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New and Upcoming Kids Books

February 17 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


Hundreds of books are published every month. But who has the time to read so many books?

In the form of book talks, Charlie Kelly will highlight new and upcoming culturally relevant elementary books which include picture books, chapter books, novels, graphic novels, poetry, biography, and nonfiction titles. Ms. Kelly has attended webinars by School Library Journal, American Library Association, BookList, and numerous book publishers focusing on culturally relevant books. She also visits bookstores, public libraries, and reads Advance Readers Copies from publishers. To be classified as culturally relevant, a piece of literature needs be authentic, realistic, and uphold a culturally conscious ideology and message (Gray, 2009; Hefflin, & Barksdale-Ladd, 2001; Inglebret, Jones, & Pavel, 2008; McNair, 2010; Yoon, Simpson, & Haag, 2010). Culturally relevant books mirror different aspects of identity (e.g. race, setting, beliefs, cultures) so students/patrons can imagine themselves in the story. By having culturally relevant books in libraries, students/patrons can choose books where they see themselves in the books. The books will also help the students/patrons expand their understanding of others in this multicultural world.

Learning Objectives
In this webinar, attendees will learn about new and upcoming books their students or patrons might be interested in reading! This workshop with connect librarians to culturally relevant books for their library and have the resources for future library purchase orders. Attendees will also have time to ask questions about the books discussed.

Presenter: Charlie Kelly, Teacher Librarian, Dr. Walter Cooper Academy (Rochester City School District)

Free to RRLC & ESLN Members. This will be held on Zoom Webinar; registration is required.

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance for one hour of CE credit.

This webinar will not be recorded. Live transcription will be available.

We are committed to offering inclusive, diverse, and equitable services to all of our members. To request specific accommodations, including sign language interpretation, please contact RRLC at least five business days ahead of this program.

RRLC Registration & Program Attendance Policies

If you have any questions, please contact Tina Broomfield.



February 17
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


Zoom Webinar

Visit our Policies Page for information on our Code of Conduct, Registration Policies and requesting interpreter services.