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HarperCollins Children's Books Winter 2022 Book Preview (October 14, 2021) Join us at a FREE WEBINAR on Thursday, October 14th at 12:00 PM ET/11:00 AM CT for a sneak peek at new picture, middle grade, and YA books coming in early 2022 from HarperCollins Children’s Books. You will hear directly from special guests, including the NYT bestselling illustrator of THE BAD SEED, PETE OSWALD, award-winning author LESLIE CONNOR, and debut graphic novelist LAURA GAO! Don't miss out on your chance to learn about great new books coming in Winnter 2022 from HarperCollins Children’s Books. Register now! 

Middle Grade Trends (October 12, 2021) Space adventures? Historical fiction? Mysteries? What will be the next big thing in Middle Grade?!  These professionals will tell us! Tune into this free, one hour webinar on Tuesday, October 12 at 1 p.m. CT to get the inside scoop on the hottest topics coming to the MG reading world. We’ll hear from the experts at Algonquin Young Readers, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Clarion Books, Shadow Mountain Publishing, and Chooseco. Make sure your library is stocked with the latest trends hitting the book scene! Register now! Moderated by senior editor Books for Youth, Julia Smith.

Phenomenal Picture Books (October 8, 2021) With their wit, whimsy, and ability to spark the imagination, picture books remain a constant source of inspiration for readers of all ages. And what better time than now to peruse upcoming picture-book releases? Please join us for this free, hour-long webinar, featuring representatives from Greystone Kids, Minedition, Owlkids, Quarto Kids, Second Story Press, and Tundra Books.

Winter Book Club Picks (October 5, 2021) Believe it or not, winter will be here before you know it, and you’ll want to make sure your book club is well prepared. Join us on Tuesday, October 5 at 1 p.m. CT when we’ll learn about upcoming titles from Penguin Random House Library, Sourcebooks, and the LibraryLoveFest team at HarperCollins Publishers. Plus, we’ll hear from Revell authors Jane Kirkpatrick (The Healing of Natalie Curtis) and Joanna Davidson Politano (The Midnight Dance). Stock up on these exciting, discussion-inducing titles perfect for your next book club! Register now!

Meet Your Favorite Radical Indie Publishers (September 30, 2021) Part meet-and-greet, part book buzz, this free, hour-long webinar will introduce you to six independent publishers who are transforming the industry with their dedication to social justice and their vision for a more equitable world: AK Press, Beacon Press, Haymarket Books, the New Press, Seven Stories Press, and Verso Books. To learn what sets each publisher apart, the values they share--and which of their key titles will be coming to shelves this winter and beyond--be sure to tune in on Thursday, September 30.

An Afternoon of Art (September 29, 2021) Join Simon & Schuster and Booklist for a free, one hour presentation from seven incredible picture book artists about their craft and their newest publications. Join us Wednesday, September 29 at 1 p.m. CT. when we speak with Jacqueline Alcántara (Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston); Terry Fan and Eric Fan (It Fell from the Sky); Brian Floca (Keeping the City Going); Scott Magoon (Chirp! Chipmunk Sings for a Friend); Charly Palmer (Keep Your Head Up); and Mark Teague (Cat Dog). 

Identity-Celebrating Stories (September 14, 2021) No two readers are alike, and your library’s collection should reflect the vast readership looking to see themselves in books. Join us Tuesday, September 14 at 1 PM CT for a free, one-hour webinar discussing titles that celebrate identities of all kinds. We’ll hear from ECW Press, Second Story Press, Annick Press, Minerva Rising Press author Jyotsna Sreenivasan, and Lorimer Children & Teens. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about stories that joyfully highlight all readers! Moderated by Booklist’s Senior Editor, Collection Management and Library Outreach Susan Maguire

MacKids School & Library Winter 2022 Preview (September 13, 2021) MacKids School & Library will preview our Winter 2022 list of titles, including picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult titles from all of our imprints at Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. Special guests include Lizz Huerta, young adult debut author of The Lost Dreamer, and Gary Paulsen, three-time Newbery Honor winner and author of the upcoming middle grade novel Northwind. Register to receive digital review copies of The Lost Dreamer and Northwind plus access to our Winter 2022 featured titles.

School Librarians: Agents of Change 2.0 (September 9, 2021) The COVID-19 crisis led to an unprecedented rise in remote and digital teaching across the nation. Teachers and school librarians had to learn—on the fly—completely new ways to do their jobs. After schools reopened, educators had to deal with many new realities amid a crisis. But as Sara Escobedo stated above, educators have the power to become change agents for their school communities, infusing each new undertaking and best practice with infinite value.

In this one-hour, on-demand webinar, Maggie Reagan, senior editor at Booklist, will moderate a conversation with educators at the forefront of such changes. You’ll learn how librarians and teachers can rely on each other and on the tools they already have at hand. Education experts Doreen Bergman and Sara Escobedo will delve into four of seven best practices, including driving librarianship by relationship, creating a strategic plan, utilizing existing structures, and prioritizing social and emotional learning.

Plus, you’ll receive the new insights brief from partners at the American Library Association; Booklist; and Gale, a Cengage company. School Librarians: Agents of Change 2.0 further details the best practices discussed in this webinar, including survey findings and guidance from dozens of other educators.

Anti-Racist Education: Building Your Inclusive Collection & Curriculum (September 8, 2021) Join us Wednesday, September 8 at 2 PM ET for a special event sponsored by Macmillan Children's Publishing Group where librarians and educators will learn how to use both nonfiction and fiction books in their anti-racist collections and classroom curriculums. Julia Torres, a teacher librarian in Denver Public Schools and a co-founder of #DisruptTexts, will lead a conversation with authors Dr. Crystal M. Fleming (Rise Up: How You Can Join the Fight Against White Supremacy), Bethany C. Morrow (So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix), and Aminah Mae Safi (Travelers Along the Way: A Robin Hood Remix). This conversation will address how educators can create more inclusive, representative and equitable curriculums by incorporating newly published works into school and library collections. Attendees will hear authors discuss ways to empower young people through literature with actionable steps to foster anti-racism in their communities. 

Setting kids and teens up for success with your digital library​ (September 1, 2021) Demand for ebooks and audiobooks continues to grow, especially among kids and teens. With a new school year right around the corner, what can you do to be prepared to support the juvenile and young adult readers in your community? Join three OverDrive staff librarians in a roundtable discussion as they share best practices, including favorite titles, recent content trends, and how our Back to School sale can help you maximize budget while still meeting demand. Whether you are a new OverDrive partner looking for shopping tips & tricks or an established library wanting to dive deeper into our sale, you won’t want to miss this webinar happening Wednesday, September 1 at 1 p.m. CT.

Celebrate Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month with Random House Children’s Books (August 31, 2021) Kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place from September 15 through October 15—and celebrates the history and culture of Latinx and Hispanic communities in the U.S.—early! In this special panel-style program hosted by Booklist and Random House Children’s Books, attendees will hear from Jose Pimienta, author of Suncatcher; Karla Arenas Valenti, author of Lotería; and Areli Morales, author of Areli is a Dreamer. Each author will discuss their latest releases and participate in a Q&A led by Books for Youth editor Sarah Hunter.

Chapter Books & Early Readers (August 24, 2021) It’s never too early to get young readers excited about books, and with titles like these, you won’t be able to keep them away! Join us Tuesday, August 24 at 1 p.m. CT for a free, one-hour webinar featuring chapter books and early reader titles from Albert Whitman, Second Story Press, Honest History, Once Upon a Dance, and Penguin Young Readers. Register now to help your young readers achieve success by jumpstarting their passion for reading! Moderated by Books for Youth senior editor Maggie Reagan.

Fall Adult Faves (August 20, 2021) These forthcoming releases are already beloved by publishers. And this fall, they’ll win spots on shelves—and in hearts, too. To learn all about this latest batch of must-have adult books, join us for this free, one-hour webinar (where yes, it’s OK to play favorites). Attendees will hear from representatives from Bloomsbury Publishing, HarperCollins Publishers, Macmillan Library Marketing, and Workman Publishing. And that’s not all! Authors Noah Charney (The Devil in the Gallery: How Scandal, Shock, and Rivalry Shaped the Art World) and Leonard Slatkin (Classical Crossroads: The Path Forward for Music in the 21st Century), will be joining in to offer insight into their upcoming nonfiction titles, both of which publish this September from Rowman & Littlefield

Booklist's Graphic Novel Panel, Part II (August 13, 2021) In part two of our #ReadGraphic panel series, we’ll be talking with Priya Huq, author and illustrator of Piece by Piece  from ABRAMS Children’s Books; Kayla Miller, author and illustrator of Clash from Etch, an imprint of Clarion Books; Bowen McCurdy, co-creator of Specter Inspectors from BOOM! Studios; and BonHyung Jeong, author and illustrator of Kyle's Little Sister from JY, an imprint of Yen Press. Join us on Friday, August 13 at 1 p.m. CT for this can’t-miss event! Moderated by Books for Youth editor Sarah Hunter.

Reading Graphic: Part Two (August 3, 2021) Our graphic novel celebration continues with part two in our Read Graphic webinar series! Join us Tuesday, August 3 at 1 p.m. CT for this free, one-hour webinar showcasing upcoming #ReadGraphic titles from Fantagraphics Books; JY, an imprint of Yen Press; Etch, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers; Penguin Random House; and Viz Media. The webinar will begin with young reader titles and conclude with adult titles. Register now!

Fantastic Fall Series Nonfiction (July 29, 2021) What do series nonfiction publishers have in store for readers this fall? Join us for this free, one-hour webinar featuring representatives from Bellwether Media, the Child’s World, and Teacher Created Materials—and find out! Titles presented will range from grades K through 12. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth senior editor Julia Smith.

Booklist’s Graphic Novel Panel: Part I (July 23, 2021) July is Graphic Novels month at Booklist, and we’re celebrating with this must-see panel, the first in a special two-part series. In it, Books for Youth editor Sarah Hunter will chat with Dan Abdo and Jason Patterson, creators of Barb the Last Berzerker; Nidhi Chanani, creator of Jukebox; Huda Fahmy, creator of Huda F Are You?; Jennifer L. Holm and Savanna Ganucheau, creators of Turtle in Paradise; and Molly Knox Ostertag, creator of The Girl from the Sea. For insight into their creative processes and their exciting titles for middle-grade and young-adult readers, tune in on Friday, July 23 at 1 p.m. central. This event is brought to you by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Penguin Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books, Scholastic, and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.

Fall YA Announcements (July 20, 2021) Crisp leaves, sweater weather, and cooler temps, fall is always a delight, and it’s about to get so much better! Join us Tuesday, July 20 at 1 PM CT for a free, one hour webinar showcasing YA titles coming to your shelves this fall! We’ll hear from Macmillan Library, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Sourcebooks, and CamCat Books! Grab your favorite pumpkin-flavored drink and register now!

Reading Graphic: Part One (July 8, 2021) Booklist’s third-ever Graphic Novels in Libraries Month, a program devoted to providing librarians with the tools they need to select, curate, and promote graphic titles for patrons of all ages, will begin July 1 . . . and this graphic novel-packed webinar (the first in a two-part series) is here to kick things off. Join us and representatives from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Penguin Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books, Scholastic, and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing for this free, one-hour program featuring upcoming graphic novels and guest appearances from author/illustrators, too—and get ready to #ReadGraphic all year long!

Random House Children’s Books Fall 2021 Preview (July 7, 2021) Join Booklist and Random House Children's Books on Wednesday, July 7 at 1 PM CT for a free, one hour webinar featuring debut authors Karla Arenas Valenti (Lotería); Tina Cane (Alma Presses Play); Lee Durfey-Lavoie; and Veronica Agarwal (Just Roll with It). Panelists will give a short presentation, followed by a Q&A moderated by Booklist's senior editor Julia Smith. Plus, get a sneak peek at the latest titles coming this fall from Random House Children's Books! Register now!

Disney Publishing Preview (June 28, 2021) We miss seeing and talking to you all at conferences, but until we can meet again in person, we’re hoping this is the next best thing! Join us for “story time” with our authors, Kendare Blake (In Every Generation), Ryan T. Higgins (Norman Didn't Do It), Lori M. Lee (Pahua and the Soul Stealer), Pam Muñoz Ryan (Solimar the Sword of the Monarchs), Ronald L. Smith (Black Panther the Young Prince: Spellbound), and Andrea Tsurumi (I'm On It!). They’ll not only be talking about their new books, but also reading from them. And attendees who join live can participate in our author/book trivia game as well.

