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April 14, 2017
Discover fun and exciting new resources on the Every Child a Reader website!
Explore the Every Child a Reader site for resources to celebrate Children's Book Week, the Children's Choice Book Awards, and more! Read More
March 22, 2017
Anna Dewdney Read Together Award Finalists Announced
After a two month-long open nomination process, Penguin Young Readers, the Children's Book Council, and Every Child a Reader are proud to announce the five finalists for the first Anna Dewdney Read Together Award. Read More
March 10, 2017
2016 Children’s Sales in Review: A CBC Panel
Find out what kinds of books sold well in 2016, what's still going strong, and what kinds of genres are on the rise from the 2016 Sales in Review panel. Read More
March 7, 2017
Four Official 2017 Children’s Book Week Bookmarks Revealed
Every Child a Reader, a nonprofit literacy organization dedicated to inspiring a love of reading in children and teens across America, is proud to announce that the official 2017 Children’s Book Week bookmarks have been designed by four award-winning and bestselling children’s book illustrators. Read More
March 3, 2017
Every Child a Reader Announces Finalists for the 2017 Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards
Every Child a Reader, a nonprofit literacy organization dedicated to inspiring a love of reading in children and teens across America, is proud to announce the finalists in four categories for the 10th Annual Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards. Read More
March 2, 2017
Here are the Finalists for the 2017 Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards!
The seven finalists in each of the four categories for the 10th Annual Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards, the only national books awards voted on only by children and teens, are... Read More
February 27, 2017
Overcoming Bias: Authors and Editors Discuss Sensitivity Readers
Publishing experts gathered for a CBC Diversity panel titled “A Second Opinion: Utilizing Sensitivity Readers” on February 16th to discuss topics like what a sensitivity reader is and best practices of how to work with one, along with a variety of perspectives throughout the process. Read More
February 3, 2017
First Book and Every Child a Reader Partner for Children’s Book Week’s First-ever Book Donation
Every Child a Reader, the sponsor of Children’s Book Week, and First Book, the nonprofit social enterprise that has distributed more than 160 million brand new books to children in need, today announced they will partner to donate books to underserved children as part of Children’s Book Week. Read More
January 20, 2017
2017 Children’s Book Week Poster Revealed; Event Location Online Sign-up Now Open
Every Child a Reader has revealed the official Children’s Book Week poster designed by Christian Robinson. Read More
January 19, 2017
Utilizing Senstivity Readers: A Conversation with Becky Albertalli Contributed by Becky Albertalli, AuthorTell us about your upcoming (and hotly anticipated!) novel.My second novel, The  Upside of Unrequited (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins, April 2017), is a  loose companion to my debut, Simon vs. the  Homo Sapien... Read More
January 18, 2017
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang on Honing His Craft
The National Ambassador for Young People's Literature on his journey to becoming an acclaimed graphic novelist. Read More
January 18, 2017
The Children’s Book Council Partners with Educators to Present the Best STEM Books
The Children’s Book Council (CBC) has announced the first-ever educator-vetted Best STEM Books list, a joint project of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA), the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the Society of Elementary Presidential Awardees (SEPA), and the CBC. Read More
January 9, 2017
Solebury School Takes on the Reading Without Walls Challenge
Students and teachers at the Pennsylvania school have adopted National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang's Reading Without Walls Challenge. Read More
January 3, 2017
The Children’s Book Council Welcomes New Member Publishers in 2016
The CBC gained 18 new members in 2016, including graphic novel publishers, Spanish language publishers, educational presses, and more. Read More
January 2, 2017
PBS Newshour Features National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang
The National Ambassador for Young People's Literature discusses his platform, Reading Without Walls. Read More
December 16, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang to Deliver Keynote at the 2017 One Book Two Book Festival
Acclaimed graphic novelist and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang will give the keynote for the 2017 One Book Two Book Children’s Literature Festival in Iowa City. Read More
December 14, 2016
Screen-Free Week to Partner with Children’s Book Week for May 1 – 7, 2017
Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, sponsor of Screen-Free Week, announces its partnership with Every Child a Reader, sponsor of Children’s Book Week. Read More
December 9, 2016
Penguin Young Readers Together with the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader to Establish the Anna Dewdney Read Together Award in Memory of the Late Author and Illustrator
Penguin Young Readers, the Children’s Book Council, and Every Child a Reader have partnered to launch a picture book prize in honor of the late Anna Dewdney (1965-2016), author and illustrator of the beloved Llama Llama series. Read More
December 8, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Creativity in Progress Series: Part 10
Yang takes us inside the process of writing and illustrating comics. Read More
December 8, 2016
Presenting the 2017 Best STEM Books Preview List
A joint project of the American Society for Engineering EducationTechnology and Engineering Educators AssociationNational Science Teachers Association, Society of Elementary Presidential Awardees, and the Children’s Book Council. Read More
December 7, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang Gives TEDx Talk on Bringing Comics into the Classroom
The graphic novelist and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature on his experience integrating comic books in the classroom. Read More
December 7, 2016
January 2017: #ReadYourWorld Book Jam
A blog series in honor of Multicultural Children's Book Day on January 27, 2017. Read More
December 5, 2016
SEE-IT Award: Stories Engagingly Expressed – Illustratively Told – Call for Submissions
EBSCO eBooks™, Core Collections and NoveList, in collaboration with the CBC Graphic Novel Committee have partnered to create the SEE-IT Award: Stories Engagingly Expressed – Illustratively Told. Read More
November 30, 2016
Diversity in the News: November 2016

Presenting the November issue of Diversity in the News, CBC Diversity's monthly round-up of relevant news in children’s books and diversity.

