University of Wisconsin–Madison

What’s New in Children’s Books? [ALMOST FULL]

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 (2017-present) board books, picture books, graphic novels, poetry, along with fiction and nonfiction in various formats. Please click here for the Fall 2020 reading list.

At a glance

When: Oct 19 – Nov 15, 2020

Where: Online

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

CE Credit: 1.4 CEUs/14 LEUs

Program: #306221

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer

Register online

This course is almost full. If the course fills, you will see an option to add your name to the waitlist after clicking the “register online” button. If a spot becomes available, you can choose to accept it. You do not have to accept an offered spot, and there is no cost to be on the waitlist.

Due to remote work continuing into the Fall, please use the online registration option. If you need alternate arrangements, email Anna Palmer, or Meredith Lowe, Alternate registration options may result in delays.

Payment and Cancellation Policy

Login information will be emailed to you a few days before the course begins

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 several books to read for this course. Please click here for the Fall 2020 reading list.


Crystal Brunelle is a library media specialist at Northern Hills Elementary School in Onalaska, WI. She has twelve years of elementary classroom experience in addition to thirteen years as a teacher librarian. She has served on the Charlotte Zolotow Award Committee and the CCBC Advisory Board. She is currently serving on the Wisconsin State Reading Association’s Children’s Literature Committee and is a co-founder and writer at the YA blog Rich in Color.