News to Wake Your Brain Cells – July 2


12 picture book journeys into poetry – SLJ

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

The children’s books beloved by some of our fave LGBTQ+ authors – Romper

From superheroes to supergeeks, 13 middle grade graphic novels – SLJ

Profile of 2020 Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement winner Mildred D. Taylor – Horn Book


Go read about how Americans who depend on libraries for internet are coping with the pandemic – The Verge

Reopening libraries: public libraries keep their options open – Library Journal

San Jose libraries plan for devastating $1 million budget blow – SFBay

Serving the transgender community: it’s more than just bathrooms! – Library Journal


7 graphic novels that offer powerful mirrors & windows for teens – SLJ

10 great July 2020 YA releases to TBR – Book Riot

The role publishing plays in the commodification of black pain – Tor

Summer 2020 YA books: your reading list is hot, hot, hot – Book Riot


News to Wake Your Brain Cells – June 26


10 chapter book mysteries for young super sleuths – SLJ

50 must-read books for 6th graders – Book Riot

50+ children’s books that feature kids of color just being kids – Mother

Books full of pride – CBC

The lockdown’s lesson in reading book aloud – The Christian Science Monitor

Madison’s Kevin Henkes honored for his contributions to children’s literature – Wisconsin State Journal

Writers on writers: children’s books that tell the story of race in America – WBUR


San Francisco Public Libraries: what will reopening look like, and when? – KQED


5 LGBTQ authors on the inspiration behind their young adult and middle grade books – Forbes

31 brand new LGBTQ YA books to devour this summer – BuzzFeed

Becky Albertalli and Kate Cotugno talk YA fandoms and uncomfortable political conversations – EW

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – June 19


8 books to teach kids about racism and social justice – Simplemost

10 diverse children’s books to teach kids about racism and representation – ABC News

13 LGBTQ books for young kids – Insider

Anti-racist books for children and teenagers’ bookshelves – Marie Claire

JK Rowling: from magic to the heart of a Twitter storm – The Guardian

The numbers are in – 2019 CCBC Diversity Statistics – CCBC

Why are LGBTQ+ children’s books still being censored? – The Boar


How libraries are supporting the Black Lives Matter movement – NPR

Libraries are dealing with new demand for books and services during the pandemic – NPR

Libraries are needed more than ever. But many aren’t sure how to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic – USA Today


12 brilliant YA books by black authors to add to your to-be-read pile – Her

All the ways the Artemis Fowl Movie departs from the original YA series – Slate

Artemis Fowl is a master class in how to botch a YA fantasy adaptation – The Ringer

Best YA books to read about race and Black Lives Matter – Seventeen

‘I want teens to recognize their own power’: Questions for Liara Tamani – NPR

June 2020 book releases: YA – The Nerd Daily

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – June 12


7 books to help talk to your kids about racism, as recommended by black authors – Glamour

20 Canadian books for kids and teens to read for National Indigenous History Month – CBC

20+ children’s books that discuss race and racism – My Modern Met

25 must-read books for 4th graders – Book Riot

43 must-read books about racism for adults and kids – Chicago SunTimes

A children’s and YA anti-racist reading list – Publishers Weekly

How ‘Reading Instruction’ oppresses black and brown children – Forbes

JK Rowling gets backlash over anti-trans tweets – Variety

Revolution kid style now!: writing books (about kids) that break the rules – Horn Book

We Need Diverse Books steps up to help kidlit community – Publishers Weekly


Changes loom as public libraries begin to reopen – Publishers Weekly

How libraries are stepping up as a front line of resilience – Governing

NYC public libraries aim for July reopening, will offer grab-and-go service to start – 6sqft

Portland Library plans gradual reopening – The Portland Beacon


9 LGBTQ+ YA books for a joyful summer read – Nerdist

20 LGBTQ+ books for teens coming out in 2020 – Teen Vogue

21 exceptional and unputdownable YA books to read during pride – BuzzFeed

62 books by black authors we’re reading in 2020 – Teen Vogue

Chills and thrills: your summer of YA horror books – Book Riot

The utopian turn in YA lit – Los Angeles Review of Books

YA books about race and identity to diversify your teen’s bookshelf – Time Out

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – June 5


10 children’s books about racism and activism to help parents educate their kids – HuffPo