Booklist's Read 'N' Rave (June 28, 2021) Collection development specialists from across the country will RAVE about their favorite forthcoming READS in this lively presentation. Attendees will have the pleasure of hearing from Montoya Barker, Public Services Librarian at the Indianapolis Public Library in Indianapolis, IN; Aryssa Damron, Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library System in Washington, D.C.; Nanette Donohue, Collections and Technical Services Manager at the Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL; and Sarah Hashimoto, Community Engagement Manager for Jackson District Library in Jackson MI. This hour-hour long, free event will be moderated by Donna Seaman, Booklist’s Adult Books Editor.

Inspiring SF&F for Teens: From Invasions and Revolution to Hope and Resilience (June 23, 2021) Hear from the voices behind new and upcoming science fiction and fantasy novels from Bloomsbury. This panel, moderated by Sarah Ressler Wright, educator and current ALAN president, features debut author Arnée Flores (The Firebird Song), New York Times bestselling author Brigid Kemmerer (Defy the Night), Pura Belpre Honoree Lilliam Rivera (We Light Up the Sky), and bestselling author Kalynn Bayron (This Poison Heart). Each novel explores themes of revolution, whether societal or internal, hope, and resistance—sure to inspire teens everywhere.

Youth Authors & ARCs (June 22, 2021) In the next installment of our Authors and ARCs program, we’ll hear from Britta Lundin, author of Like Other Girls (Disney Publishing Worldwide); Tehlor Kay Mejia, author of Paola Santiago and the Forest of Nightmares (Disney Publishing Worldwide); Alda P. Dobbs, author of Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna (Sourcebooks); Sarafina Nance, author of Little Leonardo's Fascinating World of Astronomy (Gibbs Smith); and Kathryn Otoshi, author of Lunch Every Day (KO Kids). Join us Tuesday, June 22 at 1 p.m. CT for this free, 75-minute program! Moderated by Books for Youth associate editor Ronny Khuri.

Meet the Authors: Mary Roach, Glory Edim, Lan Samantha Chang (June 21, 2021) Get a preview of top Norton/Liveright books for fall and winter directly from the authors! Mary Roach will tell you about her new book, Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law (Norton), publishing in September; Glory Edim will introduce her new anthology, On Girlhood: 15 Stories from the Well-Read Black Girl Library (Liveright), publishing in October; and Lan Samantha Chang will discuss her new novel, The Family Chao (Norton), coming in 2022.  

A Publishing Accord for a Global Audience (June 17, 2021) Norton Young Readers publisher Simon Boughton (USA) will introduce Accord, a new publishing initiative with publishers Deborah Ahenkorah (Ghana) and Sarah Odedina (UK) that unites young readers with contemporary voices in fiction from across the African continent. Authors Elizabeth-Irene Baitie (Ghana), Patrick Ochieng (Kenya), and Ruby Yayra Goka (Ghana) will discuss their middle grade and young adult novels that are launching the program. This free, one hour webinar will be held on Thursday, June 17 at 1 p.m. CT and will be hosted by Books for Youth senior editor Julia Smith.

Picture-Book Parade (June 8, 2021) Is there anything more enticing than picture books to foster a child's love of reading? In this free, one-hour webinar, you’ll discover unique upcoming summer and fall picture books from Charlesbridge Publishing, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, Familius, NorthSouth Books, and Greystone Books. Get ready to spark the imaginations of young readers everywhere! Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth associate editor Ronny Khuri.

New Books by New YA Authors! (June 7, 2021) Is there anything more exciting than reading an incredible debut novel? No! Because in the book world, we’re always excited to celebrate new voices, and the three YA authors you are about to meet are no exceptions. 

Join #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn and The Beautiful series, Renée Ahdieh and Penguin Young Readers on Monday, June 7 at 1PM CT/2PM ET for this free, hour-long discussion where debut authors will be introducing attendees to their first novels and participating in a panel discussion about YA, publishing for the first time, and how they’re excited to work with librarians to meet readers. We’ll hear from Olivia Abtahi, author of Perfectly Parvin, a fun rom com about a young Iranian American teen navigating high school, homecoming, and the ramifications of a Muslim ban on her family in Iran. Ryan Douglass, author of The Taking of Jake Livingston, a horror novel in the vein of Get Out. Isaac Fitzsimons, author of The Passing Playbook, a novel about a transgender teen who has to decide between staying stealth or standing up for himself by revealing his identity to all.

Queer Peers: Representation in Comics​ (June 4, 2021) Library worker Vincent (Vincey) Zalkind interviews some of the most prominent queer voices in comics about their works and the importance of representation in the medium, including Steve Orlando (Commanders in Crisis, Kill a Man), Sina Grace (Getting It Together), Hazel Newlevant (Embodied: An Intersectional Feminist Comics Poetry Anthology), and Lela Gwen (Nightmare in Savannah).

HarperCollins Children’s Books Fall 2021 Librarian Preview​ (June 3, 2021) Join us at a FREE WEBINAR on Thursday, June 3rd at 12:00 PM ET/11:00 AM CT for a sneak peek at new picture, middle grade, and YA books coming this fall from HarperCollins Children’s Books. You will hear directly from special author guests, including Caldecott Medalist DAN SANTAT, worldwide bestselling author SOMAN CHAINANI, and CSK John Steptoe Award Winner TIFFANY D. JACKSON! Don't miss out on your chance to learn about great new books coming in Fall 2021 from HarperCollins Children’s Books. Register now!

Amazing Audiobooks (June 1, 2021) Listen up! We know you love to read, but why not give your eyeballs a break and pop in your earbuds for some amazing audiobooks? Timed to coincide with the start of Audiobook Month, this webinar will spotlight exciting new and forthcoming audiobooks from Dreamscape Publishing and HarperAudio—and industry data and insights from nonprofit arts organization L.A. Theatre Works. To join in on this free, one-hour webinar, tune in at 1 p.m. central on Tuesday, June 1.

Booklist’s Book & Author Extravaganza!  (May 28, 2021) Book conferences give you an opportunity to hear about new titles at publisher booths, get insight and experience into the publishing world through workshops, and introduce you to wonderful authors at panels. Ahhh the good old days. We miss them. And while there is no substitute, we have the next best thing! Join us Friday, May 28  at 1 p.m. CT for a special 75 minute book event featuring authors, book buzzes, free eARCs, and a Q&A! We’ll be joined by Bloomsbury Publishing, HarperCollins Publishers, Sourcebooks, Workman Publishing, and Rowman & Littlefield. Plus, we’ll also hear from Dylan Thuras, author of Gastro Obscura; Loretta Graziano Breuning, author of Status Games;  Allan Lichtman, author of Thirteen Cracks; Mari K. Eder, author of The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line; and Wanda M. Morris, author of All Her Little Secrets. Moderated by Adult Books editor Donna Seaman.

Beat the Heat: Easy, Breezy Books to Head Off Summer Slide (May 26, 2021) This past school year has been been full of ups and downs—and now, with summer on the horizon, students and educators alike could use some time to decompress. And what better way to do that than with a great read?  Join this fun webinar, led by OverDrive’s expert librarians, to learn how to supercharge your summer reading list. You’ll discover all the exciting graphic novels, audiobooks and other popular titles that will keep your students buried in a book, no matter where they are. Plus, you’ll learn:

  • Tips to help prevent summer slide and mitigate learning interruptions for kids of all ages
  • Simple ways to keep students reading and get them comfortable with a return to the classroom
  • Why free summer reading programs are a great supplemental resource to keep students engaged

So don’t miss out - register today!

Windows & Mirrors (May 18, 2021) Books are the reader’s gateway to viewpoints and experiences that differ from their own, but they can be mirrors, too. And who we see—the voices we hear—when we turn the page matters. Join us Tuesday, May 18 at 1 PM CT for a free, one hour webinar, where we will hear about titles that will inspire self-reflection and foster an awareness of new perspectives from Bloomsbury, Workman Publishing, Shadow Mountain Publishing, and Magination Press. Our world may be more unpredictable than ever, but one thing remains certain: books of all genres have the power to provide fuel, inspiration, and refuge. Register now! Moderated by Booklist’s Adult Books editor Donna Seaman.

Picture Books for Summer & Beyond (May 11, 2021) With their wit, whimsy, and ability to spark the imagination, picture books remain a constant source of inspiration for readers of all ages. And what better time than now to peruse upcoming picture-book releases? Please join Booklist’s Books for Youth senior editor Julia Smith in this free, hour-long webinar, featuring representatives from Albert Whitman & Company, Archipelago Books, Blue Dot Kids Press, the Creative Company, Minedition, and Phoenix International Publications, Inc.

Introducing “Outdoor School” from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group (May 10, 2021) Amidst a global pandemic that has forced the world indoors and online, many young readers are unable to experience outdoor learning. And with summer just around the corner, it’s critical now, more than ever, to help young students embrace the outdoors—wherever that may be!

 This April, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group and Odd Dot are introducing OUTDOOR SCHOOL, an immersive, eight title series from some of the most-recognized names in the outdoor community, encouraging kids to put away the screens and head outside. From rural to urban communities and from outdoor enthusiasts to cautious new adventurers, there is something for everyone! Join us on Monday, May 10 at 1 PM CT when we chat with hiker, author, speaker, and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jennifer P. Davis (Outdoor School: Hiking and Camping); award-winning author of nonfiction books for young people Mary Kay Carson (Outdoor School: Animal Watching); and award-winning author of children's books Jennifer Swanson (Outdoor School: Rock, Fossil, and Shell Hunting), to learn about this exciting new series! Moderated by Books for Youth editor Sarah Hunter.

Magnificent Middle Grade (April 30, 2021) Mad about middle grade? Join us for this free, hour-long presentation and hear about must-have upcoming middle-grade titles from Charlesbridge, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, and Workman Publishing. Middle-grade enthusiasts unite—and get those shelves stocked for summer. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth associate editor Ronny Khuri.

Mysteries, They Wrote (April 27, 2021) Was it the maid? Or maybe the inspector all along? In this free, one hour webinar on April 27 at 1 PM CT, we’ll be taking a close look at dozens of mystery, true crime, cozy, and thriller titles that only the cleverest readers can solve. Featuring books from Severn House, Macmillan Library, HarperCollins Publishers, Crooked Lane Books, and Soho Press, we’re leaving no stone unturned—these really are some of the best mysteries to line your shelves and leave you dying to know who done it. (Hint: it wasn’t the butler). (Or was it?) Booklist’s Annie Bostrom will moderate.

Voices from the Middle: Award-Winners and Dazzling Debuts (April 22, 2021) Hear from the voices behind your favorite middle-grade reading-list titles and some exciting upcoming debuts. This panel, moderated by Gillian Engberg, children’s literature consultant, features award-winning author, Gillian McDunn (These Unlucky Stars), and authors new to the children book world, Ellen Hagan (Reckless, Glorious, Girl) and Arnée Flores (The Firebird Song).

Library Love for LibraryReads (April 20, 2021) LibraryReads is a librarian-driven venture that allows public library staff to vote on and spread the word about exciting new titles, connecting readers to as many books as possible. In this free, one-hour webinar, representatives from HarperCollins Publishers, Penguin Random House Library Marketing, Simon & Schuster, and W.W. Norton & Company will share forthcoming titles perfect for public libraries—and for LibraryReads nominations. Plus, attendees will get the latest scoop on all things LibraryReads from its executive director, Rebecca Vnuk. Booklist’s Susan Maguire, Senior Editor, Collection Management and Library Outreach, will moderate.

Booklist Middle-Grade Panel (April 13, 2021) Booklist is celebrating all things middle grade with a special author panel on Tuesday, April 13 at 1 PM CT! Join us as we chat with Sharon Draper, author of Out of My Heart (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing); Barbara Dee, author of Violets Are Blue (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing); Kelly Jones, author of Happily for Now (Random House Children’s Books); and Kwame Mbalia, editor of  Black Boy Joy: 17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood (Random House Children’s Books). Moderated by Books for Youth senior editor Julia Smith.

