Additional Resources


Help Center for Libraries: Instructions and tutorials on how to make the most of Beanstack.


Abby the Librarian: Program ideas, book reviews, tales of the children's department, and more!

ALSC Blog: The official blog of the Association for Library Service to Children.

Storytime Underground: Home of Guerrilla Storytime and Ask a Storytime Ninja.

Teen Librarian Toolbox: Professional development website for teen librarians providing quality information, discussions, book reviews and more.

Teen Services Underground: Highlighting the importance of teen library services.

YALSA Blog: The official blog of the Young Adult Library Services Association.


ALA Notable Books: The best in children's literature from preschool to freshman year, brought to you by your friends at the ALSC.

Cooperative Children's Book Center: A treasure trove of booklists and bibliographies, including those aligned with the Common Core.

Collection Development

CREW: A Weeding Manual for Modern Libraries:  Guidelines for weeding from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, updated for 2012. Pages 33-37 pertain specifically to children's and young adult collections.

Kirkus Children and Teen Reviews: Browsable by age range and category.

School Library Journal: Articles and book reviews for librarians who work with students in school and public libraries.

Common Core

Common Core State Standards: Defining the knowledge and skills students should have before they graduate high school.

Common Core Roundup: Collection of resources from the ALSC to help you become more familiar with the CCSS and what they mean for your library.

Cooperative Children's Book Center: A list of CCBC bibliographies that have been developed with the Common Core Standards in mind, or that address elements included in the Standards.

EngageNY: Tools and resources from the NYS Department of Education for educators and parents.


Great Websites for Kids: A compilation of exemplary websites geared to children from birth to age 14, selected by the ALSC.

Juvenile Series and Sequels: Contains over 36,000 books in 4,900 series titles, classified into three age groups: early readers, juvenile, and young adult.

KDL What's Next: Database of series books for both children's and adult titles.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context: This database provides a range of perspectives on many important issues, with over 13,000 pro/con viewpoints.

Diverse Audiences

American Indians in Children's Literature: Critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children's and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society.

Described and Captioned Media Program: Videos On-Demand for children with visual or hearing disabilities.

Talking About Race in Children's Literature: Articles, links, and discussion points from The Horn Book.

We Need Diverse Books: Grassroots organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature.

Early Literacy

Ready to Read at New York Libraries: New York State's public library early literacy plan, with loads of additional resources.

Storytime Share blog: Offers ways to insert early literacy information for parents and caregivers into your storytimes.


Puppets: NCLS has gorgeous wildlife puppets for loan. Check one out today!

Early Literacy Kits: Incorporate the five activities that support early literacy into your storytimes with our traveling kits. All kits include five picture books and a variety of games and toys that support each each activity.


Dollar General Literacy Grants: Literacy grants available for children, adults, families, and summer reading.

Early Childhood Reading Grant: Up to $2,000 for programs that foster a love of reading in young children. Application period is March 1 - April 30.

The Libri Foundation: A nationwide non-profit organization which donates new, quality, hardcover children's books to small, rural public libraries in the United States.

Stewart's Holiday Match: Stewart’s matches holiday donations from customers to support local children’s groups and programs.


Library Services for Youth in Custody: Serving the needs of and advocating for those who provide library services for youth in custody - incarcerated/detained/committed youth in both juvenile & adult settings, secure mental health or rehab settings, and might also include at-risk youth in other forms of group-home or government custody.

Professional Organizations

AASL: American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association.

ALSC: Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.

SSLNew York Library Association's Section of School Librarians

YALSA: Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association.

YSS: Youth Services Section of the New York Library Association.


Flannel Friday: Pinterest board for flannel board activities.

Mels' Desk: A compendium of blogs, wikis, and other storytime websites.

NYS Performers & Programs: Database of entertaining and educational programs suitable for public libraries.

Passive Programming Webinar: The Nebraska Library Commission presents this archived webinar of how to engage your teens and tweens with 'programs that run themselves.'


Fencing Out Knowledge: Impacts of the Children's Internet Protection Act 10 Years Later: Policy brief from the American Library Association, June 2014. "This study identified an overreach in the implementation of CIPA — far beyond the requirements and intent of the law — that affects access to information and learning opportunities for both children and adults, and disproportionally impacts those who can benefit most from public internet access — the 60 million Americans without either a home broadband connection or smartphone."

The Importance of Summer Reading: A research brief produced by the New York State Library, with an annotated bibliography.

ALA Library Fact Sheet #17: Includes the history of summer reading, as well as best practices and supporting research.

YALSA Research Bibliography: The latest research (2010-2012) on teens and their information needs, reading resources, impact of libraries, and learning environments. 

Special Populations

Library Service to Special Population Children and their Caregivers: Toolkit compiled by the Association for Library Service to Children.


Children's Technology Review: A comprehensive searchable review database of children’s interactive media.

Kirkus App Reviews: Reviews for currently available iPad book apps.

School Library Journal App Review: Archived reviews of apps and enhanced books.

Youth Services: