Get inspired and discover suggested books, activities, and crafts with hundreds of thematic storytime ideas, compiled by Penny Peck.
Readers’ advisory means offering reading selections to someone based on that person’s interests. Many times a reader will offer the title of a favorite book and want similar books. We call them Read-Alikes; find great ideas here.
Find our reviews, as well as information for ACL Reviewers, here.
Creative and exciting ideas including book discussion groups, DIY programming, book-themed, movie-themed, multi-cultural, STEM, virtual and more, designed by Penny Peck.
Professional deveolpment trainings are a frequent part of ACL’s monthly meetings. Experts from ACL and other organizations offer presentations on current and essential topics regarding library service to youth. Find materials shared during professional development trainings including handouts, powerpoints, booklists and more.
Find bibliographies and other information from past ACL Institutes.
ACL reviews and evaluates books on a monthly basis. Excellent books are given the status of “Outstanding” and are nominated for our year-end Distinguished Books List. Find a list for each month’s “Outstanding” books here.
Distinguished Books Lists
Distinguished books have been selected for their outstanding literary merit, high quality of illustration and design, and contribution to a child’s understanding of the world. Books are designated as “distinguished” through a process of nomination, discussion, and voting by ACL members. We compile these titles, with annotations, into annual Distinguished Books lists. Find lists of “Distinguished” books here.