Homeschooling Help (April 6, 2021) Last March, schools were forced to pivot to a virtual learning structure that created many challenges for parents, teachers, and students. As the pandemic continues and many schools are still functioning remotely, this new learning environment has prompted many parents to take on a more direct role in their children’s education. But where can parents find the resources to help bridge the gap during these difficult times? Join Booklist on April 6, 2021 at 1 PM CT for a free, one hour webinar that will help your patrons find books that will help boost students’ educational development. We’ll hear from DK, Rourke Educational Media, and Scholastic Library Publishing about titles that will be perfect recommendations for homeschooling patrons. Plus, we’ll also hear from author Deborah Rinio about her recent book, STEAM Activities in 30 Minutes for Elementary Learners (AASL Standards-Based Learning Series). Moderated by Books for Youth editor Sarah Hunter.

Strong Women and Girls (March 31, 2021) It may be timed to coincide with Women’s History Month, but this webinar, featuring must-read titles for all ages (adults, teens, and young readers) from Albert Whitman & Company, Chicago Review Press, Shadow Mountain Publishing, and Sourcebooks, ensures you’ll be celebrating the contributions and accomplishments of women and girls 365 days a year. Tune in to hear about the latest books that put these important voices front and center. Booklist’s own Donna Seaman will moderate.

Break Barriers: Get Kids Thinking Critically About Bias (March 30, 2021) Of the many challenges educators have had to face this past year, guiding students on overcoming biases ranks high on the list. Kathy Carroll, 2020-2021 AASL President, will moderate a roundtable discussion on the subject in this one-hour webinar presented by AASL and sponsored by Gale, a Cengage company. Four experts in the field will share ideas on how school librarians and other educators can rely on credible sources to support diverse perspectives and help students assess and navigate bias.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how to educate administrators, school leaders, and students about privileges, biases, and inequities in schools.
  • Learn ways to facilitate productive conversations and improve intergroup relations.
  • See how credible sources can help students to think critically and push past media (and social media) biases.

Matchmaking with Macmillan Library  (March 26, 2021) Join the Mac Lib team in matchmaking adult + YA, Spring + Fall 2021 books with new readers! (It's a preview, but fancy)

Titles for tough times: How books can help educators support SEL  (March 25, 2021) A global pandemic. Civil unrest. Racial injustice. These are just a few of the tough topics educators have had to address in their virtual or in-person classrooms over the past year. Often, it can be difficult to find ways to talk about sensitive subjects and traumatic events with students - especially when educators may be struggling to cope themselves. But having the right resources on hand can make starting that conversation just a little bit easier.  
 
Join a panel of school and public librarians from OverDrive for this webinar to help you find the right book for the right circumstances. You’ll learn about books that can aid social-emotional learning in students of all ages, so that they’re better able to understand and process times of stress and upheaval. You’ll also find out more about reading resources for teachers and parents, plus fiction titles that can help your students destress and decompress through reading for enjoyment. 
 

Meet the Artists! Penguin's Premier Picture Book Creators (March 24, 2021) Meet the incredible artists behind Spring and Summer picture books! Using a variety of mediums, these illustrators have created stunning pieces of art that you will soon be able to share with your students and patrons. Covering subjects like the natural world, how things are created, biographies, and family and community, each of these picture books beg to be read aloud and studied closely.

Join Booklist editor Maggie Reagan for a FREE one hour long webinar to introduce these artists and their new picture books. The webinar will feature an in-depth introduction to each book as well as a moderated Q&A that participants can contribute to. Artists featured are: Gaby D'Alessandro, illustrator of The Cot in the Living Room; Loren Long, illustrator of Someone Builds the Dream; Corinna Lukyen, author and illustrator of The Tree in Me; and James Yang, author and illustrator of A Boy Named Isamu: A Story of Isamu Noguchi.

Dive into Spring at the HarperCollins Children’s Books Spring ’21 Book Preview!  (March 23, 2021) Join us at a FREE WEBINAR on Tuesday, March 23rd at 4:00 PM ET/3:00 PM CT for a sneak peek at new picture, middle grade and YA books coming this spring and summer from HarperCollins Children’s Books. You will hear directly from special author guests, including debut picture book author/illustrator C.G. ESPERANZA, Newbery Medalist ERIN ENTRADA KELLY, and CSK Award Winner RITA WILLIAMS-GARCIA! Don't miss out on your chance to learn about great new books coming in Spring 2021 from HarperCollins Children’s Books. Register now!

Spring Authors & ARCs  (March 19, 2021) Remember buzzing exhibit floors, electrifying live panels, and booths stacked with must-grab ARCs at every turn? Us too. And while there’s no replacing the delightfully frenetic energy of in-person events, our new Authors and ARCs-style webinars offer the next best thing: a chance to hear directly from inspiring authors, download eARCs of forthcoming releases, and enjoy a panel moderated by a Booklist editor.

In this latest Authors and ARCs program, sponsored by Baker Publishing Group, Bethany House, Disney Publishing Worldwide, She Writes Press, and Sourcebooks, we’ll hear from Lily Anderson, author of The Throwback List; Xio Axelrod, author of The Girl with Stars in her Eyes; Suzanne Woods Fisher, author of At Lighthouse Point; Irene Hannon, author of Blackberry Beach; Julie Murphy, author of If the Shoe Fits; Amy Lynn Green, author of The Lines Between Us; and Suzanne Simonetti, author of  The Sound of Wings.

Picture Perfect: Spring Picture Books for Young Readers (March 2, 2021) It's never too early to get kids reading, and with these fabulous picture books, you won't have any trouble getting started! Join us Tuesday, March 2 at 1 PM CT when we'll learn about upcoming titles from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, DK, Pajama Press, and Owlkids. Plus, we'll hear from author Leah Henderson about her new book, A Day for Rememberin', coming this spring from Abrams Books for Young Readers. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to see beautiful illustrations, hear about terrific new authors, and inspire your young readers! Moderated by Booklist's Books for Youth associate editor Ronny Khuri.

Feminist Reads: Spotlight on Body Positivity (February 18, 2021) Three years after #TimesUp and #MeToo took the world by storm, young readers are still in need of positive feminist books. With the added pressures of quarantining and constant jokes about gaining the quarantine 15, young readers especially need positive messages that embrace all body types.

Join Booklist and Penguin Young Readers for this free, hour-long discussion on new and old books for young readers (grades K–12) featuring strong, inspiring women. This webinar will also feature a panel discussion between Olivia Abtahi, author of Perfectly Parvin; Shelly Anand, author of Laxmi's Mooch; Tyler Feder, author & illustrator of Bodies Are Cool; and Lisa Fipps, author of Starfish. This panel will be moderated by Booklist editor Maggie Reagan.

Graphic Novel Showcase: Titles for Young Readers Coming this Spring (February 16, 2021) Graphic novels have been proven to help reluctant readers engage with more books, inspire creativity and imagination, and boost confidence in struggling readers (it's no wonder we have #ReadGraphic fever)! Join us for our second graphic novel showcase on Tuesday, February 16 at 1 PM CT to get the scoop on upcoming graphic novel titles for young readers from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, Tundra Books, and Yen Press! Plus, we'll hear from author/illustrator Cale Atkinson about a hilarious new book series! Moderated by Books for Youth associate editor Ronny Khuri.

Spring Adult Faves​ (February 9, 2021Ah, spring: a time of fresh blooms, the promise of warmth and renewal . . . and absolutely amazing book releases, of course. In this free, one-hour webinar devoted to adult books, attendees will hear from a representative at Soho Press about must-have forthcoming releases and from two exceptionally talented authors: Femi Kayode, whose mystery novel, LIGHTSEEKERS, publishes March 2 from Mulholland Books; and Stephen Mack Jones, whose thriller DEAD OF WINTER, the third in his August Snow series, releases May 4 from Soho Crime. A panel with Jones, Kayode, and Booklist Adult Books editor Donna Seaman will follow. See you there!

Graphic Novel Showcase: Adult and YA Titles Coming This Spring​ (February 5, 2021New year, new AMAZING graphic novels! We’re kicking off 2021 with your #ReadGraphic must-haves in this free, hour long webinar with Diamond Book Distributors, Image Comics, and IDW Press. Don’t miss this wonderful showcase featuring adult and YA titles perfect for your patrons or your personal tbr list on Friday, February 5 at 1 PM CT! Moderated by Booklist’s Graphic Novels editor Sarah Hunter.

Showcasing Social-Emotional Learning  (February 2, 2021As the pandemic continues and children everywhere experience seismic shifts in their routines, schooling, and socialization on a daily basis, social-emotional learning—and mental wellness—remain of paramount importance. Of course, finding ways to teach children about interpersonal skills, self-awareness, decision making, and more is much easier said than done. But in this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Fabled Films Press, Lorimer Children & Teens, Owlkids, and Scholastic offer a starting point, presenting forthcoming fiction and nonfiction titles for young readers that put SEL and wellness front and center. Join us on Tuesday, February 2, at 1 p.m. CT to hear all about them.

Everything you want to know about reviewing for Booklist but were afraid to ask (January 27, 2021Are you interested in reviewing for Booklist but are too afraid to ask those burning questions?! Fear no more! This webinar will give answers to everything you wanted to know about reviewing and more!

Authors and ARCs: Part II (January 21, 2021In our second, youth-focused Authors and ARCs program sponsored by Disney Publishing Worldwide, Zonderkidz, and Annick Press, we’ll hear from Jenny Elder Moke, author of Curse of the Specter Queen (Disney Publishing Worldwide); Graci Kim, author of The Last Fallen Star (Disney Publishing Worldwide); Luke Cunningham, author of Leo, Inventor Extraordinaire (Zonderkidz); Les Stroud, author of Wild Outside (Annick Press) and Christian Allaire, author of The Power of Style (Annick Press). Join us Thursday, January 21 at 1 PM CT! Moderated by Books for Youth senior editor Maggie Reagan.

Authors and ARCs: Part I (January 20, 2021Remember buzzing exhibit floors, electrifying in-person panels, and booths stacked with must-grab ARCs at every turn? Us too. And while there’s no replacing the delightfully frenetic energy of an ALA conference, our new Authors and ARCs-style webinars offer the next best thing: a chance to hear directly from inspiring authors, download eARCs of forthcoming releases, and enjoy a panel moderated by a Booklist editor.

In this inaugural Authors and ARCs program sponsored by Harlequin, Imbrifex Books, and Revell, we’ll hear from Beth Castrodale, author of I Mean You No Harm (Imbrifex); Madeline Martin, author of The Last Bookshop in London(Hanover Square Press, an imprint of Harlequin); Brett Riley, author of Lord of Order (Imbrifex); Naima Simone, author of The Road to Rose Bend (HQN, an imprint of Harlequin); Sarah Sundin, author of When Twighlight Breaks (Revell); and Suzanne Woods Fisher, author of The Moonlight School (Revell). See you there!

Random House Children’s Books Spring Preview with Special Guests Chrystal D. Giles, Jennifer L. Holm, and David Levithan (January 19, 2021Join us Tuesday, January 19 at 1:00 PM CT for the Random House Children's Books Preview to get an exclusive look at upcoming titles publishing this spring. In this 85 minute, free webinar you'll hear from the Random House Children's Books team about picture, middle-grade, and YA booth perfect for young readers! Plus, we'll talk with authors Chrystal D. Giles, Take Back the Block; Jennifer L. Holm, The Lion of Mars; and David Levithan, The Mysterious Disappearance of Aiden S. (as told to his brother)! Don't miss this incredible book event, register now!

Be Your Best Self in 2021: Reads To Help You Find Peace, Comfort, and Inspiration (January 14, 2021Join the Library Love Fest Team as they talk about forthcoming fiction and nonfiction titles sure to soothe your body and soul, liven up your kitchen, recharge your batteries, and increase productivity wherever you are! Register now for this free, one-hour webinar on Thursday, January 14 at 1 PM CT. Moderated by Adult Books editor Donna Seaman.

Spring Book Club Picks (January 12, 2021The best way to ring in the New Year? With new books, of course! And in this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Bloomsbury Publishing, Sourcebooks, and W. W. Norton & Company will introduce you to plenty of them as they spotlight forthcoming adult titles destined for book group super-stardom. Whether you’re meeting in person or virtually, prepare to reenergize your reading group, inspire patrons, and spark meaningful discussion. Susan Maguire, Senior Editor, Collection Management and Library Outreach, Booklist, will moderate.

Youth Book Buzz for Spring 2021 (December 10, 2020DIG IN with Alex and Wendy, two of Ingram’s MLS-degreed Cultivators, for a fruitful discussion on unbeleafable Children’s and Teen books your patrons will be buzzzzing about this spring! BRANCHING beyond the standard bestsellers, our Coming Soon webcast series offers: a bushel of pre-media insight; a profitable crop of resources; a harvest of forthcoming titles hand-picked and presented by (y)our experienced librarians. ROOTED in publishing trends, library and retail ordering patterns, and public library selector experience, Ingram’s Collection Development selections are tilled for a well-balanced, relevant, high-circulating collection. LETTUCE HELP YOU NOT MISS A BEET.

