News to Wake Your Brain Cells – Sept 20


6 new children’s books for the Jewish New Year – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

A Rosh Hashanah apple cake bake-off fit for reality television and another installment in the Scarlet and Sam series from the award-winning author Eric A. Kimmel are among the highlights in the crop of new High Holiday books for children.

8 children’s books for Hispanic Heritage Month that vibrantly share the culture – Romper

It can sometimes be tricky to convey big themes like “familial heritage” and “cultural contributions” to little kids, and I really feel like picture books — even more so than movies or film — do the best job of this.

Fifty years on, veteran Kiwi Author Joy Cowley still writing children’s books… – NewsNow

Veteran author Joy Cowley says she feels like the country’s grandmother, but after more than 50 years publishing books she hasn’t finished yet.

Instead of limiting screen time, encourage children’s love of reading – The Globe and Mail

Evidence shows that higher literacy skills are linked to greater levels of employment and higher incomes. Moreover, raising literacy rates seems to be the most effective way to decrease poverty. Therefore, focusing on improving your child’s reading skills is arguably the best way to prepare them for a successful future.

Jon Klassen’s Latest Solo Act – Publisher’s Weekly

“The two main characters are wearing little black bowlers, as kind of a nod to both surrealist plays and Laurel and Hardy,” Klassen said. “It sort of makes them into little comedic guys before they even get to say anything. And there is a snake that wears a beret for reasons I have not explained to myself—but I know it is the right choice. There is one other character in the book, and he does not wear a hat, but I won’t spoil his identity here.”

Why New Raina Telgemeier Graphic Memoir ‘Guts’ Has a One Million Copy Print Run – Forbes

Telgemeier’s audience has been steadily growing since her first release struck a chord with young readers, with 18 million copies of her books in print across Scholastic’s U.S. distribution channels, and her books translated into 22 languages.


ALA Announces #eBooksForAll Campaign – American Libraries

“Libraries serve the local needs of their communities. Macmillan’s embargo will make that impossible. That’s why it is vital we get the public involved.”

Baking Isn’t Hard When You’ve Got a Library Card – Eater

Waugh found a new way to enjoy an old pastime, and this experience is exactly what Lax thinks libraries should be fostering. “A lot of times at the library, you can check out the book or the cookbook or something, or you can go on YouTube and watch a video on how to do something,” he says, “but the actual thing you need to do it, it was kind of the missing piece.”

How to download the books that just entered the public domain – Vice

Basically, 2019 marks the first time a huge quantity of books published in 1923—including works by Virginia Woolf, Agatha Christie, and Robert Frost—have become legally downloadable since digital books became a thing.

Phoenix to become more populous US city to drop library fees – US News

A unanimous City Council decision this week makes Phoenix, the fifth-largest metropolis in the U.S., also the largest one nationwide to dump the fines.

Physical Books Still Outsell E-Books – and Here’s Why – CNBC

“I think the e-book bubble has burst somewhat, sales are flattening off, I think the physical object is very appealing. Publishers are producing incredibly gorgeous books, so the cover designs are often gorgeous, they’re beautiful objects,”


5 books about going to a new school – BookRiot

The YA books about new schools are always going to hit hard because it can be such a turbulent time.

8th graders assigned book on police brutality has some concerned – WSOC

Eighth graders at Bailey Middle School were supposed to read “All American Boys,” which is about police brutality. Police call the book reckless and are now trying to get it banned at all schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools district.

13 Teen Horror Novels That Are Actually Perfect for All Ages – Women

15 Scary YA Books That Are Perfect for Halloween – PopSugar

If you’re anything like me, you may find adult horror a bit daunting. There’s no doubt that YA horror can be sleep-with-the-lights-on levels of scary, but it’s not quite as daunting as say The Exorcist.

Spooooooky: 25 of the Best YA Ghost Books – Book Riot

These, like all good ghost books, range from being dark and disturbing to being lighter and more fun.

News to Wake Your Brain Cells


Catholic School Bans ‘Harry Potter’ – But According to Free Speech Advocates, It’s Nothing New – Forbes

Harry Potter used to be the number one banned book in schools, according to Caldwell-Stone. These days, she said, books with LGBT themes are increasingly being targeted, both with lawsuits and other extreme measures, like public book burnings.

Interview: Mitali Perkins Talks of Between Us and Abuela – Fuse 8

When it comes to our relationship with Mexico, it struck me that children would have an honest response akin to the child in the old “Emperor’s New Clothes” fable (“Why is that man naked, Mama?”)

