News to Wake Your Brain Cells – October 22


Beloved author Gary Paulsen has died aged 82 – Pan Macmillan

Documentary chronicles diversity in children’s literature – SLJ

From middle grade novel to Netflix: a conversation with Adam Gidwitz about A Tale Dark & Grimm – 100 Scope Notes

Grover’s iconic Sesame Street children’s book turns 50 – NPR

Jerry Pinkney, the beloved award-winning children’s book illustrator, has died at 81 – NPR

Picture books for children – reviews – The Guardian

Southlake school leader tells teachers to balance Holocaust books with ‘opposing’ views – NBC News

Your favorite children’s books – The New York Times


Texas’s book censorship hysteria: an interview with Ashley Hope Pérez – OIF Blog


Netflix’s To All the Boys gets spin-off show with original star returning – DigitalSpy

Realms of Ruin – a project from six YA authors to create an NFT-based writing project has been cancelled – Bad Writing Takes on Twitter

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – Oct 15


19 Black children’s books to share with the little ones in your life – Essence

Center for Children’s Books examines Newbery Medal’s history, legacy – Chambana Sun

Children’s books round-up: the best reads this autumn – The Scotsman

The Guardian view on children’s books: take them seriously – The Guardian


New York City’s public libraries abolish fines on overdue materials – NPR


The best books for teens this autumn – The Scotsman

One of Us Is Lying team talks changes from book to TV, defying teen drama archetypes – TV Line

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – Oct 8


15 must-read October children’s book releases – Book Riot

Children’s book awards that celebrate diversity – SLJ

David Walliams: ‘Harmful’ Chinese character removed from children’s book – BBC News

How the Clique books taught me to hate other girls and myself – New York Times

‘I, Witness’ makes world events visceral for young readers – NPR

Shang-Chi director to helm American Born Chinese series for Disney+ – Tor

‘The stories will be the last thing to go’: Robert Munsch on his legacy as one of Canada’s great storytellers – CBC

Why parents tried to ban this children’s book about a Chinese immigrant family – Yahoo


Mid-Continent Public Library Board blasted as banned books comments suggest censorship – KCUR

Sexual harassment, intimidation, violence on the job worsened during pandemic, librarians report – CBC

Why investing in libraries is a climate justice issue – Next City

Wyoming librarians under fire for books about sex, LGBTQ – The Washington Post


11 new YA books you won’t want to miss this October – PopSugar

How students fought a book ban and won, for now – New York Times

Top new YA books in October 2021 – Den of Geek

Westworld’s Gina Atwater to adapt YA fantasy novel ‘Raybearer’ for Netflix series – Collider

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – October 1


11 children’s books combatting the idea of pelo malo – HipLatina

15 sweetly spooky Halloween books for toddlers – Book Riot

19 children’s books about cats to read with your kitten-loving kid – Romper

20 kids’ books to read during Hispanic Heritage Month – Motherly

‘Amber Brown’ TV show from Bonnie Hunt ordered at Apple TV+ – Collider

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

How reading aloud can help you bond with your kids – NPR

‘I have these stories to tell’: the authors trying to diversify children’s books – The Guardian

The most popular children’s book the year you were born – Yahoo!


Banned Books Week fights censorship by people in power – Teen Vogue

Restricted Reading: a new original audio series on prison censorship – OIF Blog


8 YA books for budding teen journalists – Kirkus

The dramatic life of the American teenager (interview with Kacen Callender) – NPR

Top 10 Most Challenged Books in 2020

The American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom has released its list of the top ten most challenged books in 2020 In 2020, 273 books were targeted for removal from libraries, schools and universities. Here are the most challenged books along with the reasons cited for censoring them.

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George by Alex Gino

Reasons: Challenged, banned, and restricted for LGBTQIA+ content, conflicting with a religious viewpoint, and not reflecting “the values of our community”

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Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds

Reasons: Banned and challenged because of author’s public statements, and because of claims that the book contains “selective storytelling incidents” and does not encompass racism against all people

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All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

Reasons: Banned and challenged for profanity, drug use, and alcoholism, and because it was thought to promote anti-police views, contain divisive topics, and be “too much of a sensitive matter right now”

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Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Reasons: Banned, challenged, and restricted because it was thought to contain a political viewpoint and it was claimed to be biased against male students, and for the novel’s inclusion of rape and profanity

