How I Will PROTECT YOU Fills a Gap in Holocaust Education, a guest post by Danica Davidson

There are a number of Holocaust books out there aimed for kids, but there’s nothing like I Will Protect Youa new middle grade (8+) nonfiction book published by Little, Brown that twin Auschwitz survivor Eva Kor and I wrote. I Will Protect You was written to fill a gap in Holocaust education. Eva was an … Read more

Gothic tropes, post-apocalyptic friendship, small town Minnesota, and more!

Post-it Note Reviews are a great way to display books in your library or classroom, a way to let kids recommend their favorite titles without having to get up in front of everyone and do a book talk, and an easy way to offer a more personal recommendation than just the flap copy offers. I … Read more

Five Things I learned from being a COVID-forged Youth Librarian

Just like every Thursday, 10:00am finds me getting ready for storytime. I’m probably practicing a new fingerplay or song I’ve just learned—maybe a new variation of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”, perhaps accompanied by some American Sign Language. I’m definitely re-reading the book I’ve decided for the day, trying to memorize where I want to pause … Read more

In Search of Autistic Representation in Children’s Literature

Try this when you’ve got a spare ten minutes: open up your library’s catalog and search for “autism.” Imagine that you are autistic (if you aren’t), and you’re looking for books about people like you. What kind of books do you see? How easy is it for you to find positive autistic representation in your … Read more

Let’s Talk: Philly DA – Blog

Philadelphians, we need to talk! Join your neighbors at eight Free Library of Philadelphia libraries between May 23 and June 30th, to watch and discuss individual episodes of the award winning PBS documentary series Philly DA. We seek to learn from you, and from each other the answers to several pressing questions. Do you and … Read more

Why Learning History Was So Much Easier in China, a guest post by Xiran Jay Zhao

Ever since I started sharing stories from Chinese history online, many people have asked me “How do you know so much of this, Xiran? Are you a historian?” I am not—my degree was in biochemistry. And the truth is that I don’t consider myself an expert of Chinese history, just a mildly knowledgeable enthusiast. My … Read more