Welcome to the Lerner Booth 
at ALSC National Institute 2020

Meet Out Featured Author, Kao Kalia Yang

Kalia will be speaking during Friday’s Opening Session: Family Matters: Sharing Generational Love in Children’s Literature at 9am Central. Learn more about her newest picture book, The Most Beautiful Thing

Drawn from author Kao Kalia Yang’s childhood experiences as a Hmong refugee, this moving picture book portrays a family with a great deal of love and little money. Weaving together Kalia’s story with that of her beloved grandmother, the book moves from the jungles of Laos to the family’s early years in the United States.  

"A deep and moving reflection on enduring hardship and generational love. . . . Poignant storytelling with stunning visuals."

starred, Kirkus Reviews 

Watch the Pronunciation Guide for 
The Most Beautiful Thing

Did you know there's a pronunciation guide to the Hmong words in The Most Beautiful Thing? It's on the copyright page at the beginning of the book, and in this video,  author Kao Kalia Yang reads the words aloud so you can hear how they sound! 

Read a Digital Galley of The Most Beautiful Thing

Head to NetGalley now to request a digital advanced reader's copy of The Most Beautiful Thing!

Browse Fall 2020 New Releases Online

Explore all upcoming Fall books on the Lerner website, including new nonfiction, picture books, graphic novels, and more for grades PreK-12!

Special Promotion: Buy Multi-User Digital Books, Get Print Editions for Free

To support librarians in building their digital collections, we have a special promotion that can help maximize budgets. When you buy direct and spend $350 or more on any multi-user eBooks, Lerner Interactive Books, or Audisee eBooks with Audio, you can receive the hardcover edition of those books for free. Use promo code COMBO2 when ordering online or via customer service.

Expand Your Diverse Books Collection

Books have the power to affirm our identities, to build understanding with people unlike ourselves, to challenge our misconceptions, and to broaden our awareness of the world. Browse titles from eight categories: Social Justice, Race and Ethnicity, #OwnVoices, Immigration, LGBTQIA+, Mental Health, Physical Disability and Illness, and Feminism and #MeToo.

Books to Support Social-Emotional Learning

Today’s educators are taking a closer look at the non-academic skills and competencies children need to have in order to facilitate learning and succeed in society. Lerner has assembled a list of books that educators can use to help readers reflect on SEL characteristics, discuss values and decisions, and more. Browse SEL books below!

The 5 Kinds of Nonfiction You Need in Your Library

Created by author Melissa Stewart, the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction classification system helps librarians expand and balance their nonfiction collection to provide a broad array of titles that appeal to different types of readers. It also helps students select books they like, predict the type of information they will find in a book, and use the books for specific purposes.

Check out our 5 Kinds of Nonfiction page to learn more about the system, browse Lerner books by nonfiction type, get a free poster, and more! 

Just-in-Case Resources for Distance Learning

Want to Create or View Read-Aloud Videos?

We’re extending our temporary license to educators and librarians who would like to post read-aloud videos using Lerner Publishing Group titles through December 31. Please review the stipulations listed here and fill out this form within 10 days to alert us of your use. 

In addition, we’ve created a playlist featuring videos of authors and illustrators, teachers and librarians, and even celebrities reading our books.

Access Our Distance Learning Libraries

Now through December 31, select Lerner eBooks will be available for free via the online Lerner Bookshelf. We've set up two collections of eBooks:

All featured titles are available as multi-user editions that allow for unlimited remote access. Students can access the digital bookshelf via a direct link or QR code. Click below for more information.

Help at Home: Resources for Distance Learning

Lerner offers our support to school librarians as they endeavor to serve their students remotely. On the Lerner Blog, we've been compiling and sharing online resources to assist your efforts during this unprecedented time. 

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