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Holiday Programming Planning

Holiday Programming Planning

Now that you’ve eaten most of your Halloween candy, it’s time to seriously solidify your end of year programming. Here to help you with planning are tons of ideas, news, and much more! Read on, enjoy and, as always, best of luck!

And just in case you are wondering — 22 Things to Do with Pumpkins After Halloween

But first…*sniff*

Remembering children’s book illustrator Jerry Pinkney (1939-2021)

I’m Talkin’ Full Stream Here!

New (& Cool) Kids’ Shows Coming to Netflix in November

Billy Porter will direct and produce a feature adaptation of Campthe young adult novel by Lev Rosen.

Joey King and Chase Stokes Cast in Netflix Movie Based on Uglies Series

Joey King and Chase Stokes have been cast to star in the Netflix movie adaptation of Uglies, based on Scott Westerfield’s young adult science-fiction series. Also cast in the upcoming film are Brianne Tju and Keith Powers. Netflix has yet to confirm who each of the actors will be playing, but fans have been speculating that King will take on the role of Tally Youngblood, the heroine of the series. The screenplay for the adaptation will be written by Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff. Author Scott Westerfield will executive produce the project alongside Jamie King and John Fox. The movie will be directed by McG.

Collection Development

The Best Children’s & YA Books of 2021
Publishers Weekly editors share their picks for the top 50 children’s books of the year for readers of all ages. More

Jeff Kinney Scores with ‘Big Shot’
With the 16th book in his Diary of a Wimpy Kid series out this week and a Disney+ movie coming out on December 3, mega-bestselling author Jeff Kinney is hitting the road. More
malala yousafzai book cover

Aisha Saeed tweeted a cover reveal for her first foray into nonfiction! Saeed wrote, “Educators have often paired Amal Unbound w/ Malala so it felt like a natural fit to work on this project as part of Chelsea Clinton’s She Persisted series. Out July 2022, available to preorder wherever books are sold!”

The rights to Circe Moskowitz’s debut YA graphic novel Good Mourning have been preemptively purchased by Michelle Lee at Dial. The graphic novel has been described as “Schitt’s Creek meets HGTV.” Publication is slated for 2024.

Award-winning artist Harmony Becker makes her graphic novel debut

Tiffany Haddish lands a three-book deal with HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Where to Buy Manga
Are you a new reader and confused about where to buy manga? Here’s a primer on how to buy manga in the U.S. and your options for doing so!
Couldn’t resist plugging this one…!

All Things Comics

Comic book stores have had a lot of issues with recent deliveries from PRH where the comics are in unsellable condition.

DC is developing a Milestone animated movie based on classic Black superhero comics characters.

Here’s the trailer for The Batman, if you haven’t already seen it a half dozen times.

Family Corner

30 Meaningful Activities for Families to Try in November

Ibram X Kendi’s next book, How To Raise an Antiracist, coming in 2022

30 Days of Inspiration Challenge.

Try This Recipe for Baby-Safe Non-Toxic Paint

100 Ways to Be Kinder, Starting Now

Why It’s So Important to Expose Kids to the Arts (According to Experts)

Here’s a Sneak Peek at the New Stage Adaptation of Winnie the Pooh

Ahead of its opening in early November, previews began last night for the new stage adaptation of A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Poohentitled Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical AdaptationYou can get a sneak peek at images from the family-friendly show exclusively from Playbill. The cast of the new musical includes Jake Bazel as Pooh; Chris Palmieri as Tigger; Kirsty Moon as Piglet/Roo; Emmanuel Elpenord as Eeyore, Rabbit, and Owl; and Kristina Dizon as Kanga/Owl. The music was written by The Sherman Brothers, the songwriting duo behind many Disney films, including Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and The Aristocats.

Kids Activities

Fall Handprint Trees — click the image for materials/instructions
Project art– Combine writing and art with this scarecrow-themed activity. [READ MORE]
– Deliver a hearty Veterans Day thank-you with this simple card project. [READ MORE]
– Lead students to make good decisions about their health. Download free resources to help them understand medication safety[LEARN MORE]
– Want more activities for November? [READ MORE]
Personalization creates connection — free personalized activity pages that help them grow, building fine motor skills as they go.
Free Personalized Downloads
Download My First I Can Color Toddler Farm Coloring Page
Download My First I Can Color Toddler Dinosaur Coloring Page
Download My Sleepover at Grandma's House Coloring Page.

Obligatory “Can’t Believe You’re Posting this in October” Items

Download My First I Can Color Christmas Coloring Page

Storytime Yah!

Penguin Random House Open License Online Story Time and Classroom Read-Aloud Videos and Live Events


Books continue to connect us during the Covid-19 crisis. Sharing a story is healing. Penguin Random House is extending the temporary open license program for online storytime and read-aloud videos to March 31st, 2022. More here.

Because you are a Pro!

Change Sings
Join Amanda Gorman & Loren Long at this FREE Event!
In this special Flipgrid Live Event, learners from around the world will be inspired and empowered to become change-makers and share their voices.

Join Amanda Gorman, poet, activist, and bestselling author, and New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long as they discuss their new picture book Change Sings, which celebrates how anything is possible when our voices join together.

Your learners will hear Amanda do a live reading from the book, get a look at Loren’s illustration process, and listen as the two discuss how they became who they are today and how they hope learners will use their abilities to make a difference.

Through Flipgrid Live Events you can connect your students with experts, and they can ask their questions live via a fully moderated chat.

Register for the FREE Event!
Click For The Free Guide!
Libraries and Homelessness
With new emphasis on the growing problem of homelessness, many libraries have joined the conversation about how to help. But how should libraries approach the problem? In her recent Libraries Unlimited book, Libraries and Homelessness: An Action Guide, Julie Ann Winkelstein presents a strategic approach to planning, funding, and creating effective programs for adults, children, and youth who are experiencing homelessness.

For an in-depth conversation about the book, tune in to Julie’s podcast interview with Steve Thomas from Circulating IdeasPlus, view Julie’sNiche Academy webinar to learn more about how the library can be leveraged to help address the physical, emotional, and practical needs of your unhoused community members.


Candy Catapults

—> The MUST try activity is the Puking Pumpkin

—> Make sure to read about Pumpkin Jack Rotting Science!


Just for YA!

Bill Gates is giving away free e-copies of his new book to college students

The 17-year-old who invented science fiction

YA Book News

Pop Quiz, Hot Shot!

Take this Twilight quiz and see what you do — or don’t — remember about the series.

Take this quiz to get a YA pirate book recommendation.

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