News to Wake Your Brain Cells Jan 17


How one librarian tried to squash Goodnight Moon – Slate

Jason Reynolds named new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature – Publisher’s Weekly

Newbery Medalist Meg Medina Changes Gears – Publisher’s Weekly


The 10 most checked-out books in N.Y. Public Library history – NY Times

Men plead guilty in thefts of rare books from Carnegie Library – Trib Live

Neil Gaiman leads Hampshire writers protesting library cuts – The Guardian

Public library ebook and audiobook use rocketed up 20% in 2019 – Forbes


Charging for the right to read: who really pays? – Intellectual Freedom Blog


2020 YA book covers bring disability representation to the forefront – Book Riot

Art Attack! The ‘Plain Janes’ deliver a shot of creative optimism – NPR

News to Wake Your Brain Cells Jan 10


18 2020 children’s books you’ll want on your reading list this year – Romper

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas author defends work from criticism by Auschwitz memorial – The Guardian

Eoin Colfer on returning to Artemis Fowl – The Guardian Podcast

Fall 2019 flying starts: we spotlight six notable children’s and YA debuts this season – Publisher’s Weekly

Newbery, Caldecott and perspectives on excellence – Reading While White

Raina Telgemeier: The Comics Industry Person of the Decade – The Beat

This teacher was worried children weren’t getting bedtime stories. So she began reading them – on Facebook – The Washington Post


The 2010s were supposed to bring the ebook revolution. It never quite came. – Vox

Why the second-hand ebook market may never take off – Fortune


In library renovations, when do discussions of accessibility arise? – Book Riot

Tucson library offering homeless patrons food, resources – Houston Chronicle

Why many libraries are eliminating late fees – Forbes


48 YA book releases to look out for in 2020 – The Nerd Daily

50+ YA books starring queer girls hitting shelves in 2020 – Book Riot

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

In Conversation: Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed – Publisher’s Weekly

Winter 2020 YA books: 175+ January-March new releases to TBR – Book Riot

YALSA names 2020 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults – YALSA

News to Wake Your Brain Cells Dec 20


5 children’s books that celebrate our holiday season – Datebook

5 reasons I always get children picture books for Christmas – The Conversation

15 children’s books celebrating food – EcoWatch

Andrew Clements, author of best-selling children’s book ‘Frindle,’ dies at 70 – The Washington Post

The best books of 2019 to teach kids about identity and acceptance – Mashable

The best children’s books for 2019 for all ages – The Guardian

The best Jewish children’s books of 2019 – Tablet

The Caldecott Medal needs an international makeover – The New York Times

Favorite children’s books of 2019 – Brain Pickings

‘Goodnight Bubbala’ and other Hanukkah-themed children’s books for the holiday season – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Kids’ books to read again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and… – NPR

Prepare for winter with these cozy reading recommendations – ALSC Blog


How the Calgary library’s new language centre will help Indigenous children find themselves in literature – The Star

How the Library of Congress unrolled a 2,000-year-old Buddhist scroll – Atlas Obscura

Is my library liable for fake news? – American Libraries

LA libraries will stop charging late fees and forgive your past-due sins – LAist

No holds barred: policing and security in the public library – In the Library with the Lead Pipe

Why it’s time to quantify the library’s role in the reading marketplace – Publisher’s Weekly


The 10 best YA books of the year (and the decade) – Entertainment Weekly

20 queer YA books for your 2020 TBR – BookRiot

34 promising new YA books to look out for in 2020 – PopSugar

The book truck brings free books to thousands of LA students – SLJ

The decade in young adult fiction – Slate

To outsiders, YA is eating itself; to insiders, it’s bettering itself – BookRiot

Upcoming Netflix teen drama ‘All the Bright Places’ is a love story about two suicidal teens – Yahoo

News to Wake Your Brain Cells Dec 13


20 2020 middle grade books to have on your radar – Teen Librarian Toolbox

American Indians in Children’s Literature Best Books of 2019 – AICL

Best children’s books of 2019: the year’s best aviation and space-themed books for young readers – Air & Space