Winter and Spring YA Announcements (December 1, 2020There’s no better time than winter to curl up with a gripping read. And with upcoming YA releases like the ones covered in this free, hour-long webinar, teen readers—and YA lovers of all ages—will want to do nothing else. Join us for not only a must-see book buzz (brought to you by Bloomsbury Publishing and Tor Teen), but a special panel starring Brigid Kemmerer, author of A Vow So Bold and Deadly, and Charlie Jane Anders, author of Victories Greater than Death. Sarah Hunter, Booklist editor, Books for Youth, will moderate.

HarperCollins Winter 2021 Book Preview  (November 13, 2020Please join us Friday, November 13th at 12:00 PM ET/11:00 AM CT for a FREE WEBINAR where the HarperCollins Children’s Books School & Library team will give you a sneak peek at new books by Kevin Henkes, Brian Pinkney, Neal Shusterman, Angie Thomas and many more talented authors and artists! We will also be introducing Heartdrum, our new imprint that uplifts and centers Native voices from across North America, with a LIVE session with imprint co-founders, Cynthia Leitich Smith and Rosemary Brosnan. Don't miss out on your chance to learn about great new books coming in Winter 2021 from HarperCollins Children’s Books. Register now!

History through the P-ages: Nonfiction (November 12, 2020Calling all history buffs and nonfic fanatics! It’s time to travel through the (p)ages with this youth nonfiction-focused panel spanning centuries, subjects, and age ranges. Join Random House Children’s Books and Booklist on Thursday, November 12, and hear from nonfiction heavy hitters Candace Fleming (The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh, recommended for grades nine through 12), John Rocco (How We Got to the Moon, grades five through eight), and Cheryl Willis Hudson (Brave. Black. First., grades five through eight). Each creator will discuss their latest release and participate in a Q&A led by Books for Youth associate editor Ronny Khuri.

Winter Young Readers Announcements (November 10, 2020With remote schooling, virtual after-school activities, and many adults working from home, we need a solid list of winter titles to keep young readers busy with books and to combat cabin fever. Lucky for you, we planned ahead! Join us Tuesday, November 10 at 1 p.m. central for a free, one-hour webinar featuring representatives from Simon & Schuster, Abrams, Charlesbridge, and Penguin Random House Canada to hear about upcoming winter titles perfect for preschool through early elementary school readers. Moderated by senior editor books for youth, Julia Smith.

Reading Graphic (November 3, 2020Blending vivid illustrations and powerful narratives, graphic novels offer a reading experience that is fast-paced, insightful, and vulnerable—often at the same time. They also continue to be a high-circulating section in libraries everywhere and a rapidly expanding medium for a wide variety of stories (memoirs! historical accounts! world-saving adventures!) for all ages. In this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Etch, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Fantagraphics Books will showcase a mix of forthcoming children’s, middle-grade, YA, and adult graphic novel releases. Sarah Hunter, Booklist’s Books for Youth editor, will moderate.

Mad about Middle Grade! (October 30, 2020Mad about middle grade? Then join us for this free, hour-long presentation and see what must-have MG titles are coming your way this winter and spring from Holiday House, Pixel+Ink, Shadow Mountain, and Tundra Books.   Middle-grade enthusiasts, unite! Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth Associate Editor Ronny Khuri.

Author & Educator Roundtable: Culturally Responsive Books in the Classroom (October 28, 2020Join this 1 hour long free webinar to hear from educators turned authors as they talk about culturally responsive books in the classroom. We all acknowledge that every kid deserves to see themselves in books, but how do these authors internalize that in their own writing? How do they use books, their own and others, to affirm the humanity of their students and advance antiracism in their work as educators? How can these ideas and practices be taken on by fellow teachers and librarians in the 2020-2021 school year and beyond? Tune in Wednesday, October 28 at 3:30 CT/ 4:30 EST to hear a discussion of these topics and more.

Tune into this round table discussion with Candice Iloh, author of Every Body Looking and high school writing advisor; Jessica Kim, author of Stand Up, Yumi Chung! and former 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade public school teacher; Torrey Maldonado, author of Tight and What Lane and current middle school teacher; and Simran Jeet Singh, author of Fauja Singh Keeps Going and college professor. This conversation will be moderated by Julia Torres, ELA Teacher and Librarian and co-founder of #DisruptTexts.

Bursting at the STEAMs: Upcoming Titles for Young Readers (October 27, 2020Combining science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and now, the arts, STEAM-inspired curriculums have been foundational in jump-starting critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity in students of all ages. Now, in the midst of a pandemic, remote learning, and quarantine, these learning skills are more crucial than ever to help every student’s development. Join BooklistTuesday, October 27 at 1 p.m. CT, for a free, hour-long webinar with representatives from Penguin Young Readers, DK, and Skyhorse Publishing, who will spotlight forthcoming STEAM-centric titles for grades K-12. Moderated by Maggie Reagan, senior editor, Books for Youth.

How to Reach Your Readers: Keys to Marketing Your School Library (October 23, 2020When it comes to fostering an active school readership, curating a strong collection of both print and digital books is just the first step. So, what’s the second step? That’s simple—making sure your students and staff know it exists! In this eye-opening webinar, school library experts Tara Cain (Charlotte High School, FL) and Christina Samek (OverDrive Education) will present easy strategies and best practices for how to promote your school library to not just your student readers, but your entire school community—whether they’re in the classroom or at home. You’ll discover:

  • Creative digital and in-person marketing strategies to increase readership during in-person and distance learning
  • How free marketing resources can make promoting your school library easier than you think
  • Real-life examples of how other districts and schools have successfully promoted their collections

Literacy Development: How to Avoid COVID Slide & Digital Divide Pitfalls (October 22, 2020Looking for a simple and proven way to build confidence, stamina, and literacy outcomes for struggling readers? How about a format that address the equity challenges at the forefront of our minds our the current COVID-slide reality? In this lively program, Booklist and Thorndike Press from Gale, a Cengage company, will be joined by two youth librarians and large print advocates. Melissa Jacobs, (Director of Library Services for the NYC Department of Education & NYC School Library System) and Brenna Shanks (Selection Librarian, King County Library System) will share their philosophies and best practices for incorporating large print into a youth collection in a conversation moderated by Booklist associate editor Heather Booth. Get inspired by the possibilities of this format in this free one-hour program, Thursday, October 22nd at 1:00 p.m. CT. 

YA for All: Genre Bending Young Adult Titles That Can't be Missed (October 21, 2020If you’re looking for a great discussion about books, readers’ advisory, book talking, and some new amazing YA titles, we've got just the webinar for you! Join us on Wednesday, October 21 at 1 p.m. CT, when we'll talk with Random House Children’s authors Nic Stone, author of Dear Justyce; Kim Johnson, author of This Is My America; Karen M. McManus, author of The Cousins; and Trung Le Nguyen, author of The Magic Fish, about their amazing new titles, which are geared toward a wide range of readers with different interests. Whether you're seeking social justice-centered stories, thrillers, graphic novels, or more, you'll find it here. Moderated by Books for Youth editor Sarah Hunter.   

Must-Read Mysteries (October 20, 2020Calling all armchair detectives! Whether you prefer your mysteries and crime fic cozy, hardboiled, paranormal, or procedural, you’ll want to join us for this webinar on Tuesday, October 20, at 1 p.m. central, where representatives from Oceanview Publishing, Severn House, and Soho Press will clue you into the season’s hottest mysteries, thrillers, crime fiction, and more. Attendees will also hear from Kathy Sexton and Dontaná McPherson-Joseph, librarians at Oak Park Public Library, about ordering for the latest trends in these heart-stopping stories. Booklist’s Annie Bostrom will moderate.

Graphic Jam (October 16, 2020)Not all heroes wear capes…but they do work in libraries! Through their accessible format, imaginative illustrations, and wide-ranging subject matter, graphic novels have become a necessity for any book collection, and we’re here to help you expand! Join us on Friday, October 16 at 1 PM CT for a #ReadGraphic webinar that will help you build your graphic novel selection and turn you into a readers' advisory expert! We’ll hear from Diamond Book Distributors, Image Comics, Viz Media, and IDW about upcoming titles for adult, teen, and young readers! Moderated by Books for Youth editor, Sarah Hunter.

Fall Book Club Picks (October 13, 2020)So many books so little time? Never fear! In this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from W. W. Norton & Company and Workman Publishing will cut through the vast sea of new releases to spotlight forthcoming adult titles destined for book group super-stardom. The program will also include a special appearance from the team behind your fave monthly library staff-sourced reading list, LibraryReads. Whether you’re meeting in person or virtually, prepare to reenergize your reading group, inspire patrons, and spark meaningful discussion. Susan Maguire, Senior Editor, Collection Management and Library Outreach, Booklist, will moderate.

Middle Grade Fantasy Explore our Worlds (October 5, 2020Dragons! Magic! Giants! With its transformational word-building, beloved protagonists, and incredible journeys, middle-grade fantasy is a very popular and special genre with the most dedicated and devoted readers. And in this free, one-hour webinar, those readers will discover even more about the genre. Join authors Brandon Mull (Fablehaven and Dragonwatch series) and J. Scott Savage (The Lost Wonderland Diaries and Mysteries of Cove series) for a fascinating presentation of their unique interpretation of middle-grade fantasy and what they’ve learned from young readers about it. Ilise Levine, Director of Sales and Marketing at Shadow Mountain Publishing will be presenting new fall empathy-building titles for middle grade.

Strong Women and Girls (October 2, 2020Booklist’s yearlong Women in Focus celebration, honoring the hundredth anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, continues! In this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from ECW Press, Lorimer Children & Teens, Macmillan Publishers, and Shadow Mountain Publishing will spotlight titles for all ages (adults, teens, and young readers) that put the voices of women and girls everywhere front and center. For the latest in extraordinary female protagonists, friendships, triumphs, and more, join us on Friday, October 2! Booklist’s own Donna Seaman will moderate.

An Afternoon of Art! (September 25, 2020Join Simon & Schuster and Booklist for a presentation from six incredible picture book artists about their craft and their newest publications! We’ll have the pleasure of speaking with Jillian Tamaki, R. Gregory Christie, Lita Judge, Lauren Stringer, Amy June Bates, and Cozbi Cabrera about their inspirations, processes, new titles, and more! Mark your calendars for Friday, September 25 at 1 p.m. central for this free, one hour webinar that is sure to inspire all young artists and readers! Moderated by Books for Youth senior editor, Julia Smith.

What's Cooking: Fall 2020 (September 22, 2020Craving great recipes, amazing food photography, or a cookbook for a special diet? You’re bound to find it all in this mouthwatering webinar starring Shadow Mountain Publishing, Skyhorse Publishing, and Workman Publishing. For a delectable batch of cookbooks focusing on various cuisines, star chefs, and more, join us on Tuesday, September 22. Booklist Adult Books associate editor Annie Bostrom will moderate. Bon appetit!

Inclusive Reading (September 18, 2020Books are entries into new worlds, inviting readers to inhabit different perspectives and explore exciting places! Join us Friday, September 18 to hear about the latest titles for young readers showcasing an array of authors, characters, and topics from Owlkids Books, Rourke Educational Media, Chooseco, and Lorimer Children and Teens. We’ll also hear a brief presentation from librarian Amy Seto Forrester, which originally aired last spring, that showcases “recommend-alongs,” a process you can use to supplement—or replace—patrons’ reading of outdated classics with #OwnVoices titles. Moderated by Books for Youth associate editor, Ronny Khuri.

The Human Spirit through Illustration (September 16, 2020Join Booklist and Random House Children’s Books for this special panel placing illustrators—and their stunning picture books—front and center. In this program, attendees will hear from Vanessa Brantley-Newton (Just like Me), Oge Mora (The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read), and Phoebe Wahl (The Blue House). Each creator will discuss their latest release; participate in a brief demo; offer insight into how picture books explore emotion, identity, and the human spirit; and participate in a Q&A led by Books for Youth editor Sarah Hunter.

