Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries

Toddler Exploration: Art!

When I used to work in a independent library in California, we had crafts or art projects after all our story times… since moving, I have learned that that is not the norm in big city systems! I suppose, I could do them after story time, but we are usually tight on staff and there is a need to cover the desk. It also always depends on how you get funds for art activities. We have a big order we place every fall, but can face delays and or we can only buy from a regimented list. So, I have typically saved crafts and art projects for pop up programs or some once a month family story times. But– I think it is such a miss for our community! Art is not always explored at home because it can make a MESS and then it may only be available as…


Changes to the Batchelder Award and Call for Submissions

Changes to the Batchelder Award Last month, the Board of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), voted to change the terms and criteria of the (Mildred L.) Batchelder Award in response to recommendations from the Batchelder Award Evolution Task Force. The terms and criteria (view them here on the ALSC Website) have been adapted to meet the changes in children’s publishing since the establishment of the award in 1966. The purpose of the Batchelder Award, a citation to an American publisher, is to encourage international exchange of quality children’s books by recognizing United States publishers of such books in translation. Going into effect immediately, the new terms of the award state: “The Mildred L. Batchelder Award shall be made to an American publisher for a children’s book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originating in a country…

Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries

Final Call for Caldecott Suggestions

Final call for your suggestions for the 2019 Caldecott Award! ALSC members are invited to submit book titles from the 2018 publishing year by December 15 for consideration. The Randolph Caldecott Medal is awarded annually to the illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American picture book for children published in the United States in English during the preceding year. For the complete terms and criteria, refer to the ALSC website. Have your ALA login & password handy to access the suggestion forms, and go here to post your suggestion(s)! With thanks, Mary Fellows 2019 Caldecott Committee Chair   This post addresses the following ALSC Core Competency: IV. Knowledge, Curation, and Management of Materials.

Audio books

It’s Time to Submit Your Suggestions for Notable Children’s Recordings

Are you an enthusiastic audiobook or children’s music listener? Have you  heard anything that might represent the best in children’s recordings? ALSC personal members are encouraged to submit titles for consideration to  the Notable Children’s Recordings committee. Any recordings published Nov 1, 2017- Oct 31, 2018 and currently available through a US distributor is under consideration. Please note that publishers, authors, illustrators, artists or editors may not nominate their own titles. Please send your suggestions to Michelle Ng at The Notable Children’s Recordings list includes recordings for children 14 years of age and younger of especially commendable quality that demonstrates respect for young people’s intelligence and imagination; exhibit venturesome creativity; and reflect and encourage the interests of children and young adolescents in exemplary ways. This post addresses the following ALSC Core Competency: IV. Knowledge, Curation, and Management of Materials.

Guest Blogger

What I’m bringing back from #alsc18

A notebook full of notes and a head full of ideas–that’s a large part of what I’m bringing home from #alsc18. (OK, and a few books!) I heard about so many amazing, creative programs people have done that will give me the push to try some new things at my library. I heard about research that will help guide some of my decision-making at work, especially when ordering books. And I met a lot of people who made the weekend extra fun. (Hey, Iowa librarians!) Like I said, I’m coming away from #alsc18 with notes and ideas, but I’m also coming away with a grateful heart. I love being a children’s librarian and am so grateful that I get to do this work. Attending Institute was another reminder of just how lucky I am, and how fun–and important–our job is! Thanks ALSC for a great weekend and for filling my…

Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries

The Real Takeaways From #alsc18

The ALSC Institute has wrapped up, I am at the airport beginning the long trip home, and already excited to start the long TBR list in my notebook. Ready to #act4kids by learning more and pushing myself to grow. If you were #alscleftbehind, here are some ways you can dive into all the magic. Big Ideas Session: A is for Advocacy The Danger of a Single Story, Ted Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Decolonization is Not a Metaphor, Tuck & Yang (Re)Imagining Black Boyhood: Toward a Critical Framework for Educational Research, Dumas & Nelson The Silenced Dialogue: Power and Pedagogy in Educating Other People’s Children, Delpit Perceptions of Diversity in Book Reviews, Malinda Lo CrazyQuiltEdi, Edith Campbell Grown-ups Are People Too: Promoting caregiver bonding with awesome early literacy programming  GroovaRoo to Ice, Ice, Baby Infant Bonding and Attatchment to the Caregiver: Insights from basic and clinical science, Sullivan, Perry, Sloan,…