Celebrate Mental Wellness Month

With the combined weight of the COVID-19 pandemic, societal changes, and everyday anxieties, it has become increasingly difficult to feel emotionally and psychologically content. Mental health is something that affects us all, regardless of age, gender, race, or experience. Books are a wonderful way to increase awareness and take the time to discuss mental wellness with people in many different stages of life.

This month, encourage self-reflection and empowerment with these nonfiction and fiction YA and children’s titles.

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The Ultimate Book Gift Guide for Every Reader on Your List

Books make the best gifts, combining ease of wrapping and mailing with the joy of bringing laughter and knowledge to others during the holiday season. Whether you’re seeking the perfect read for a teacher, a new parent, a beginning reader, or a teen who devours graphic novels, our curated list has something for everyone.

Read on to see our picks this holiday season!

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Small Shoes, Great Strides: An Interview with Author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Many students know the story of Ruby Bridges, but how about the McDonogh Three? Small Shoes, Great Strides: How Three Brave Girls Opened Doors to School Equality tells the powerful true story of how Leona Tate, Gail Etienne, and Tessie Prevost courageously integrated a New Orleans school on November 14, 1960. 

Today award-winning author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson joins us to discuss how she discovered this amazing story, her hopes for young readers, and more. Read on to listen to a Shelf Care interview with the author as well as download our free educator guide!

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Social Studies Spotlight: Lerner’s All-Age Fall Collection

As the season shifts, Lerner Books proudly presents our newest Fall collection of social studies books. Crafted for readers of all ages, these selections offer a gateway into diverse cultures, histories, and societal narratives. Whether you’re an educator, student, or simply someone with a passion for understanding the world around us, these fall series and books are sure to captivate and inform.

Read on to discover some of our spotlight additions this fall, and a chance to sign up for Nonfiction November.

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Lifting Diverse Voices: A Q&A with Authors Inspiring Discussion and Action with YA Nonfiction

Lifting Diverse Voices

On October 5th, we hosted the Lifting Diverse Voices webinar moderated by #ReadWoke founder and 2020 School Library Journal Librarian of the Year Cicely Lewis and featuring experts Talia Aikens-Nuñez, Lars Ortiz, and Dr. Artika Tyner. These three authors have all recently released Young Adult Nonfiction books that focus on prejudice, racism, and the ways that we can address the discrimination that has occurred in the past and continues to plague our society today.

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