New York Times book editor shares tips on ‘How to Raise a Reader’ – WTOP

It may sound counterintuitive, but Paul cautions parents not to reward their children for reading, no matter how badly you want them to crack open a book.

Q&A with Chris Raschka – Publisher’s Weekly

Ultimately, I told the legend in a Mother Goose style of my own, incorporating poems of hers that related to her life. Vladimir’s challenge was to design and illustrate the book so as to keep the strings of text separate and understandable. We worked on the book for six or seven years. He was ill for a number of those years, so there were inevitable big gaps when he didn’t have the strength to work.

This Is Home: Renee Watson on the Importance of Setting in Some Places More Than Others – Bookish

In some novels, the setting is far more than just a location, it’s a character within its own right.

Why I Love Kids’ Books in Translation – Publisher’s Weekly

With children’s books in particular, those in translation have an added aura of adventure, even a sense of the hidden being revealed. At least they did for me. I thought of books written in English as like coming across a fortune typed in that special red ink; I thought of books written in another language as that same fortune, but with a cookie around it, a message you got to crack open for yourself.

The Youth Vote: Women’s Suffrage Centennial – Publisher’s Weekly

As publishers anticipate the 2020 women’s suffrage centennial, they remain mindful of how history is presented to children. And just as words matter, so too do pictures, says Susan Van Metre, executive editorial director at Walker Books.


10-year-old library changes with the times – WBAY

“A good library today is not your grandma’s library,” library director Kristin Vogel said. “Nothing against grandmas, but that shushing, that quiet, that sense of policing is very different than what a lot of people experienced in their childhood.”

Thriving Together / Best Small Library in America 2019 – Library Journal

The Copper Queen Library in Bisbee, AZ, is the oldest in the state. It’s older than the state itself, having been founded in 1882 and open continuously ever since. But it isn’t resting on its laurels. Once focused on mining, today’s Bisbee is a study in contradictions.

Wisconsin public library adds part-time social worker – Minneapolis StarTribune

The decision to bring in a social worker didn’t happen overnight: The library staff gradually realized how ill-equipped they were to deal with certain situations, particularly those related to homelessness and drug abuse —


7 Young Adult Books Out in Autumn 2019 in the UK That’ll Keep You Busy until Christmas – Bustle

From romantic vampire thrillers to a feminist call to arms, if you’re a fan of YA writing, you’re in luck this autumn.

50 YA Paperback for Fall 2019 – BookRiot

You’ll find something from every genre in this collection of fall YA paperbacks, so prepare to be swept away in a good book.

‘Permanent Record’ Captures the Confusing Moments between Adolescence and Adulthood – NPR

…Mary H.K. Choi is quietly defining new-adult literature with her modern explorations of how relationships help young people figure out who they really are.

The Korean-American Kids in These Books Bust Stereotypes – New York Times

Fast-forward to 2019 — with its bulgogi tacos, K-pop, snail slime masks and Sandra Oh memes — and Koreans are the new purveyors of cool. Korean-Americans are making a mark on American culture, and the Y.A. universe is no exception.

You’re Not Alone: Mental Health Nonfiction Picks for Teens – The Hub

As mental health struggles get more time in the spotlight, mental health nonfiction books have been cropping up aimed a variety of demographics. In fact, many options are now available just for teens. This list looks at great resources for those who are struggling with mental health issues or want to help someone that is.


News to Wake Your Brain Cells


10 Books for Parents Who Want to Raise Kind Kids – HuffPost

We’ve rounded up 10 parenting books that promote emotional intelligence, empathy and kindness.

18 of Your Favorite Middle Grade Books about Friendship! – BookRiot

We all need somebody to lean on and books to get our read on.

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

Wizard ninjas, a flying pony, adventurous crabs and a formidable classroom competition and more

Here’s how the literary world is shedding light on the lives of undocumented kids and teens – NBC News

While there are currently about 1.09 million undocumented kids and teens under 18 in the United States, their stories are rarely told in popular culture.

Magical Middle Grade Graphic Novels that Celebrate the Weirdness of Growing Up – Bookish

Growing up is incredibly and inescapably weird. It is weird in its own unique way for every single kid. So graphic novels for middle grade readers might as well be weird too, right?