Disney Publishing Worldwide Preview (September 10, 2020Join Booklist and Disney Publishing Worldwide for this special preview, featuring titles from fall, winter, and spring lists. Also in this program, attendees will hear from Rick Riordan Presents authors—J. C. Cervantes (The Shadow Crosser), Kwame Mbalia (Tristan Strong Destroys the World), Tehlor Kay Mejia (Paola Santiago and the River of Tears), and Sarwat Chadda (City of the Plague God)—as well as Disney authors—J. J. Gilbert (The Mouse Watch), Alyssa Moon (Delphine and the Silver Needle), Emma Theriault (The Queen’s Council: Rebel Rose), and Estelle Laure (City of Villains). Each panel of authors will discuss their writing experience, upcoming books, and participate in a brief Q&A led by Stephanie Lurie, editor of Rick Riordan Presents, and Julia Smith, Books for Youth senior editor at Booklist.

Love Letters: Romantic Reads for Your Shelf (September 8, 2020)Who needs dating when you have books? Allow us to make the introductions to some dreamy titles that are sure to make you swoon from Sourcebooks, HarperCollins Publishers, and Macmillan Library! Plus, we’ll hear from collection development librarian Beth Atwater and author and librarian Amy Alessio, rounding this out to be the best date ever! Say yes on September 8 at 1 p.m. central for this can’t miss free, webinar moderated by Adult Books editor Donna Seaman.

Fall Youth Announcements (August 25, 2020The transition from summer to fall is never an easy one. And with widespread uncertainty surrounding the reopening of schools, it may be more difficult than ever. As always, though, we have books to turn to for comfort, education, and entertainment; whether you’re prepping students and patrons for remote learning, homeschooling, or a socially distanced school year, these forthcoming fiction, nonfiction, and series nonfiction titles are sure to help. Join us on August 25 at 1 p.m. central to hear all about ‘em from representatives at DK, the Creative Company, and Norton Young Readers.

Fall Adult Announcements (August 21, 2020Clear your TBR list—you’re going to need some room for these titles! We’re getting a first look at those big fall hitters you’ve been waiting to read and are finally on their way to the shelves! Join us Friday, August 21 at 1 PM CT for this free hour long webinar as we hear from Workman Publishing, Macmillan Library, HarperCollins Publishers, Bloomsbury, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt about these can’t miss books! Moderated by Adult Books associate editor Annie Bostrom.

Booklist's Graphic Novel Panel, Part II (August 17, 2020Graphic novels take readers to exciting worlds filled with unique characters, heart stopping action, and moving transformations. Meet the creators behind these amazing books at part two of our Graphic Novels Author Panel in honor of Graphic Novels in Libraries Month! We’ll hear from John Gallagher, author of the Max Meow graphic novel middle grade series; Mika Song, author of Donut Feed the Squirrels; Ryan North, author of the Slaughterhouse-Five graphic novel; and Danica Novgorodoff, author of the graphic novel adaption of Jason Reynold’s book Long Way Down. Mark your calendars for Monday, August 17 at 1 PM CT for this free, hour long virtual panel brought to you by Simon & Schuster, Boom! Studios, and Random House Children’s! Moderated by Books for Youth editor, Sarah Hunter.

Women (and Girls) in Focus Panel (August 7, 2020Booklist will be honoring the historic moment of the hundredth anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment by celebrating the voices of all women, and girls, everywhere. In this free, one hour event, Books for Youth senior editor Maggie Reagan will talk with Camryn Garrett, author of Full Disclosure; Julie Berry, author of Wishes and Wellingtons; Amy McCulloch, author of Unleashed; and Kate Messner, author of History Smashers: Women's Right to Vote about writing strong female protagonists, what and who inspired their writing, and their efforts to empower the voices of all female readers! Mark your calendars for August 7 at 1 PM CT for this can’t miss discussion!

A Novel Form: Graphic Novels, Part II (August 4, 2020Booklist’s second-ever Graphic Novels in Libraries Month, a program devoted to providing librarians with the tools they need to select, curate, and promote graphic titles for patrons of all ages, is still going strong . . . and this graphic novel-packed webinar (the second in a two-part series) is here to prove it. Join us and representatives from DC Comics, Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Penguin Young Readers, and Random House Children’s Books for this free, one-hour program featuring upcoming graphic novels for adult, teen, and young readers—and get ready to #ReadGraphic all year long! Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth associate editor Ronny Khuri.

Fall 2020 Adult Book Buzz (July 30, 2020Ketchup with Beth and Rachel, two of Ingram's Collection Development pitmasters, for a lively discussion on un-grill-ievable titles you'll want to fill(et) your shelves with this fall. Going beyond the standard bestsellers, this Coming Soon webcast will offer rare pre-media insight, valuable resources, and a forthcoming title list hand-selected and presented by y(our) experienced librarians. Ingram's MLS-degreed librarians track publishing trends, monitor library and retail ordering patterns, and utilize their public library selector experience to identify titles needed for a well-balanced, relevant, high-circulating collection that your patrons will flip over. By tuning in live or on-demand, you'll relish this fall when patrons ask, "What's coming soon?"

Book Club Picks: Online and In Person!​ (July 28, 2020Looking for books that will prompt strong discussions, reactions, and dare we say it, healthy arguments? Then be sure to mark your calendars for this fantastic event on July 28 at 1 PM CT! In this free, one-hour webinar, we’ll hear about upcoming adult titles perfect for your next book club read from HarperCollins Publishers, Bloomsbury, Macmillan Library, and Penguin Random House. Whether your group is meeting virtually or in person, these picks will be sure to spice up conversation and invoke thoughtful responses from all readers! Moderated by Booklist’s Senior Editor, Collection Management and Library Outreach, Susan Maguire.

Booklist’s Graphic Novel Panel, Part I​ (July 24, 2020July is Graphic Novels month at Booklist, and we’re celebrating with this must-see panel, the first in a special two-part series. In it, Books for Youth editor Sarah Hunter will chat with Mike Curato, creator of Flamer; Gillian Goerz, creator of Shirley & Jamila Save Their Summer; Kiku Hughes, creator of Displacement; and Victoria Ying, creator of City of Secrets. For insight into their creative processes and their exciting titles for middle-grade and young-adult readers (all of which will be publishing in the next two months!), tune in on Friday, July 24 at 1 p.m. central. This event is brought to you by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group and Penguin Young Readers.

A Virtual Shout-N-Share Showdown  (July 22, 2020Collection development specialists from across the country will shout about and share their favorite forthcoming books in this lively presentation. Attendees will have the pleasure of hearing from Robin Bradford, Collection Development Librarian for the Pierce County Library System, in Pierce County, WA ; Allison Escoto, Head Librarian at The Center for Fiction in Brooklyn, NY; Sharon Fason, Adult Services Librarian for the Chicago Public Library (CPL) , and Sara Martinez, Library Manager of the Nathan Hale Library in Tulsa, OK. This 1-hour long, free event will be moderated by Donna Seaman, Booklist’s Adult Editor.

Fall YA Announcements 2020  (July 21, 2020Already breezed through your TBRs? Why don’t you try some YA?! We have the scoop on some show stopping titles coming to a bookshelf near you! Join us on Tuesday, July 21 when we talk to panelists from Macmillan Library, Disney Publishing, Macmillan Children’s School & Library, Workman Publishing, and Wattpad Books to get the dets on these fab books! Moderated by Books for Youth senior editor Maggie Reagan.

A Novel Form: Graphic Novels Part 1  (July 14, 2020Graphic novels have the power to convey powerful stories, history, and adventure through a unique combination of words and illustrations. While we love to celebrate this spectacular genre all year round, we’re kicking off Graphic Novels Month 2020 with a smash! Join us Tuesday, July 14 at 1 PM CT for an in-depth dive into upcoming graphic novels from Simon & Schuster, Fantagraphics Books, Diamond, and Image Comics. This free, one-hour webinar is a can’t miss for reading superfans that want to #ReadGraphic 24/7! Moderated by Books for Youth Associate Editor, Ronny Khuri.

2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence  (July 9, 2020Celebrate the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence at an exciting virtual gala hosted by Booklist and RUSA.  Our keynote speaker is Pulitzer Prize winner and 19th U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, author of five poetry collections, including Monument: Poems New and Selected, and the forthcoming Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir.  You will also hear acceptance speeches from Carnegie Fiction winner Valeria Luiselli, for Lost Children Archive (Alfred A. Knopf), and Carnegie Nonfiction winner Adam Higginbotham, for Midnight in Chernobyl (Simon & Schuster). This free, one-hour celebration is sponsored by NoveList.

HMH’s Fall 2020 Showcase (June 30, 2020Join HMH for a preview of our fall books, and to hear from Kwame Alexander, New York Times best-selling author and publisher of Versify, about his new book, Becoming Muhammad Ali, and upcoming Versify titles!

Macmillan Preview (June 23, 2020The gang’s all here and ready to read! Join us Tuesday, June 23 at 11 AM CT for a virtual preview with Macmillan Publishers! We’re stacking this 90-minute webinar with representatives from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, the Macmillan Library Marketing team, and Tor/Forge to book talk titles for readers of all ages and interests! From graphic novels, romance, and fantasy to nonfiction and middle-grade, attendees will have an opportunity to learn about a large range of books perfect your patrons. Don’t miss this chance to get a jumpstart on collection development, register now! Moderated by Booklist’s Adult Books editor, Annie Bostrom.

Graphix: Get Drawn In (June 22, 2020Stories that inspire. Characters that connect. Art that comes alive. These are the stories that ignite imaginations and spark creativity while engaging readers in new, exciting ways.

Meet the authors of some of the hottest upcoming graphic novels. Learn about their approach to making the books kids love to read and learn how you can engage young readers with graphic novels in the classroom and beyond. Featuring Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright (Twins), Maria Scrivan (Nat Enough), Pénélope Bagieu (The Witches Graphic Novel), Alice Oseman (Heartstopper). Moderated by Derek Ivie, Suffolk Cooperative Library System.


Booklist’s Middle-Grade Panel (June 19, 2020Booklist’s Middle Grade celebration culminates with this middle-grade panel, featuring authors in conversation with Booklist Senior Editor Julia Smith. Attendees will have the pleasure of hearing from Renée Watson (Ways to Make Sunshine, published by Bloomsbury), Jake Burt (Cleo Porter & the Body Electric,  published by Macmillan), Tony DiTerlizzi (Kenny & the Book of Beasts, published by Simon & Schuster), and Kelly J. Baptist (Isaiah Dunn in My Hero, published by Random House). The authors will discuss their upcoming titles and offer insight into the process of writing for a middle-grade audience. 

Picture Book Parade: Books from Small Presses (June 16, 2020With their wit, whimsy, and ability to spark the imagination, picture books remain a constant source of inspiration for readers of all ages. And what better time than now to peruse upcoming picture-book releases from small presses? Please join Booklist’s Books for Youth associate editor Ronny Khuri in this free, hour-long webinar, featuring representatives from Boyds Mills & Kane, Charlesbridge, Encantos, Familius, and Page Street Kids.

Women in Focus: The 19th in 2020 (June 9, 2020This August 26, 2020, will mark the hundredth anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. Join us in commemorating this historic moment with a Women in Focus webinar on June 9 with an assortment of books perfect for YA crossover readers! We’ll hear from Sourcebooks, Chicago Review Press, and Random House Children’s Books about titles that honor the ongoing fight for women’s rights and celebrate the voices of all women and girls, everywhere! This free, one hour webinar will be moderated by Adult Books editor Donna Seaman.

Amazing Audiobooks for Summer and Beyond (June 5, 2020Listen up! We know you love to read, but why not give your eyeballs a break and pop in your earbuds for some amazing audiobooks? Timed to coincide with the start of Audiobook Month, this webinar will spotlight exciting new and forthcoming audiobooks from Books on Tape, ECW Press, and Naxos AudioBooks, plus industry data and insights from nonprofit arts organization L.A. Theatre Works. To join in on this free, one-hour webinar, tune in at 1 p.m. central on Friday, June 5.

Summertime D.I.Y.: Crafts & Gardening Titles and Tips (June 2, 2020Summer is the perfect time for starting a new project or finally getting to that DIY fix. Whether they’re lifelong gardeners, expert makers, or simply looking for a new hobby, your patrons will be delighted by the new crafts and gardening books highlighted in this free, hour-long webinar. Hear some fresh, new ideas for you and your patrons from library director Jenn Carson (L.P. Fisher Public Library), librarian Sophia Curtis (Chapel Hill Public Library), and panelists from Workman Publishing and Timber Press. Moderated by Adult Books Associate Editor, Annie Bostrom.

