Announcing the ALA Youth Award Winners

Something tells me everyone’s reading list just got a little longer today. With so many amazing children’s and teen titles honored at today’s American Library Association’s 2018 Youth Media Awards, we know ours did.

This morning, in Denver, ALA announced the top books for children and young adults, including the prestigious Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards. ICYMI, here are the winners:

 

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Randolph Caldecott Medal

Wolf in the Snow | written and illustrated by Matthew Cordell and published by Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan

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John Newbery Medal

Hello, Universe | written by Erin Entrada Kelly and published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollions

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Introducing Out of the Shadows

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Imagine living in a darkness so deep, you can’t eat well, you can’t sleep well, you can’t concentrate on anything for very long―in short, your life is not as it once was. Depression often feels like moving through a fog so thick it envelopes every aspect of your entire life.

Depression had its claws in Mark Litzsinger for years, but by taking the hands offered to him from family, friends, and medical professionals, he was able to climb out of the shadows and back into his life.

Litzsinger, the former chairman of Follett, wrote this book with the hopes to help people make that same journey out of depression’s tight grip. Learn more about Litzsinger’s book, and his own personal struggle with depression, with this interview:

This updated book provides a hand to hold as you deal with depression. It is designed to help you―and your family, friends, and doctors―understand the disease and develop a plan for getting the best care to overcome depression.

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Out of the Shadows: Revealing the Path to Recovery
Mark Litzsinger with Sarah Hamaker
Paperback | 9780998020402 | $16.95
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Did You Know? We Have Webinars!

At Baker & Taylor, we’re a lot more than just a book seller. We work with librarians like you across the globe to develop their book, music and video collections, fostering a community life-long learners along the way.

We love to engage with our library partners beyond just selling books. One of the ways we do that is through this blog, another is through our webinars—ranging in topics from diversity to makerspaces to exclusive conversations with musicians, authors, filmmakers and more.

While we’re always coming up with new ideas for webinars to share with you, you can always check out our archives here. ICYMI here are some highlights:

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Mavis Staples – Listen to music legend Mavis Staples as she discusses her life as a musician and civil rights activist, as well as her new album If All I Was Was Black.

Diversity and Your Library: Meeting the Needs of Our Modern Communities – This webinar offers insight into the Kirkus Diversity lists and how diverse books benefit all libraries.

Engaging Reluctant Readers in Your Library – Reaching all young readers can be challenging. Listen to this webinar to explore ways to help increase interest in all YA and middle readers in your public library through large print.

Explore all of our webinars here!

New Year, New Book: Upcoming Releases We Can’t Wait to Read

From the looks of it, 2018 is going to be a great year for readers. To help stock your library’s shelves for the coming year, we’ve compiled a list of highly-anticipated books and when they’ll be released.

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Carnegie’s Maid | Marie Benedict (Jan. 16)

With captivating insight and heart, Carnegie’s Maid tells the story of one brilliant woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie’s transformation from ruthless industrialist into the world’s first true philanthropist.

Brave | Rose McGowan (Jan. 30)

BRAVE is McGowan’s raw, honest, and poignant memoir/manifesto—a no-holds-barred, pull-no-punches account of the rise of a millennial icon, fearless activist, and unstoppable force for change who is determined to expose the truth about the entertainment industry, dismantle the concept of fame, shine a light on a multibillion-dollar business built on systemic misogyny, and empower people everywhere to wake up and be BRAVE.

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Resources Built For Librarians: Microsites

Helping libraries thrive is one of our core goals at Baker & Taylor. One way we do that is by providing librarians with countless resources so they can make the best use of their time and resources. We curate lists, create free marketing materials, publish digital catalogs, distribute newsletters and much more. Today, we’re talking about our microsites—essentially a miniature website, built by us, that is focused on a particular genre or theme.

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These sites make it easier for librarians to narrow down their searches. Looking to build out your essential backlist titles? We have a site for that. Or maybe you’re hoping to discover new authors. We’ve got you covered there too. We’re constantly updating over 20 microsites, providing librarians like you with fresh material that will simplify collection development.

As a bonus, you’re able to add titles directly to your cart and then, once you’re ready, purchase from Title Source, our trusted ordering platform.

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ESP Delivers Results for Chattanooga Public Library

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Chattanooga Public Library, Tennessee is a four-branch system serving a population of 170,000. Library Director, Corinne Hill, made the decision to implement collectionHQ in 2012 to support informed, evidence based collection development and introduced ESP in 2016 to take that insight one step further.

Before the introduction of collectionHQ, staff at Chattanooga Public Library relied on anecdotal evidence and bestseller lists to plan selection. Implementing collectionHQ offered a comprehensive tool to budget and select new titles, opening the team’s eyes to the possibilities of big data. But just one part was missing: how did they apply that data to select prepublished titles?

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