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November 21, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang at the 2016 National Book Festival
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang discussed his lifelong love of comics and his work as a graphic novelist and educator at the National Book Festival in Washington, DC. Read More
November 17, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang on Superheroes and the Outsider Experience
The acclaimed comic book creator and MacArthur fellow on his connection to classic superheroes, and reinventing the genre for today's readers. Read More
November 14, 2016
CBC Diversity Hosts Teen Outreach Panels in Boston
The Children’s Book Council's Diversity Initiative held its second Teen Outreach Panel in Boston on November 5. Read More
November 14, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Reading Without Walls Podcast: Episode 8 with Patrick Ness
Join National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang each month at Reading Rockets for the Reading Without Walls video podcast series. Read More
November 10, 2016
CBC Hosts “Behind the Panels: Advice and Insight to Children’s Graphic Novel Sales”
The CBC Graphic Novel Committee hosted a panel to explore best practices for producing, marketing, and selling graphic novels. Read More
November 7, 2016
Author Claudette Hegel Donates Complete Newbery and Caldecott Collection to the Children’s Book Council
Minnesota-based author and literacy volunteer Claudette Hegel has donated her complete collection of the John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott Award winners to the Children’s Book Council. Read More
November 2, 2016
The Big Questions Contributed by SF SaidI write children’s  books because I believe they’re the books that change people’s lives.  My favorite book as a child  was Watership Down by Richard Adams. I re-read it as an adult, trying to understand why I’d love... Read More
October 31, 2016
Sponsor a Literary Landmark for Children’s Book Week 2017
Authors honored with a Literary Landmark dedication during Children’s Book Week in past years include Margaret Wise Brown, Carl Sandberg, Harold Keith, Walter Dean Myers and Robert McCloskey. Read More
October 27, 2016
We Need More Contributed by Ashley Herring Blake, AuthorI recently started working in an indie bookstore. The great thing about this job, aside from being surrounded by beautiful books all day long, is that it gets me out of my writer brain and back in touch with... Read More
October 27, 2016
Diversity in the News: October 2016
Presenting the October issue of Diversity in the News, CBC Diversity's monthly round-up of relevant news in children’s books and diversity. Read More
October 25, 2016
CBC TO OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS TO TWO ENTRY-LEVEL PUBLISHING STAFF FOR ABA INSTITUTES

Applications are now open for any entry-level employees at CBC member publishers to apply for one of two scholarships to attend an ABA bookseller institute in early 2017.

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October 24, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Reading Without Walls Podcast: Episode 7 with Lois Lowry
Join National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang each month at Reading Rockets for the Reading Without Walls video podcast series, where he interviews children’s book authors and other interesting people! Read More
October 21, 2016
CBC Forum: Making a Bestseller
The Children's Book Council hosted the final event in this year's Forum series on October 18 at Random House. Read More
October 20, 2016
Industry Q &A with Author Jill Diamond Tell us about your most recent book and how you came to write/illustrate it.Lou Lou and Pea and the Mural Mystery is about two best friends, Lou Lou Bombay and Peacock Pearl. Lou Lou loves horticulture and Pea loves art. Every Friday afternoon, the... Read More
October 4, 2016
Author and Illustrator Christopher Myers at the CBC’s Annual Meeting
Children's book author and illustrator Christopher Myers delivered the keynote address at the CBC's Annual Meeting on September 22, 2016 in New York City. Read More
October 4, 2016
#DVpit Contributed by Beth Phelan, Agent The Bent Agency #DVpit is a Twitter event created to showcase pitches about and especially by marginalized voices. It will be held on October 5 and 6th. Visit dvpit.com to learn more.I have always been a reader. Ma... Read More
October 4, 2016
Celebrating 45 Years of ‘The Monster at the End of This Book’!
