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Graphic Novels for Early Readers

As a librarian, a true joy in my life is sharing titles and formats that excite and interest me.  One of my favorites to share:  Graphic Novels for Early Readers.  Publishers have been providing a great number of titles beginning in 2020-2021. While this is not a new format, it is one that continually impresses me.

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Let’s Celebrate Pride with a Good Book (or 20)

June is pride month! In celebration, we have created four lists for you that include our five favorite books for that age group. Additionally, we’ve noted our top storytime pick from each age category. If you’d like to learn more about the first Pride March as well as the history of Pride here in the US of A, please check out the Library of Congress’s Resource Guide: 1969 The Stonewall Uprising. Our Five Favorite Pride Books for Babies Our Five Favorite Pride Books for Toddlers Our Five Favorite Pride Books for Preschoolers Our Five Favorite Pride Books for All Ages *Storytime Pick We hope you’re able to highlight Pride through your collection. Here are some printable bookmarks with our five favorite pride books for each of the age groups listed above. Today’s blog post was written by Jen Abler & Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez, on behalf of the ALSC Early Childhood Programs…


Pivot! or Adventures in Planning a Community Event

You can take the librarian out of the youth services department but you can never take the youth services out of the librarian. A couple years ago, I took a position as the manager at a small library branch in our mid-sized system. While no longer a youth services assistant manager, I supervise and guide the children’s librarian at my location, and still use the significant programming and outreach experience I honed over my 16 ½ years as a youth librarian. I’m enthusiastic about offering a variety of programming and services for all ages, though it was my time in the YS trenches that I learned the most valuable skill– and the importance of being flexible and pivoting when roadblocks and other inconveniences arise. Which is why I’m sitting here asking myself for the millionth time since January what I’ve gotten myself into. It all started with the idea of…

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June News from ALSC

Here’s a quick digest of June news from ALSC to keep you up-to-date on our latest resources and upcoming professional development opportunities. Gardening Reads for Kids In addition to the 2024 Summer Reading Lists, ALSC has a fun new recommended reading list. The Gardening Booklist features fantastic titles for nature lovers, backyard explorers, and budding horticulturalists. From flowers to fungi, and windowsills to urban plots, this list of beautifully illustrated books delivers dozens of stories about the beauty and wonder of gardens big and small. Compiled by the Quicklists Consulting committee for the American Horticultural Society’s 32nd annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium, the annotated list includes fiction and nonfiction titles for children from birth to grade 7. ALSC National Institute – Catch the Early Bird! Don’t miss out on the savings! The early bird registration rate for the 2024 National Institute ends Tuesday, July 2. The Institute, September…