Children's Programs and Services
Recipient of The Freedom to Read Foundation's 2023 Roll of Honor Award, Pat R. Scales is a longtime First Amendment advocate. She is a former chair of ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee and serves on the Board of Advisors of the National Coalition against Censorship.
Whether they’re creating a safe space for us to nerd out away from bullies, providing resources to finish term papers and guide us through the most challenging issues of our adolescence, or ensuring that our children have access to books critical to their own social and emotional development, school librarians have proven heroes to many of us.
For well over a decade now, Michael Cart and his book Young Adult Literature: From Romance to Realism have served as invaluable guides to both the history and unfolding landscape of YA lit. Longtime columnist and reviewer for Booklist, as well as a prolific author and editor, Cart decided that the new fourth edition called for a sweeping update.
In his Foreword to Belinha S. De Abreu's new book, Yohuru Williams writes, "Young people are literally bombarded with images and information, raw and unfiltered. The contours of when and how they receive information have changed dramatically from just a few years ago, resulting, on the positive side, in a democratization of information, and on the negative side, in the monumental task of discriminating fact from fiction while discerning credible sources ...