Early Childhood Literacy

  • For two decades, Books for Babies, an initiative of ALA’s United for Libraries, has provided parents of newborns with resources to engage in early literacy activities with their infants. The kits, available in English and Spanish, include a board book, an application for the child’s first library card, and informational brochures.
  • The importance of early literacy to success in life is well documented; statements and studies to that effect can be found in ’ Power Guide for Successful Advocacy. (See page 27 in Appendix A.) More information on this subject is available at the division’s Early Literacy page.
  • The Babies Need Words Every Day: Talk, Read, Sing, Play public awareness campaign, launched by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), promotes the importance of parent and caregiver communication with babies. Free, customizable resources include posters with simple ideas for boosting children’s language and a book list brochure to support concept and language acquisition.
  • 2017 ALSC Book & Media Award Winners
  • ALSC Children’s Notable Lists: Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children’s books, recordings, and videos.
  • The Rainbow Book List was created by the Rainbow Book List Committee of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association. Originally a joint project between the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Roundtable and the Social Responsibilities Round Table, the Rainbow Book List presents an annual bibliography of quality books with significant and authentic GLBTQ content, which are recommended for people from birth through eighteen years of age.
  • The Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature Best Books of 2016  the leading educational research centers in the field of multicultural literature.  Their mission is to preserve the richness of the many cultures in the field of children’s and young adult literature.
  • Amelia Bloomer Book Lists is a compilation from The Amelia Bloomer Project, a committee of the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table. The list is an annual annotated book list (or bibliography) of well-written and well-illustrated books with significant feminist content, intended for young readers (ages birth through 18).
  • Booklist Editors’ Choice is committed to providing a broad selection of outstanding children’s books that mixes popular appeal with literary excellence. The editorial staff has chosen these books as best-of-the-year nonfiction and fiction books and picture books.
  • The American Indian Youth Literature Award is awarded every two years to “to identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians.”
  • REFORMA and ALSC’s 2018 Pura Belpré Award Committee have compiled a list of stories of immigration from Pura Belpré Medal and Honor Books.