News to Wake Your Brain Cells – Nov 8


8 Thanksgiving children’s books that aren’t problematic for a change – Romper

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

Authors explain why it’s important to get kids excited about reading books – The Sun

Booklist: The loss of a pet – Stacked

Madison’s Kevin Henkes teaches life lessons with mice –

Penguin Random House to acquire complete works of Eric Carle – Publisher’s Weekly

Why the books we read as children are the ones that shape our psyche – The Guardian


650 people made a human chain to pass off children’s books to a new library – Yahoo

Anonymous note decrying Little Free Libraries sparks gentrification debate – DCist

Are readers more successful? – SuperSummary

Moving stories: inside the book buses changing children’s lives – The Guardian


Tamora Pierce’s Tortall books are coming to TV – Tor


News to Wake Your Brain Cells – Nov 1


5 reasons your child should read graphic novels – Today

21 Best Kids Movies Coming Out in 2020 – Country Living

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


The 5 best library perks you’re not taking advantage of – Yahoo!

The complicated role of the modern public library – Humanities

Leander, TX library director loses job for hosting pride story time – Book Riot

What can schools learn from the successful transformation of public libraries – EdSurge


The 18 most anticipated YA books to read in November – Epic Reads

20 must-read YA books with disabled characters – Book Riot

All the new young adult SFF books coming out in November – Tor

Camryn Garrett’s favorite sex-positive YA books – Bookish

Jason Reynolds is on a mission – New York Times

Make Me Your Villain: Shelby Mahurin on the cathartic experience of writing an antihero – Bookish

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – Oct 25


11 witch books for kids of all ages – Brightly

16 children’s books about space to inspire NASA’s tiniest fleet – Romper

Halloween reading for kids – WUWF

How Raina Telgemeier faces her fear – The New York Times

PBS adapts Meltzer’s biographies for young readers – Publisher’s Weekly

Q & A with Eoin Colfer – Publisher’s Weekly

Ursula K. Le Guin’s playful and profound letter-poem to children about the power of books and why we read – Brainpickings


From wizards to mentoring, Allegheny County’s public libraries are vital, sometimes noisy spaces – Public Source

Madison Library system considers end to overdue fines – Wisconsin State Journal


8 differences between Hulu’s Looking for Alaska and the original novel – PopSugar

14 high school students share the one book they think their entire generation should read – CBC

Jeff Smith’s award-winning comic book series BONE acquired for Netflix series – Broadway World

Knowing a young brown person might listen and feel less alone: the narrative life of Priya Ayyar – Booklist Reader

Looking for Alaska isn’t the book you read as a teen – and it’s not trying to be – Mashable

October 2019 Debut YA Novels – Stacked

There may be more than a year between His Dark Materials Seasons 1 and 2 – Tor

Young adult books roundup – reviews – The Guardian

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – Oct 18


17 boo-tastic Halloween books for toddlers to enjoy – Book Riot

Every child can become a lover of books – The Atlantic

The messy, beautiful worldbuilding of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – Tor

Richard Jackson, who had an ear for children’s books, dies at 84 – New York Times

Vashti Harrison lets the light in – New York Times


The battle for the future of e-books is happening at your local library – Fast Company

Diverse classroom libraries spark debate in Loudoun County – Loudoun Times-Mirror

Some observations from library tourism – Book Riot


7 YA books that you’ll need tissues for – The Nerd Daily

Dash & Lily: Netflix orders holiday rom-com series based on YA  books – TVLine

Friendly Haints and Macabre Adventures – 36 Seasonal Titles for Middle Grade and High School Readers – SLJ

Getting better: YA lit reflects more nuanced representation of mental health – SLJ

The Selection author Kiera Cass announces steamy new romance duology – Entertainment Weekly

Why John Green Likes Writing for Teenagers – New York Times

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – Oct 11


Million-selling Rebel Girls children’s books should be treated like pornography and banned, Turkish government decides – The Daily Mail

The Pioneering British Socialist Who Revolutionized Victorian Children’s Literature – New York Times

Sandra Boynton’s Captivating Universe – The Atlantic

Why disability representation in children’s books is essential – Yahoo! Lifestyle


