Children and Libraries (CAL)

“Best Practices Pieces” : Children & Libraries

Children and Libraries  (CAL) is the journal of the Association for Library Services to Children. “[I]t primarily serves as a vehicle for continuing education for librarians working with children, and showcases current scholarly research and practice in library service to children and significant activities and initiatives of the Association”  (

Share your knowledge and experience with your peers. “Best Practices Pieces” provide an  opportunity for readers to learn from your program planning, preparation, and implementation. If you would like to peruse past issues of the journal, then you may access them online. (Tip: Past issues through the fifth-most-recent are accessible to all; More recent issues require ALA login.)

“Best Practices” are inclusive of successes, challenges, and lessons learned. Written reflections should be limited to approximately 1,500 words and include details on program timelines, materials, attendance, marketing plans, and funding sources. Quotes and feedback from staff and attendees may also be included.

Submissions are open on a rolling basis year round. In addition to sharing “Best Practice Pieces”, you are welcome to contact the CAL Editor, Sharon Verbeten, with your story ideas, author interviews, personal essays, research pieces (peer review process applies), and high resolution (300 dpi) photos from events. (Tip: Any pictures depicting children’s faces must include a signed parental permission slip).

There is still time to submit content for consideration in the upcoming  Summer 2022 issue. Copy must be finalized no later than January 15 for consideration. We look forward to hearing from you and featuring your work!


This post addresses the following ALSC Core Competencies: III. Programming Skills; V. Advocacy & Outreach; VII. Professionalism and Professional Development.


Amalia E. Butler, Senior Children’s Librarian and CAL co-chair,  is writing this post on behalf of the ALSC Children & Libraries Editorial Advisory Committee.

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