Mara Alpert, Children's Librarian, Children's Literature Department


Caldecott winners: Yuko Shimizu, Noa Denmon, Cozbi A. Cabrera, Cindy Derby, and Michaela Goade

Women Sweep the Caldecotts!

March 19, 2021

History was made during the announcement of the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards on January 25, 2021. One award, in particular, presented several historic firsts. That award? The Randolph Caldecott Medal, which is awarded for the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Collage of picture books celebrating the inspiration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Children’s Picture Books Celebrating the Inspiration of Martin Luther King Jr.

February 08, 2021

There are plenty of biographies about Martin Luther King Jr. written for children, and more are published every year. But sometimes parents, caregivers, and teachers might want to focus less on dates and places, and more on the inspiration Dr.

heart illustrations in red and pink with the text, romance novels.

Romancing the Book: Romance Novels

August 21, 2017

Romance is in the air, and on the page and the tablet and the smart phone. August is Read-a-Romance Month, and it’s a great time to settle into an air-conditioned library (or on a bright, sunny beach or really anywhere) with a fabulously satisfying romance. You won’t be alone.

Some puppets from Puppet Shows

Puppet Shows to the Rescue

July 31, 2013

Here’s something you may not know about the World Famous (or at least Los Angeles Famous) Children’s Literature Department at Central Library. If it weren’t for a puppet show, it might not ever have existed. Okay, make that a lot of puppet shows.