Guest Blogger

Intergenerational Book Clubs: How to use reading to raise social justice awareness

We are living in complicated times. There’s plenty we can reflect on about 2020 and its impacts on our families, our professions and our relationships. And with the arrival of 2021, the conversations have only become more complex. Explaining the world to our children and our students is no easy task. In order to set up our students for success, we need to seek out culturally and linguistically diverse viewpoints. 

Awards & Scholarships

2023 Children’s Literature Lecturer – Send Your Suggestions!

The Children’s Literature Lecture Award Committee is seeking suggestions for our 2023 honoree. The lecturer may be an author, critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children’s literature, of any country, who shall prepare a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children’s literature. The lecture will be given in April or May of 2023 at a site to be chosen next year. ALSC members are welcome to send suggestions to the committee for consideration. Please send your proposed lecturer(s), with supporting rationale for each recommendation. The nomination form is available online and the deadline for submissions is July 31. Recent past lecturers include Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop, Neil Gaiman, Dr. Debbie Reese, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Jacqueline Woodson. The complete list of past lecturers is on the ALSC website. The 2023 lecturer will be announced at the 2022 ALA LibLearnX next January in San Antonio. For…

Guest Blogger

Educating Young Children on the Importance of Freedom of Speech

The right to freedom of speech is established in the First Amendment because it is one of the most important freedoms we value in the United States. Freedom of speech gives us the right to use our voices in countless ways – from signing a petition, to writing a poem or creating a piece of art, to voting and attending a protest, to practicing a religious tradition. Like learning the ABC’s to build words for communicating, learning about the First Amendment and freedom of speech is a building block we can use to empower young voices.

Children & Technology

Tell Us About Great New Digital Media!

Hello from the Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Committee! Have you come across any new digital media you think all kids and parents should know about? Our committee is reviewing digital media released in 2020 in the U.S. for early learners (2-8) and their caregivers, and we’d love to see your recommendations! Please use this simple form to share your feedback with us. Deadline for submissions is January 1, 2021.

Guest Blogger

Global Reading with World Kid Lit: A Look Back at World Kid Lit Month 2020

Have you heard? September is World Kid Lit Month, and 2020 was the most successful so far, with record numbers sharing reading suggestions and shelfies with the hashtag #WorldKidLitMonth. Launched as a grassroots social media initiative in 2016, World Kid Lit Month is a time to celebrate world literature for children and teens, especially fiction, nonfiction and poetry translated to English from other languages. It creates a space to discuss why we should look beyond the books published in our own country and also how to find books first published elsewhere. There are countless reasons to explore world literature, and this year the following four themes prompted lots of engagement. Armchair travel Books are a discount ticket to everywhere,* and this reason for global reading was more compelling than ever during the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown when physical travel grinded to a halt. #WorldKidLitMonth aims to open up the world to…

Administrative and Management Skills

A Blog Post About ALSC Budget – No seriously! Read it!

I’ve been a member of the Association of Library Service to Children for over fifteen years.  Well, I think; since they stopped sending out membership cards, I can’t keep track.  However long it’s been – it was at least a decade before the question of money ever occurred to me:  Is ALSC solvent?  Does it have money?  Who pays for all the ribbon tags people wear at conference?  On the great range between Donald and Scrooge, where does this organization actually fall?   I asked these questions for the first time a few years ago because I had just joined the Budget Committee, and suddenly the idea of finances was front-and-center in my committee work.  It was a two year appointment, and after bouncing around ALSC for a few years, I’m back once again.  Yes, it really is that much fun!  No, that’s not sarcasm.  I’m here again, aren’t I?   The…