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang invites you to submit fan art for the 45th anniversary of 'The Monster at the End of This Book.' Read More
September 29, 2016
Diversity in the News: September 2016
Presenting the September issue of Diversity in the News, CBC Diversity's monthly round-up of relevant news in children’s books and diversity. Read More
September 28, 2016
How I Got into Publishing: Luana Horry, Editorial Assistant at HarperCollins Children’s Books “Child, what are you going to do with that degree?”I was full of pride on the day I graduated college—until Grandma  Lynell asked me that simple question. You would think that someone with a  nearly perfect GPA and two graduate school accepta... Read More
September 22, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Reading Without Walls Podcast: Episode 6 with Thien Pham
Watch episode six of the Reading Without Walls podcast! Read More
September 22, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang Awarded a MacArthur Fellowship
The acclaimed graphic novelist and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature has been awarded a MacArthur “genius” grant for his work. Read More
September 14, 2016
I Still Wrote Contributed by Randi Pink, AuthorDuring  summer breaks, my mother dropped me and my siblings at the  library before she went to work. The first three floors of the library  consisted of thousands of books, and the fourth floor  housed abs... Read More
September 9, 2016
CBC Diversity Presents: “Religion in the Workplace”
CBC Diversity held its third panel of the year on September 7, in which children's publishing professionals addressed religious diversity in the workplace and in the books they publish. Read More
September 8, 2016
Happy Anniversary, ‘American Born Chinese’!
Ten years after publication, graphic novelist and National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang looks back on 'American Born Chinese.' Read More
August 31, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s NYT Comic
The comics creator and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature reflects on the power of books to open windows into new perspectives. Read More
August 31, 2016
We Breathe as One: The Role of Folktales in Diversity Contributed by Pleasant DeSpain, AuthorFundamentally, diversity means difference. Fundamentally, folktales invite inclusion. Sitting  on a litter-strewn beach in Negombo, Sri Lanka during the fall of 2000, a 17-year- old Sinhalese lad named Neha... Read More
August 30, 2016
Diversity in the News: August 2016
Presenting the August issue of Diversity in the News, CBC Diversity's monthly round-up of relevant news in children’s books and diversity. Read More
August 29, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang Shares Ten Kids’ Comics That You Need to Read
The National Ambassador for Young People's Literature shares 10 graphic novel recommendations for young readers. Read More
August 17, 2016
Where’s Your Power? Contributed by Sharon Mentyka, WriterI belong to the most privileged group in our culture: white, heterosexual, and able-bodied. And although my female gender brings me down a notch or two, my race membership alone gives me a winning lottery ticket i... Read More
August 15, 2016
The Reading Without Walls Podcast: National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang at Comic-Con 2016
Join National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang each month at Reading Rockets for the Reading Without Walls video podcast series. Read More
August 12, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang at San Diego Comic-Con 2016
The graphic novelist and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature shared his platform, "Reading Without Walls," and connected with fans at San Diego Comic-Con. Read More
August 4, 2016
Fighting Homogenization Contributed by Ned Rust, AuthorThey want me to  try to write for what?They want a graduate of the  99%, non-minority, public schools of last-century Briarcliff Manor (the B.M. we  call it, much like residents of the O.C., only without a valida... Read More
August 3, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Creativity in Progress Series: Part 5
Join the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature each month at Panels for his Creativity in Progress series. Read More
August 2, 2016
Bookish Reminders Here and Abroad Contributed to CBC Diversity by Julie Bliven, Editor at CharlesbridgeLast month I joined  seven other children’s book editors on a week-long trip across Germany, sponsored  by the German Book Office of New York. The program nurtures Germany’s ... Read More
August 2, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang on Reading and Writing Outside One’s Comfort Zone
The graphic novelist and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature shares his platform, "Reading Without Walls." Read More
July 28, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang on Diversity and Comics
The National Ambassador for Young People's Literature shares his path to becoming a graphic novelist, and ways to incorporate comics in the classroom. Read More
July 27, 2016
A Different Lens: Part 2 Contributed by Mary Birdsell, PhotographerLast month I wrote an article for this site, discussing my  experience photographing children with special needs and my upcoming trip to  photograph children in Tanzania. International  travel, two words... Read More
July 25, 2016
2016 Children’s Choice Book Awards Winners Donate Books to Classrooms
The winners of the 2016 Children's Choice Book Awards have donated complete sets of finalist titles to schools across North America. Read More
July 22, 2016
Diversity in the News: July 2016
The July issue of Diversity in the News, CBC Diversity's monthly round-up of relevant news in children’s books and diversity. Read More
July 20, 2016
CBC Forum: The Rise of Middle Grade
The Children's Book Council hosted the second in this year's Forum series on July 12 at Penguin Random House. Read More
July 18, 2016
A Free Book Contest for Our Facebook Friends!