19 really great YA books you’ll want to pick up this fall – BuzzFeed

The best young adult novels of October 2019 – Paste

Erin A. Craig’s House of Salt and Sorrows will be a TV series – Tor

New Hunger Games book title and cover revealed – The Bookseller

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – Oct 4


9 children’s books about food and culture that are good enough to eat – Romper

2019 CBC Diversity Award Winners Announced – Publisher’s Weekly

David Baddiel: children’s fiction needs more wheelchair whizzkids – The Guardian

The Fallen Worlds of Philip Pullman – The New Yorker

Give kids good books and they’ll love reading forever – HuffPost

How Alex Rider Moved to the small screen as Sony Pictures Television takes out teen superspy drama to global buyers – Deadline

Kokila to publish ‘The Seed of Compassion,’ the first children’s book by The Dalai Lama – Forbes

Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad turns bullying experiences into new children’s book – WBUR

Parents who read to their child on a tablet end up having less interaction together, a new study finds – CNN

Pembrokeshire writer, Eloise Williams, is first Children’s Laureate Wales – Western Telegraph

Second Story Press Tackles Texts in Two Tongues – Publisher’s Weekly

Wonder author R.J. Palacio on making her graphic novel debut – Hollywood Reporter

Yes, I still read my 12-year-old children’s books – Yahoo! Lifestyle


Chicago to become largest U.S. public library system to go fine-free for overdue materials that get returned – Chicago Tribune

Why public libraries matter more than ever in the information age – Mercer Island Reporter

Why young learners don’t always go to libraries for books, and why that’s OK with librarians – WESA


3 things parents should do to raise lifelong readers (besides bedtime stories) – Inc.

E-book or physical book? The answer may surprise you – CNBC

One-in-five Americans now listen to audiobooks – Pew Research Center Fact-Tank

Who doesn’t read books in America? – Pew Research Center Fact-Tank


5 Fall 2019 Bisexual Girl and Lesbian YA to Add to Your Queer TBR – Book Riot

The Best Young Adult Fantasy Novel of All Time – Forbes

Fall 2019 YA Books: 90+ October-December New Releases – Book Riot

Lev Grossman is adapting his short story “The Map of Tiny Perfect Things” into a movie –

Rainbow Rowell’s ‘Wayward Son’ seeks peace on the road – NPR


News to Wake Your Brain Cells – September 27


11 Rosh Hashanah Books for Children and Babies – Book Riot

Alex Gino shares what it’s like to author the #1 most banned book – Intellectual Freedom Blog

Bestselling author R.J. Palacio’s First Graphic Novel Grapples with All-Too-Relevant History – Forbes

Children’s books are tackling dark and taboo topics. Morris Gleitzman says that’s nothing to be afraid of – ABC Australia

Fiction for older children reviews: flying puns and dangerous games – The Guardian

How a children’s book is helping parents talk to their kids about gun violence – NYU

How “Heather Has Two Mommies” Paved the Way for LGBTQ-Inclusive Children’s Books – NewNowNext

In Conversation: Grace Lin and Alvina Ling – Publisher’s Weekly

Kids’ Books Add Meaning to Christmas – Publisher’s Weekly

Remembering Caldecott Winner Mordicai Gerstein – SLJ

Vashti Harrison’s Children’s Books as Mirrors, Windows & Sliding Doors – Romper


It’s a beacon for the city: inside the new New York library that cost $40m to build – The Guardian

Why This Librarian Is Using Twitter to Fight Changes to Library Ebook Pricing Terms – Forbes


Parents play a key role in fostering children’s love of reading – Medical Xpress

Why some people become lifelong readers – The Atlantic


7 YA Books about Immigration, Immigrant Camps, and Deportation – Book Riot

Kick Off Fall with This Trio of Innovative YA Graphic Novels – NPR

With two new books, Rainbow Rowell hits the road – Publisher’s Weekly

Top 11 Most Challenged Books in 2018

The American Library Association has released the top eleven most challenged books from last year. Their Office of Intellectual Freedom tracked 347 challenges to materials in 2018 that included 483 books. You will see that once again many of the books are challenged for having LGBTQIA+ content. Here are the top ten:

George A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

George by Alex Gino

A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, illustrated by EG Keller

The Adventures of Captain Underpants (Captain Underpants, #1) The Hate U Give

Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Drama Thirteen Reasons Why

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

This One Summer Skippyjon Jones

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

Skippyjon Jones series by Judy Schachner

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian This Day in June

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

This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman, illustrated by Kristyna Litten

Two Boys Kissing

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan


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.