Marvel, Scholastic Team to Produce Middle Grade Superhero Novels – Publisher’s Weekly

Beginning in 2020, Scholastic will publish two novels, Shuri: A Black Panther Novel, to be written by Nic Stone, bestselling author of such novels as Dear Martin and Odd One Out; and Avengers Assembly, an original middle grade series to be written by Preeti Chhibber, Spider-Man superfan and author of Spider-Man: Far from Home: Peter and Ned’s Ultimate Travel Journal.

Newsmaker: Raina Telgemeier – American Libraries

Being a kid swallowed by fear and anxiety felt so isolating. If I had had a book like this, it would have helped me enormously. I make books for the kid I was, knowing there are other kids (and grown-ups) out there who will see themselves in my stories. The more of yourself you share with others, the better.

Read it and weep: LGBTQ kids deserve queer-friendly books – The Berkeley Beacon

Seeing representation in media is a powerful tool to make LGBTQ+ kids feel less alone in the world by creating a sense of normalcy around queerness. If queer kids see characters like themselves in the books they read, they’ll feel more like their peers.

U-M alumnus Meltzer writes about true heroes in children’s books – The Detroit News

“I pick people who represent the values I want to give my own kids. Historical figures who represent kindness, compassion, humility, or in the case of Walt Disney, creativity. Along the way, we learned one thing: We’re not that special. Millions of parents want the same thing for their own kids,” explained Meltzer.

World Kid Lit Month: Why so few Arabic Children’s Books Have Been Translated into English – The National

“I think the attitude of publishers towards children’s literature in translation is changing,” says Arabic translator Sawad Hussain. “Having said that, the ‘big five’ publishers need to do more to include translated kid lit on their lists and also make themselves more open to receiving submissions.”


2019 Library Design Showcase – American Libraries

These shining examples of innovative architectural feats address user needs in unique, interesting, and effective ways.

Chrissy Teigen Is Delighted by the Public Library (And I Am Too) – BookRiot

I walked in and was like “wait you can just….walk in?” then I walked out and was like “wait you can just…walk out?

Cleveland Public Library picks design teams for first 5 projects in $100 million plan to improve 27 branches –

The library system’s project is designed to emphasize “forward-thinking, human-centered design to create functional, efficient library spaces that will benefit the Cleveland community for years to come,’’

The Experience at Local Libraries Has Changed – It’s Now about People More Than Books – CBS New York – VIDEO

How googly eyes solved one of today’s trickiest UX problems – Fast Company

Axelsson decided to use googly eyes combined with sound and movement to both show the robot’s intent and express its state of being. Most importantly, the eyes are programmed to indicate the robot’s direction to customers, so they’re not caught unaware when it’s moving around.

In case you didn’t know, the Vatican Library has been digitized and is online – Aleteia

Today, the Vatican Library treasures around 75,000 codices, 85000 incunabula (i.e., editions made between the invention of the printing press and the 16th century), for a grand total of more than a million books.


6 of the Best Epic YA Fantasy Novels – BookRiot

You will find royalty, revolution, huntresses, faeries, and a whole host of other intriguing elements in these fantasies!

6 YA Books about Teens Embedded in Technology – BookRiot

Here are six YA books that feature teen hackers, coders, and inventors.

Nonfiction for YA Readers: Second Half of 2019 – Stacked

The titles absolutely include books perfect for research and reference, but these titles also serve as more recreational nonfiction reading for teens. This isn’t comprehensive, but it’s a good, solid start.


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Cape Coral poet Lee Bennett Hopkins dies at age 81 after prolific career in children’s literature #kidlit

‘Greta effect’ leads to boom in children’s environmental books #kidlit

The Importance of Picture Books – Psychology Today – #kidlit
Must-Read Picture Books for the First Day of School –

The Pinkneys Are A Picture Book Perfect, Author-Illustrator Couple #kidlit

Where Are All The Plus-Size Characters In Children’s Books? #kidlit


15 things you can check out from the library (besides books)- Shareable #libraries

Closing libraries means abandoning society’s most isolated and vulnerable | Dawn Finch #libraries

Is Summer Learning Loss Real? How I lost faith in one of education research’s classic results – Education Next

Librarians facing new tasks say crisis isn’t in the catalog #libraries

Libraries can have 3-D printers but they are still about books #libraries

Library receipt goes viral after reader saves more than $7,000 by borrowing books #libraries

Verizon demands $880 from rural library for just 0.44GB of roaming data… #libraries