Children’s books round-up: a picture book which is the perfect gift – The Irish Times

Eloise children’s book series acquired by MRC – The Hollywood Reporter

The ten best children’s books of 2019 – Smithsonian


Amid outcry, Seattle Public Library weighs decision to provide venue for ‘radical feminist’ event criticized as anti-trans – The Seattle Times

Britain has closed almost 800 libraries since 2010, figures show – The Guardian

State Library Victoria’s triumphant redesign: it’s not just about books, but community – The Guardian


10 of the best genre-blending young adult novels of the year – Book Riot

55 of the best queer books of 2019 – Autostraddle

Best young adult science fiction, fantasy and horror of 2019 – Tor

YA books about interracial dating drama – Book Riot

News to Wake Your Brain Cells Dec 6


The 25 Best Children’s Books of 2019 – New York Times

2019 CBC Diversity Awards: “A movement, not a trend” – Publisher’s Weekly

Children have sharper vocabulary skills by age 3 when parents read with them early on – People

Children’s Starred Reviews 2019 – Publisher’s Weekly

NPR’s favorite books of 2019 – NPR

NYPL Best Books for Kids – NYPL


Books on wheels: when the library comes to the homeless shelter – The Christian Science Monitor

‘We wanted our patrons back’ – public libraries scrap late fines to alleviate inequity – NPR

Why the library intimidates me: interview with a non-user – Princh


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

December 2019 YA releases – BookRiot

Former Netflix International Exec Erik Barmack to adapt Australian teen novel ‘On the Jellicoe Road” – Deadline

Jason Reynolds on wanting writer role models: ‘Judy Blume never came and hollered at us’  – Salon

YA anthologies: Discovering and using new collections for teen readers – SLJ

The young adult book genre has become a literary juggernaut – Datebook

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – Nov 22


10 things you (probably) didn’t know about C. S. Lewis – Publisher’s Weekly

11 inclusive children’s books written by women of color – Book Riot

12 books tweens can read after Raina Telgemeier – ALSC Blog

Another view: If you want to raise a bookworm, make it more about play than work – Record Online

Children’s author Jan Brett faces wild tiger while writing new book – Boston Herald

Children’s books are still too white. Who will change this? Answer: Everyone concerned –

HMH to launch children’s graphic novel imprint – Publisher’s Weekly


7 ways libraries are combating the opioid crisis – Book Riot

Americans and Privacy: concerned, confused and feeling lack of control over their personal information – Pew Research Center

Halifax Central Library, Halifax, Canada – beautiful and bustling – Library Planet

Librarianship at the crossroads of ICE surveillance – In the Library with the Lead Pipe


Author Nic Stone discusses book being left off reading list – WRDW

Hey, young adult authors: writing for teenagers is no excuse to act like them – The Guardian

November 2019 YA Book Releases – The Nerd Daily

NYT Book Review Editor Pamela Paul on the critical place books hold for kids as they get older – Wisconsin Public Radio

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – Nov 15


13 best Asian American children’s and young adult books 2019 – NBC News

Angry parents protest LGBTQ books in Virginia classrooms – Washington Post

Children’s books: New from Sophie Dahl, Jamie Littler and Sally Gardner – The Irish News

In praise of Diana Wynne Jones, the fairy godmother of children’s fantasy – Vox

Jules Feiffer writes picture book sequel after two decades – Publisher’s Weekly

Tips and tricks parents can use to nurture a love of reading in kids – KQED

When white feelings dominate – Reading While White


Charlotte’s new library – an investment in what we ought to be – WFAE

Why libraries have a public spirit that most museums lack – HyperAllergic


7 of the best YA novels (& series) featuring your favorite comic book characters – The Mary Sue

7 YAs to read after Ruta Sepetys’ The Fountains of Silence – Barnes & Noble

15 of your favorite queer YA fantasy books – Book Riot

22 Latinx books that need to be adapted for TV or film immediately – The Young Folks

50 must-read YA books in translation – Stacked

The best young adult novels of November 2019 – Paste



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