Books

Notable Children’s Books – January 2022 Discussion List

Each year the ALSC Notable Children’s Books Committee identifies the best of the best in children’s books. According to the Notables Criteria, “notable” is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children’s books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways. Attend the open 2022 Notable Children’s Books meetings to watch the discussions and learn about the Notable evaluation process. This winter the 2022 Notable Children’s Books Committee will be meeting on Wednesday, January 19 at 12:00 PM CST, Thursday, January 20 at 12:00 PM CST, and Friday, January 21 at 12:00 PM CST. Register to attend one or more of the upcoming meetings here. 2022 NCB Winter Discussion List (75 Titles Total) Last updated January 12,…

Audio books

2022 Notable Children’s Recordings Discussion List

Round 2 – January 2022 The 2022 Notable Children’s Recordings committee will be meeting via Zoom on January 13, 14, and 17 for their Round 2 discussions and YOU are invited to listen in! Audience members do not contribute to the discussion, but listen as the committee members debate each of the items on the discussion lists in their search for the materials that best meet the Notable criteria. This is an opportunity to hear about audio books and music that have been published in 2021. It is also an opportunity to learn about the evaluation process.

Guest Blogger

How Are You Celebrating the Newbery 100th Anniversary?

As the calendar turns to 2022 and we eagerly await the 2022 Newbery Selection Committee’s announcement on January 24th, we are officially in the home stretch of the Newbery 100th Anniversary Celebration. Many libraries are planning to observe and celebrate the100th anniversary of the Newbery Award. Will your library have special programming around the 100th anniversary? Please let the ALSC Newbery 100th Anniversary Celebration Task Force know your plans. We will list your program on our website to promote your efforts and to share your plans.  Many libraries, schools, bookstores, individuals, and groups are planning to observe and celebrate the100th anniversary of the Newbery Award. Will YOU have special programming around the 100th anniversary? Please let the ALSC Newbery 100th Anniversary Celebration Task Force know your plans. We will list your program on our website to promote your efforts and to share your plans.  Do you need any ideas? If…

Books

Picture Books from Canada: Part 1

What can I tell you? I am a proud Canadian! I also love picture books and try to keep up with all the great books published every year here at home as well as in the USA and beyond. In this series, I am sharing some of my favourite picture books from Canada. These books all have either a Canadian author, illustrator, or both. They also all have universally appealing themes, settings, and characters. Some are informative, some are compelling, and some are just pure fun. My selections include Indigenous authors and illustrators, and my aim is to introduce you to some fabulous, too-good-to-be-missed picture books for everyone, with love from North of the border.

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Notable Children’s Books – January 2022 Discussions

Each year the ALSC Notable Children’s Books Committee identifies the best of the best in children’s books – and the year is almost over! According to the Notables Criteria, “notable” is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children’s books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways. 

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Creativity without Rules

Crafts and children’s librarianship go hand in hand. The library system in which I work hosts several annual programs that are quite popular. Our Children’s Services department always provides some type of make-and-take craft for these types of events. Part of me loves the process of creating several hundred craft stick stars for kids to decorate with sequins and pom poms but other than a fun craft, I do not think kids get much out of these types of programs. I think that creativity is an important skill children need and we, as children’s librarians, can help foster that creativity. This is why I regularly offer process art programming at my library.

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”  (http://www.ala.org/alsc/publications-resources/cal).