Self-care tips for stressful times, virtual museum exhibits & our editors' top book picks for the fall
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Self-care is never selfish
By the LJ and SLJ editors
As the pandemic stretches on, so many of us are experiencing burnout and fatigue. While humans are equipped to handle short periods of high stress, long-term crises can wreck havoc on our systems, causing negative psychological, emotional, and physical responses. There is no simple cure, but taking the time to focus on one's own mental and physical well-being is crucial. This week we offer some tips and resources for self-care.
For book lovers, one silver lining of this oh-so-strange season is the number of high-profile titles that moved from spring to fall 2020 and winter 2021. We highlight some of the most anticipated titles and our editors' top picks.
Looking to place this current moment in historical context? We've rounded up several virtual museum exhibits exploring the history and impact of past pandemics.
image Self-Care for Stressful Times
By Melanie Kletter
The events of 2020 have brought on new levels of stress and anxiety for many of us. Here are some tips to help you take care of your mental and physical well-being.
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image 7 Virtual Museum Exhibits That Explore Pandemics
By Mahnaz Dar
With most museums still closed, digital exhibits offer opportunities to consider outbreaks past and present from a safe distance.
image Book Lovers Prepare for a Full Fall: 42 Titles for the Coming Season
By Neal Wyatt
Long-anticipated titles, stunning debuts, and a deluge of books held over from the spring present challenges and opportunities for bibliophiles, authors, publishers, and librarians.
image Turn the Page: 15 Editors' Picks for Fall/Winter 2020
By LJ Reviews
In a year when the ground is constantly shifting beneath our feet, one thing remains steady—our excitement over new books.
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image Kwame Alexander Creates WordPlay, a Digital Video Series for Young Writers
By Kara Yorio
The award-winning author partnered with Adventure Academy, a subscription-based digital education platform, to inspire kids to write.
image If You're Listening: YA Read-Alouds Online
By Katy Hershberger
Read-alouds are usually the domain of picture books, but teens also enjoy being read to, and audiobooks are popular among all ages. Here are some read-aloud videos of YA titles—classic, new, and upcoming books—from publishers, authors, and librarians.
image #LJReadsRodham: Zoom Conversation with Author Curtis Sittenfeld
By Mahnaz Dar
Taking questions from the live audience on Zoom, Sittenfeld touched on the challenges of crafting Rodham, a narrative that envisions Hillary Clinton’s life had she opted not to marry Bill.
image Virtual Events Calendar | SLJ’s Roundup of Weekly Book-ish Things
By Kimberly Olson Fakih
Until August 31, in honor of Ashley Bryan's 97th birthday, children can check out free activities at the Beautiful Blackbird Children's Book Festival. Jason Reynolds continues to drop new video episodes of “Write. Right. Rite.” Take a look at these and other virtual book events for kids and teens.

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