June 21, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Over 600 Teens Attend NYPL’s Annual Anti-Prom—A Night of Glitter, Fashion, & Acceptance

NYPL has hosted an alternative prom for teens in New York City for ever 14 years. The young adult programming manager give highlights from this year’s festive, inclusive event, which took place on June 8.

Kid Lit Community Condemns Border Policy, Acts To Help Immigrants and Families

Members of the Kid Lit community put out a call to action to colleagues and readers. ALA president Jim Neal adds his voice to the outcry.

Inaugural Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards Announced

New awards celebrate graphic novels, and the first winners were revealed at Denver Comic Con.

LGBT Pride Month Brings Extra Challenges for Librarians

Over the last two years, challenges of LGBT books, displays, and programming have risen. During June, library staff handle even more challenges and complaints than usual.

Librarians Collaborate to Support English Language Learners and Their Families

To properly serve immigrant communities, libraries are partnering with local organizations—and the patrons themselves—to boost collections in the populations’ native languages.

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20 Books To Celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month

We rounded up picture books, middle grade novels, and YA titles from the past year that either center the Caribbean American experience or are written by authors of Caribbean descent.

Margaret Edwards Award Winner Angela Johnson Just Wants To Tell a Good Story

“I’ve never set out to teach a lesson, to lecture anyone,” says the author of more than 40 books.

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Teen Hopes First LitUp Festival Is Just the Beginning

High school sophomore starts literary and arts festival for teens that she hopes can become a national YA tour.

WNDB Walter Grants Return | News Bites

A roundup of opportunities for grants, mentorships, and a new educator certification.

Starting with a Pop-Up, a School Library Grows in Denver

A Denver school librarian helps teens living in a “book desert” with no high school library.

Mark Does YA: The Prolific Critic and Creator Talks About “Anger Is a Gift”

The debut author and creator of the “Mark Does Stuff” universe chats about his road to publication, teen activism, and what he’s working on next.

Study on Women in Social Studies Standards Finds Equity Issues

Staff at the National Women’s History Museum studied every state’s K–12 social studies standards for U.S. history to see what women and “topics associated with women” were discussed.

Summer Reading Lists; New Graphic Novel Imprint and More | News Bites

There’s a lot happening in this installment of New Bites, including grant opportunities, awards, a new imprint, an ALA summit, and more.

Picture Book Police Officers

Not all kids see the police as community stewards, but picture books do.

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32 YA Titles for Every Day of Asian Pacific American History Month & Beyond

We’ve rounded up some of our recent YA favorites by and about people from the Asian/Pacific Islander diaspora. From a Korean-inspired sci-fi to the conclusion of Jenny Han’s romance trilogy, these works will keep all teens reading the whole month (and beyond).

Hitting the Road with Sheba Karim: The YA Author Talks Islamophobia, Identity, & Family

Sheba Karim discusses her riotously funny novel Mariam Sharma Hits the Road and what it’s like to write a road trip book from the perspective of a marginalized character.

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20 Books for Young Readers To Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month & Year-Round

Looking for titles to highlight in May for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month? These 20 works, from recent award winners to debut middle grade outings, cover a diverse array of genres, time periods, and formats.

What’s the State of Diverse Books in Libraries? We’re Fielding a Survey.

School Library Journal has launched a survey about children’s and young adult book collections in school and public libraries—we want to know how diverse titles are being selected and acquired in these institutions.

Celebrate Día with Bilingual Books, Library of Congress Livestream, and More

Monday, April 30, is Día, a national library program that fosters literacy for all children from all backgrounds.

“Teaching For Black Lives” Brings Perspective and a Resource to Educators | News Bites

Find out the best teaching programs in the country, according to the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ); the choices for New York City’s “One Book, One New York” campaign; and who won the Lippincott Award this year.