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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Book Recommendations

Here we are, almost to May, and for most of us my comment about existing in a semi-limbo is just as relevant today as it was last month. But even during this strange time of social distancing, remote library services, and updated disinfecting practices, we’re all still here, doing our best to serve our communities while staying safe and healthy. As a collection development librarian, “doing my best to serve my community” mostly entails purchasing e-books, creating booklists, and sharing electronic book recommendations and resources. So that’s what I’m going to share yet again this month, in the hope that my book recommendations will be useful for at least some of you. For this post, we’re celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (which is just around the corner). Below you’ll find some of my favorite titles for a range of ages as well as great lists to check out from other…

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National Poetry Month Reading Recommendations

Library services across the country are in a sort of limbo at the moment. While your library may be open today, there’s no telling if the same will be true next week or next month. I’m currently functioning in a work-at-home fugue as we all do our best to figure out what an entirely remote library service model looks like, in a time when no one’s sure what the future holds. Whether your library is open or closed, National Poetry Month is quickly approaching. And while I may be using these titles in a different way than I’d originally imagined – it’s a bit difficult to do a book display without shelves – here are some of my top poetry picks for kids:

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Picture (Book) This: Women’s History Month Picks

March is Women’s History Month, which means it’s crunch-time for finding the best storytime and display selections within your library’s collection. While there are a lot of great recommendations out there (check out the end of this post for a short list of other sites’ picks), here are 15 of my favorite picture books celebrating women:

ALA Midwinter 2020

Virtual TBR: Books to Look for in 2020

The Youth Media Awards may have only been announced two days ago – and what incredible choices those committees made – but I’m already looking forward to tracking down the next best books of the year. With that in mind, I spent pretty much my entire time at Midwinter touring the Exhibit hall, chatting up vendors, and asking for book recommendations. Here are just ten of the titles for kids currently on my TBR pile:

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A Few of Our Favorite… Authors

November 1st is National Author’s Day, and what better way to celebrate than to hype some amazing authors you – and your patrons – should definitely be reading? Much like my August post, which focused on humorous book recommendations, I’ve asked some of the best librarians I know to weigh in. The question I posed: If you could only read children’s books by one author for an entire year, who would it be and why? All answers are in the words of the librarians themselves.