News to Wake Your Brain Cells – July 30

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

22 dinosaur books every budding Ross Gellar will love – Motherly

The latest target of Hong Kong’s crackdown: children’s books – The New York Times

Notable 2021 children’s book follow-ups, sequels, and companion books – 100 Scope Notes

Picture books for children – reviews – The Guardian

Target collaborates with children’s book author Christian Robinson – StarTribune

These modern children’s books about princesses are inspiring – Romper

LIBRARIES

Activist who helped desegregate Birmingham library dies – Westport News

Are UK public libraries heading in a new direction? – OUPBlog

Censorship Scholar on book bans and Critical Race Theory – NPR

How do rural libraries serve patrons? – Book Riot

Saving libraries: it’s a critical time for funding legislation – Information Today

YA LIT

17 YA books that will make you shed a tear every time – Yahoo!

21 YA novels with disabled and chronically ill characters – BuzzFeed News

Over 40 complaints made about ‘unsuitable’ books on English curriculum – The Irish Times

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – July 23

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Floyd Cooper, acclaimed children’s illustrator, dead at 65 – AL

LIBRARIES

It checks out — libraries are an “investment that’s well worth it” – Marketplace

YA LIT

15 best young adult books: from historical fiction to romantic comedies – The Independent

‘Future girl’ wins 2021 Readings YA book prize – Books+Publishing

Malcolm X series in the works from activist icon’s daughter Ilyasah Shabazz, Sony’s TriStar – Variety

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – July 16

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

The beguiling legacy of “Alice in Wonderland” – The New Yorker

Newbery Medal winner Kwame Alexander partners with GBH Kids on new children’s animated series – GBH

Pleasure and spaciousness: Poet Naomi Shihab Nye’s advice on writing, discipline, and the two driving forces of creativity – Brain Pickings

LIBRARIES

The first joint intellectual freedom awards – Intellectual Freedom Blog

Right-wingers are taking over library boards to remove books on racism – TruthOut

YA LIT

21 YA romances we’re looking forward to in 2021 – BuzzFeed

Goosebumps author RL Stine: ‘The only lesson in my books is to run’ – The Guardian

The Obamas’ production company is producing an anthology series for Netflix about love during a blackout – Collider

The unexpected adulthood of Gossip Girl creator Cecily von Ziegesar – Town & Country

White gatekeeping in YA harms teen readers – Book Riot

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – July 9

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

The best picture books of 2021 so far – AV Club

Cinco Puntos Press founders reflect on legacy, decision to sell – KTEP

Lil’ Libros, the bilingual children’s publisher that’s changing the rules of the game – BELatina

‘They need to see themselves’: NC libraries push for AAPI representation in kids books – The News & Observer

Why are there so many Holocaust books for kids? – New York Times

LIBRARIES

Finding diverse books without a hashtag – ALSC Blog

From art to acoustic guitars, Columbus-area libraries offer a lot more than books – The Columbus Dispatch

How do we get people to come back to the library? Four ideas that can help you rebuild use of your library – Super Library Marketing

YA LIT

All the new young adult SFF books arriving in July! – Tor

For twin authors Sarena and Sasha Nanua, YA fantasy novels are a family affair – Toronto Star

‘I learned kids like me didn’t get to exist in stories, and so for years I wrote myself out’ – The Irish Times

So good: the best young adult novels to read on the beach during summer 2021 – J-14

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – July 2

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

15 LGBTQ graphic novels for middle graders – Book Riot

45 best middle-grade books under 250 pages – Reading Middle Grade

‘Cardboard Kingdom’ is about so much more than just cardboard – NPR

Censorship and curation in children’s books – The Irish Times

Children’s book imprint Heartdrum focuses on contemporary Native stories – Forbes

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

Children’s house Lee & Low buys the bilingual Cinco Puntos Press – Publishing Perspectives

Kyle Lukoff’s speeches responding to the controversy over his easy reader series “Max and Friends” – SCBWI: The Blog

Raul the Third brings border culture to life in books for kids – Boston Globe

LIBRARIES

The Hot-Spot Library was born in two shipping containers in a Cape Town slum – NPR

Pride Month book displays at Lafayette public libraries concern board vice president – The Acadiana Advocate

San Diego City Library branches grapple with inequities – Governing

The value of the book cover: my favorite way to discover books in libraries – Book Riot

