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Apps, e-books, library lending, and more news on the digital front in children’s and young adult books!

April 12, 2017
Scholastic Launches Leveled Bookroom 4.0 for K–6 Classrooms with Print Books, Instructional Materials, and More

Scholastic announced the new Leveled Bookroom 4.0—a comprehensive literacy resource for grades K–6 that combines high-quality, leveled books with print and digital instructional materials to support educators.

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September 23, 2016
Creator of #1000BlackGirlBooks Launches ‘Marley Mag’
Preteen activist and blogger Marley Dias has created a zine for devoted to black girls like her. Read More
September 15, 2016
NCBLA Relaunches “Our White House” Website
The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance has launched a redesigned version of its nonpartisan, presidential history and civics education website Read More
June 27, 2016
Mackin Partners with DOGObooks to Enhance Book Discovery
Mackin has announced a partnership with DOGObooks, the largest website for kids to safely discover, rate and review books. Read More
June 23, 2016
DOGObooks and OverDrive to Enable Social Discovery of eBooks for Kids and Teens
DOGObooks and OverDrive are collaborating to enable social discovery and engage more kids and teens with eBooks. Read More
May 4, 2016
Reading Rainbow Skybrary School
A look at Reading Rainbow Skybrary School, a new digital library subscription service for classrooms. Read More
April 18, 2016
LeVar Burton, Al Roker, Dav Pilkey, Gene Luen Yang, and 200+ Speakers Address Educating Youth and Creating a Nation of Readers in Today’s Digital World
Librarians from around the state are preparing for the 2016 TLA Annual Conference, taking place in Houston, April 19 – 22. Read More
February 26, 2016
The Benefits of eBooks for Middle Graders
Expanding literacy through eBooks. Read More
February 8, 2016
Reading Rainbow’s LeVar Burton Launches Online Reading Service
Reading Rainbow host and executive producer LeVar Burton has launched a new web-based subscription library for teachers. Read More
December 4, 2015
Penguin Random House Reveals New E-book Terms of Sale for Libraries
Company's new terms of sale policy for ebook licenses sold to libraries removes one-year lending cap in favor of perpetual licensing model. Read More
September 30, 2015
Edelweiss Incorporates DOGObooks Popularity Index in All Children’s Titles
Above the Treeline is pleased to announce the addition of a DOGObooks popularity index to the buzz tracking tools within Edelweiss, its market-leading online publisher catalog service. Read More
July 6, 2015
Summer Reading and Literacy Apps
KidLit TV's Top 10 Reading/Literacy Apps for Summer. Read More
June 11, 2015
AAP Introduces Annual Snapshot of U.S. Book Market
The Association of American Publishers introduces, StatShot Annual, an overview of the U.S. book market in 2014. Read More
May 28, 2015
Epic! Signs Deal With Macmillan Publishers
Children’s eBook subscription service signs new Big 5 Partner. Read More
April 10, 2015
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Unveils David Wiesner’s Spot – A Unique Digital Storytelling App from Three-Time Caldecott Medalist
Visionary iPad® app for young learners encourages imagination and discovery within five fantastical worlds. Read More
March 14, 2015
Penguin Random House Launches Site for Parents of Young Readers
Penguin Random House has launched Brightly: a new online resource helping parents to raise lifelong readers. Read More
February 24, 2015
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Transforms Novl Website Into a Digital Imprint
What's next for the Novl community website? Little, Brown Books for Young Readers plans to develop it into a digital imprint. Read More
November 13, 2014
KidLit.TV is Now Live!
