eden Royce – Nerdy Book Club


10 Great January 2021 YA releases to TBR – Book Riot

15 queer SFF books to look out for in 2021 – The Nerd Daily

25 LGBTQ+ YA books you’ll want to curl up with this winter – BuzzFeed

2021 YA book releases you need to have on your TBR – The Nerd Daily

BCDF Pictures acquires YA fantasy novel trilogy ‘The Girl at Midnight’ for TV adaptation – Deadline

Malinda Lo on writing a coming-of-age love story – LAMBDA Literary

The Poet X goes to court – Intellectual Freedom Blog

This Penn student writes YA novels with her sister. Their new book is ‘close to perfection,’ Kirkus says – The Philadelphia Inquirer

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:


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


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


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

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – Dec. 18


16 of the best children’s picture books to gift and cherish – My Modern Met

25 best books for kids, tweens and teens in 2020 – TODAY

The best children’s books of 2020 for all ages – The Guardian

Best children’s books of 2020: the year’s best aviation and space-themed books for young readers – Air & Space

Best of 2020: children’s books – Los Angeles Public Library

Meet the Black cowgirl who inspires children to read – CNN

Middle-grade graphic novels are storming the bestseller lists – Portland Monthly

Noteworthy children’s book anniversaries: Fall 2020 – Publishers Weekly

SLJ’s List of Lists – School Library Journal


Dreaming about the ideal library – The New York Times

Invisible chapters: writing the Black community into the stories of libraries, bookstores and publishing – Cronkite News

Just how white is the book industry? – The New York Times

The top 10 library stories of 2020 – Publishers Weekly


2021 YA books to movies: your guide to upcoming adaptations – Book Riot

The best Canadian YA and middle-grade books of 2020 – CBC

Best Young Adult Books of the Year – Kirkus

Best young adult science fiction, fantasy, and horror of 2020 – Tor

Patrick Ness’s novel Burn gets TV adaptation from Bad Robot – Tor

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – Dec. 11


Candidates for the 2022 Hans Christian Andersen Awards Announced – Publishers Weekly

‘Harriet the Spy’ author Louise Fitzhugh’s secret, subversive life – New York Post

Picture this: these beautiful books help children read the world – The Conversation

The ten best children’s books of 2020 – Smithsonian Magazine

Why nostalgia for classic children’s books is a problem – tes


Amazon Publishing in talks to offer e-books to public libraries – Publishers Weekly

Library leaders brace for budget cuts – Inside Higher Ed

They will kill your library, too – Current Affairs

UK’s public libraries record another year of cuts, with yet more on the way – The Guardian


10 new YA books to put on your wishlist – Book Riot

17 great YA books to gift your friends (or yourself) in 2020 – Refinery29

Q&A with April Henry – Mystery & Suspense

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – Dec. 4


The 25 best children’s books of 2020 – New York Times

American Indians in Children’s Literature Best Books of 2020 – AICL

Best children’s and teens books of 2020 – The Guardian

Canadian illustrator Julie Flett’s books reveal the truth about modern Indigenous life – NBC News

Cozy up for story time with these delightful picture books – The Christian Science Monitor

Disney+’s Black Beauty: biggest differences to the book – Screen Rant

Empowering children’s books remind Black sons “They Are Every Good Thing” – My Modern Met

NPR’s Book Concierge Picks for Kids’ Books – NPR


Amazon under pressure to lift ban on e-book library sales – The Hill

As libraries fight for access to e-books, a new copyright champion emerges – Fortune

From food pantries to parking lot wi-fi, public libraries evolve during COVID-19 pandemic – Chicago Tribune

I miss libraries but most of all I miss browsing the stacks – Daily Beast

New research explores how public libraries can best combat misinformation – Public Libraries

Public libraries can help companies survive the Coronavirus crisis – Forbes

Why are Chicago Public Libraries still open amid soaring Covid rates? – Book Riot

‘Words Matter’: Why the UC Berkeley Library is embracing another term for ‘Illegal Aliens’ – Patch


Penguin Random House to buy Simon & Schuster – Book Riot

Publishers announce plans for dozens of new imprints in 2020 – BookWeb


10 new YA books to put on your wishlist – Book Riot

New releases for the rest of 2020 – Rich in Color

NPR’s Book Concierge Picks for Young Adult – NPR

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – Nov. 20


5 reasons why children’s literature is not just for children – The Nerd Daily

5 South Asian children’s books that showcase South Asian identity – Book Riot

12 books for youngsters on your holiday gift list – Atlanta Journal Constitution

The 101 great books for kids list (2020 edition) – Evanston Public Library

‘Children’s literature is the first portal for humans to the cultural world’: Oliver Jeffers –

Helping young children cope with COVID-related changes – ALSC Blog

Kacen Callender wins 2020 NBA for Young People’s Literature – Publishers Weekly

Mo Willems has a message for parents: he’s not on your side – New York Times Magazine

Noteworthy picture book and novel sequels: November 2020 – Publishers Weekly

Ruby Bridges and Scholastic to launch new publishing program – Publishers Weekly


Boston Public Library spent $75K to increase anti-racism books, libraries across Massachusetts are looking to do the same – Mass Live

Chicago Public Library eliminated late fees, now they’re seeing inspiring results – My Modern Met

For formerly incarcerated people, libraries are a lifeline – I Love Libraries


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

Six top YA authors are collaborating on one of 2021’s most exciting books – Entertainment Weekly

‘Tis the fandom gift guide season: YA books edition – Nerds and Beyond

YA anthologies offer necessary representation – SLJ

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – Nov. 13


8 picture books about books – New York Times

12 snow picture books to read on winter snow days – Book Riot

20 children’s books by Black authors every family should own – Yahoo! Life

26 beautiful children’s books about the most impactful LGBTQ+ icons – Romper

Arabic Children’s Literature winners announced – Gulf News


Alex Rider brings teen spy adventure series to Amazon – Boston Herald

Get Rec’d: Seven YA SFF books for a cozy November – Syfy Wire

Netflix’s YA rom-com Dash & Lily shows the festive appeal of a well-worn recipe – Polygon

A TV adaptation of Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath & the Dawn is in the works – Tor

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – Nov. 6

When Children’s Books Go Accidentally NSFW – The Graham Norton Show


A complete list of the best children’s books of 2020 – Moms

Indigenous Peoples Booklist – CBC

Kids’ graphic novels that turn the superhero genre on its head – The New York Times

Winner announced for inaugural youth book prize for social justice – CBC


Missed the SLJ Summit? You can access the full program on demand. – SLJ

Vandalization at major libraries aims at voter intimidation – Book Riot


10 new YA books to get lost in this November – PopSugar