What’s New in Children’s Books?

Are you looking for ways to keep your children’s collection inclusive, relevant, and up-to-date? Designed for librarians and library workers in service to children, this course will provide a survey of new books for readers from birth to 12 years old. Participants will learn about current evaluation and selection techniques and resources for finding a wide variety of books for young readers. Books examined include outstanding new (2019-present) board books, picture books, graphic novels, poetry, along with fiction and nonfiction in various formats. The Fall 2022 reading list is available here.

At a glance

When: Oct 17 – Nov 13, 2022

Where: Online

Cost: $150 (Register 2 weeks early for 10% off)

CE Credit: 1.4 CEUs/14 LEUs

Program#: 304523

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe

Register online

Please use the online registration option. If you need alternate arrangements, email Meredith Lowe, mclowe@wisc.edu. Alternate registration options may result in delays.

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Course details


  • Creating and maintaining inclusive collections
  • Current trends in children’s lit
  • Titles and formats popular with young readers
  • Titles connected to current issues in the world
  • Resources for locating materials and staying current


There are multiple books to read for this course, and we encourage you to seek titles early. Find the reading list here.


Crystal Brunelle is a teacher librarian at Patwin Elementary in Davis, CA. She has twelve years of elementary classroom experience in addition to sixteen years as a teacher librarian. She has served on the Charlotte Zolotow Award Committee, the CCBC Advisory Board, and the Wisconsin State Reading Association’s Children’s Literature Committee. Crystal is a co-founder and writer at the YA blog Rich in Color.