The Children's Book Council and Every Child a Reader are launching a monthly book contest as a thank-you to our friends and supporters. Read More
July 18, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Country Kid, City Kid’ by Julie Cummins Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
July 8, 2016
Carl Lennertz to Join the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader as Executive Director
Longtime publishing executive and book advocate Carl Lennertz will join the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader as Executive Director, effective August 8, 2016. Read More
July 7, 2016
Carl Lennertz Named Executive Director of the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader
Former executive director of World Book Night U.S. Carl Lennertz takes the reins as executive director of the Children's Book Council and Every Child a Reader. Read More
July 4, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Swing Sisters’ illustrated by Joe Cepeda Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
July 1, 2016
Expansion of BISAC Codes for Graphic Novels
creation of new BISAC codes and subject headings for the kids’ graphic novel category. Read More
July 1, 2016
CBC Diversity Presents “Writing and Editing Authentic Voices”
In CBC Diversity's second panel of the year, representatives of the author, agent, and editor communities discussed the challenges of crafting truthful and diverse characters. Read More
June 30, 2016
My Socioeconomic Diversity Wish List Contributed by Nikki Garcia, assistant editor, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Six months ago, I wrote a post for the CBC Diversity blog discussing socioeconomic diversity and my personal struggles with financial security as a child. I wis... Read More
June 23, 2016
Book Spotlight: ‘This Kid Can Fly: It’s About Ability, Not Disability’ by Aaron Philip with Tonya Bolden Contributed by Donna Bray, Vice President, Co-Publisher of Balzer + Bray, HarperCollins Publishers“How many people with disabilities work here?”This was one of the first questions young author Aaron  Philip asked our staff when he and his family ... Read More
June 13, 2016
A House Built By Many Contributed by Alyssa Mito Pusey, Senior Editor, Charlesbridge“Every single day,” Michelle  Obama told the graduating class at the City College in New York, “I wake up in  a house that was built by slaves.”She’s right; the White House was... Read More
June 13, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Reading Without Walls Podcast: Episode 4 with Hope Larson
Each month, National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang interviews children’s book authors and other interesting people! Read More
June 13, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Ada’s Violin’ by Susan Hood, illustrated by Sally Wern Comport Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
June 9, 2016
Reading the Cultural Revolution Contributed by Faye Bi, Senior Publicist,  Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution in China, which historians agree took place 1966-1976. Many... Read More
June 8, 2016
The CBC Partners with the unPrison Project for Second-Consecutive Year to Build Prison-Nursery Libraries for Incarcerated Mothers and Their Babies
The Children’s Book Council (CBC) has partnered once again with The unPrison Project to create brand-new libraries of books for incarcerated mothers to read with their babies at prison nurseries in 20 states. Read More
June 8, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘More-igami’ by Dori Kleber, illustrated by G. Brian Karas Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
June 6, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘A Stick is an Excellent Thing’ illus. by LeUyen Pham Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
June 1, 2016
“What’s the Ambassador Reading?”: June 2016
Join graphic novelist and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang each month at the Reading Rainbow Blog to find out "What's the Ambassador Reading?" Read More
May 27, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Creativity in Progress Series: Part 3
Join National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang each month at Panels for the Creativity in Progress series. Read More
May 25, 2016
A Different Lens: Finding Diversity through Photography Contributed by Mary Birdsell (Finding My Way Books)Cameras are magic. By capturing a moment in time, cameras  give us the ability to explore actions and emotions in a way that we cannot in  another medium. Each time I look through a lens, my percep... Read More
May 24, 2016
Diversity in the News: May 2016
Presenting the May issue of Diversity in the News, CBC Diversity's monthly round-up of relevant news in children’s books and diversity. Read More
May 23, 2016
Announcing Our Children’s Book Week 2016 Bookstore Display Contest Winner!
Congratulations, Wild Rumpus in Minneapolis, Minnesota! Read More
May 23, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too)’ by Keith Negley Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
May 20, 2016
Children’s Book Week 2016 Photo Recap!
