Are you looking for ways to keep your children’s collection inclusive and relevant? Designed for librarians and library workers in service to children, this course will provide a survey of new books for readers from birth through 12 years of age. 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 board books, picture books, graphic novels, poetry, chapter books, and informational texts. While we will focus on books published from 2020 through today, some award-winning texts from prior to 2020 will also be included.
- Creating and maintaining inclusive collections
- Current trends in children’s literature
- Titles, series, and formats popular with young readers
- Titles connected to current world issues
- Resources for locating materials and staying relevant
Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez (she/her) is a Youth Services Librarian for Washington County Library (MN). She is an active member of ALSC who has served on the Sibert Award Committee, assisted in planning the ALSC National Institute, and is always on the lookout for a good professional development opportunity. Katelyn is passionate about storytime, inclusive programming, and library services grounded in social justice. She’s also one half of The Childish Librarians!