#ReadWoke Pin Giveaway

Read Woke Pin

We’re pleased to support Cicely Lewis’s #ReadWoke movement, encouraging students to read books that challenge social norms and build understanding of disenfranchised groups. Read More

Addressing Race and Racism with Readers

This week and throughout the coming month, the United States marks several notable anniversaries: The 2nd anniversary of George Floyd’s death on May 25, the 101st anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre on May 30, and Juneteenth on June 19 commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in Texas.

These events are emblematic of a long and continuing reckoning with racism in the US. While educators, librarians, and parents recognize the importance of discussing these distant and not-so-distant histories with readers of all ages, approaching these topics requires care, nuance, and consideration for students’ own experiences.

Below is a selection of books—both fiction and nonfiction—that offer historical context and provide foundations for discussions about race. We’ve also included links to downloadable teaching guides where available to help further facilitate discussions with readers.

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Listen Up! New Read-Aloud eBooks

Lerner Digital’s latest additions to our Audisee® eBook with Audio list cover a wide range of curricular and high-interest topics. From award winners and hard topics to continuing series and nonfiction, these new read-aloud ebooks are sure to satisfy your students’ reading needs. Let’s take a look!

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Gift Guide: Books for Every Reader on Your List

Books make the best gifts, but finding the perfect book for the reader on your list isn’t always easy! We’ve compiled our picks for readers of all kinds, including books to satisfy the teen who devours graphic novels, picture books for elementary-aged animal lovers, novels for action and adventure fans, and more! Check out our recommendations below highlighting new releases and old favorites you might have missed.

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Roundup: Our Favorite YA Titles for Teen Read Week

YA Read Week

By Kate Schefer, Digital Products Coordinator

Every year, YALSA promotes teen literacy and engagement with a week celebrating books for teens. This year, as you may know, the theme is “It’s Written in the Stars: READ,” which puts the focus on sci-fi, fantasy, and other extraordinary books. As a formerly voracious teen reader, I especially love this theme, because there’s so much great genre fiction for teens that isn’t just about budding romances or coming-of-age tales (though the best books will include a little bit of everything). In recent years, fantasy and sci-fi content has seen a revival, especially among younger audiences, which is great! But this also means there are a ton of new books on the market that weren’t there before, and readers who are new to these genres may feel overwhelmed. Below, I’ve rounded up some of my evergreen favorites from sci-fi, fantasy, and dystopian genres. Read More