YA LIT

26 YA sci-fi fantasy books that are hitting shelves this summer – BuzzFeed

Netflix is taking a stab at R.L. Stine’s ‘Fear Street’ horror books for three new films – Daily News

The rise of BookTok: meet the teen influencers pushing books up the charts – The Guardian

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – June 25

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

ABA 2021 Booksellers’ Choice winners announced – Books+Publishing

7 books on the refugee experience every child should read – TRT World

21 books for kids and young adults to read for National Indigenous History Month – CBC

Ibram X. Kendi recommends 6 books to help your kids understand race – NPR

A Juneteenth celebration of children’s books featuring Black characters – Boston Children’s Hospital

Meet Sydney Taylor, unsung creator of the All-of-a-Kind Family – The New York Times

Pride is for all ages: recommendations for LGBTQIA+ friendly children’s books – Nerds and Beyond

These children’s biographies about great women will inspire & educate – Romper

‘We didn’t use to have children’s books that talk about difficult issues’: Author of picture book on Dr. Fauci discusses COVID’s impact on kids – MarketWatch

Who is John Newbery? A major children’s book award was named after him – The Washington Post

LIBRARIES

Public libraries are reopening. What do they add to your community? – KALW

YA LIT

8 of the best new queer YA books – Elle

Bestselling YA authors of “Blackout” on importance of centering, celebrating Black love – CBS News

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – June 18

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

17 books for kids and teens to read during Pride Month – CBC

2022 ALSC Notable Children’s Books Committee discussion list for Annual Conference 2021 – ALSC Blog

Bologna Children’s Book Fair’s 2021 Ragazzi Award winners – Publishing Perspectives

The boy who lived and lived and lived – The Bookseller

Nova Scotia illustrator wins prestigious children’s book award – CBC

WIRED’s ultimate summer reading list for kids and teens – WIRED

LIBRARIES

ALA takes a stance on social and racial justice with proposed ninth principle of the Code of Ethics – OIF Blog

Many turned to libraries during the pandemic for free wifi and other services. Will these venerable public institutions get the credit they deserve? – CNN

New York Legislature passes library e-book bill – Publishers Weekly

Where is our Spotify for books? – Slate

YA LIT

28 new LGBTQ+ young adult novels that’ll add sunshine to your summer – BuzzFeed

The healing power of queer coming-of-age stories – The New York Times

‘Let Me Hear a Rhyme’ drama from Morenike Balogun, Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson & Morgan Cooper in works at Peacock – Deadline

Q&A with the authors of ‘Blackout’ – Publishers Weekly

Sanaa Lathan to make feature directorial debut with Paramount Players’ ‘On the Come Up’ – Deadline

YA fiction: love of all shapes amidst the ruins – The Irish Times

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – June 11

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

20 queer books that are great for kids – CafeMom

22 beautiful and inclusive kids’ books for Pride month – Today

From yuck to yum, kids are learning about food in almost every book we read them – Romper

‘Nobody wants white kids to feel bad about their race’ – The Atlantic

LIBRARIES

9 most beautiful bookstores and libraries in Japan – TimeOut

What happens when libraries go fine-free? – WFAE

YA LIT

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

Authors Nicola & David Yoon ink Anonymous Content deal focused on love stories toplined by people of color – Deadline

New Line nabs YA novel ‘The Distance from Me to You’ for HBO Max – Deadline

SFWA announces the Andrew Norton Nebula Award for Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction – Nebula Awards

YA and MG book trends for summer: sequels, superheroes and sweethearts – Forbes

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – June 4

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

12 joyful children’s books that explore pronouns & gender identity – Romper

30 LGBTQ+ children’s books for Pride Month – Mutually Inclusive

Graphic nonfiction for middle grade readers – Book Riot

Picture books for Pride Month – ALSC Blog

LIBRARIES

Forget art and gems, thieves make discreet millions at the library – Daily Beast

IMLS releases 2019 data on American public libraries – InfoDocket

Pride breaks with Halifax libraries after controversial book kept on shelves – CBC

YA LIT

7 must-read YA Black girl magic books – Tor

10 of the best new June YA books to TBR – Book Riot

26 new LGBTQ+ YA books to add to your 2021 reading list – Pride

From zombies to modern love stories, these are the best YA books of June – PopSugar

Top new young adult books in June 2021 – Den of Geek