Announcing the launch of KidLit TV, a site that delivers your daily kid lit news through videos and articles. Read More
March 5, 2014
E-Book Rising: The Changing Market in Children’s and YA Books
Though the overall sales of children's and YA books are likely to show a  downturn in 2013, e-book sales in the category continue to rise. Read More
January 31, 2014
Former Gamers Debut Epic!, First All-You-Can-Read eBook Service for School-Aged Kids
Epic! is the first all-you-can-read eBook subscription service made for kids 12 and under, and it just launched its iPad application! The app was designed by former game developers as well as veterans of the publishing world. It helps kids discover great books from well-known publishers while also creating an engaging and original experience to excite kids about reading. Read More
January 10, 2014
DreamWorks Teams Up with Fuhu to Create Tablet for Kids
DreamWorks Animation has formed a partnership with the Fuhu, Inc. company to create their own tablet for children. The DreamTab will include educational activities and games inspired by the studio's movies. Read More
December 17, 2013
Candlewick Press Launches E-Volt: New YA E-book Tumblr
Candlewick Press announces E-Volt, a new source for young-adult e-book deals and information. YA readers can plug into monthly E-Volt alerts, where they can discover their next favorite novel as an instant deal for $2.99 or less. Read More
November 15, 2013
Random House Announces New Book Marketing Partnership with Pinterest
Random House is among the first businesses to add Pinterest's API (application programming interface) to their websites, with the goal of making content sharing more integrated and convenient for all users. Read More
November 12, 2013
Macmillan Launches Swoon Reads Publishing Platform
Jean Feiwel and her team drew inspiration for 'Swoon Reads,' a publishing website that involves crowdsourcing, from reality TV shows that feature a public voting element such as 'American Idol' and 'The X Factor.' Macmillan launched the site, which specializes in romance stories, in September 2013. Read More
November 5, 2013
Sylvan Dell Revamps Ebook Platform with Fun eReader
Releasing this week from Sylvan Dell Publishing is a revamped version of the subscription model eBooks under the heading Fun eReader. The new eBook platform allows for simultaneous access to the publishers 90 titles across a multitude of computer and tablet options. Read More
November 1, 2013
Are Ebook Subscription Services Viable?
Many in the publishing industry are skeptical about the viability of subscription-based book platforms like Oyster and Scribd. Forrester analyst James McQuivey, Ph.D. sets forth the reasons why he thinks they will succeed in the consumer marketplace. Read More
October 21, 2013
Macmillan Makes Entire Ebook Backlist Available to Libraries
On October 18th, 2013, Baker & Taylor, the world's largest distributor of entertainment products and books both digital and physical, announced that they were making Macmillan's entire ebook backlist of over 11,000 titles available to all public libraries. Read More
October 8, 2013
Kids Prefer Tablets for Digital Reading
A new report shows that children who habitually read digital books prefer to do so with a tablet versus an eReader. Apple's iPad device enjoys great popularity. Read More
October 8, 2013
Bloomsbury Spark to Launch in December
Bloomsbury Publishing will establish a digital imprint called "Bloomsbury Spark." Meredith Rich, the editor of this publishing venture, plans to acquire manuscripts of all genres. Read More
October 3, 2013
Storia® Wins 2013 Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award
Ereading app from Scholastic builds life-long readers in schools and at home. Read More
September 27, 2013
Simon & Schuster Launches Pilot Program with Four Leading Educational Distributors to Bring eBooks to Classrooms Nationwide
Simon & Schuster, Inc., today announced a pilot program that would make available as digital editions a specially selected collection of its most popular and award-winning PK-12 books for school classrooms nationwide. Read More
September 5, 2013
‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go!’, Digitally
Random House Children's Books to publish Dr. Seuss's classics as ebooks for the first time Read More
July 23, 2013
Disney Develops New Mo Willems Game App
This app has games and activities for dancing, drawing, taking photos, designing monsters, and driving buses. Read More
July 9, 2013
Nintendo 3DS to Feature eReader System
This feature will be made available in Japan in the Fall season. The company has amassed approximately three hundred Japanese children's books for this venture. Read More
July 3, 2013
Study Shows Parents Want Kids to Enjoy Print Books
The Pew Research Center has released the results of a survey on parents, children, and reading habits. According to the study, parents with young children tend to read more often in general. Read More
July 1, 2013
The Book Elf to Launch eBook Sharing Venture
The organizers have a long-term goal of giving users the option to share copyrighted books. Read More
June 25, 2013
Penguin Young Readers Group Develops New Literacy App
This literacy tool became available on the iTunes store on June 06, 2013. Read More
June 12, 2013
Penguin Young Readers Group Launches Leveled Reading Program App
Interactive App featured as ‘New and Noteworthy’ in the app store during WWDC '13. Read More
June 4, 2013
Penguin Young Readers Group Presents the “Storytime Hangout” App
