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.


Diversity & Cultural Literacy Toolkit: Resources from School Library Journal training sessions and workshops on diversity and cultural literacy for librarians.

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.

World Languages Collection: Resources on where to find good quality, recent books in world languages for children and young adults. Compiled by the Teen Librarian Toolbox.

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: