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“Get Caught Reading” with Free Posters

Launched in 1999 by the AAP and now managed by Every Child a Reader, Get Caught Reading provides posters of TV stars, famous athletes, authors, and beloved book characters reading a book.

The first new poster for 2019 features Olympic gold medalist and author Laurie Hernandez, and is available now for free, thanks to a sponsorship by KPMG, whose citizenship mission is to encourage lifelong learning through literacy.

Laurie Hernandez’s new book, She’s Got This, illustrated by Nina Mata, is a picture book about chasing your dreams and never giving up, and is being published October 9 by HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Ask a Youth Services Librarian for a free poster while supplies last!

The Best Middle School Books of 2018

Kirkus Reviews just released their list of the Best Middle Grade Books of 2018 today! Check out this wonderful list below, separated into the following categories by Kirkus.
The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson (Scholastic)The Turnaway Girls by Hayley Chewins (Candlewick)Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi (Rick Riordan Presents/Disney)A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano (Walden Pond Press/HarperCollins)The Language of Spells by Garret Weyr, Illus. Katie Harnett (Chronicle)
 Mystery & Suspense 
Small Spaces by Katherine Arden (Putnam)The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins)The Ghost Road by Charis Cotter (Tundra)Otherwood by Pete Hautman (Candlewick)The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson (Levine/Scholastic)
 Graphic Novels
Akissi: Tales of Mischief by Marguerite Abouet, Illus. Mathieu Sapin, Trans. Judith Taboy & Marie Bédrune (Flying Eye Books)Sanity & Tallulah by Molly Brooks (Disney-Hyperion)Illegal by Eo…

Scholarship Databases

For those who are college bound, here are some free scholarship databases:

College Board's Scholarship Search

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute National Directory of Scholarships, Internships, and Fellowships
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FinAid (

MSU Libraries: Grants for Individuals

New Visions for Public Schools Scholarship Opportunities

Peterson's (

Cappex (
-sorts by deadlines

Unigo (


Niche (

JVL College Counseling

Check them out today!

The Book- and More- Is in the Mail by Kelly Jensen, SLJ

These YA subscription services offer new titles, community, and fun extras.

The thrill of book subscription boxes is discovering titles and connecting with other readers. Curated boxes contain books that subscribers might otherwise overlook, and "Unboxing" blog posts and videos connect readers, who can communicate with one another about the boxes, and other books they love.

Here's a look at some YA-focused boxes.

With a focus on fantasy, each themed FairyLoot box includes a book plus a small selection of items such as specially made scarves, quote prints, and even a Funko POP! A recent package with a
"Whimsical Journeys" theme contained Jessica Leake's Beyond a Darkened Shore".
Cost: About $35 plus shipping. Three- and six-month prepaid subscription plans available.

LitJoy Crate
This box includes  one new release, along with 2 to 4 items. A recent box "Upon Her Throne" 
included Rebecca Ross' The Queen's Rising, an exclusiv…

What's an Appropriate Curfew for High Schoolers?

Parents Magazine, Jan Faull, MEd, on deciding on a high school curfew for teens.

My sophomore loves to go to parties with juniors and seniors and to stay out late. What's an appropriate curfew for a sophomore in high school? A. It's time to put on your power-parenting persona and open up curfew negotiations. There's no need to worry too much, because deep in your teens' heart, he really wants a reasonable and somewhat flexible curfew. When your teen is out with friends, tired and ready to go home -- or just plain not liking the social scene -- it's difficult to say, "I'm tired, I'm going home." It's easier to say, "My curfew is 12:30. I'll be grounded if I'm not home soon." Despite this fact, you need to bear up as your son, like any self-respecting teenager, will probably moan, stomp, and gripe while claiming, "None of my friends have curfews. You're a control freak." Let your son go on as such, it's his teen…

How to Talk to Your Child About Losing Weight

Does your child need to lose weight? We'll help you talk about it without hurting her feelings. By Jeannette Moninger from  Talking About the Problem For parents of the 25 million overweight or obese kids in the U.S., it's a common dilemma: If your child is fat, she probably knows it. Classmates may tease her, and she probably thinks her clothes are too tight when she looks in the mirror. So when you broach the topic, it's important to be compassionate. "How you discuss a child's weight problem can make a huge difference in helping her deal with it," says Jamie Calabrese, MD, medical director of the Children's Institute in Pittsburgh and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Task Force on Obesity. Bring It Up Gently Look for a natural time to talk about your child's weight in a low-key way. After a checkup, you might say, "You heard the doctor say you're gaining weight too quickly. Do you want to talk about what…

11th Annual Children's & Teen Choice Book Award Winners

And the winners are....

K-2nd Grade Book of the Year:   Poor Louie, written and illustrated by Tony Fucile

3rd- 4th Grade Book of the Year: 50 Wacky Things Animals Do, by Tricia Martineau Wagner, illustrated by Carles Ballesteros

5th-6th Grade Book of the Year: The Losers Club, by Andrew Clements

Teen Book of the Year: The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

Check them out today!!

Women Who Run the World

Here are some great titles about women who have impacted history!

