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May 22, 2017
Kwame Alexander Named 2017 Summer Reading Champion for Nationwide Campaign
Check out Kwame Alexander's recommended summer reads list for 2017 as well as his special summer reading message for teachers, librarians, and parents! Read More
May 17, 2017
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang Featured Speaker at YSU English Festival
Gene Luen Yang was one of the featured speakers at the 39th annual Youngstown State University English Festival for the first time. Read More
May 17, 2017
Nine Debuts on the Publishers Weekly Bestseller List
Check out which books debut on this week's Publishers Weekly Bestseller list. Read More
May 9, 2017
Kids Summer Reading Adventure Starts Now With the 2017 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge and Reading Road Trip

Scholastic announces the return of its 25+ city tour to get kid excited about summer reading with their “Summer Reading Road Trip.” This is in support of the 11th annual Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge  (May 8 – Sept. 8) – a free online and mobile reading program to keep kids reading over the summer and avoid the effects of the “summer slide.” 

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May 3, 2017
Winners of 2017 Annual Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition
Check out the Winners of 2017 Annual Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition! Read More
April 26, 2017
2017 Anna Dewdney Read Together Award Winner Announced
EDWARD GETS MESSY is the winner of the 1st annual Anna Dewdney Read Together Award! Read More
April 26, 2017
United for Libraries to dedicate Literary Landmarks™ for Children’s Book Week
In celebration of  Children’s Book Week (May 1-7, 2017) United for Libraries will dedicate three Literary Landmarks™ celebrating children’s book authors. Read More
April 21, 2017
3,500 Teachers to Receive Grants for Classroom Libraries from James Patterson & Scholastic as Part of School Library Campaign
James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club has renewed their highly-successful Patterson Partnership, a program that has helped save more than 900 U.S. school libraries and has kept reading a priority for children in the U.S. Check out how teachers in grades pre-K through 12 can enter to build their classroom libraries now! Read More
April 17, 2017
Every Child a Reader and Screen-Free Collaborate on NEW Resources for Kids
New resources for those looking to get their children reading and screen free May 1st - May 7th! Read More
April 14, 2017
EBSCO Announces Finalists for SEE-IT Graphic Novel Award
Check out the 6 graphic novels that were announced as finalists for the SEE-IT award! Read More
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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April 11, 2017
New Book From Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst Helps Educators Discover Why How We Read Matters to Students
Kylene Beers and Robert Probst create an immersive book encouraging young readers to engage with the text, acknowledge their thoughts about it and consider how they are feeling while they are reading. Read the full info here. Read More
April 7, 2017
Exclusive Bookmark for National Poetry Month!
Download and print this exclusive bookmark for National Poetry Month! Read More
April 6, 2017
#DVpit Returns April 2017
#DVpit for marginalized voices returns for the third time! Don't miss this opportunity to pitch agents your story! Read More
April 3, 2017
Get #CaughtReading with ‘Story Monsters Ink’ Magazine’s New Literacy Campaign
Story Monsters Ink magazine is issuing a fun challenge for parents and teachers everywhere: Catch your students and children reading! Read More
March 27, 2017
Submissions call for Anansesem Magazine – September 2017 Issue
Calling writers of every age! Anansesem magazine is accepting submissions from children and adult authors & illustrators for their September 2017 issue on the theme of Love. 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 21, 2017
Sesame Street Introduces Julia, a Muppet With Autism

Julia, a 4-year-old muppet character with autism, will make her debut on Sesame Street next month; she was introduced in a digital storybook released in fall 2015.

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March 20, 2017
Three Debuts on the Publishers Weekly Bestseller List
Check out which books debut on this week's Publishers Weekly Bestseller list. Read More
March 20, 2017
New Crop of Young Adult Novels Explores Race and Police Brutality
The New York Times highlights the contributions of African American authors in writing honest young adult novels about the issues of race and police brutality, centering on Angie Thomas's bestselling debut, The Hate U Give. Read More
March 17, 2017
Cuento de Luz to Start Printing On Environmentally Friendly Stone Paper
Cuento de Luz, a Spain-based, international publisher of children’s picture books with the US as main market, has announced its shift from traditional paper printing to stone paper. Read More
March 16, 2017
Hachette Book Group and Novel Effect Launch Pilot for Voice-Activated Interactive Children’s Picture Book Soundtracks
Storytime App Novel Effect and Hachette Book Group have announced a pilot program to create immersive read-aloud experiences for select children’s books from HBG’s Little, Brown Books for Young Readers division. Read More
March 15, 2017
Exciting News on the 2017 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
Bestselling Author and Scholastic Summer Reading Global Ambassador Dav Pilkey Announces a National Educator Contest to Award Free Books to Schools. Read More
March 14, 2017
Why ‘The Outsiders’ Lives On: A Teenage Novel Turns 50

