Connecting with Tween Readers

Marketers and publishers define tweens as children who range in age from 8 to 14. For the purposes of this course, tweens are 10-12 year olds, children who are in the double-digit club but not yet teens. This course will examine the characteristics that make this age group unique; developmental needs and abilities; why children of this age group are particularly vulnerable to illiteracy; and unique activities and programs (including the utilization of currently popular technologies) libraries can offer to keep these children on the path to becoming lifelong readers. A primary focus of the course will be surveying the large body of quality literature available that has particular appeal for this age group.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn about the cognitive, emotional, physical, and social characteristics of tweens.
  • Identify the challenges to meeting the unique interests and needs of tweens.
  • Obtain a broad knowledge of developmentally appropriate literature which appeals to tween readers.
  • Develop specific strategies for connecting with tweens in their particular library or other learning environment.

Who Should Attend

Children’s librarians in public libraries and schools; library paraprofessional and support staff who are working with students, parents and teachers.


Edward T. Sullivan, Rogue Librarian/Writer (


How to Register

Registration is now open!  Visit the ALA Registration page to register online, or fill out the registration form and mail it in.  You can also register by calling ALA Member and Customer Service at 800-545-2433 ext. 5.  Course space is limited.

Tech Requirements

Computer, internet connection, web browser.

Credits &/or CEUs

College credit and CEU's are not available at this time.  ALSC's online courses are the equivalent of a one day face-to-face workshop.  A certificate of completion will be sent to each participant upon successful completion for each course taken.

Requirements vary by state and school district regarding certification and continuing education credits.  The decision to grant CEU credits remains entirely up to your state or school district.  If you are in need of credits, check with your state and/or school district before enrolling to determine eligibility.  Some states will review your certificate of completion and course syllabus to determine eligibility.  A PDF copy of the syllabus can be provided to you upon request.


If you have questions about the course material, please contact the course instructor Edward Sullivan.

If you have questions about registration, please contact ALA's Member and Customer Service Department by email or by calling 800-545-2433 ext. 5.
All other inquiries, including sponsorship questions, can be directed to Jenny Najduch, ALSC program officer, via email or by calling (312) 280-4026.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made in writing and postmarked or faxed to the ALA/MACS department by no later than seven days before the class starts.  Cancellations will result in a full refund less a $35 processing fee.  NO phone cancellations will be accepted.  Refunds will be processed two weeks after the start of the course.  ALSC reserves the right to cancel a course for reasons including insufficient numbers of students. Cancellations after the course has begun will not be accepted.