Listen: Booklist 2020 “New Voices, New Worlds” Webinar!

Books are entries into new worlds, inviting readers to hear different voices and explore exciting places! Listen here to Associate Marketing Manager Melissa Croce, along with representatives from Lorimer Children & Teen, and Archipelago Books present their 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!

Congratulations to our 2020 ALA Award Winners!

Congratulations to all of this year’s award winners! Keep reading to find out more about our ALA Award winners, honors, and recommended reading selections from ALSC and YALSA.

View all our winners, honors, and recommended books here ➔

Listen: A Conversation with the 2020 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalists

Join School Library Journal for a lively conversation featuring the 2020 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award finalists, including Deborah Heiligman, author of Torpedoed. Learn a bit about the inspiration behind these fantastic titles; hear from the authors about their research and storytelling processes; and take away some insights into how publishers select engaging and relevant nonfiction titles for teens.

Teacher’s Guide: Light It Up

Light It Up by Kekla Magoon

Told in a series of vignettes from multiple viewpoints, Kekla Magoon’s Light It Up is a powerful, layered story about injustice and strength—as well as an incredible follow-up to the highly acclaimed novel How It Went Down.

A girl walks home from school. She’s tall for her age. She’s wearing her winter coat. Her headphones are in. She’s hurrying.

She never makes it home.

In the aftermath, while law enforcement tries to justify the response, one fact remains: a police officer has shot and killed an unarmed thirteen-year-old girl. The community is thrown into upheaval, leading to unrest, a growing movement to protest the senseless taking of black lives, and the arrival of white supremacist counter demonstrators.

DOWNLOAD THE TEACHER’S GUIDE HERE →

2020 School & Library Events

We’re coming to a city near you! Check our events page for updates on author signings, conferences programs and panels, ARC giveaways, and more.

January 24-28
American Library Association Midwinter Meeting
Philadelphia, PA
Booth 1241

February 29
Librarypalooza
San Antonio, Texas

February 25-27
Public Library Association Conference
Nashville, Tennessee

March 6-7
North Texas Teen Book Festival
Irving, Texas

March 24-26
Texas Library Association Conference
Houston, Texas
Booth 1431

See all of our 2020 events here →

LISTEN: BOOKLIST PRESENTS THE 2020 MORRIS AWARD FINALISTS

Listen here 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. For more information about the Morris Award, visit http://www.ala.org/yalsa/morris-award.