Booklist's Book Buzz: Adult Headliners (May 29, 2020We bring the summer book buzz about fall books and beyond directly to you as representatives from HarperCollins, IDW, Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, and Sourcebooks showcase scintillating titles from a grand array of genres and subjects in a free, hour-long program. Learn about books destined for hold lists across the country in print, ebooks, and audiobooks.  These buzz-worthy titles are readers’ advisory gold and perfect for book discussions and book groups. Donna Seaman, Adult Books Editor, Booklist, will moderate.

Middle-Grade Self-Discovery (May 28, 2020Join Booklist and Random House Children’s Books for this final installment in a three-part series of special middle-grade webinars. In this program, attendees will hear from Kim Baker (The Water Bears), Mae Respicio (Any Day with You), Celesta Rimington (The Elephant’s Girl), and M. Evan Wolkenstein (Turtle Boy). Each author will discuss their latest releases, all of which spotlight self-discovery, and participate in a brief Q&A led by Books for Youth senior editor Julia Smith.

Booklist Book Buzz Jr. (May 26, 2020Make collection development your priority this May with our first ever virtual Book Buzz Jr. event! In this free, 75-minute webinar we’ll hear from Sourcebooks, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, HarperCollins Children’s Books,  and NorthSouth Books about upcoming titles perfect for young readers! Mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 26 at 11:30 AM CT! Moderated by Books for Youth Senior Editor, Maggie Reagan.

HarperCollins Adult Fall Faves! (May 18, 2020Join Booklist staff and HarperCollins in a special 90-minute virtual book celebration and preview for librarians. The Library Love Fest team will suggest current books perfect for virtual books groups and present a cavalcade of new and forthcoming titles for the summer and beyond. Tune in for special author appearances. Get whitelisted for e-books and audiobooks on e-galley websites. Win virtual visits by favorite authors, and much more. Book love thrives.             

Strategies to Engage Reluctant Readers & Minimize an Elongated Summer Slide (May 15, 2020With many schools closed for the rest of the academic year, concerns about lost learning progress and an elongated summer slide are at an all-time high – especially when it comes to your reluctant readers. How can educators remotely reach students and spark their interest in reading all summer long? It starts with digital content. Join librarians from OverDrive for a crash course in how ebooks and audiobooks can increase independent reading among kids of all ages, grade levels and abilities. In this must-see webinar, you’ll learn:

  • How to leverage unique formats like audiobooks, Read-Alongs and graphic novels to make reading more accessible AND enjoyable for your students
  • How simultaneous-use reading programs can help preemptively fight the summer slide by creating a reading experience for your entire school community
  • Strategies to promote your digital collection to students, even when they can’t be in the classroom or school library

Following the webinar, be sure to stick around for a demo of the Sora student reading app’s powerful learning tools.

Our World: Global Citizenship in Kid Lit (May 12, 2020From Greta Thunberg and Malala Yousafzai to the former students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, young people around the world are taking a stand and speaking up to make our world a better—and safer—place for generations to come. In this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Blue Dot Kids Press, Charlesbridge Publishing, and Greystone Kids join former school library media specialist Sonja Cole to invite kids everywhere to do the same. For kid lit that brings the environment, sustainability, global awareness, and activism front and center, tune in at 1 p.m. central on Tuesday, May 12.

HarperCollins Fall 2020 Book Preview (May 8, 2020Join us Friday, May 8th at 12:00 PM ET/11:00 AM CT for the HarperCollins Children’s Book Preview to get an exclusive look at upcoming titles publishing this fall. In this 1.5 hour, free webinar you'll hear from the HarperCollins Children’s Books School & Library team about books sure to jumpstart imagination and inspire adventurous young readers and teens alike! Don't miss out on your chance to learn about great new books coming this fall from HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Mental and Emotional Wellness: Books for Young Readers (May 5, 2020In this unprecedented time of pandemic, widespread shutdowns, and general uncertainty, vigilance surrounding mental health awareness is more crucial than ever. In this webinar, timed to coincide with the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s annual Mental Health Month, representatives from DK, Lorimer Children & Teens, Fabled Films Press, Cherry Lake Publishing Group, and Magination Press will promote titles ideal for introducing young readers to—and reducing the stigma around—mental and emotional wellness. Please help us raise awareness; join in on Tuesday, May 5!

New Middle-Grade Series (May 4, 2020Join Booklist and Random House Children’s Books for this second installment in a three-part series of special middle-grade webinars. In this program, attendees will hear from Michael Buckley (Finn and the Intergalactic Lunchbox), Theanne Griffith (Magnificent Makers series), Kate Messner (History Smashers series), and Kenneth Oppel (Bloom). Each author will discuss their latest releases, all of which introduce exciting new series, and participate in a brief Q&A led by Books for Youth associate editor Ronny Khuri. Whether you’re seeking action-packed comedy, haunting thrillers, fascinating historical nonfiction, or a modern-day Magic School Bus, we’ve got you covered.

The Clue is in the Title (April 28, 2020Is it criminal to love mysteries this much? We don’t think so. Join us Tuesday, April 28 at 1PM Central as we investigate upcoming titles with thrilling twists, challenging puzzles, and unforgettable characters!  Suspects include representatives from Dundurn Press, HarperCollins Publishers, Soho Press, Severn House, and Penguin Random House. Take a break from reality, put on your detective cap, and lose yourself in these whodunits! Moderated by Chief Inspector Annie Bostrom.

AASL’s Best Tips and Practices for Remote Learning (April 27, 2020School librarians and other educators are adapting to teaching and learning in remote learning environments by curating digital resources for instruction and operating new educational platforms. AASL leaders and school librarians share their strategies on how they’re working to implement their school’s curriculum and engage learners some of the areas hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. Join NYC Department of Education/NYC School Library System Director Melissa Jacobs, Tacoma Public School Libraries Program Manager Suzanna Panter, AASL Executive Director Sylvia Knight Norton, and OverDrive Education General Manager Angela Arnold for an hour-long presentation sure to benefit all school librarians and other educators. Discover concrete teaching examples and remote learning tips, and hear about their best practices during this challenging time.  

Library Love for LibraryReads (April 21, 2020LibraryReads is a librarian-driven venture where public library staff can help build word-of-mouth for new books. Hear from representatives from HarperCollins Publishers, Bloomsbury, Penguin RandomHouse, and W.W. Norton & Company who will share forthcoming titles perfect for public libraries and for your LibraryReads nominations. Plus, we’ll also chat with LibraryReads executive director, Rebecca Vnuk to hear about the latest happenings in the library world! This free one-hour webinar will be moderated by Adult Books editor Donna Seaman.

Must-Have Middle Grade (April 14, 2020Mad about middle grade? Then join us for this free, hour-long presentation and see what must-have MG titles are heading your way from Algonquin Young Readers, Disney Publishing Worldwide, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Random House Children’s Books, and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. Middle-grade enthusiasts, unite! Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth senior editor Julia Smith.

In the Middle of It All: Books for the Middle-Grade Reader in All of Us (April 7, 2020Join Booklist and Random House Children’s Books for this special middle-grade program starring Tae Keller (When You Trap a Tiger), Rebecca Stead (The List of Things That Will Not Change), and Nic Stone (Clean Getaway). Each author will discuss their latest release (all of which published—or are publishing—this year!) and participate in a brief Q&A led by Books for Youth senior editor Maggie Reagan. These emotional, accessible, deeply heartfelt stories may be categorized as “middle grade,” but these reads—and this webinar—are for every reader. We can’t wait to see you there!

Tips & Tricks to Get the Most from Your Digital School Library​ (March 20, 2020How can schools create diverse, classroom-ready digital collections that benefit both students and educators? Join our team of librarians to find out. In this eye-opening webinar, you’ll learn:

  • How to assemble a multicultural, multilingual collection of ebooks and audiobooks that meets learning and readiness standards
  • Strategies to integrate ebooks and audiobooks into your lesson plan for personalized learning
  • How to effectively market your school’s digital collection to ensure that your students are fully benefiting from the resources at their fingertips.
  • How the Sora student reading app increases access to ebooks and audiobooks with Public Library CONNECT, an in-app feature that allows students to connect with their local public library

And be sure to stick around at the end of the webinar for a live demo of Sora in action!

Stellar Series Nonfiction: Spring 2020 (March 17, 2020What do series nonfiction publishers have in store for readers this spring? Join us for this free, one-hour webinar featuring representatives from Amicus Publishing, Bellwether Media, Black Rabbit Books, Rourke Educational Media, and Scholastic Library Publishing—and find out! Titles presented will range from grades K through 12. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth senior editor Julia Smith.

Introducing Penguin’s New Kids on the Block! (March 10, 2020In the book world, we’re always excited to celebrate new voices, and the three women you are about to meet are no exceptions. Join Booklist senior editor Maggie Reagan and Penguin Young Readers on Tuesday, March 10 at 1PM CT for this free, hour-long discussion where debut authors, Sarah Kapit, Jessica Kim, and JMM Nuanez will be introducing attendees to their debut novels and participating in a panel discussion about middle grade, publishing for the first time, and how they’ve created the memorable characters of Vivy, Yumi, and Jack.

Sarah Kapit is the author of Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen!, a perfectly pitched novel-in-letters about an autistic eleven-year-old girl who won’t let anything stop her from playing baseball – not when she has a major-league star as her pen pal.

Jessica Kim is the author of Stand Up, Yumi Chung!, a hilarious and irresistible story about an aspiring stand-up comedian whose one lie snowballs into a full-blown double life.

JMM Nuanez is the author of Birdie And Me, an emotional and uplifting novel about a girl named Jack and her gender creative little brother, Birdie, as they search for the place where they can be their true and best selves.

Macmillan Library AF: Absolutely Fabulous picks (Adult + YA) from Winter, Spring, and Fall 2020 (March 6, 2020Join Macmillan’s Adult Library Marketing team as they share their Absolutely Fabulous favorites from Winter, Spring, and Fall 2020. This webinar will start with YA titles at 1:00 p.m. CT and move on to Adult titles at 1:20 p.m. CT. Moderated by Donna Seaman.

Springing Forward: Books for Young Readers  (March 3, 2020Your clock won’t be the only thing springing ahead this March; accompanying the shift in seasons is a bevy of beautiful new books for youth. In this free, one-hour webinar moderated by Books for Youth senior editor Julia Smith, representatives from Albert Whitman & Company, Disney Book Group, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, Running Press Kids, and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing will introduce an array of exciting forthcoming releases for the younger set (approximately ages three through 10). Don’t miss this glimpse at the latest and greatest in kid lit!

Feminist Reads, a Penguin Reading List for Readers Grades K-12 (February 18, 2020100 years after white American women won the right to vote, and three years after #TimesUp and #MeToo took the world by storm, we’re still grappling with the inherent sexism, misogyny, and racism pervasive in the United States, making it more needed than ever to have positive intersectional feminist books for children and teens.

Join Booklist editor Maggie Reagan and Penguin Young Readers for this free, hour-long discussion on new and old books for young readers featuring strong, inspiring women. This webinar will also feature a conversation between Maggie Reagan and black feminist writer and editor Evette Dionne, centering on her nonfiction work Lifting As We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box.

New Books, New Worlds: Diverse Titles for Youth & Young Adult (February 4, 2020Books are entries into new worlds, inviting readers to hear different voices and explore exciting places!  Join us February 4 as we talk with Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Lorimer Children & Teen, and Archipelago Books to hear about the latest titles for young readers showcasing diverse authors, characters, and topics! Plus, we’ll talk with author June Hur about her upcoming YA debut, The Silence of Bones! We’re here to help grow your collection so it includes as many worlds as possible!  Start 2020 with new books, new voices, and more reading!

Presenting the 2020 Morris Award Finalists (January 14, 2020) Join Booklist for this exciting Q and A with four of the five authors nominated for YALSA's 2020 William C. Morris Debut Award, an honor presented annually to first-time authors writing for teens. Featuring conversations with Ben Philippe (The Field Guide to the North American Teenager), David Yoon (Frankly in Love), Katy Rose Pool (There Will Come a Darkness), and Nafiza Azad (The Candle and the Flame), this free, hour-long webinar will be moderated by Booklist Books for Youth editor—and Morris Award Committee consultant—Sarah Hunter and sponsored by HarperCollins Children’s Books, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Penguin Young Readers, and Scholastic. For more information about the Morris Award, visit http://www.ala.org/yalsa/morris-award.