Photos from Children's Book Week 2016 (May 2-8). Read More
May 17, 2016
CBC Diversity Presents “Strategies for Selling Diverse Books” at BEA 2016
The Children’s Book Council Diversity initiative hosted a BEA panel bringing together booksellers and librarians to share insight and triumphs for how they sell and market diverse books. Read More
May 17, 2016
BEA 2016 Children’s Book Author Breakfast
Authors Gene Luen Yang, Sabaa Tahir, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Dav Pilkey shared the books that inspired them at this year's Children's Author Breakfast. Read More
May 16, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘The Journey’ by Francesca Sanna Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
May 12, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang Celebrates Children’s Book Week with Raina Telgemeier
In celebration of the 97th annual Children’s Book Week (May 2-8), National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang appeared in conversation with fellow graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier at the San Francisco Public Library. Read More
May 11, 2016
Can you name a single, lovable Middle Eastern character in a middle grade novel? Now you can! Contributed by Firoozeh Dumas, AuthorPeople often me ask why I waited so long to  start writing. I always thought that in order to be a writer, one had to be  English and dead. I started writing when I was thirty-six years old so I  could tell m... Read More
May 10, 2016
Gene Luen Yang to Publish Nonfiction Graphic Novel
The National Ambassador for Young People's Literature will publish his first nonfiction graphic novel, Dragon Hoops, the story of the 2015 Bishop O’Dowd High School boys’ basketball team. Read More
May 5, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Reading Without Walls Podcast: Episode 3 with Michael Chabon
Join the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature each month at Reading Rockets for the Reading Without Walls video podcast series, where he interviews children’s book authors and other interesting people! Read More
May 4, 2016
“What’s the Ambassador Reading?” with Gene Luen Yang
Join National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang each month at the Reading Rainbow Blog for the "What's the Ambassador Reading?" series. Read More
May 3, 2016
2016 Teen Choice Book Awards Finalists on Their Favorite YA!
Bookish presents a roundup of some of the 2016 Teen Choice Book Awards finalists' favorite young adult books. Read More
May 3, 2016
Q&A with National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang
The National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and graphic novelist on his love of coding and reading. Read More
May 2, 2016
Children’s Book Week Comics Blog Tour: Gene Luen Yang
In celebration of the 97th annual Children's Book Week (May 2-8, 2016), Macmillan Children's Publishing Group is running an all-star kids comics blog tour, featuring interviews by John Patrick Green and beloved comics creators. Read More
April 29, 2016
Children’s Book Week Celebrates Graphic Novels
In celebration of the 97th annual Children's Book Week, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group is running a comics blog tour. Read More
April 29, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang Engages Non-Readers
The graphic novelist and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature shares his insight on spreading the joy of reading to reluctant readers. Read More
April 28, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Creativity in Progress Series: Part 2
Join National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang each month at Panels for the Creativity in Progress series, where he shows us the process behind his comics! Read More
April 28, 2016
Kate DiCamillo Looks Back on Her Ambassadorship
The beloved author reflects on her time as National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, spreading the joy of reading. Read More
April 26, 2016
Diversity in the News: April 2016
Presenting the April issue of Diversity in the News, CBC Diversity's monthly round-up of relevant news in children’s books and diversity! Read More
April 26, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang on Reading & Writing Without Walls
The acclaimed graphic novelist shares his platform as National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and inspiration for his upcoming book. Read More
April 24, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘In the Wind’ by Elizabeth Spurr, illustrations by Manelle Oliphant Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
April 21, 2016
Diversity, Disability, and Dolls Contributed by Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, Ph.D., AuthorPublic Law 99-457 passed in 1986, amending the Education of the Handicapped Act and requiring states to provide appropriate and free public education to children with disabilities ages 3 throu... Read More
April 20, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Reading Without Walls Podcast: Episode 2 with Derek Kirk Kim
Through his platform, “Reading Without Walls,” Yang hopes to inspire readers of all ages to pick up a book outside their comfort zone.See the second episode of Yang’s podcast, in which he interviews writer and artist Derek Kirk Kim of 'Adventure Time'! Read More
April 19, 2016
A Message from National Ambassador Emeritus Jon Scieszka!