31 children’s books starring black characters your kids will love – Romper

2020 summer reading list – We Are Kid Lit Collective

Antiracist resources and reads: Lists for all ages – Fuse 8

BookExpo 2020: Middle Grade Editors’ Buzz Picks – Publishers Weekly

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

How to speak to kids about race relations in America with Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely – Today

Jules Feiffer, a stubborn pooch, and a children’s counting book – Christian Science Monitor

Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize back for 2020 – Booksellers

Police picture books revisited: the lie white adults read to children – SLJ

Say ‘Hello, Neighbor’ to this charming picture book about Mister Rogers – NPR

These books can help you explain racism and protest to your kids – New York Times

This bedtime book helps kids find their place in the ‘Universe’ – NPR


40+ must reads for anti-racist teachers – white fragiles beware! – Culturally Responsive Leadership

My responsibility to fight racism – R. David Lankes


10 great June 2020 YA releases to TBR – Book Riot

17 YA books to diversify your kids’ bookshelves and teach them to become better allies – PopSugar

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

BookExpo 2020: YA Editors’ Buzz – Publishers Weekly

Future 40: author Jason Reynolds is writing our stories – BET

Where are our black boys on young adult science fiction and fantasy novel covers? – Tor

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – May 29


5 children’s books about Latina trailblazers – Book Riot

BookExpo 2020: Tuning into children’s book coverage – Publishers Weekly

Little House, Big Problem: What to do with “Classic” books that are also racist – SLJ


Is it safe to go back to my local library? – Boston City Life

Librarians recruited as COVID-19 hunters – American Libraries

Libraries must change – New York Times


The 20 most anticipated YA books to read in June – Epic Reads

Neal Shusterman’s inclusive YA and talking to the author about representation – Book Riot

St. Paul author stunned by success of genre-jumping “CatNet” – Twin Cities Pioneer Press

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – May 22


Bad Kitty: Wash Your Paws – a free download

Christian Robinson: creating art that matters – Publishers Weekly

Erin Entrada Kelly, Bich Minh Nguyen: An APAHM reading list – NBC News

Fall 2020 Book Buzz with your favorite publishers – SLJ

Poet and author Bao Phi: ‘It felt like the hate was cranked up to 11’ – MinnPost


How Oregon libraries are planning to reopen – OPB

Libraries have spent years reinventing themselves. Will they have to do it again? – Marketplace

Library workers return to work Wednesday to prepare for eventual reopening. Exactly when? Unclear. – Chicago Sun Times

Pandemic-caused austerity drives widespread furloughs, layoffs of library workers – Library Journal

Using librarians to track the virus – Today

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – May 15


For kids who don’t have books at home, communities are working to reach them – SLJ

Mem Fox on fear, creativity and Covid-19: ‘What if I die with the story unfinished?’ – The Guardian

Watch Michelle and Barack Obama a read children’s book for Chicago Public Library – Chicago Sun Times

With a dozen new books this year alone, Kate Messner is smashing expectations – Publishers Weekly


13 Pioneering Black American Librarians You Oughta Know – Book Riot

Arts, parks and libraries bear the brunt of 472 furloughs as City of Dallas reacts to pandemic – KERA

Corpus Christi Public Libraries reopening with restrictions in place – KIII

Madison Public Library moves to curbside pickup on Monday – Wisconsin State Journal

North Platte (Nebraska) Public Library to open with restrictions – KNOP


The return of the YA vampire – Publishers Weekly

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – May 8


11 body positive children’s books to read during quarantine – Book Riot

18 librarian-approved books for kids of all ages – PBS Newshour

2020 political books for children – Publisher’s Weekly

2021 Carle Honors Announced – Publisher’s Weekly

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

Helen Mirren, Stephen Fry, Jude Law and more are reading daily bedtime stories for Save the Children – Good Housekeeping

Inclusive read-alouds – ALSC

Jacqueline Woodson and Albertine Win 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Awards – Publisher’s Weekly


Public library to reopen in phases starting Monday – Cleveland (Tennessee) Daily Banner

While more Americans rely on parking lot wi-fi, many public libraries do not have adequate broadband – Benton Institute for Broadband & Society


30 LGBTQ YA books you’ll absolutely want to pick up this spring – BuzzFeed

The rise of magical realism in young adult fiction – Tor

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