YA-Y! The Latest Reads for Teens (December 3, 2019) There’s no better time than winter to curl up with a gripping read. And with upcoming YA releases like the ones covered in this free, hour-long webinar, teen readers—and YA lovers of all ages—will want to do nothing else. Join representatives from Bloomsbury Publishing, Disney Book Group, Inkyard Press, Tor Teen, and Blink, and jump-start YA collection development, winter and spring purchases, and, of course, that ever-expanding TBR pile. Maggie Reagan, Booklist senior editor, Books for Youth, will moderate.

Reaching New Heights: Winter/Spring Titles for Young Readers (November 26, 2019) Reach new reading heights this winter with great titles from NorthSouth Books, Penguin Random House Canada, Owlkids, and Annick Press! Embrace the cold and read away those winter blues on November 26 at 1PM Central! Moderated by Booklist’s Senior Editor, Books for Youth, Julia Smith.

Winter D.I.Y.: New Craft & Gardening Titles (November 12, 2019) Creativity comes in many forms: art projects, handy fixes, or gardening! Whether you’re looking for a new challenge or are totally new to the crafting and gardening world, we have an amazing webinar designed for all skill levels! Join us November 12 when we talk with representatives from Search Press and Storey Publishing about upcoming craft and gardening books perfect to get you through those cold winter months! We'll also be joined by embroiderer & designer, Katrina Witten! Moderated by Booklist’s Associate Editor, Adult Books, Annie Bostrom.

Reading Graphic: Graphic Novels for Fall and Beyond (October 29, 2019) Blending sweeping illustrations and powerful narratives, graphic novels offer fast-paced entertainment and educational opportunities for readers of all ages—and continue to be a high-circulating section in libraries everywhere. In this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Dark Horse Comics, Dead Reckoning, Diamond Book Distributors, and Fantagraphics Books will showcase forthcoming children’s, middle-grade, YA, and adult graphic novel releases. Sarah Hunter, Booklist’s Books for Youth editor, will moderate.

The Books are Afoot (October 29, 2019) October has been the instigator of many things— howling winds accompanied by mysterious figures; hounds running amok in Baskerville; and now, Booklist’s mystery webinar! Join us 10/29 when we hear from Books on Tape/Listening Library, HarperCollins Publishers, Severn House, and Oceanview Publishing about the latest mysteries creeping on the shelves this fall! Moderated by early 20th Century Lady Detective and Booklist’s Senior Editor, Collection Management and Library Outreach Susan Maguire.

Full STEAM Ahead (October 22, 2019) Combining science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and now, the arts, STEAM-inspired curriculums have been foundational in jump-starting critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity in students of all ages. In this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from DK, Lerner Publishing Group, Sky Pony Press, and Teacher Created Materials will spotlight forthcoming STEAM-centric titles for grades K-12. Moderated by Maggie Reagan, senior editor, Books for Youth.

Mad about Middle Grade (October 8, 2019) Mad about middle grade? Then join us for this free, hour-long presentation and see what must-have MG titles are heading your way from Bloomsbury Publishing, Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge, Disney Book Group, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers. Middle-grade enthusiasts, unite! Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth senior editor Julia Smith.

Meet Penguin's Premier Picture Book Creators! (October 3, 2019) With 13 starred reviews between them, these Picture Book creators are the best of the best. Covering themes of family, self-discovery, and community, each story is beautifully told through both lyrical text and incredible images. Get a peek behind the curtain and learn about each of these four illustrators’ process and how they take a story and shape it with their art.

Join Booklist and Penguin Young Readers for this free, hour-long discussion of the art behind picture books. This webinar will feature an in-depth presentation from four incredible illustrators: Weshoyot Alvitre, illustrator of At the Mountain’s Base; Zeke Peña, illustrator of My Papi Has a Motorcycle; John Rocco, illustrator of Camp Tiger; and Eliza Wheeler, author & illustrator of Home in the Woods. Moderated by Books for Youth Associate Editor Ronny Khuri.

Brilliant Book Club Picks (October 1, 2019) So many books so little time? Never fear! In this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Penguin Random House Library Marketing and Workman Publishing will cut through the vast sea of new releases to spotlight forthcoming adult titles destined for book group super-stardom. The program will also include essential tips from Stephanie Saba—coauthor of Book Club Reboot (ALA Editions) and the community program supervisor at San Mateo County Libraries—about reenergizing your reading group and inspiring your patrons. Donna Seaman, Adult Books Editor, Booklist, will moderate.

Diverse Titles for Youth and Young Adults (September 27, 2019) Does your collection reflect the varied faces, beliefs, and experiences of your community? Check out Booklist’s free, hour-long webinar spotlighting diverse books for children and teens, wherein attendees will learn about exciting, new offerings from Lerner Publishing, Quarto Publishing Group, and Lorimer. Panelists will also be joined by Shanna Miles, Media Specialist at South Atlanta High School. Moderated by Books for Youth Editor, Sarah Hunter. 

Three Content Trends to Start the School Year Right (September 26, 2019) The beginning of the school year is a great time to help students grow in new and unexpected ways. They are fresh from summer break and ready to learn.

If you’re looking for ideas to inspire and engage students that go beyond standard school subjects, this webinar is for you.

The staff librarians from OverDrive will cover three key content trends that will inspire you. We’ll offer some of the best titles available on these subjects, giving you a new reading list for your students. So set them up for success this school year and sign up today.

Fabulous Fall Series (September 19, 2019) Get an overview of Fabulous Fall 2019 new releases from publishers, Gareth Stevens Publishing, KidHaven Publishing, Lucent Press, Rosen Publishing, and West 44 Books. Titles presented will range from grades K-12. Moderated by Julia Smith Booklist’s Senior Editor, Books for Youth.

What's Cooking: Fall 2019 (September 17, 2019) What’s cooking at Booklist this fall? Plenty! From the Keto Diet to Black Forest Cake, cookbooks are more popular than ever and are an essential reference addition to any library. In this free, one hour webinar we’ll chew the fat with representatives from Workman Publishing, Sterling Publishing, Penguin Random House, and Books on Tape to learn about the latest food trends and dig into some new recipes! Moderated by Booklist  adult books associate editor and head chef, Annie Bostrom.

Library Marketing Basics: Promoting on a Shoestring Budget (September 13, 2019) Meet Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Library Outreach Mark Aaron Polger and his latest book, Library Marketing Basics, a resource designed for those new to library marketing. In addition to providing step-by-step instructions on how to successfully market your library, this book also discusses the difference between marketing, promotion, publicity, outreach, advocacy, and advertising; examples of marketing initiatives from the corporate world (think Wendy's "Where's the Beef?” campaign); and public relations events.

In this free, one-hour webinar, Mark will talk “true” marketing and how to apply it to your library. You’ll hear about tools to plan and implement marketing campaigns, examples of marketing plans, social media marketing guidelines, brand audits, and how to get buy-in from your colleagues and your stakeholders. The premise of Library Marketing Basics is that library marketing is not a bad term, but a means for survival in a world dominated by Google, Facebook, Amazon, and others. Join us Friday, September 13, and learn that you don't need a marketing degree to know what real marketing looks like.

Romantic Reads (September 10, 2019) Dry wit, swoon-worthy banter, and heartwarming happily-ever-afters? That’s right, it’s time for our annual romance webinar! Prepare to feast your heart eyes on must-have upcoming romance novels from Sourcebooks Casanova, HarperCollins Publishers, and Harlequin. Plus, learn about ways in which librarians can take advantage of resources offered by the Romance Writers of America from Jessie Edwards, Marketing and PR Manager for RWA. Donna Seaman, editor, Adult Books, Booklist, will moderate. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 10 at 1 PM Central; it’s a date.

Hidden Histories: Highlighting Untold Stories from the Past (August 29, 2019) Uncover hidden histories with four female authors.

Not only do these authors center rarely told history in their work, they also center the voices of women at the time. Spanning from the late 1800s to the 1950s, this webinar will give you an in-depth view of different periods throughout time, the ways each author delves into their research, and how you can use these books in your classrooms and libraries today.

Join librarian Polli Kenn and Penguin Young Readers for this free, hour-long panel on the historical fiction genre. This webinar will feature a conversation between Polli Kenn and four incredible historical fiction authors: Julie Berry, author of Lovely War; Rachel DeWoskin, author of Someday We Will Fly; Stacey Lee, author of The Downstairs Girl; and Ruta Sepetys, author of The Fountains of Silence.

Hittin' the Books: Back to School Titles for Your Students (August 27, 2019) Going back to school can be tough. Luckily, we have a team of experts to help soften the blow with some amazing back to school titles that will get readers excited for the new year! Join us August 27 at 1PM Central to hear from representatives at Books on Tape, Scholastic Library and Penguin Random House Canada about new books that will keep students reading outside of the classroom! Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth Editor, Sarah Hunter.

Up and Away with Fall Series Nonfiction (August 22, 2019) We’re reaching new heights this fall with amazing new series nonfiction titles from Reference Point Press, DK, Amicus Publishing, Black Rabbit Books and The Creative Company. Join us August 22 at 1PM Central for this can’t-miss webinar that will turn your tbr pile into a mountain of irresistible recs! Moderated by Books for Youth Editor, Julia Smith.

Adult Announcements: Fall (and Winter) Faves (August 20, 2019) You’ve already torn through your beach reads, your vacation days, and each day feels shorter than the last. What’s an avid reader to do? Never fear, representatives from Bloomsbury Publishing, Harlequin, HarperCollins Publishers, Plough, and Workman Publishing are here to ease that summer–autumn transition, presenting the latest and greatest adult titles hitting shelves this fall (and winter)! Join us for this free, one-hour webinar, and prepare to fall for forthcoming books galore. Moderated by Booklist Adult Books Editor Donna Seaman.

We Need to Talk: Great Book-Group Reads for Fall and Beyond (July 30, 2019) Is your book club in a reading slump? Never fear, because we have some upcoming adult titles that are sure to create lively discussion and get group members wanting more. In this one-hour, free webinar we’ll talk with representatives from Ingram, W.W. Norton & Company, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt about your next group reading assignment. Trust us, your book club will have recs to last you the whole year! Moderated by Adult Books Associate Editor, Annie Bostrom.

The Art of the (Graphic) Novel, Part II (July 26, 2019) Pow! Booklist’s Graphic Novels in Libraries Month campaign, a program devoted to providing librarians with the tools they need to select, curate, and promote graphic titles for patrons of all ages, is still going strong . . . and this graphic novel-packed webinar (the second in a two-part series) is here to prove it. Join us and representatives from DC Comics, Fantagraphics Books, Oni Press, and Viz Media for this free, one-hour program featuring upcoming graphic novels for adult, teen, and young readers—and get ready to #ReadGraphic all year long! Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth associate editor Ronny Khuri.

Fall YA Announcements 2019 (July 23, 2019) New school year, new reading goals, new YA! Please join us July 23 for a special one-hour, free webinar where we’ll give you an inside line to the teen books that are sure to fly off the shelves this upcoming school year. From books by big-name authors to ones that deal with difficult subjects, you’ll fall in love with these new titles from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Macmillan Adult, TOR, Soho Press, and North Star. Moderated by Maggie Reagan, Booklist Books for Youth Associate Editor.

Booklist's Small-Press Speed Dating Extravaganza (July 16, 2019) Meet the small press of your dreams during this scintillating hour of succinct presentations by six exciting indie presses in the United States and Canada. Donna Seaman, Booklist’s editor for Adult Books and a big fan of small-press books, will run the show. Here’s the line-up: Casemate Publishers; Dead Reckoning, an imprint of the Naval Institute Press; Dundurn Press; ECW Press; Nimbus Publishing; and Restless Books. Join us and learn about forthcoming titles from dynamic small presses that will bring rich variety and fresh energy to your collections.

The Art of the (Graphic) Novel, Part One (June 9, 2019) July is Graphic Novels month at Booklist, and what better way to kick off this momentous celebration than with two graphic novel-themed webinars! In part one of this two-part series we’ll hear from publishers Boom!, Diamond, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan and Scholastic to get the inside scoop on summer and fall releases. You’ll be sure to stock up your stacks with some great new titles so your patrons can #READGRAPHIC all year long!

