American Association of School Librarians (AASL),
Letter from the President
It is a privilege to present the 23rd edition of the University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries. Since 1967, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) have worked in partnership to provide school librarians with this invaluable tool for use in collection development. The success of this endeavor is the direct result of the hard-work and dedication exhibited by members of the AASL American University Presses Book Selection Committee, and this year their efforts have resulted in the publication of another outstanding bibliography representing the very best for 2013.
AASL represents the collective voice of school librarians to advocate excellence, facilitate change, and develop leaders in the school library field. Likewise, on behalf of its member institutions, AAUP serves scholarly communications through professional education, cooperative services, and public advocacy. Both AASL and AAUP can be justifiably proud of their ongoing collaboration to produce a resource that helps each organization to fulfill its mission, and also provides assistance to school librarians as they engage with colleagues in their respective learning communities while leading school library collection development. As always, the list is extremely valuable in the selection of materials to support the achievement of AASL's Standards for the 21st Century Learner. Additionally, with the critical need to work with fellow educators to address the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, the list represents an exceptional means to choose materials that will meet those requirements.
AASL encourages the active use of this resource to support your work in the area of collection development. We are confident that it will assist you to encourage students and teachers alike to "think, create, share and grow" as they develop skills, responsibilities, dispositions and self-assessment strategies to ensure that they are learning for life.
Again, thank you to AAUP and the AASL American University Press Book Selection Committee. We are grateful to them for their commitment to the creation of this exceptional publication.
—Susan D. Ballard
AASL President, 2012-2013
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