Users who play with this free digital program will interact with a version of the famous Norweigian fairy tale, The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Read More
March 20, 2013
Random House Children’s Books Releases Robert Cormier Ebooks
Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers, an imprint at Random House, has released ebook editions of a dozen titles written by Robert Cormier. This marks the first time Cormier's celebrated novels have become available in digital format. Read More
February 20, 2013
Maggot Moon E-book Contains Features for Dyslexic Readers
Candlewick Press released the book in both hardcover and e-book formats on February 12, 2013. Read More
January 28, 2013
New Concerns About the Common Core Standards Initiative
New concerns have arisen that the price of exposing kids to more nonfiction means that they will miss out on many beloved literary classics. Read More
November 28, 2012
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Introduces ‘Curious George® Multi-Touch Digital Storybook & Activities Series’ for the iPad
Built using the iBooks® Author tool from Apple®, Curious George Says Thank You and Curious George in the Big City are the first ever multi-touch titles to feature Curious George. Read More
November 19, 2012
Disney Publishing Launches Two Wreck-it Ralph Apps
The publisher has created a comic prequel called "Wreck-it Ralph: Hero's Duty Interactive Comic" and a film retelling called "Wreck-It Ralph Storybook Deluxe." Read More
November 14, 2012
Ann M. Martin’s The Baby-sitters Club® Series to be Released as eBooks in December
First twenty eBooks in bestselling Scholastic Series to feature classic cover look. Read More
November 8, 2012
Nosy Crow to Release First Android Apps
The independent children's book and app publisher has signed a new deal with Barnes & Noble. Read More
October 17, 2012
Diary of a Wimpy Kid eBooks Available on Storia Starting October 30th
Scholastic has signed an agreement with ABRAMS to offer the entire Diary of a Wimpy Kid series on Storia®, an eReading app for kids. Read More
September 25, 2012
Raven Tree Press Announces Titles Available on Kindle Devices and Apps!
Each 32-page picture book features family-oriented storylines and beautiful illustrations. Read More
September 20, 2012
Scholastic Launches ‘Clifford’s BIG Birthday App’
The publisher is celebrating Clifford The Big Red Dog's 50th Anniversary with the release of this new app. Read More
August 15, 2012
Scholastic Announces Infinity Ring, a New Multi-Platform Time Travel Adventure Series for Kids Ages 8-12
The 2-week sneak preview of the 3-D Infinity Ring online game starts today on Read More
August 8, 2012
Nosy Crow Launches Its First Non-Fiction Book App for Children:
The debut app in the publisher's new interactive life-science/non-fiction series was written by Emma Trannter and illustrated by Barry Tranter. Read More
July 10, 2012
Judy Blume’s ‘Forever’ Out in eBook Format for the First Time
Judy Blume fans, rejoice! Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing has released her 1975 classic title as an eBook. Read More
June 29, 2012
E-Booksellers Tracking How Readers Engage with E-Books
The Wall Street Journal reports on how e-booksellers are monitoring reading and learning habits Read More
June 20, 2012
Reading Rainbow Is Back and It’s An App!
LeVar Burton Reinvents the Beloved Brand and Inspires Reading for Today’s Digital Kids Read More
June 20, 2012
Bookshare and Mada Launch Accessible Arabic eBook Collection
Bookshare online library expands digital book collection for Arabic readers with print disabilities. Read More
June 19, 2012
Reading Rainbow App to Be Launched At Midnight Tonight!
Says Burton, "We have reinvented [Reading Rainbow] from the bottom up to make sure that, like the television show, everything was tied together to real-word experiences. [Our goal is to bring together] fun, education, magic, adventure, and the journey.” Read More
June 19, 2012
Author/Illustrator/Social Media Maven Debbie Ohi Gets the Scoop on Magic Town
The site is a virtual picture book platform and is open to submissions from children's book authors and illustrators. Read More
June 13, 2012
‘The Monster at the End of this Book’ App Awarded Inaugural Cynopsis:Kids !magination Award
Collaboration between Callaway Digital Arts and Sesame Workshop Wins ‘Best App: Preschool’ Category Read More
June 5, 2012
Open Road Media and Seventeen Magazine Form E-Book Partnership
Kicks off With “True Teen Stories” – An Ebook Series of True-Life Stories From Real Teens Read More
May 31, 2012
OverDrive Launches Its Own Browser-Based e-Reading Platform With Technology
OverDrive acquired the e-reader technology firm Book.ish on March 5. Read More
May 29, 2012
“Magic Town”, An Online Children’s Book Experience, Debuts
Created by Mindshapes, an interactive learning company, the site has partnered with children's publishers including Simon & Schuster, Oxford University Press, and Usborne Publishing. Read More
May 24, 2012
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Partners with B&N to Offer Pre-Loaded Nooks for K-12
K–12 school libraries can now order these bundles, containing books ranging from International Reading Association (IRA) recommendations to HMH picks. Read More
May 23, 2012
Hachette to Bring Its Front List eBooks Back Into Libraries
A new pilot program will bring the company's eBooks back into libraries after they were pulled in 2010. Read More
May 8, 2012
Full Video Footage of the Children’s Choice Book Awards Gala!
