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April 1, 2020

January 2020

January 2020 Issue


All Booklist and Book Links content is freely available until further notice. Start reading here.


A Bowl Full of Peace
by Caren Stelson, illustrated by Akira Kusaka

​Sachiko’s family has always shared meals served out of her grandmother’s green bowl. As war disrupts their daily lives, they always take the time to sit at the table and say “Itadakimasu” (“We humbly receive this food”).

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Current Features

Carte Blanche: Does the Caldecott Need a Makeover?
by Michael Cart

I love picture books! Before I discovered young adult literature—or young adult literature discovered me—I was resolutely a children’s literature man as reviewer, critic, and collector, with a special interest in the picture book.

Spring Travel Guides: 2020
by Annie Bostrom

​Every spring and fall, we share a list of upcoming travel series entries, first edition guides, and standalone travel books that caught our eye and that we think you might want to check out, too. The guides below will all be published by September, when we’ll check in with our Fall Travel Guides list. Until then, bon voyage! 

The Shelf Care Interview: Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds

In this episode of the Shelf Care Interview, Maggie Reagan talks to Jason Reynolds about his remix of Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning, titled Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, now available from Little Brown Books for Young Readers.

The Booklist Printz Interview: A. S. King
by Julia Smith

It was a banner year for the Michael L. Printz Award, with A. S. King and Geraldine McCaughrean becoming the first women to win both a Printz Award and Honor during their careers.

Top 10 Quick Picks: 2020

Below, you will find the top 10 choices from the full list selected by the 2020 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers Committee of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

The CODES List: Cookbooks, 2020

The CODES List, a committee of the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES), Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), has announced its selection of essential 2019 cookbooks for public libraries, highlighting titles for both avid home chefs and those just learning the rewards of making a meal.

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