It's a busy time here at Booklist and ALA. Some of us (OK, me for one!) had been hoping for a little downtime this summer, but it hasn't worked out that way (yet!). Not a problem, because we are committed to and delighted with all that is happening. By the way, have you heard that Booklist is launching a new product for library patrons? If not, check out www.booklistonline.com for more information. Aside from a new product launch, what else is keeping us busy? We're still in the glow of our incredible virtual ALA Annual Conference, where, along with RUSA, we collaborated with many individuals to bring you the annual Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction award presentation. We also partnered with YALSA to present the inspiring Printz and Odyssey awards. Add Booklist webinars to the list, which this year have been dynamic, robust, and frequent. Missed a webinar? Find them archived on our site. You will also find archived recordings of the award events. And of course, there's Booklist itself and its content-rich issues, including July's exciting spotlights on Graphic Novels and Book Discussions.
For those reading this in print, you may have noticed Booklist's Guide to Graphic Novels in Libraries in the polybag. We are so proud of this annual supplement focused on graphic novels and collection development, readers' advisory, and programming. It even includes original comics. Truly, it's the perfect companion to the Spotlight on Graphic Novels in which reviews of new graphic novels abound. Along with reviews, find a list of the Top 10 Graphic Novels for adults (p.42) and a Core Collection on Graphic Readers by Ronny Khuri (p.58). Our Spotlight on Book Discussions is equally substantial and significant. At the June 2020 virtual ALA Annual Conference, Tracie D. Hall addressed ALA's full membership for the first time as ALA Executive Director, stating in part, "The profession's future, ALA's future, the nation's future, rests on the building of institutions, staffs and leadership, and policies and procedures that promote racial equity, confront racism, and that fully recognize the worth of every human being. The future of our nation and the work we do rests in the fundamental fight for social justice. So, I say here: Let our legacy be justice." This assuring, inspiring, and powerful vision is echoed in "Reading Together: Recent Social Justice Choices for Book Groups" (p.16) and, in Audio, "Listen Up: Social Justice Audio Selections for Book Groups" (p.93).
Enjoy the issue and the summer, and may you have enough downtime to read, reflect, and restore.
On the Cover
From Treasure in the Lake, written and illustrated by Jason Pamment. Treasure in the Lake is reviewed in this issues Spotlight on Graphic Novels. Illustration [C] 2021 by Jason Pamment. Used by permission of the publisher.