Publishers Weekly will roll out a new email newsletter, School & Library Spotlight, with a mission to inspire and educate the librarians, teachers, and educators who work with children from pre-K through 12th grade.
The newsletter is an extension of PW's quarterly School & Library Spotlight feature in its print magazine, which was instituted in 2015. The monthly newsletter’s inaugural issue will be emailed on June 29 to 14,500 youth librarians, library media specialists, teacher-librarians, directors, and branch managers.
“With so much uncertainty regarding school reopenings this fall, we’re honored to support the role that librarians and educators play in their mission of informing and inspiring all children,” Emma Kantor, deputy children’s book editor of Publishers Weekly and editor of School and Library Spotlight, said in a statement. “Parents who are homeschooling their children will also find valuable resources here.”
The SLS debut will feature a special report on schools and libraries in the Covid-19 era, in which school librarians, children’s publishers, and educators will share lessons from their distance-learning efforts and their forecast for the coming school year. Other topics will include diversity resources and homeschooling issues. Book reviews of the latest titles now available will be sorted by age range and theme, to make them easily searchable, Kantor said.
Author interviews for the first lineup include Christian Robinson, speaking about his new picture book and video series about books to read while under quarantine; Zoraida Córdova, discussing her first book for middle-grade readers; and Andrew Eliopulos, who has written a new LGBTQ book for YA readers.
“Publishers Weekly has a longtime commitment to covering children’s books and issues affecting children’s book publishing worldwide,” said Diane Roback, v-p and children’s book editor of Publishers Weekly. “Having a newsletter dedicated to concerns and opportunities in the school and library arena widens the scope of our coverage even more, making it an ideal complement to our Children’s Bookshelf newsletter.”