Check out the June Franklin Naylor Award for the Best Book for Children on Texas history. It is given to the author/illustrator of the most distinguished book for children and young adults (grades K-12) that accurately portrays the history of Texas, whether fiction or nonfiction. The annual award is sponsored by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library. Past winners include The Crimson Cap by Ellen Howard and Buffalo Music, written by Tracey E. Fern and illustrated by Lauren Castillo.
The Marble Falls Public Library recently asked me to talk to them about collection development for children – especially what I learned at the April 24, 2010 state library workshop on the same topic. To get ready, I asked our members how they managed their own children’s collection.
You guys never fail to impress me. We got almost 50 responses, with over half coming from small libraries. What are your colleagues’ best ideas for keeping up with what to buy for kids? The answers can be found in the CTLS Best Children’s Selection Resources 2010.