2020 School & Library Webinars & Digital Events

We may be sheltering at home, but we’re still ready and eager to spread the word on what we’re excited about this summer and fall, from our computers to yours. See below for a webinar or event for whichever type of book you’re looking for, and be sure to watch this space as more info and events are added!

April 8: School Library Journal‘s Magical Middle Grade Virtual Event, 9AM-5PM EST (FREE). A day-long program of author panels, in-depth conversations, and keynote talks will keep you informed, inspired, and entertained. Attendees will hear about the latest and most exciting forthcoming titles for children, tweens, and teens, ranging from picture books and nonfiction to graphic novels and YA, and engage in Q&A sessions with authors and illustrators. Visit the virtual exhibits hall to network with leading publishers, enjoy additional author chats, and download digital galleys and other free resources. Featuring Snapdragon author, Kat Leyh!

April 14: Booklist‘s Must-Have Middle Grade Webinar, 1PM CST/ 2PM EST (FREE). 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 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.

May 26: Booklist’s Rant ‘n’ Rave Webinar: Virtual Book Galley & Author Buzz Expo (FREE). Come listen as we present some of our favorite upcoming spring and fall titles. More info and details to come!

June 23: Macmillan Fall Preview with Macmillan Adult and Tor! (FREE). Join us for this 90-minute presentation and see what must-have titles are heading your way from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group; Macmillan Adult (including Wednesday and Flatiron Books); and Tor Teen/Starscape. More info and details to come!

July 21: Booklist’s Fall Young Adult Preview Webinar (FREE). Join us for this hour-long presentation to see what young adult titles are headed your way this fall. More info and details to come!

August 4: Booklist‘s Graphic Novel Webinar (FREE). Join us for this hour-long presentation to see what graphic novels are headed your way this fall. More info and details to come!

October MG/YA Galley Chat Books

Love chatting about new YA books? Join EarlyWord’s monthly YA galley chat to hear what your fellow librarians are excited to read + add more books to your TBR list. Follow along at #ewgcya and don’t miss next month’s galley chat–November 21st @ 2:30 PM.

See more books Librarians are buzzing about →

Teacher’s Guide : Bringing Down A President

Bringing Down A President: The Watergate Scandal by Andrea Balis and Elizabeth Levy

A middle-grade retelling of Richard Nixon’s downfall, Bringing Down A President: The Watergate Scandal is an inventive and timely look at one of the biggest scandals to ever rock our nation by Andrea Balis and Elizabeth Levy, featuring graphic novel style illustrations by Tim Foley.

Comprised almost completely of primary source quotes (good thing Nixon’s recorder was on) and interspersed with contextual narrative, this captivating account of the trials and tribulations of the Nixon Administration has been rendered screenplay style offering an extraordinarily immediate narrative of one of America’s most turbulent eras.

DOWNLOAD THE TEACHER’S GUIDE HERE →

May Middle Grade & Young Adult Galley Chat

Love chatting about new middle grade and YA books? Join EarlyWord’s monthly galley chat to hear what your fellow librarians are excited to read + add more books to your TBR list. Follow along at #ewgcya and don’t miss next month’s galley chat–June’s galley chat date is June 27th from 2:30-3:30 EST.

Here are just a few of the titles that Twitter is buzzing about this month:

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Teacher’s Guide: The Lost Boy’s Gift

The Lost Boy’s Gift by Kimberly Willis Holt

Kimberly Willis Holt explores themes of divorce, acceptance, intergenerational friendship, and the power that comes with noticing in The Lost Boy’s Gift, an insightful middle-grade novel.

There are places where you want to go and places where you want to leave. There are also places where you want to stay.

Nine-year-old Daniel must move across the county with his mom after his parents’ divorce. He’s leaving behind his whole life—everything—and he’s taking a suitcase of anger with him. But Daniel is in for a surprise when he settles into While-a-Way Lane and meets his new neighbors—the Lemonade Girl, the hopscotching mailman, the tiny creatures, and especially Tilda Butter. Tilda knows how to look and listen closely, and it’s that gift that helps Daniel find his way in that curious placed called While-a-Way Lane.

Download the teacher’s guide here →

April YA Galley Chat Books

Love chatting about new YA books? Join EarlyWord’s monthly YA galley chat to hear what your fellow librarians are excited to read + add more books to your TBR list. Follow along at #ewgcya and don’t miss next month’s galley chat–May’s galley chat date is TBA.

Here are just a few of the titles that Twitter is buzzing about this month:

See more books librarians are buzzing about →

March YA Galley Chat Books

Love chatting about new YA books? Join EarlyWord’s monthly YA galley chat to hear what your fellow librarians are excited to read + add more books to your TBR list. Follow along at #ewgcya and don’t miss next month’s galley chat on Thursday, April 17th from 2:30-3:30 EST.

Here are just a few of the titles that Twitter is buzzing about this month:

See more books librarians are buzzing about →