Host a viewing party in your school, library, bookstore, or home! Read More
May 3, 2012
Target Phasing Out Amazon’s Kindle
The move coincides with the discounter's plan to create mini shops of Apple Inc. products in 25 of its stores this year. Read More
April 30, 2012
Step Into (e-)Reading With ‘Elmo’s Big Birthday Bash!’
Sesame Street and Random House launch a new app for Elmo’s birthday. Read More
April 12, 2012
Junie B. Jones’s First Website Ever!
Check out the brand new website that is everything Junie B. Jones. Read More
April 3, 2012
Has Children’s Digital Reading Arrived?
Scholastic's Media President Deborah Forte on "Early Days for Children’s E-Books" Read More
March 26, 2012
Secret Agent Splat’s Mission: The App
Check out the newest app from HarperCollins. Read More
March 19, 2012
2012 Bologna Children’s Book Fair: The Landscape of Children’s eBooks
At the 2012 Bologna Children's Book Fair, publishers discuss the future of digital children's books. Read More
March 19, 2012
Suzanne Collins: The Best-Selling Kindle Author of All Time
According to Amazon, 'Hunger Games' author Suzanne Collins is the best-selling author on Kindle of all time. Read More
March 15, 2012
Press Release: Reading Rainbow Launches First-Ever App This Spring, Curated by Levar Burton
RRKidz has partnered with leading publishers to bring Reading Rainbow to a new generation Read More
March 14, 2012
When Growth in Children’s E-Books Hits the Poverty Line
The 44% of American children living in low-income households are at a disadvantage in the e-reading revolution Read More
March 8, 2012
Random House Children's will release ebook editions of Judy Blume's books for young readers. Read More
March 8, 2012
Meet the iPad 3
What Apple's newest generation iPad means for publishers. Read More
March 6, 2012
Scholastic Launches Storia, New Proprietary e-book Platform
Following 18 months of development, Scholastic is launching a beta test featuring 1,300 titles Read More
March 1, 2012
Penguin Launches Richelle Mead Community-Based App
Penguin to launch the app for the bestselling author, The World of Richelle Mead, on March 2 Read More
February 13, 2012
‘And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street’: The App
The 1937 classic by Dr. Seuss is now available as an app. Read More
February 10, 2012
Kindle Fire vs. Nook Tablet
Kindle Fire vs. Nook Tablet: An educator weighs the pros and cons. Read More
February 9, 2012
iPads, Kindles, and Nooks, Oh My!
Find out which e-reader is best for your reading habits. Read More
January 30, 2012
Publishers and Social Media. Who Is Doing It Best?
The data is in and publishers have been ranked. Read More
January 26, 2012
Random House & Sesame Street Launch eImprint
Random House Children’s Books has partnered with Sesame Workshop to launch a new digital imprint. Read More
January 24, 2012
Winners of Publishing Innovation Awards Announced
Penguin, Random House, Hachette, Simon & Schuster and other publishing powerhouses were among the winners at the second annual Publishing Innovation Awards Read More
January 12, 2012
New Kindle Publishing Guidelines Released (Kindle Fire included)
A recap of the picture book publishing guidelines for Kindle Fire Read More
January 12, 2012
Harper Launches Digital-to-Print At Retail Today
Lion's share of publisher's backlist titles now available as digital files that can be printed at indie bookstores with EBMs Read More
January 11, 2012
How to Build A Best-Selling Children’s Book App
A case study on National Geographic's “Weird But True” app Read More
January 10, 2012
Small Study Finds That Children Preferred E-book to Print for Reading & Learning
Publishers, educators, and literacy organizations weigh in Read More
January 9, 2012
Get eBooks From Your Local Bookstore & Library
Using Google Books, readers can buy digital editions of eBooks from thousands of indie bookstores nationwide including Powell’s Books in Portland, OR and Word in Brooklyn, NY. Read More
January 5, 2012
Dr. Seuss’ ‘If I Ran The Zoo’ Now An App
Dr. Seuss’ classic children’s book 'If I Ran The Zoo', is now available in app form from digital publishing company Oceanhouse Media Read More
January 3, 2012
Walter Dean Myers Named New National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, 2012-2013
Prolific Author Chooses “Reading Is Not Optional” as Banner for Platform Read More

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