National Ambassador Emeritus and beloved children's book author Jon Scieszka wants you to vote for the Children's Choice Book Awards! Read More
April 18, 2016
Children’s Book Week 2016 Preview
A look at the upcoming celebrations for Children's Book Week 2016 (May 2-8)! Read More
April 14, 2016
The CBC Stands in Support of N.C. Bookstores
The Children's Book Council joins the American Booksellers Association and others in supporting North Carolina bookstores and readers in the fallout from the state's recent anti-LGBTQ legislature.  Read More
April 13, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons’ illustrations by Julia Morstad Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
April 12, 2016
Vote for the 9th Annual Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards!
Children's Choice Book Awards voting is open now through April 25 at ccbookawards.com! Read More
April 6, 2016
Didi and the Diverse Contributed by Kate Evangelista, AuthorThe word  diverse can mean a lot of things to a lot people. That’s what’s fantastic about  the word. Diverse literally means variety.As a  budding writer, I have always been attracted to diverse characte... Read More
April 4, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Dear Bunny’ by Katie Cotton, illustrated by Blanca Gomez Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
March 31, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Creativity in Progress Series
Join the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature each month at Panels for a series on the creative process behind his comics. Read More
March 30, 2016
“Niche” Numbers Contributed by Nikki Garcia, Assistant Editor,  Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersThere are a lot of well-meaning people in publishing who work hard to create more diversity in books. But unfortunately there can a... Read More
March 28, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘The Storyteller’ by Evan Turk Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
March 24, 2016
Diversity in the News: March 2016
Each month, CBC Diversity — which advocates for an inclusive and representative children’s book industry — rounds-up relevant news in children’s books and diversity.Read the newest issue here, and sign up to receive it in your inbox! Read More
March 23, 2016
No Monkey Business: Curious George Celebrates Ramadan Contributed by Hena Khan, AuthorLike countless Americans, I grew up loving Curious George  and his antics—swallowing a puzzle piece, painting a jungle scene on a wall, and flying on a bunch of balloons. And when I had children of my own, I happily... Read More
March 21, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘A Splash of Red’ illustrated by Melissa Sweet Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
March 18, 2016
Bookstores: Enter the Children’s Book Week Display Contest and Win an Author Visit!
In celebration of the 97th annual Children’s Book Week (May 2-8, 2016), the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader are teaming up with the ABC Children’s Group at the American Booksellers Association for our annual display contest! Read More
March 17, 2016
How I Got into Publishing: Shifa Kapadwala Contributed by Shifa Kapadwala, Publicity Assistant at Simon & Schuster Children’s Books I’m from a South Asian immigrant family. For my traditional  parents, a woman’s ultimate end goal should be getting married and taking care  of ... Read More
March 16, 2016
“I Just Don’t Identify with the Character” Contributed by Kate Sullivan, Senior Editor at Delacorte Press These days, many working in the industry have  heard the news and are on board with the mission: it’s time to diversify the  book market. Publishing is an ecosystem, and every le... Read More
March 14, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Reading Without Walls Podcast: Episode 1 with Kate DiCamillo
Join National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang for the Reading Without Walls video podcast series, where he interviews children’s book authors and other interesting people. Read More
March 14, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Wangari Maathai’ illustrated by Aurélia Fronty Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
March 14, 2016
97th Annual Children’s Book Week Bookmark Revealed!
Presenting the official Children's Book Week Bookmark designed by Cece Bell! Read More
March 9, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘The Crow’s Tale’ by Naomi Howarth Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
March 7, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Red’ by Jan De Kinder Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
March 2, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Peace is an Offering’ illustrated by Stephanie Graegin Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
February 29, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘One Family’ by George Shannon, illustrated by Blanca Gomez Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
February 24, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Mango, Abuela, and Me’ illustrated by Angela Dominguez Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
February 22, 2016
Gene Luen Yang Lends Support to Highlight the Transformation of Libraries as 2016 National Library Week Honorary Chair
Gene Luen Yang, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (2016 – 2017), will lend his support to highlight the value of libraries of all types as National Library Week Honorary Chair. Read More
