Does your collection include this year’s critically acclaimed books? See what Booklist, School Library Journal, Kirkus, Horn Book, Publishers Weekly, and more, say about the top reviewed books of 2021 for kids and teens!Discover this year’s top reviewed books →
On June 19, 1865 in Galveston, TX, enslaved African Americans were finally informed of their freedom, despite the passing of the Emancipation Proclamation two years prior. Juneteenth is also referred to as “Freedom Day”, “Emancipation Day”, and “Juneteenth Independence Day.” The first celebrations of Juneteenth were about honoring former enslaved people. Today celebrations of Juneteenth consist of gathering with family, BBQs, parades, festivals, beauty contests, and other celebratory events to remember the lives of their enslaved ancestors.
For those who would like to learn more, we recommend reading “Juneteenth: The Growth of an African-American Holiday” and “So You Want to Learn About Juneteenth?”
Find a collection of LGBTQ books for readers of all ages here!Discover a rainbow of reads here →
We’re celebrating our Asian American and Pacific Islander authors, illustrators, and creators this month (and every month)! Keep reading to discover new books and revisit your favorites!Discover books & resources for AAPI Month →
These books for kids and teens sensitively deal with tough topics and big emotions. Perfect for SEL units, these stories normalize mental health issues, promote the importance of self-care, and provide more resources for young readers who are struggling to process big emotions like anger, sadness, anxiety, and loss. Share these stories with young readers to let them know they are not alone.Find books for Mental Health Awareness Month here →
Celebrate Earth Day (April 22) with these books! Keep reading to discover an entire collection of books that will inspire your young readers to become environmentally conscious.
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Browse our collection of books created by Black authors and illustrators including picture books, middle grade, and young adult books. Plus, preview new books coming soon and request digital ARCs on NetGalley!Browse our collection of books here →
Discover your next favorite book with the MacKids School & Library Winter 2021 Preview! Hear from our team as they present some of our wonderful upcoming titles, including picture books, middle grade, and young adult titles!
Plus, New York Times bestselling author Katherine Applegate joins us to reveal the cover of her new middle grade novel WILLODEEN (available in September 2021!)
2:35 – Picture Books
16:20 – Middle Grade Books
33:36 – Katherine Applegate reveals the cover of WILLODEEN!
42:50 – Young Adult Books
Keep reading to learn about our NCSS author programs, download our catalog of Social Studies Books for Kids & Teens, request digital ARCs of upcoming books, and more!Visit our NCSS Virtual Booth →
Looking for books that will send a chill down your spine? Or a sweet Halloween treat for young readers? Whatever floats your ghost, this book list will get readers in the Halloween spirit!Discover more spooky stories →