News to Wake Your Brain Cells – March 27


10 ways to raise a child who loves to read – Chicago Parent

Audible is offering free streaming on children’s books while schools are closed – Cord Cutters News

The bestselling author of the ‘Pete the Cat’ series is reading and drawing daily on Instagram for kids stuck at home – Insider

Children’s Publishers relax fair use policies – Publishers Weekly

Philip Stead gives Zolotow story a new look and life – Publishers Weekly

Say’s ‘Almond’ dreams in living color – Rafu Shimpo

Simon & Schuster issues its online reading guidelines – SLJ

Small children’s publishers adapting amid coronavirus outbreak – Publishers Weekly


Combating stress during times of crisis – Public Libraries

Covid-19’s impact on libraries goes beyond books – Wired

The Internet Archive launched a public no-wait digital library of over 1 million books – Insider


21 brand new young adult romances you absolutely must read this spring – BuzzFeed

News to Wake Your Brain Cells, March 20

Hoping you are all safe and healthy. Here’s some book news from this week.


Doodle with children’s book author and illustrator Mo Willems – Lifehacker

Josh Gad is reading children’s books for families quarantined by coronavirus – Checkersaga

Kid Lit authors organize virtual book festival for May – SLJ

Sandra Boynton’s children’s books have sold 70 million copies. With 7 short words, she just gave some amazing career and life advice – Inc.

Scholastic launches first digital book fest for this Friday – Publishers Weekly

Suck at home with kids? Amy Adams and other celebrities will read you a story – Los Angeles Times


Chicago shuts down, but its public libraries are open. Librarians want them closed. – ProPublica

De Blasio was ‘furious’ as library heads planned to close for coronovirus – Politico


Disney+’s Stargirl is a completely new experience from the book – Refinery 29

News to Wake Your Brain Cells: March 13


20 must-read children’s books about immigration – Book Riot

2020 books by Caldecott winners – School Library Journal

Ann Grifalconi, whose children’s books bridged cultures, dies at 90 – The New York Times

Children’s books for an election year – Publishers Weekly

A new era for children’s literature (featuring the amazing CCBC at UW-Madison!) – OnWisconsin

Ten best Irish children’s books of 2019 revealed – Irish Times



Turning libraries into community hubs ‘to blame for decline’ in use, says Coates – The Bookseller


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The 10 best young adult books of March 2020 – Paste

20 best Asian American YA books to read in 2020 – Book Riot

Laurie Halse Anderson announces “Wonder Women in History,” a YA graphic novel anthology – School Library Journal

Movie Alert – ‘Stargirl’ – Publishers Weekly



News to Wake Your Brain Cells, March 6


7 awe-inspiring children’s books to celebrate Women’s History Month – NBC News

10 nonfiction children’s books that humanize mathematics – KQED

11 book series from your childhood you may not have realized are still releasing books – Mental Flossj

21 fascinating and fun bilingual children’s books – Book Riot

2020 books by Newbery winners – 100 Scope Notes

Betsy Byars, author of ‘The Summer of the Swans’ and other children’s classics, dies at 91 – Washington Post

Children are reading less than ever before, research reveals – The Guardian

How a classic children’s book got hijacked by the culture wars – Slate

How I managed to raise a little bookworm in the age of smartphones and tablets – The Guardian

How Ramona Quimby taught a generation of girls to embrace brashness – LitHub

Q & A with Linda Sue Park – Publishers Weekly

Sydney Smith, Ashleigh Corrin Win 2020 Ezra Jack Keats Awards – School Library Journal

Tears at bedtime: are children’s books on environment causing climate anxiety? – The Guardian


Libraries could preserve ebooks forever, but greedy publishers won’t let them – Gizmodo

This beautiful modern library is for fans of shiny things – Daily Beast

News to Wake Your Brain Cells Feb. 28


7 new children’s and young adult books to read for Black History Month – and beyond – Mashable

17 children’s books with queer characters that deserve your attention – BuzzFeed

Are my favorite childhood books teaching bad things to my kids? – The Week

The Importance of Reading to Your Kids – Publishers Weekly

Mo Willems inks deal with HBO Max for multiple animated specials – Deadline

Why you should encourage your child’s love of graphic novels – Parents


100 things schoolchildren will miss without a librarian – Ebook Friendly

After 7 years, Madison’s new $10.5 million Pinney Library ready to wow – Wisconsin State Journal

Carla Hayden discusses being first woman and African-American to serve as Librarian of Congress – CBS News

More libraries are doing away with overdue fines – New York Times

The new town square – Isthmus

Tennessee’s Parental Oversight of Public Libraries Act would censor books, jail librarians – PEN America


ACE Entertainment acquires rights to Abigail Hing Wen’s novel ‘Loveboat, Taipei’ – Deadline

