August 20, 2017

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Getting Book Rich | Editorial

The national Book-Rich Environment Initiative promises to be a critical step in addressing print scarcity for low-income kids. Libraries will be key partners.

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Libraries Join National Initiative To Transform Public Housing into Book-Rich Environments

The Book-Rich Environment Initiative will serve children living in HUD-assisted housing—and encourage families to use local libraries. The U.S. DOE and the National Book Foundation are among the new project’s partners.

Ten Contenders Make the 2016 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature

The titles represent diverse voices and writing styles, addressing issues such as first love, violence in the home, sexual identity, immigration, interracial dating, social activism, and the effects of war on children.

National Book Foundation Launches BookUp LGBTQ

The National Book Foundation, best known for its National Book Awards, will expand its BookUp program for teens on February 5, by creating its first after-school reading club for LGBTQ teens.

Ten Titles Make Longlist for the 2015 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature

The 2015 longlist in the Young People’s Literature category includes a previous National Book Award winner and a two-time National Book Award finalist. Three novels are by debut authors.

Winners Announced for IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service; Capstone Fellowship in Children’s Lit | News Bites

In the latest News Bites, the Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced the recipients of the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

Día Multicultural Book Grants; MyON Adds National Geographic Kids | News Bites

In industry news, Egmont USA has closed, Capstone has added more than 700 new titles to its interactive ebooks collection, and the National Book Foundation is looking for applicants for its $10,000 Innovations in Reading Prize.

#timetoread for National Readathon Day

This January, Penguin Random House will team up with the National Book Foundation, GoodReads, and Mashable to encourage readers across the country to take four dedicated hours to read—for a good cause.

Jay Asher’s Anti-Bullying Tour; Ursula Le Guin Honored; Read to a Child Hosts Digital Fundraising Campaign | News Bites

Get the latest SLJ industry news roundup here: learn about Jay Asher’s national anti-bullying tour; Ursula Le Guin will be honored by the National Book Foundation; and PBS has a tech initiative going on through November 30 that offers free tech how-tos and tablet giveaways.

YALSA Maker Contest; NAACP Launches Literacy Campaign; Storia Is Streamed | News Bites

August is bursting with industry news: YALSA is looking for submissions for its 2014 Maker Contest; the NAACP and American Urban Radio Networks have joined forces in a reading literacy campaign “NAACP Reads”; Minnesota’s Saint Paul Public Library expands its laptop training and giveaway program.

National Book Foundation Innovations in Reading 2014 Winners

Each year, the National Book Foundation awards $2500 prizes to individuals and institutions that are making a difference in people’s lives through the creation and maintenance of programs that encourage the love of reading. This year’s winners of the Innovations in Reading prize include programs for women in prison and literacy support for tribal nations.

Apply Now for Innovations in Reading Prize 2014

The National Book Foundation is seeking nominations for its 2014 Innovations in Reading Prize. If your library or community has created programming, events, or technology that encourages the lifelong love of reading, apply now. Deadline is February 19.

National Book Award’s Kid Lit Finalists Reach Out to Teens

National Book Award finalists Kathi Appelt, Cynthia Kadohata, Tom McNeal, Meg Rosoff and Gene Luen Yang addressed an audience of secondary students Tuesday at the annual National Book Awards Teen Press Conference.

National Book Award Finalists Include Kathi Appelt, Gene Luen Yang

The National Book Foundation has announced the 2013 Young People’s Literature finalists for the National Book Award. The list includes two previous finalists, Kathi Appelt (2008) and Gene Luen Yang (2006), and first-time finalists Cynthia Kadohata, Tom McNeal, and Meg Rosoff.

10 Kid Lit Nominees Chosen for 2013 National Book Award

The National Book Foundation has announced the 2013 Young People’s Literature Longlist for the National Book Award, the first time in history that a longlist of nominees will be presented for all four categories of awards: young people’s literature, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The finalists will be revealed on October 16, with the winners revealed at the awards ceremony on November 20.

Pictures of the Week: BookUp Program Participants Visit NYPL; Author Shirley Glubok Attends Ezra Jack Keats’s Celebration

Participants in the National Book Foundation’s BookUp Program took a field trip to the New York Public Library, and author Shirley Glubok attended a 50th Anniversary Celebration for Ezra Jack Keats’s “A Snowy Day.”