February 21, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Organizations Urge Action to Overturn Harmful Funding Cuts in Federal Budget Proposal

The White House budget proposal to eliminate federal library funding would adversely impact all children, particularly those in at-risk communities.

A Newbery Medal First At 2018 YMAs

The Newbery went to “Hello, Universe” by Erin Entrada Kelly; the Caldecott was won by “Wolf in the Snow” by Matthew Cordell; and “We Are Okay” by Nina LaCour won the Printz.

2017 Newbery and Caldecott Winners Look Back, Offer Advice to the 2018 Honorees

Javaka Steptoe and Kelly Barnhill managed a year of award winner demands in different ways and now offer their advice to the 2018 Caldecott and Newbery Medal winners.

Librarians Love to Share Award Winners with Kids

Excitement is building for the YMAs announcement on February 12. For librarians, it can dictate displays, future lesson plans and what books to buy.

Celebrating Judy Blume—Her Work and Impact—on Her 80th Birthday

Authors Jacqueline Woodson, Rachel Vail, and others spoke about the influence of Blume’s novels during a birthday event at New York’s Symphony Space.

Affiliates Excited to Share Stage at ALA’s “Oscars”

The Youth Media Awards will have a few new announcements in 2019 – and this may be only the beginning.

World Read Aloud Day Adds Magic Night This Year

Every child likes to be read to, even those irritable tweens, according to the latest Scholastic Kids and Family Reading research.

ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom Launches New Policy Toolkit

The toolkit is a valuable resource for all libraries to help create or revise selection and reconsideration policy.

Linda Blackmon Lowery, Youngest Selma Marcher, Inspires Students

Civil rights activist marched from Selma to Montgomery as a teenager. Now she seeks to inspire the next generation.

Librarians Use “Ready to Code” Grants, Learn From Each Other

Librarians from across the country are helping ALA create a toolkit of coding resources.

‘The Hate U Give’ Returns to H.S. Shelves in Katy, TX

The Texas school district returned the book to high school libraries pending review.

Chronicle Acts To Replace Image in ‘The Ultimate Book of Space’

Image of girl having dress lifted by a robot draws criticism, will be removed from future reprints.