This month celebrates the 50th anniversary of
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. Read The New York Times feature highlighting this widely read novel
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March 13, 2017
Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Author Of Heartbreaking ‘Modern Love’ Essay, Dead At 51
Amy Krouse Rosenthal, well known author of more than 30 children's books, passed away this morning, Monday, March 13th from cancer. Read More
March 13, 2017
7 Lessons for Parents of Reluctant Middle Grade Readers
Do you know a reluctant middle grade reader? How do you get them to read?  Read More
March 10, 2017
8 Picture Books That Inspire a Positive Outlook
Check out Brightly's list of picture books that help inspire a positive outlook! 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 9, 2017
The ‘Rock Star’ Librarians Who Choose What Your Kids Read
Librarians with big social media followings are exerting considerable sway over what young read. Read More
March 8, 2017
Nancy Willard, Prolific Children’s Book Author, Dies at 80
Nancy Willard, a prolific author whose 70 books of poems and fiction enchanted children and adults alike with a lyrical blend of fanciful illusion and stark reality, died on Feb. 19 at her home in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She was 80. 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 6, 2017
Teen Tech Week March 5th-11th

The American Library Association will celebrate their 10th annual Teen Tech Week from March 5 to March 11.

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March 6, 2017
Four Debuts on The New York Times Children’s Bestseller Lists
Four children's titles debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers lists the week of March 5, 2017. Read More
March 3, 2017
When Children Meet Their Favorite Authors

When children meet the authors of their favorite books, a powerful connection is made.

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March 3, 2017
Scholastic News Kids Press Corps Now Accepting Applications for 2017–2018 School Year
Students Ages 10–14 in the United States and Around the World Can Apply to Join a Team of Kid Reporters Covering “News for Kids by Kids" Read More
March 3, 2017
#ReadAcrossAmerica Day brings cats, hats, green eggs and ham into schools
Check out a round-up of yesterday's Read Across America Day from the LA Times. 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
February 28, 2017
Four Debuts on The New York Times Children’s Bestseller Lists
Four children's titles debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers lists the week of February 26, 2017. 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 24, 2017
International Exchanges: Apply for Sponsored Publishing Trips to Turkey and Germany
Looking for a sponsored trip to learn about publishing in Turkey and/or Germany? Apply for The Istanbul Tanpinar Literature Festival Fellowship (Application deadline: March 15, 2017) and/or the Frankfurt Book Fair New York Editors Trip (Application deadline: February 28, 2017) Read More
February 24, 2017
2017 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award Winners Announced
The 2017 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award winners have been announced! Check out who won the 31st annual awards for New Writer and New Illustrator. Read More
February 23, 2017
YALSA announces Gene Luen Yang as 2017 Teen Tech Week™ National Spokesperson
The Young Adult Library Services Association has announced award winning young adult author Gene Luen Yang as its 2017 Teen Tech Week national spokesperson. Read More
February 23, 2017
Annual Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant Program Call for Proposals

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, which fosters children’s love of reading and creative expression in our diverse culture, calls for proposals for its Mini-Grant program, now in its 30th year.

Please note: Deadline for Submissions is March 31st, 2017.
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February 22, 2017
Books Celebrating Black History

Librarian Joy Fleishhacker curates a list of middle grade and YA books that invite readers to authentically study the lives of black men and women in US history.

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February 21, 2017
Tips for Parents of Reluctant Middle Grade Readers

Author Laura Lambert discusses strategies for engaging middle grade readers.

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February 17, 2017
Rediscovered Margaret Wise Brown Book Coming in October

HarperCollins will publish “Good Day, Good Night” posthumously in October 2017.

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February 16, 2017
How Horror Books Can Help Kids Conquer Their Fears

Curtis Jobling, author of the ‘Wereworld’ series, argues horror books can help young readers conquer their fears.

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February 15, 2017
Picture Books for Young Activists

All the Wonders curates list of 35 picture books that help children explore and understand activism.

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February 14, 2017
Author Mo Williems on Comedy and Failures in His Books

The New Yorker profiles Mo Williems, author of the Pigeon and Elephant and Piggie series.