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Reasons: Banned and challenged for profanity, sexual references, and allegations of sexual misconduct by the author

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Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story about Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard, illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin

Reasons: Challenged for “divisive language” and because it was thought to promote anti-police views

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Reasons: Banned and challenged for racial slurs and their negative effect on students, featuring a “white savior” character, and its perception of the Black experience

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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Reasons: Banned and challenged for racial slurs and racist stereotypes, and their negative effect on students

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The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Reasons: Banned and challenged because it was considered sexually explicit and depicts child sexual abuse

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Reasons: Challenged for profanity, and it was thought to promote an anti-police message

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – Sept 24


Charlie and Lola author Lauren Child says children’s books should be taken seriously – The Guardian

Jason Reynolds extends term as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature – Publishers Weekly

Netflix lands golden ticket by buying Roald Dahl estate – BBC News

Remembering Ramona and Beverly Cleary’s attention to childhood emotions – Los Angeles Review of Books

A storybook romance – On Wisconsin

Sydney Taylor’s All-of-a-Kind Family revolutionized Jewish children’s literature – Aish


Name calling, property damage: public librarians harassed over vaccine mandate enforcement – Hawaii News Now


13 funny Twitter responses to the idea of rating YA books – Book Riot

Amazon is adapting Charlie Jane Anders’ Victories Greater Than Death – Tor

Creepy fun: 35 new YA horror books to devour – Book Riot

Haunted houses and magic brownies: new young adult SFF/H September & October 2021 – Tor

In defense of unlikable girls in YA books – Epic Reads

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – Sept 17


11 enchanting children’s picture books that inspire a love of nature – Forbes

23 beautiful kids’ books to celebrate and honor Hispanic Heritage Month – Today

2021 Growing Good Kids Book Award winners – American Horticultural Society

Books can help kids learn about what happened on 9/11. Here are some good ones – NPR

Jason Reynolds: How can we connect with kids through the written word – NPR

Peter Sis – The Wall: how I grew up behind the Iron Curtain – ARTFIX daily

These kids’ books depicting ‘joyful, queer stories’ are being censored in Hungary and Russia – CBC


#SaveNilesLibrary – OIF Blog

Bias in the Library – WNYC

Guidance for social work positions at the library – Public Libraries Online

Utah librarians talk about 9/11, the Patriot Act, and how they became privacy warriors – The Salt Lake Tribune

When I was struggling, libraries gave me a place to belong – Good Housekeeping


13 must-read young adult novels by Latinx authors – PopSugar

26 must-have Latinx YA books filled with romance, history, and magical realism – SLJ

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

Malorie Blackman: ‘Hope is the spark’ – The Guardian

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – September 10


17 children’s books by Latinx authors worth adding to your kid’s bookshelf – PopSugar

41 Canadian picture books to watch for in fall 2021 – CBC

Children who read regularly more likely to do better in school and in life – WTMJ

Lauren Tarshis’s ‘I Survived’ series for kids tackles hard topics like 9/11, war and disasters – OC Register


Abolitionist library workers want library access for all. That begins with getting cops out. – In These Times

Boston Public Library hit by cyberattack – NBC 10

New PLA survey illustrates critical digital role played by public libraries – Publishers Weekly

Save Our Libraries: ‘libraries should be communal living rooms for people across Scotland’ – The Scotsman

T-shirt asking, ‘What’s more punk than the public library?’ raises $100K for D.C. branch – The Washington Post

Why have libraries gone fine-free the past few years? – Intellectual Freedom Blog


12 best dystopian books for teens – Cultured Vultures

Confessions of a vintage young adult book reader – Arizona Public Media

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – Sept 3


15 must-read September children’s book releases – Book Riot

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

“Family bloggers” upset about LGBTQ+ library books get the Facebook equivalent of ratio’d – The Mary Sue

Why one of Sweden’s most famous children’s book series is still so relevant – The Local


8 creative ways to use your library card (in addition to checking out books) – Parade

2021 Library Design Showcase – American Libraries

The best libraries in London – Conde Nast Traveller

It’s crunch time for library supporters after $3.5 trillion budget bill passes House – Publishers Weekly

We can’t build back better without libraries – Roll Call

Wisconsin teen library staffer says congressional candidate threatened her over Pride Month display – MetroWeekly


22 Canadian YA books to watch for in fall 2021 – CBC

Fall 2021 YA preview: 11 of the most interesting new books – Forbes