Blogger Alyson Feldman-Piltch

A New Classic

Yesterday, Jonda McNair posted about classic Coretta Scott King (CSK)  books on the CSK Blog.  McNair pointed out that often when one thinks of a classic book, they do not think of books written by and about African-Americans. Citing an article she wrote in The Reading Teacher in 2010, McNair shares what her criteria for a classic book in African-American literature are- often  books can be grouped into three categories: “universal experiences (e.g., death, love, and friendship) from an African American perspective, breakthrough books that are a “first” in some way or break new ground, and literary innovation (e.g., use of language, style, etc.).” At the end of the post, Jonda shares the titles of some CSK winners that meet this criteria, and are what she considers CSK Classics, one of which is a personal favorite, Everett Anderson’s Goodbye. As I sat on the train this morning to work, I thought about classics…

Blogger Renee Grassi

Recommending Books for Kids with Low Vision

Twitter is a great place to share ideas with your fellow youth librarians.  Just recently, Jennifer Taggart, blogger at Adaptive Umbrella and author of the recent ALSC blog post Inclusive Technology Station, reached out to her Twitter followers.  She needed suggestions of high contrast picture books for children with low vision to add to her library’s special needs collection. It made me think–how do families with children who have low vision find library books? Unless our libraries have a special needs collection, it can be difficult for librarians and parents alike to sift through all of the picture books to find the right one. If this is a situation you have struggled with at your library, here are some criteria you can consider when making book recommendations to families with children with low vision. High Contrast: Books featuring high contrasting colors are inherently more accessible to children with low vision.  These titles offer…


Just What the Doctor Ordered – Books!

Sign saying Dr. Franklin's Library

We can all recall those long mornings, filling out paper work at the doctor’s office while stashing a tissue box under your elbow, looking up between the clock and the door to the examination rooms. Calculating it’s not worth staring at those two items, you might glance over to the magazine rack and pick up something to browse through. Now, what if, as your name was called, you brought the magazine in with you and could discuss what you read with your doctor?

Awards & Scholarships

Suggestions for the Batchelder Award?

ALSC Personal Members are invited to suggest titles for the 2018 Batchelder Award given to an American publisher for a children’s book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country and subsequently published in English in the United States during 2017. Please remember that only books from this publishing year are under consideration for the 2018 award. Publishers, authors and illustrators may not suggest their own books. The deadline for suggestions by ALSC members is October 15, 2017 so there is sufficient time to consider the suggestion before the Midwinter Meeting. Please use the submission form at The award will be announced at the Youth Media Awards press conference during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in February 2018. For more information about the award, visit the ALSC website at ************************************************************************************************ Today’s guest post was written by Mary Beth Dunhouse,…