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Reading for Change: Booklist-Recommended Antiracism Titles for All Ages

Reading for Change: Booklist-Recommended Antiracism Titles for All Ages

Since the May 25 murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department, the world’s seen many days straight of protest, of resistance, of demands for change, of work—hard work. And this work can look like many things: enduring the tear gas and rubber bullets of police at rallies; running supplies to […]

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Makerspace Monday: Celebrate Earth Day!

Makerspace Monday: Celebrate Earth Day!

Children’s book creators are still doing what they do best: making things that help others. Francesca Cavallo created an 11-page picture book, Dr. Li and the Crown-Wearing Virus, that you can download for free here in English, Italian, Spanish, or German. (More translations are in the works.) It’s the story of Dr. Li Wenliang, the […]

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Kid Activists Change the World

Kid Activists Change the World

Despite Monday’s notoriously bad reputation, there’s much to celebrate today! Not only has Chicago’s unpredictable weather blessed Booklist staffers with a rare day of perfect sunshine (on Earth Day, no less!), our month of Middle-Grade Mania is still in full swing! In order to commemorate the holiday and demonstrate our support for environmental consciousness and […]

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Let Your Voice Be Heard: The Life and Times of Pete Seeger

Let Your Voice Be Heard: The Life and Times of Pete Seeger

Cindy: I miss having Pete Seeger in this world, but I’m happy to have Anita Silvey’s new middle-grade biography, Let Your Voice Be Heard: The Life and Times of Pete Seeger (2016), to bring the folk singer’s story to budding young activists. The book opens with a horrifying description of violence at a concert towards African American singer Paul […]

Motivating Teens to Think for Themselves about the Environment — and Act Accordingly

Motivating Teens to Think for Themselves about the Environment — and Act Accordingly

Lynn: Renowned author Paul Fleischman is a man on a mission. He wants teens to look beyond their own “internal movie,” beyond the dazzling technological changes in our world to the side effects and huge environmental problems we face. Using in-your-face, blunt language in Eyes Wide Open: Going Beyond the Environmental Headlines (2014), Fleischman sets about […]

The Power of Libraries Booth at Book Expo

The Power of Libraries Booth at Book Expo

Lucky enough to be attending Book Expo America conference in NYC this week? Be sure to stop by the Power of Libraries, in booth #1242 (naturally, come say hello to us at the Booklist booth, as well, booth #1043!). There are five library consortia from across the country that are collaborating on this theme. The […]

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More Than a Grim Statistic: Voices of Youth Violence
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More Than a Grim Statistic: Voices of Youth Violence

Youth violence leaves everyone feeling helpless and heartbroken, emotional quagmires intensified in Chicago by the city’s notorious racial divide. For concerned Chicagoans living far from the stricken neighborhoods, the possibility of doing something productive seems remote at best. This is just how Miles Harvey, author of the best-selling The Island of Lost Maps (2000) and […]

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