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Children's Books for Early Childhood Educators and Parents of Young Children

A guide to recent juvenile fiction and non-fiction additions to the STLCC catalog. Also includes links to children's literature newsletters, databases, eBook resources and reference tools.

Voices of Change: A New Series on the Brown Bookshelf

Illustration of African-American girl walking

illustration by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

“As we struggle to bridge the chasm and search for common ground, we must remember our strength, show our resilience and think of the children.”

Electronic newsletters and Blogs

     Click on the titles below to subscribe to these free e-newsletters.       Image of newsletters



Brightly is a resource to help moms, dads, and educators grow lifelong readers. Launched in partnership with Penguin Random House, the Webby-nominated website features book recommendations from all publishers for every age and stage, reading tips and insights, seasonal inspirations, author essays, contests, gift guides, and more.               

The Brown Bookshelf: United in Story is a website and monthly blog devoted to young people's literature written by African American authors and illustrators.

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Newsletter A free periodic email newsletter covering Children's Literature: new books, topics in depth, old favorites revisited, and the latest additions to this web site. 

CBC Diversity  News and advocacy for increased diversity in children's publishing; includes booklists, reviews, new releases and events.

The Children’s Book Council (CBC) : the national nonprofit trade association of children’s book publishers, dedicated to supporting and informing the industry and fostering literacy.

Children's Bookshelf : semi-weekly (Tues. & Thurs) Breaking news, stories on new books, rights, author interviews, book reviews, and more for children's and young adult publishing.

Extra Helping: (twice a week) is School Library Journal’s award-winning newsletter, keeping children’s librarians up-to-date on breaking news, top tech trends, remarkable new titles, and what kids are reading for fun.

Notes from the Horn Book: perfect for teachers, librarians, parents and anyone else who is looking for good new books for children and teenagers. Each monthly issue features interviews with leading writers and illustrators, brief recommendations of noteworthy titles, and the latest news from the children’s book world.

Random House Children's Books: Read & Play:  Age-by-age children's book recommendations, fun printable activities, sweepstakes, and the latest news in children's books. Perfect for parents to share with their kids. Sent monthly.

Reading Rockets Monthly tips for parents: Growing Readers newsletter:    a national multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.  


Start with a Book: Read. Talk. Explore. Poster


Twenty by Jenny Jenny recommends 20 classics, in each of four age groups, to get you started. Each month, her complimentary email newsletter recommends a brand new book in each age group so you can continue to expand your selections.

Watch.Connect.Read. Exploring children's literature through book trailers: a wonderful blog by John Schu, an elementary school librarian and member of the 2014 Newbery Committee.

We Need Diverse Books  is a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.

Related Research Guides

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