Awesome Women Who Changed History: Paper Dolls  illustrated by  Carol Del Angel

Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle

Fight Like a Girl: 50 Feminists Who Changed the World by Laura Barcella

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

More Girls Who Rocked the World: Heroines for Ada Lovelace to Misty Copeland by Michelle Roehm McCann

Pathfinders: The Journeys of 16 Extraordinary  Black Souls by Tonya Bolden

Rad American Women A-Z by  Kate Schatz

She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton

This Little Trailblazer: A Girl Power Primer by Joan Holub

Women Who Dared: 52 Stories of Fearless Daredevils, Adventurers, & Rebels by Linda Skeers


Coalitions Find the Keys to Safer Teen Driving

States with a Teen Safe Driving Coalition have lowered the number of car crashes involving teen drivers by 34 percent.

The Short of It Car crashes are the No. 1 killer of teens and half of all teens will be involved in a car crash before graduating high school, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). But states with a Teen Safe Driving Coalition have lowered the number of car crashes involving young drivers by 34 percent. The Lowdown Established by the NSC and The Allstate Foundation, Teen Safe Driving Coalitions have worked at the grassroots level to educate parents and kids about the risks of teen driving and offer solutions for parents to help teens be safer. Comprised of state and local government, law enforcement, public health agencies, traffic safety and injury prevention organizations, academia, businesses, teens, parents and crash survivors, the coalitions exist in California, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas. …

What Teen Shouldn't Do Online if They Want a Job or College Admission

What teens post today can really affect their prospects tomorrow. Coach your kid to stay smart online and avoid jeopardizing coveted opportunities.

Ninety-two percent of teens report going online daily. Thirty-one percent of college admissions officers said they visited an applicant's social networking page to learn more about them, and 93 percent of potential employers view candidates' social profiles before making a hiring decision. More than half of job recruiters have reconsidered a candidate after viewing their social pages, and 30 percent of college admission officers admitted they saw something negative that impacted the student's application. Clearly, what teens post online matters—a lot. Social media posts about illegal drug or alcohol use, guns, and sexual topics, and posts containing improper spelling, bad grammar and profanity have been shown to have the most negative impact. "As parents, we grew up in a different world. But now, kids' life experiences…

How to Help Your Child Deal with Fears About School Violence

Virtually every child in the country has heard--or seen--stories about students like themselves being gunned down, the school shooting in Parkland, FL being the most recent. How do you talk to your kids after something like this happens? How do you address their fears and keep them feeling safe in their home and in their schools? Dr. Alvin Poussaint and the American School Counselor Association have some advice.

This last week, the Parkland shooting has dominated traditional and social media coverage. You're probably wondering how it's affecting your children, and what you can do to help them process it all. Dr. Alvin Poussaint, psychiatrist, professor and Harvard faculty member, answered these questions for us after Columbine, and they still ring true today. How do children experience the media's coverage of these events?How children respond to memories--or news stories--of schoolyard murders will depend on their age, temperament and experience. Some children may be openly…

We have the winners for the Newbery and Printz Awards and more!

Here they are...

The John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

Three Newbery Honor books also were named:

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut  by Derrick Barnes
Long Way Down  by Jason Reynolds
Piecing Me Together  by Renee Watson

The Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults is
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour.

Four Printz Honor Books also were named:

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
Long Way Down  by Jason Reynolds
Strange the Dreamer  by Laini Taylor
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman

The winner of the Coretta Scott King Award recognizing African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults is:

Piecing Me Together  by Renee Watson

Three King Honor books also were named:

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut  by Derrick Barnes
Long Way Down  by Jason Reynolds
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

 The King Illustrator Award winner is

Check out the finalists for the 2018 Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards!


DISASTER DIARIES: Spiders! by R. McGeddon

FINDING MIGHTY by Sheela Chari

THE LOSERS CLUB  by Andrew Clements

MALALA by Raphaelle Frier

THIS IS JUST A TEST by Wendy Wan-Long Shang



CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber

THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas

LONG WAY DOWN, by Jason Reynolds


The children’s award finalists were chosen in pre-voting by thousands of children from different regions of the U.S., with supervision by the International Literacy Association. Teens nominated their favorite books of the year at, and their top picks are the Teen Choice Book Award finalists. Voting for the awards will be open online at from March 1 - May 6, 2018. Teachers, librarians, and booksellers can also collect group or classroom votes to enter online. The winning authors and illustrators will be announced on May 3…

School Library Journal selects Top 42 Diverse YA Books

School Library Journal has selected 42 top diverse YA books in addition to the 100 must-read books originally selected.

The whole list can be found

Some of these titles include:

Does My Head Look Big In This?  by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Dreaming In Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices edited by Lisa Charleyboy & Mary beth Leatherdale

The Great American Whatever  by Tim Federle

A Step from Heaven by An Na

March Trilogy  by John Lewis & Andrew Aydin

Out of the Darkness  by Ashley Hope Perez

If I Was Your Girl  by Meredith Russo

Enjoy these wonderful titles!

Great Websites for Teen Writers by Iva-Marie Palmer

It’s exciting when your bookworm teen announces his or her plans to be a writer. But teenagers can be a finicky lot: if the adults in their lives are too excited or too supportive of a new goal, suddenly that aspiration is gone. (And having a teen with the writer’s temperament means you’re likely dealing with a moody teenager squared.) Rather than bombard them with fancy pens and motivational reading, direct them to a comfort zone: the Internet. These sites are great resources and landing spots for future storytellers. Suggest them to your teen writer (or maybe just leave this list lying around somewhere where it’ll be seen).
Figment — Specially tailored for the teen reader/writer, Figment is a community dedicated to reading and writing stories online. Addictively fun, users can rate stories by whether they made them laugh, blush, cry, or just say “wow.” The site frequently runs contests and features work from well-known authors and editors who sometimes drop in for Figment chats with…