December 10, 2017

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Help for Hurricane Hit Libraries; Leap into Science | News Bites

Free digital resources, 100,000 “American Girl” books for NYC kids, more money for Keats Award winners, and more.

Día 2017: A Celebration of Literacy and Diversity

Bringing kids and books from every culture together is the goal of El dia de los libros, and plans for this year’s “Day of Books” are more far-reaching than ever.

A Path Forward: How Libraries Support Refugee Children

Programs and outreach for kids and families adjusting to life in the United States.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Children in Crisis: Libraries Respond

An initiative to brighten the lives of young refugees from Central America is gaining tremendous ground, while hopes are high to expand the lifeline to Syrian refugees in Europe.

Pat Mora on Día, the Arbuthnot Lecture, and Diverse Books: 20 Years and Counting

Author Pat Mora’s April 15 Arbuthnot Lecture at Santa Barbara (CA) City College coincided with the 20th anniversary of the celebration she founded, “El día de los niños/ El día de los libros” (Children’s Day/Book Day), commonly known as “Día.”

Fusenews: “Rich. Famous. That’s all I’ve got”

We’re diving right in today.  Check out this killer poster: Now if you’re one of the lucky ducks living in NYC, or will be there on the date of 4/16, you now have your marching orders.  This is an event held at Bank Street College of Education and in wracking my brains I can’t think […]

Children’s Literary Salon Video #1: REFORMA, Refugee Children, and Bringing Books to the Border

As you may recall, this past Saturday, January 9th I hosted my first Literary Salon here in Evanston. In spite of the fact that some of my attendees were at ALA while others stayed home to avoid the heavy snowfall, we had a showing of around 40-45 people.  The topic?  Refugee children held at America’s […]

Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Celebrating 20 Years of the Pura Belpré Award | Libro por libro

This year marks the 20th presentation of the Pura Belpré awards, and a huge celebration is being planned for ALA Annual in June. Tim Wadham takes stock of the trends and themes that recur in the winning titles, all of which affirm the Latino cultural experience.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

RETURN of the Children’s Literary Salon: January Event

It wasn’t too long ago that I was running the Children’s Literary Salon, a monthly gathering of topics presented to children’s literature enthusiasts, in the hallowed halls of NYPL.  Times change, people move, and lo and behold here I am on the outskirts of Chicago (if Evanston can really be designated as “the outskirts”) bringing […]

IBBY’S Initiatives to Bring Books and Children Together

An overview of the organization’s cooperative projects and initiatives serving youth, which were highlighted at the IBBY 11th Regional Conference.

Grants for Making; 2015 Int’l Latino Book Awards Announced | SLJTeen News

Kids can apply for Summer of Creativity Grants by August 10. The International Latino Book Awards honored 246 artists and book creators during the American Library Association’s Annual Conference on June 27. Penguin and Listening Library present LGBTQ audiobook resources; and more industry news.

Libraries and English Language Learners

How well are school and public libraries serving non-native English speakers?

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

REFORMA Brings Books, Backpacks, and Support to Unaccompanied Minors

REFORMA’s Children in Crisis project distributes Spanish-language books to unaccompanied immigrant children from Latin America, many in detention centers, while spreading the word about library services.

Incorporating Every Child Ready to Read in Bilingual Storytimes | Libro por libro

To celebrate the recent Spanish-language launch of the early literacy initiative, Every Child Ready to Read, Libro por libro has selected kid-friendly bilingual and Spanish titles that work well with each of the five practices: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Shining the Light on Pura Belpré’s Legacy | Libro por libro

Tim Wadham shares how Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library, was a pioneer in the library field and influenced services and literature for Spanish-speaking patrons.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Kick-butt Pura Belpré Winners for Día de los niños/Children’s Day | Libro por libro

In this month’s Libro por libro column, Tim Wadham suggests how librarians can incorporate the 2014 Pura Belpré winners in their Día de los niños/Children’s Day programs on April 30.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Luis Herrera, Director San Francisco Public Library, Receives 2014 Sullivan Award

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced that the 2014 Peggy Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children has been awarded to Luis Herrera, San Francisco Public Library’s city librarian.

ALSC Awards 15 Grants to Libraries for Día Family Book Clubs

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded mini-grants to 15 libraries to start Día Family Book Clubs and incorporate Día literacy activities into their existing programs throughout the year.

NY Kid Lit Exhibit; REFORMA’s Mora Award; YALSA Top Ten | News Bites

The Port Washington (NY) Public Library will host an exhibition of kid lit illustrators. Arizona State University wins REFORMA’s 2013 Mora Award. YALSA’s 2013 Teens’ Top Ten list is announced. The Gale Virtual Reference Library adds nearly 200 children’s Encyclopedia Britannica titles. Apply for a ALSC/Candlewick Press Grant. A research fellowship is available at the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Applications Wanted for Kids in Need Foundation, Estela and Raúl Mora Awards | News Bites

The Kids in Need Foundation is calling for applications for its classroom grants program. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund released Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love to Read, a free resource that promotes comics’ positive impact on readers’ literacy skills. Apply for the Estela and Raúl Mora Award, which recognizes exemplary programming that celebrates El día de los niños/El día de los libros. Edie Parsons has won the first Karen and Philip Cushman Late Bloomer Award that celebrates authors over the age of 50 who have not been traditionally published in the children’s literature field.