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Alicia Silverstone and Mark Feuerstein to Star in Netflix’s Baby-Sitters Club Series | TV Guide #kidlit
Get a first look at Holly Black’s original Maleficent novel –

Jia Tolentino Wants You to Read Children’s Books –

Local artist cages “Make Way for Ducklings” Statue to Protest Child Detention Centers –


Libraries are fighting to preserve your right to borrow e-books:

Northwest Iowa Man Ordered To Pay Fine For Burning LGBTQ Library Books #libraries #Censorship


How to Read More Books in the Golden Age of Content #Reading


B&N Teen Blog – New Releases: Demons, Witches, and Ziggy Stardust –

Lucasfilm’s first non-Star Wars or Indiana Jones film in years is a Children of Blood and Bone adaptation:

On the History (and Future) of YA and Speculative Fiction by Black Women –

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How to talk with kids about migration? Try picking up a book. – Christian Science Monitor – #kidlit

Some new picture books that go vroom, zoom, beep — and bark.…


15 Books You’ll Devour After After Finishing ‘With the Fire on High’ #yalit

50 Beautiful Sentences from Young Adult Books –

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10 of the Best Books for Newborn and Baby Showers – Book Riot –

17 Children’s Books To Prep Your Kid For A Visit To The Dentist — Dun Dun Dun #kidlit

Cressida Cowell: ‘Books are better than films at teaching children creativity and intelligence’ –

A Debut Middle-Grade Author’s Life-Changing Tweet #kidlit

Free Book Vending Machines Launched Across All NYC Boroughs #kidlit #yalit

Recent children’s and young adult books on immigration #kidlit #yalit

States Are Ratcheting Up Reading Expectations For 3rd-Graders #reading

We Live in a Diverse World. The Books Kids Read Should Reflect That. – EdSurge News #kidlit #Diversity


These 2 Men Are On A Mission To Visit Every Public Library In Massachusetts #libraries

Write Now: Library Is An Essential Tool In Writer’s Kit | News, Sports, Jobs – Post Journal #libraries

Your Local Library May Have A New Offering In Stock: A Resident Social Worker – NPR – #libraries

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2019 Caldecott Medal Acceptance by Sophie Blackall #kidlit

2019 CSK Author Award Acceptance by Claire Hartfield #kidlit

2019 Newbery Medal Acceptance by Meg Medina #kidlit

Beatrix Potter: history of the children’s author, farmer and conservationist #kidlit

BookBar’s Extremely Official Response to Extremely Negative Comments… With Book Recommendations! #kidlit #LGBTQ

UK Society of Authors launches £5000 prize for illustrated children’s books | Books+Publishing #kidlit

You could be putting your child off reading – here’s how to change that #reading


Arkansas Librarians Launch Summer Book Bus, Inspire Community #libraries

Public libraries help fill social services gap #libraries

Small Wonders: Rural and Small Libraries Provide Vital Infrastructure for Communities #libraries


12 Young Adult Novels Featuring Characters With Chronic Conditions, Mental Illnesses and Disabilities #yalit

Magical library foundlings, restless skeletons, and more amazing summer YA blessing us this summer:

The Walking Dead: Idaho High School Bans Image Comics Series #yalit

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Ekua Holmes #CSK acceptance for The Stuff of Stars: “This story reminds us that we all come from the same place and are made from the same stuff, no matter how divided the world may seem”

Gene Luen Yang gets personal in new graphic novel Dragon Hoops –

Harry Potter Prequel Series Coming to TV – BookRiot –

How Gyo Fujikawa Drew Freedom in Children’s Books –

Knuffle Bunny Gets a Permanent Home at Park Slope Library –

What We Know About 2018 Graphic Novel Sales |


Beautiful Libraries Around the World Every Booklover Should Visit (Video) #libraries

Church holds LGBT prom for teens after library cancels it –

In rural Stanley, ID, the library’s Wi-Fi is such a draw that the librarian installed a router outside and added benches and power outlets so people can get online even when the library is closed.


The 16 Most Anticipated YA Books to Read in July via @EpicReads

Cover Controversy: The Poet X — @100scopenotes 100 Scope Notes #yalit

For a wave of Korean American young adult novelists, Korean pop culture is a touchstone –

A new month means a NEW #TBRexplosion! We’ve gathered up 22 new must-reads hitting shelves in July, including debuts –

Summer 2019 YA Books: 150+ New Titles Hitting Shelves Between July and September #yalit

Why should authors read your bad reviews? #yalit #bookreviews #authors