All the new young adult SFF books arriving in March! –

“Cemetery Boys” is normalizing queer, Latinx representation in YA novels – Teen Vogue

A defense of the young adult novel and escapist literature – Study Breaks

February 2020 YA book releases – The Nerd Daily


News to Wake Your Brain Cells Feb. 21


26 easy ways to encourage your kids to read more – Huff Post

Best-selling book title Big Nate gets animated brand-new Nickelodeon series – Yahoo

Children with disabilities – resource list – Washington County Cooperative Library Services

‘Dangerous Americans’: Might Girl Books about the internment of Japanese Americans – A Mighty Girl

Fall 2020 children’s sneak previews – Publishers Weekly

Six new picture books to celebrate African American History Month – Abby the Librarian

This bookshop is making a donation to trans children’s charity Mermaids every time they sell a JK Rowling book – Pink News


Patrons at Maine’s rural libraries still look for books the old-fashioned way – Bangor Daily News

Public libraries adapt to the 21st century …and uphold democracy – Seven Days

So many languages, so few books: Libraries struggle to reflect places they serve – Los Angeles Times

Teens arrested in connection to Porterville library fire – American Libraries


10 tween/teen books begging for a cinematic adaptation – Screen Rant

39 YA sequels you won’t want to miss in the first half of 2020 – Epic Reads

‘All the Bright Places’ author to release new YA novel ‘Breathless’ – Hollywood Reporter

Bestselling young adult authors are aiming at older readers – ABC News

Season of the witch: the rise of queer magic in YA SFF – Tor

Kids’ Next Spring 2020

The Indie Next List for children’s books has been released for spring 2020. The books are recommended by indie booksellers. The list includes books for preschoolers through teens. Here are the list’s Top Ten* titles:

Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Chirp by Kate Messner

Coo by Kaela Noel

The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper

Havenfall by Sara Holland

The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead

They Went Left by Monica Hesse

Tigers Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry

Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed


*Yes, there appear to be only nine titles in their top ten.

News to Wake Your Brain Cells Feb. 14


9 charming facts about E.B. White’s Stuart Little – Mental Floss

13 books for young children that feature protagonists of color – Business Insider

Funny females take center stage in new novels for kids – Publishers Weekly

‘Hair Love’ wins Oscar for Best Animated Short – Publishers Weekly

Planet Omar: Why it’s about time young Muslims saw themselves in children’s literature – The New Arab

Underdogs – Ten books you may have missed in 2019 – ALSC

‘Whitewashing’ Australia and how children’s books are fostering racial bias – WAToday

Who inspired the backstory for ‘The Old Truck’? – MindShift

Why author Jason Reynolds writes for the youngest generation – Essence


ALA takes FY 2021 budget cuts seriously, urges members of Congress to visit libraries – ALA

How I came to love Connecticut’s libraries – Hartford Courant

How public libraries can help close America’s digital privacy divide – Inside Sources

On Wikipedia, a fight is raging over coronavirus disinformation – Wired

Pa. requires libraries in prisons. But not in schools. Why? – Pennsylvania Capital-Star

Technology is changing the way Wisconsin public libraries work – WPR


7 young adult novels to devour if you loved Netflix’s “You” – BuzzFeed

9 diverse YA romance books to enjoy for Valentine’s Day, and year-round – Teen Vogue

10 books with South Asian characters you should read in 2020 – Teen Vogue

LGBTQIAP+ YA books by black authors – YA Pride

My most anticipated YA fantasy and science fiction of 2020 – Stacked

Top new YA books in February 2020 – Den of Geek

News to Wake Your Brain Cells Feb. 7


10 children’s books to read this winter, reviewed by kids – Time

12 children’s books for Black History Month to read all year long, according to GoodReads – Romper

18 stunningly beautiful children’s books for storytime – Book Riot

Acclaimed author Nikki Grimes speaks about children’s literacy at Hubbs Conference – University of St. Thomas

The best books to read your children in 2020, from Julie Donaldson’s ‘The Go-Away Bird’ to the Dalai Lama’s ‘The Seed of Compassion’ – Independent

The best children’s books to celebrate Black History Month – Parenting

The best Valentine’s Day children’s books 2020 – Today

Children’s books round-up: A book for kids to deal with loss of a pet – Irish Times

The most anticipated children’s and YA books of spring 2020 – Publishers Weekly


20 Sapphic YA releases to look forward to in 2020 – The Nerd Daily

Barnes & Noble suspended their “diverse books” cover initiative after backlash – Teen Vogue

February 2020 YA releases to TBR – Book Riot

Q & A with Elana K. Arnold – Publishers Weekly

Stamping out racism with Jason Reynolds – Publishers Weekly

Why you shouldn’t censor your teen’s reading (even the sex and violence) – Washington Post