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Help Build The Next Generation of Great Readers
We all know and love the classics.
Books like Goodnight Moon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Harold and the Purple Crayon are favorites for a reason.
But there's a whole canon of new books out there that also deserve a place on kids' shelves.
These stories broaden kids' horizons, provide fresh perspectives, and open windows to new experiences: all the things that great children's books should do. In this spirit, we're pleased to announce the BookPeople Modern First Library initiative. Pairing beloved picture books that will never go out of style along with other favorites that reflect the diverse, global society of the 21st century, we've set out to make building a thoughtful library for any child in your life easy.
2016 MODERN FIRST LIBRARY INDUCTEES: Download Full List
Modern First Library Reflections 2016
We once again invited some of Austin's local children's book creators, as well as some national voices, to contribute their own thoughts on what it means to build a Modern First Library and why it matters. Posts will be linked here as they go live on our blog through September. Join the discussion over at bookpeopleblog.wordpress.com
Bloggers in this series:
- Meghan Goel, Kids Book Buyer "Our Modern First Library Turns Two"
- Chris Barton, author: "So, you’ve heard about Modern First Library"
- Ellen Oh, author: "Library is a word that is near and dear to my heart"
- Phoebe Yeh, VP/Publisher Crown Books for Young Readers: "I Need a Diverse Book"
- Angie Manfredi, blogger and librarian: "Everett Anderson Was My First"
- Claire Hagen-Alvarado, AISD Administrative Supervisor of Language Arts: "Starting the Conversation"
- Divya Srinivasan, author: "On Mama (Amma)"
- Duncan Tonatiuh, author: "Fairy tales for a modern library"
- Guadalupe Garcia-McCall, author: "Building a granddaughter's library"
- Kekla Magoon, author
- Bethany Hegedus, author
"When books contain experiences and characters to which children can relate, they foster children’s positive self-concept and respect for diversity. Book collections for children should serve as “mirrors” that reflect the children and families they may already be familiar with, as well as “windows” that help children explore the true diversity of our world. Books can teach children to understand and challenge bias, to better understand those who might be different from themselves, and to promote social action to combat injustice."
Jillian Bontke M.Ed., LPC
Anti-Defamation League Austin, Education Director
Modern First Library Reflections 2014
We invited some of Austin's local children's book creators, as well as some national voices, to contribute their own thoughts on what it means to build a Modern First Library and why it matters. Read what these authors have to say about the importance of building vibrant, interesting first libraries for young readers below. Join the discussion over at bookpeopleblog.wordpress.com.
Blog posts in this series - Local Voices
- Meghan Goel, Kids Book Buyer: Introducing BookPeople's Modern First Library
- Chris Barton: A Modern First Library List
- Chris Barton: Loved, valued, unique? Yes. Center of the universe? No.
- Cynthia Leitich-Smith: Books as mirrors
- Cynthia Leitich-Smith: This book is for you
- Liz Garton Scanlon: Soul reflecting 101
- Liz Garton Scanlon: Fear no difference
- Liz Garton Scanlon: All the world is all of us
- Don Tate: "When I began to read, I began to exist."
- Don Tate: Maybe it's just plain fate
- Varian Johnson: Diversity of our youngest readers
- Varian Johnson: A better world
Blog posts in this series - National Contributors
- Grace Lin: The Wishes Many Readers Don’t Know They Have
- Mike Jung: More Than a Start
- LeUyen Pham: My Kids See Themselves in Every Book They Read
- Phil Bildner: Firsts
- Yuyi Morales: I Am My Hero and So Are You!
- Elizabeth Bluemle: Curiosity, Open Minds, Lively Interest
To help us launch this new program, a few great children's book authors here in Austin also compiled personal lists of Modern First Library recommendations. Click on an author and take a look at his or her picks!
Top row (left to right): Varian Johnson, Liz Garton Scanlon, Chris Barton. Bottom row (left to right): Don Tate, Cynthia Leitich-Smith.
Build Your Own Modern First Library!
You can find Modern Library starter sets gift-wrapped and ready to give in our BookKids section.
Perfect for baby showers or special occasions, we think these bundles make wonderful gifts for young readers ready to expand their collections or little ones just getting started. We'll be featuring all kinds of suggestions for starting terrific, modern first libraries as our program evolves, so come and browse our full display in the picture book room.
You can also build your own Modern First Library from titles suggested below.
We've collected recommendations from all the incredible authors who are blogging with us this summer, and we have also added a small selection of titles that we think would make great additions to any library. But these are just a starting point! Come into the store to see some of our featured collections, or mix suggestions from this site with your own favorites to put together a starter kit that speaks to you.
Give the gift of great books and help build the next generation of great readers!
(See instore display for full selection)