Newsletters for Children’s Librarians

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.

ALSC Matters
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!

Center on the Developing Child
From Harvard University comes this most excellent monthly newsletter about the science of childhood. They are one of my top resources for learning about early brain development. Highly recommended for staying up-to-date with the latest research and discoveries.

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.

Reading Rockets
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.

Zero to Three

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

How do you stay up-to-date? Any newsletters I should check out? Please share in the comments.

8 thoughts on “Newsletters for Children’s Librarians

    1. For some reason the link you provided says it has blocked access for me. Perhaps just my computer. I’d love to know more about what the Bookworm provides!

      1. Hmm that’s curious! Maybe it’s only available in the states? But here’s a snippet from their website:

        “Each Bookworm contains:

        Early literacy skills information
        Book recommendations
        Activities for parents to try at home
        Poems, songs, fingerplays, rhymes
        Technology links
        Library resources

        The Bookworm is published monthly for each of three age levels: Infants/Toddlers (ages 0-2); Preschool (ages 3-5); and Kindergarten (ages 5-6).”

        Each one of the monthly publications is a one page (double-sided) handout that really makes early literacy tips accessible!

        1. That sounds awesome! It is likely blocked by country. Thanks for sharing so other folks from the U.S. can discover it too.

    1. Thank you, Nikki! I feel like B.C. and Australia share many similarities in approach to ECE and I am thrilled to have new sources of research.

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