February 22, 2016
Diversity in the News: February 2016
Presenting the February edition of Diversity in the News. Read More
February 18, 2016
Into the Trenches Contributed to CBC Diversity by Julie Bliven, Editor at Charlesbridge As an editor, I wish I had more opportunities to see first-hand how young readers interact with the books I’ve worked on. I gauge reader responses from sales figures, reviews,... Read More
February 16, 2016
Ninth Annual Children’s Choice Book Awards Finalists Announced
Every Child a Reader (ECAR) and the Children’s Book Council (CBC) have announced the finalists in the ninth annual Children’s Choice Book Awards (CCBA). Read More
February 8, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Voice of Freedom’ illustrated by Ekua Holmes Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
February 4, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk’ illustrated by Jess Golden Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
February 4, 2016
Give a Child a Book of Hope Contributed by Darcy Pattison, AuthorI appreciate that the CBC Diversity Bookshelf addresses all sorts of diversity, from ethnic to family situations and beyond. If you glance down their list of 67 topics on the Goodreads Bookshelf, there’s likely a ... Read More
January 27, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton’ by Don Tate Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
January 21, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘A Dog Wearing Shoes’ by Sangmi Ko Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
January 20, 2016
Announcing the 2016 Mathical List
The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and the Children's Book Council have announced the 2016 Mathical list. Read More
January 4, 2016
Gene Luen Yang Named 5th National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, 2016–2017
Yang Champions Diversity in All Forms and Reading for Non-Readers with his Platform, “Reading Without Walls” Read More
December 17, 2015
Fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature To Be Inaugurated on January 7, 2016
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress (CFB), The Children’s Book Council (CBC), and Every Child a Reader (ECAR) will inaugurate the fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature on Thursday, Jan. 7, at 11a.m. Read More
December 17, 2015
Industry Q&A with agent Brooks Sherman Tell us about the most recent diverse book you represented.My most recent sale, which has not yet been publicly announced, is a young adult novel that fearlessly confronts the national and cultural issues concerning the “Black Lives Matter” movemen... Read More
December 16, 2015
#DrawingDiversity: ‘The Grudge Keeper,’ illustrated by Eliza Wheeler Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
December 16, 2015
Diversity in the News: December 2015
The December issue of Diversity in the News, CBC Diversity's monthly round-up of relevant news in children’s books and diversity. Read More
December 14, 2015
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Anya’s Ghost’ by Vera Brosgol Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
December 9, 2015
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Words Set Me Free’ illustrated by James E. Ransome Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
December 7, 2015
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Grandfather Gandhi’ illustrated by Evan Turk Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
December 2, 2015
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Niño Wrestles the World’ by Yuyi Morales Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
December 1, 2015
An Editor’s Response Contributed by Yolanda Scott, Editorial Director at CharlesbridgeI’ve been following the controversy surrounding the text and illustrations of the picture book A Fine Dessert (NPR story here and NYT article here), and I want to comment from my perspe... Read More
November 30, 2015
#DrawingDiversity: Jewish Book Month poster by Maurice Sendak Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
November 25, 2015
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Penguin and Pumpkin’ by Salina Yoon Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
November 23, 2015
Diversity in the News: November 2015
The November issue of Diversity in the News, CBC Diversity's monthly round-up of relevant news in children’s books and diversity. Read More
November 20, 2015
National Ambassador Kate DiCamillo on the Bonds Formed by Books
The National Ambassador for Young People's Literature shares memories of reading aloud with her family and of finding community through books. Read More
November 17, 2015
The NSTA and CBC Reveal the 2016 Outstanding Science Trade Books
The National Science Teachers Association and the Children’s Book Council reveal their annual list of “Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12.” Read More
November 16, 2015
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía Una Llamita’ by Angela Dominguez Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
November 12, 2015
Writing About Autism By Karole Cozzo, AuthorWriting has always been both a passion and hobby of mine, and I penned my debut novel, How to Say I Love You Out Loud in the wee hours of the morning, in ten-minute unexpected snippets of free time, and in part when I was on mate... Read More
November 12, 2015
Discover the Best Kid Lit Gifts!
