It seems like almost every day I see something on Facebook, a blog, or the ALSC listserv about a book that has been challenged. Or someone fields a question about how to handle a book about a topic that parents might prefer that their child not know about. As librarians we want young people to read the books they want to read, but sometimes we also are encouraging them to read a book they need to read. Given our own personalities and beliefs, it can be daunting to hand a child a book on a topic we ourselves are not totally comfortable talking about. The next webinar in Booklist’s series will look at how we can find ways to talk to children and teens about tough issues. These might include anything from the Holocaust to contemporary racism. In addition to listening to several noted speakers share their views and expertise, participants will be able to submit comments and questions. Visit this link for more information and to register. The program will be held on Thursday, April 7 at 1:00 p.m. CENTRAL TIME but will also be archived for later listening. The one hour program is free so encourage others on staff to listen along, too.