ALA Annual Conference 2021

Diversity in Children’s Literature and in Your Library #ALAAC21

ALA Annual Conference has tremendous featured speakers, and we’ve all enjoyed hearing from the stars like Stanley Tucci and Nikole Hannah-Jones, but the real learning often takes place in the quieter sessions. Over the last few days, I’ve benefited from multiple sessions that focus on diversity in children’s literature and our responsibility to diversify our collections.

ALA Annual Conference 2021

Developing Your Collection, One #ALAAC21 Session at a Time

Though there is much to learn at ALA Annual Conference, everyone knows that the most common takeaway from sessions is titles to add to your next order! Here are the ones that are certain to receive a boost from day one at ALA Annual. Change Sings by Amanda Gorman, illustrated by Loren Long (available 9.21.21) The opening session, moderated by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, was a warm and effusive celebration of words and pictures, music and poetry, change and change-makers. After poet Amanda Gorman read a few lines from the book, and illustrator Loren Long talked about his inspirations and decision-making with the art, this beautiful picture book rocketed on to the lists of librarians everywhere. Run: Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by L. Fury and Nate Powell (available 8.3.21) From the team that brought us the inimitable March trilogy, we can now look forward…

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2022 Notable Children’s Recordings – Round 1 Discussion List

Each year the ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings Committee works to select, annotate, and present for publication an annual list of notable audio recordings of interest to children. This year the 2022 Notable Children’s Recordings Committee will be meeting virtually on: Friday, Jun 18, 2021 at 2:30 PM (Central Time) Monday, Jun 21, 2021 at 12:30 PM (Central Time) Tuesday, Jun 22, 2021 at 2:30 PM (Central Time) Click to register to attend and observe the discussions at any of these 3 open meetings. Here is the complete 2022 ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings Round 1 discussion list: Books: At the Mountain’s Base. By Traci Sorell. Read by Kimberly Guerrero. Listening Library. DD. C is for Country. By Lil Nas X. Ready by Lil Nas X. Listening Library. DD The Cat Man of Aleppo. By Karim Shamsi-Basha and Irene Latha. Read by Irene Latham and Ramsey Faragallah. Listening Library. DD. City of…

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2022 ALSC Notable Children’s Books Committee discussion list for Annual Conference 2021

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.

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Summer READing Gazette – ideas, inspiration and news!

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Summer READing Gazette Issue 1 v.1 Summer READing is nigh! Here’s some great entertainment, book, and programming news and ideas to tantalize and inspire! If not just totally distract you from stress! ; )) All Things Comics A new Black Panther comics series is launching in August. What the WarnerMedia/Discovery merger might mean for DC Comics. Legendary Comics announces a new YA imprint, which will launch with five original comic series. The best new YA graphic novels to read right now. Graphic Novel About Freddie Mercury Coming This Fall — Queen frontman Freddie Mercury is getting a graphic novel this fall. The rock legend will be the subject of Freddie Mercury: Lover of Life, Singer of Songs, a graphic novel written by comic book author Tres Dean. Publisher Z2 Comics says in a press release posted on Queen’s official website: “For the first time in comics format, Freddie Mercury: Lover of Life, Singer of Songs will be a journey through Freddie’s life; from…

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Ultimate Summer Reading Programming Guide 2021

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Summer Reading 2021 So, it’s the ninth hour. Summer Reading 2021 is just about here. Things are changing rapidly, though. COVID safety guidelines are positively fluid. What’s a children’s librarian to do?! Fear not, fearless reader — you’ve got OPTIONS! A Spectrum of Five Options Five options…well, more like 5.2 Passive programming Hybrid programming Limited seating indoor programming Outdoor programming 100% digital programming Pre-recorded Live streaming Passive Programming I know you know what it is. However! There’s an awesome new reference and even a free webinar about this very topic that I want to direct you to. The webinar is a called “Passive Programming That Pulls Them In: Provocative Passive Programming Ideas”. You can find it on Niche Academy. As a matter of fact, they have an upcoming live webinar. Here’s the 10-4: PASSIVE PROGRAMMING THAT PULLS THEM IN: PROVOCATIVE PASSIVE PROGRAMMING IDEAS Wed May 12 at 2:00 pm US…

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You STILL Can’t Beat Free

You STILL Can’t Beat FREE We live in an age of what economists call “perfect information“. This of course does not mean that the information we get is perfect, Instead, it means no hidden information. Perfect information more precisely means we all have access to instant information, understand its use as well as its plusses and minuses. But we also experience information overload, which is where we come in. And I’m here to help make your lives a wee bit easier, by finding all the free stuff! Ideas, downloads, and a touch of fun. I hope you enjoy and utilize these resources. And of course, I hope you enjoy all the fun stuff, too! Programming Ideas You Can Do! I will come over to your library if you say you can’t do any number of these…well…if you cover my expenses! ; )) When I was an Art major, we were…

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AILA’s 2021 Read Native Challenge

Have you committed to a reading challenge in 2021? There are all kinds of reading challenges on the web, challenging you to step outside your reading comfort zone and check off certain reading tasks throughout the year. I think it can be a really beneficial for librarians because I think we’re able to provide better service to our patrons if we challenge ourselves to read widely. I wasn’t going to commit to one this year, but then I saw that the American Indian Library Association is presenting their first ever Read Native reading challenge and I knew that was the one for me!