Books In The News – June, 2020


Everyone is talking about race, anti-racism, diversity, and greater cultural understanding. You will find books on these topics in the news just about everywhere. In addition, June means the start of summer reading, Father’s Day and a continuing focus on staying healthy during an historic pandemic. We have selected four news links for adults who want to help children be more aware and more comfortable about the changes happening in the world. All of these links are about books in the news.

  1. Jacqueline Woodson, one of the most prolific and adored authors of our time, shared with O Magazine how the plot from her first novel, 1998’s If You Come Softly, has not only touched readers through the years but also continues to reflect the reality of America in 2020. She gives her select list of books to share with young people.
  2. Everything that’s making news for adults is news for children, as well. To help kids better understand and to cope with the pandemic affecting all of the globe, the San Antonio Spurs’ “Spurs Give” program has released a digital children’s book. You can read all about it, including how you might access it, by going to this link from KSAT-TV. 
  3. Whether kids are planning vacation or staycation this summer, it’s time to think about best picks for summer reading. The Today Show is allowing us to sort through their book bag and choose which of these recommended selections will be just right for summer 2020.
  4. Father’s Day is a time to celebrate the dads we love, including those who are no longer with us. KAPP in Washington spotlights this new book by Angie Barness, which she wrote as tribute to her father. He passed away on Father’s Day of 2019, and she is carrying on in the spirit of his wildest dreams.