Visit the official Children's Book Week Store this holiday season! Read More
November 11, 2015
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Nana in the City’ by Lauren Castillo Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
November 5, 2015
Read More! End LGBTQ Bullying! By Christian Trimmer, executive editor at Simon & Schuster Books for Young ReadersMany of the biggest lessons in my life I learned from books. Bridge to Terabithia helped me understand loss and grief. I figured out how to be a good friend and liste... Read More
November 4, 2015
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Red Knit Cap Girl’ by Naoko Stoop Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
November 2, 2015
#DrawingDiversity: ‘El Deafo’ by Cece Bell Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
October 29, 2015
Navigating an All-White Publishing Industry By Ebony LaDelle, marketing manager at Simon & SchusterAt this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival, I had the pleasure of meeting one of my favorite authors, Edwidge Danticat. When she found out I worked in publishing, she looked at me and said, “So ... Read More
October 28, 2015
Diversity in the News: October 2015
The October issue of Diversity in the News, our monthly newsletter rounding up relevant news in children’s books and diversity. Read More
October 28, 2015
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Draw!’ by Raúl Colón Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
October 26, 2015
#DrawingDiversity: ‘A Chair for My Mother’ by Vera B. Williams Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
October 22, 2015
The Importance of Role Models and Being Representative By Taran Matharu (author, the Summoner series)A year and a half ago, my book, The Novice, went viral on a social reading app called Wattpad, being read over 6.5 million times. I receive dozens of messages from my fans every day. Two questions are... Read More
October 21, 2015
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Rain!’ by Linda Ashman, illustrated by Christian Robinson Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
October 19, 2015
#DrawingDiversity: ‘The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend’ by Dan Santat Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Hachette, April 2014). All rights reserv... Read More
October 15, 2015
Cultural Boundaries and the Role of Experts By Audrey Maynard, children’s editor at Tilbury House BooksConfucius is credited with saying, “True wisdom is knowing what you don’t know.” As a white editor who values working on books with authors and illustrators from different regions, reli... Read More
October 14, 2015
#DrawingDiversity: ‘My Two Blankets’ by Irena Kobald, illustrations by Freya Blackwood Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
October 12, 2015
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Firebird’ by Misty Copeland, illustrated by Christopher Myers Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
October 9, 2015
Humble Indie Bundle 15
The Humble Indie Bundle 15 benefiting Every Child a Reader ends on Tuesday, October 13 at 11 AM Pacific. Read More
October 8, 2015
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Ask Me’ by Bernard Waber, illustrations by Suzy Lee Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
October 7, 2015
Humble Audiobooks Bundle: Goosebumps Presented by Scholastic
The Humble Audiobook Bundle: Goosebumps presented by Scholastic runs through October 21. Read More
October 2, 2015
It Will Take a Village to Raise Diversity in the Children’s Book Industry By Jerry Craft In 1992, I created a comic strip called Mama’s Boyz because there were so few that starred black characters. It was picked up by King Features and distributed weekly to close to 900 papers for almost 20 years.In 1995, I sent a Mama’... Read More
September 25, 2015
Sonia Manzano of ‘Sesame Street’ at the CBC’s Annual Meeting
Author and actress Sonia Manzano of Sesame Street delivered the keynote address at this year's CBC Annual Meeting. Read More
June 16, 2015
WNDB Internship Project Recipients Announced
We Need Diverse Books announces summer internship project recipients. Read More
June 1, 2015
2015 Children’s Choices List Announced
The International Literacy Association and the CBC have announced the 2015 Children's Choices list. Read More
May 28, 2015
National Ambassador Kate DiCamillo on the Joy of Summer Reading
The beloved author and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature on summer reading and the value of libraries. Read More
May 26, 2015
The Children’s Book Council and DOGObooks.com Partner to Encourage Kids to Read More This Summer
For the 3rd year in a row The Children’s Book Council is proud to once again partner with DOGObooks.com on their annual Summer Reading Program at http://www.dogobooks.com/summer. Read More
May 21, 2015
Announcing Our Children’s Book Week Bookstore Display Contest Winner!
Announcing the winner of the official Children's Book Week Display Contest. Read More
May 19, 2015
Children’s Book Council to Receive BookExpo America’s Industry Ambassador Award
The Children's Book Council is acknowledged for its work on behalf of the children's book industry and fostering literacy. Read More
May 14, 2015
The CBC and the unPrison Project’s Prison Nursery Libraries Initiative Featured on MSNBC
Born in prison, Deborah Jiang-Stein has drawn from her life experience to found the Unprison Project, bringing children's books to incarcerated mothers and their babies. Read More
May 11, 2015
Watch the Red Carpet Interviews from the Children’s Choice Book Awards!
Our friends at KidLit TV hosted red-carpet interviews at the Children’s Choice Book Awards on Monday, May 4. Watch School Library Journal contributor and Empire State Center for the Book Director Rocco Staino chat with your favorite kid lit creators! Read More
May 10, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Laurie Ann Thompson
Celebrate the 96th annual Children’s Book Week with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old! Read More
May 9, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Ellen Oh
Celebrate the 96th annual Children’s Book Week with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old! Read More
May 8, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Kwame Alexander
Celebrate the 96th annual Children’s Book Week with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old! Read More
May 7, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Leila Sales
Celebrate the 96th annual Children’s Book Week with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old! Read More
May 6, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Cynthia Leitich Smith
Celebrate the 96th annual Children’s Book Week with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old! Read More
May 5, 2015
Name your price for a great set of kids’ comics, and support Children’s Book Week!
In honor of Children's Book Week, check out the Humble Kids Comics Bundle — name your price for an awesome set of books (worth $168!) and support Every Child a Reader and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Read More
May 5, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Maurice Sendak
Celebrate the 96th annual Children’s Book Week with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old! Read More

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