Commemorating Stonewall: The Latest in LGBTQ+ Lit (June 18, 2019) On June 28, 1969, members of the LGBTQ+ community boldly resisted a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. As word of the early morning uprising spread, protests broke out across the Village for days—and weeks—to come. This June 18, we commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of this pivotal moment in the continuing battle for LGBTQ+ rights. Join in on the celebration! Representatives from Lorimer and ECW will discuss forthcoming fiction and nonfiction LGBTQ+ titles for adults, young adults, and reluctant readers. Attendees will also hear from Ana Elisa de Campos Salles, chair of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table, and Liz Deskins, adjunct professor at Kent State University, and author of LGBTQAI+ Books for Children and Teens: Providing a Window for All (ALA Editions). 

Big-Picture Reading (June 11, 2019) Who needs the beach this summer when we have new picture books? In this free, one-hour webinar we’ll chat about unique, upcoming summer and fall picture books designed to spark imagination and inspire reading! Featuring representatives from Simon & Schuster, Boyds Mills & Kane, Minedition, Greystone, and Holiday House and moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth Associate Editor Maggie Reagan.

Yoga & Meditation at the Library: Outreach and Inreach (June 7, 2019) Yoga and other mindfulness-based programs are quickly becoming some of the most popular offerings at public and academic libraries across North America. Join public library director and physical literacy researcher, Jenn Carson, as she introduces you to tried and tested yoga and meditation programs that you can start using today to improve the health and wellness of library patrons (of all ages and abilities), your staff, and yourself. This multi-modal presentation will include a discussion around issues such as liability, legalities, and logistics and will even include a short (optional) yoga and meditation session.

Now Hear This! New Audiobooks for #Audiobook Month and Beyond (June 6, 2019) We know you love to read, but why not give your eyeballs a break and pop in your earbuds instead for some amazing audiobooks. Just in time for Audiobook Month, you'll hear about the new titles that audiobook-lovers can't wait to listen to from Books on Tape, Brilliance, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, and LA Theatre Works. This free, hour-long webinar will be moderated by Booklist Associate Editor for Adult Books, Annie Bostrom. 

The Art of Crafting (June 4, 2019) Summer is the perfect time for starting a new project or finally getting to that DIY fix. Whether they’re expert makers or looking for a new hobby, your patrons will be delighted by the new crafts books highlighted in this free, hour-long webinar. Panelists from Tuttle, Search Press, and Skyhorse Publishing are sure to inspire some fresh, new ideas for you and your patrons. Moderated by Adult Books Associate Editor, Annie Bostrom.

Sizzling Summer Reads You May Not Have Heard of (That You’ll Wish You Had) (May 16, 2019) Summer is on its way - which means reading great summer stories! But, before you create a short list of your ideal titles, you may want to see what’s coming. On this webinar the staff librarians at OverDrive will share some of the latest titles you’ll want to have at the beach, patio, coffeehouse or wherever you read this summer. We’ll have a few you may have heard of, but many you haven’t. In one short hour, you’ll leave with your summer reading list together and ready for fun in the sun!

Mystery Month 10--Times Two! (May 14, 2019) Booklist’s tenth annual Mystery Month will be in full swing when we hear about the hottest new and forthcoming titles from sponsors Crooked Lane, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, and Severn House. Join moderator Keir Graff, Executive Editor of Booklist Publications, and fill out your to-read and to-buy lists with plenty of mysteries and thrillers, from cozy to hard-boiled.

All Things YA (May 7, 2019) Whether you’re looking to add more books to your summer reading list or your tbr pile is getting a little thin, Booklist has you covered for all things YA this season! Hear from Page Street Kids and Sourcebooks as they chat about an array of YA titles, including spring and summer highlights and forthcoming books! Panelists will be joined by a young adult librarian to discuss readers’ advisory tips and book talking tricks. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth Editor Sarah Hunter.

Celebrate a Decade of Booklist's Mystery Month! (April 30, 2019) Kick off Booklist’s tenth annual Mystery Month in style and learn about the most thrilling and mysterious reads of 2019 from sponsors Books on Tape, Bloomsbury, SOHO, and Sourcebooks. Keir Graff, Executive Editor of Booklist Publications, will introduce the speakers—when he’s not making notes for his own TBR pile.

Middle Grade Mania, Part Two (April 24, 2019) Let the madness continue in this second Middle-Grade Mania webinar! See what must-have MG titles are heading your way from Bloomsbury, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Simon & Schuster, in this free, hour-long presentation. Middle-grade enthusiasts, unite! Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth associate editor Julia Smith. For a special short presentation from librarian Amy Seto Forrester about "recommend-alongs," please visit the video archive of this weebinar. (Plus, the accompanying Google Doc for this presentation can be viewed here.).

Library Love for LibraryReads (April 23, 2019) LibraryReads is a librarian-driven venture where public library staff can help build word-of-mouth for new books. Hear from representatives from HarperCollins Publishers, Ingram Content Group (Counterpoint Press, House of Anansi Press, and TouchWood Editions), Macmillan Publishers, Sourcebooks, and W. W. Norton & Company, who share forthcoming titles perfect for public libraries and for your LibraryReads nominations. This free one-hour webinar will be moderated by Adult Books editor Donna Seaman.

Partner with School Educators "Like A Boss" (April 10, 2019) “Don’t ask what you can do for me. Once you know our goals as a school, come to me and say, ‘I want to help, and this is what I can do.’ Come with a plan and show me how it will impact our students.”–Toby Fischer, Principal, Reynoldsburg City Schools, Reynoldsburg, OH. As Mr. Fischer stated above, administrators want school librarians to offer ideas and solutions that support student achievement. Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) is doing just that. Register for this webinar to hear how these Future Ready Librarians successfully partnered with educators—and Gale—“like a boss” to positively impact each student by supporting curriculum, improving inquiry, and enhancing equity. As a result, JCPS’s librarians are taking important strides toward being seen as thought leaders and essential partners in education.Not only will you take away new approaches for partnering with colleagues, you’ll also receive an action plan template to help you successfully present the next strategy to your school administrator.

Middle Grade Mania: Part One (April 9, 2019) Mad about middle grade? Join us as we kick off our first-ever month-long celebration of all things MG, Middle Grade Mania! The first in a two-part webinar extravaganza, this program will feature magnificent forthcoming middle-grade titles from Disney Book Group, Macmillan Children’s Publishing, and Penguin Young Readers. And that’s not all! We’ll also hear from Fran Wilde, author of Riverland (Abrams), Nicole Panteleakos, author of Planet Earth Is Blue (Random House Children’s Books), and Pablo Cartaya, author of Each Tiny Spark (Penguin Young Readers). Middle-grade enthusiasts, unite! Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth associate editor Julia Smith.

Macmillan Spring Fling: Best New Adult Books (and some YA, too!) (April 2, 2019) Hear from Team Macmillan Library, Tor/Forge, and Bloomsbury in this one-hour webinar featuring their very best Spring 2019 reads! They'll begin with their favorite Adult picks and wrap up with YA and select Middle Grade titles. ARCs and other goodies will be offered. Fun will be had. Join us!

Feminist Reads, a Penguin Reading List for Readers Grades K-12! (March 29, 2019) Two years after #TimesUp and #MeToo took the world by storm, young readers are in need of positive feminist books now more than ever. Join Booklist editor Maggie Reagan and Penguin Young Readers for this free, hour-long discussion on new and old books for young readers featuring strong, inspiring women. This webinar will also feature a conversation between Maggie Reagan and New York Times bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson, centering on her latest novel Shout, a searing poetic memoir about sexual assault survivors and the society that has failed them.
5 Ways to Promote Digital Equity in Your Library (March 22, 2019) Libraries have committed to addressing the digital divide as part of our mission, but addressing this issue today requires more than providing PC access or email classes. How can libraries ensure that access to services like coding workshops and 3D printers are available to the whole community? These are 5 ways you work to make sure that your community is getting the tools, resources, and training that they need.   Join Booklist and author Lauren Comito who will be discussing her book, Tech for All: Moving beyond the Digital Divide.  
Springing Forward: Youth Titles to Watch (March 12, 2019) Your clock won’t be the only thing springing ahead this March; accompanying the shift in seasons is a bevy of beautiful new books for youth. In this free, one-hour webinar moderated by Books for Youth associate editor Julia Smith, representatives from Albert Whitman & Company, Fabled Films Press, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, and Penguin Random House Canada will introduce an array of exciting forthcoming releases for all ages, from early readers through young adults. Don’t miss this glimpse at the latest and greatest in kid lit!
Spring Picture Books: New Books for the Newest Readers (March 8, 2019) Is there anything more enticing than picture books to foster a child's love of reading? In this free one-hour webinar, you'll discover new titles from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Lee & Low, and NorthSouth that get children excited about reading. You'll learn about trends we are seeing in we are seeing picture books today. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth Editor, Sarah Hunter. 
Four Content Trends to Engage K-12 Students in 2019 (February 28, 2019) At a time where people are questioning the validity of the information they receive daily, schools have become harbors of facts, ideas, and growth. If you’re looking to kickstart an engaging experience that fosters growth in your school this year, this is the webinar for you. Join the staff librarians at OverDrive for a riveting discussion on the trends and topics shaping our world in 2019 and the titles available to spur discussion, action, and change.
Stellar Series Nonfiction: Spring 2019 (February 26, 2019) Get an overview of what's new for Spring 2019 from series nonfiction publishers, Bearport, Bellwether, the Creative Company, Scholastic Library, and Workman. Titles presented will range from grades K-12. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth Associate Editor, Julia Smith.
Youth Titles Guaranteed to Jump Off Your Shelves (February 21, 2019) Check out wonderful offerings new this spring from Cavendish Square Publishing, Enslow Publishing, Gareth Stevens Publishing, KidHaven Publishing, and Rosen Digital. Topics sure to be covered include STEM resources, news literacy, current events, social and emotional learning, and so much more! K-12 series nonfiction is what it’s all about during this must-see webinar!  
Everything's Coming Up YA (February 19, 2019) The first hint of the spring season has arrived, and we’re here to help you keep your YA collections fresh. Get a sneak peek at forthcoming fiction and nonfiction titles from Rosen/Greenwood, North Star, and Zondervan in this hour-long, free webinar, moderated by Booklist Books for Youth Associate Editor Maggie Reagan.  
Large Print, Big Advantages: Strategies for Increasing Youth Literacy (February 12, 2019) Typically, large print is used for seniors and readers with visual impairments, but it can also advance reading skills and confidence in young readers of all abilities. Join us to learn more about the many benefits of large print for young readers. Hear how both public and school libraries are effectively implementing large print into their collections, the specific benefits the format provides to reading development and lifelong literacy, and the exciting new releases we will see in spring and summer.
Diverse Titles for Youth and Young Adults (February 5, 2019) Does your collection reflect the varied faces, beliefs, and experiences of your community? Check out Booklist’s free, hour-long webinar spotlighting diverse books for children and teens, wherein attendees will learn about exciting, new offerings from Amicus, Annick Press, Barefoot Books, and Lorimer. We will also have Gauri Manglik, author of Muslims in Story: Expanding Multicultural Understanding through Children's and Young Adult Literature discussing his newly released book. Moderated by Books for Youth Editor, Sarah Hunter. 
Presenting the 2019 Morris Award Finalists (January 15, 2019) Join Booklist for this exciting Q&A with all five authors nominated for YALSA's 2019 William C. Morris Debut Award, an honor presented annually to first-time authors writing for teens. Featuring conversations with Adib Khorram (Darius the Great Is Not Okay), Joy McCullough (Blood Water Paint), Ngozi Ukazu (Check, Please!: #Hockey), Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone), and Vesper Stamper (What the Night Sings), this free, hour-long webinar will be moderated by Booklist Books for Youth associate editor—and Morris Award Committee consultant—Julia Smith and sponsored by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Penguin Young Readers, and Random House Children's Books. For more information about the Morris Award, visit http://www.ala.org/yalsa/morris-award
Presenting the 2019 Carnegie Shortlist (January 8, 2019) Join Carnegie Selection Committee members Annie Bostrom and Susan Maguire along with Booklist Adult Books Editor Donna Seaman for this free, hour-long conversation about the six books shortlisted for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction (Francisco Cantú’s The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border, Kiese Laymon’s Heavy: An American Memoir, Beth Macy’s Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America,  Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black, Rebecca Makkai’s The Great Believers,  and Tommy Orange’s There There). In addition to discussions of each book and appropriate read-alikes, the program will feature authors Esi Edugyan, Kiese Laymon and Rebecca Makkai, in conversation with Booklist adult editors. This webinar is sponsored by Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster. For more information about the Andrew Carnegie Awards, visit http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/carnegieadult/short-lists.
 
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