How do you stay connected to the wider field of child development and book publishing? I used to fill those buckets with social media and blogs, but these days I find myself turning to newsletters. For one, I can set them aside until I have the brain space to give them my full attention. Two, I can sort them into folders and refer back as needed.
Here are my newsletter recommendations for those of us serving youth in libraries.
The Association for Library Service to Children offers a “quarterly newsletter for ALSC members. It highlights division activities and information of interest to librarians working with children.” Non-members can still get free access!
Mother Goose on the Loose
Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen’s monthly newsletter is chock full of goodies. You get early literacy research, program ideas, training opportunities, book reviews, and stories from the library field. I always come away with at least one gold nugget of information. You can even read the full archive.
Offers “news and information about reading, writing, learning disabilities, children’s books and authors, and national education issues.” I love the News & Events section at the end as it’s a round-up of the types of articles I used to see shared on social media.
The Hanen Center Newsletter
They basically write early literacy messages for you. I come back to these often and love sharing the linked articles with colleagues.
TMW Center for Early Learning & Public Health
My favourite newsletter for cutting edge research on early language and learning based on science. You might recognize the founder Dana Suskind from her books Thirty Million Words and Parent Nation. I’ve been loving the articles on AI recently.
Early Learning Nation
This monthly newsletter is a quick research round-up focusing on “early learning policy and best practices in the field…and the science of the developing brain.” Easy to quickly browse for the articles of most interest to me.
School Library Journal – Free Newsletters
SLJ offers a variety of newsletters. I like Extra Helping, Be Teen, and Notes from the Horn Book. They are easy to skim for book news.
Publishers Weekly – Free Newsletters
Like SLJ, PW has many options. I subscribe to Children’s Bookshelf and PW Preview for Librarians and that’s a manageable amount for of book news for me each week.
Subscribe With Care
I love these national organizations, but they send A LOT of emails. You can choose which topics you are interested in but even still I end up deleting a lot. The information is high level, often American policy-related. A good way to stay in-the-know about legislation and national trends.
How do you stay up-to-date? Any newsletters I should check out? Please share in the comments.