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February 13, 2017
Building Empathy Through Reading Aloud

Reading aloud to children can help them expand their vocabulary and language skills, as well as help them practice and experience empathy.

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February 10, 2017
Books About Refugee and Immigrant Experiences

As a part of the #booksforbetter initiative, All the Wonders compiled a list of 20 books that explore immigrant and refugee experiences.  

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February 9, 2017
The 18 YA Novels Being Developed for Television and the Big Screen.

Eighteen young adult favorites are rumored to be in development for television shows or movies.

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February 3, 2017
The Benefit of Banned Books

Pediatrician and New York Times blogger Perri Klass believes challenged books can benefit both parents and children.

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February 2, 2017
Author Jason Reynolds on Writing for Middle Grade Readers

School Library Journal talks with award-winning author Jason Reynolds about writing for middle grade readers.

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February 1, 2017
The Role of Sensitivity Readers in Kid Lit and YA

An author, a reader, and a publisher discuss how sensitivity readers are making books more inclusive and accurate when it comes to representing marginalized groups.

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January 31, 2017
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Creativity in Progress Series: Part 11
Join National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang each month at Book Riot for the Creativity in Progress series, where he takes us inside the process of writing and illustrating comics. Read More
January 31, 2017
Rediscovered Mark Twain Fairy Tale Coming Soon

This fall, Doubleday Books for Young Readers will release ‘The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine,’ an expanded version of Twain’s rediscovered partial manuscript that was reimagined by the author-and-illustrator team of Philip and Erin Stead.

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January 30, 2017
Digital Book World Conference Reports Trade Book Market is Stable

At the Digital Book World conference, keynote speakers reported that the trade book market is relatively stable.

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January 27, 2017
The New Trio Behind Netflix’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’

The Netflix adaptation of ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ features the series’ author Daniel Handler, executive producer Barry Sonnenfeld, and actor Neil Patrick Harris.

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January 27, 2017
National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang Announces the Launch of Nationwide Reading Without Walls Month
The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang, in partnership with the Children’s Book Council, the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, Every Child a Reader, and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, announces the launch of Reading Without Walls Month, which will take place annually starting April 2017. Read More
January 26, 2017
Bethlehem Elementary School Takes on the Reading Without Walls Challenge
Students at Bethlehem Elementary School in Connecticut have adopted National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang's Reading Without Walls Challenge. Read More
January 25, 2017
Three Debuts on the Indie Bestsellers List
Three children's titles debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list for the week of January 25, 2017. Read More
January 23, 2017
Four Debuts on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers Lists
Four children's titles debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers lists the week of January 22, 2017. Read More
January 23, 2017
Hartman and Huff Awarded YALSA’s 2017 National Library Legislative Day Travel Stipend
The travel stipend, worth up to $1,000 each and funded by Friends of YALSA, will allow both recipients to attend National Library Legislative Day, which takes place May 1-2, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Read More
January 20, 2017
New Intellectual Freedom Bloggers For 2017
Founded in 2007, the blog has a history of top-notch, quality writers, and the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) plans to continue the tradition. Read More
January 19, 2017
Three Debuts on the Indie Bestseller List
Three children's titles debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list for the week of January 18, 2017. Read More
January 19, 2017
Barnes & Noble Launches Seventh Annual “My Favorite Teacher Contest”
Once Again, Middle & High School Students Can Nominate Their Teachers for National, Regional and Local Awards. Read More
January 18, 2017
New Workshop: Creating Inclusive Storytimes For All Children
This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Thursday, February 23, 2017. Read More
January 17, 2017
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Announces the Spark Award Winners
The SCBWI is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Spark Award, an annual award that recognizes excellence in children’s books published through non-traditional publishing platforms. Read More
January 17, 2017
Debut on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers Lists
One children's title debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers lists the week of January 15, 2017. Read More
January 17, 2017
Celebrate Multicultural Children’s Books on January 27
This year marks the 4th annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day, (MCBD) and the program continues to grow. Read More
January 17, 2017
Library of Congress Launches New Software to Simplify Download of Braille and Audio Reading Material
Software Donated by Developer Whose Wife and Son Use NLS BARD Service. Read More
January 16, 2017
ALA Nepal Library Relief Fund Donates $2,500 to a Community Library in the Himalayas
A community library and resource center, the READ Center is being rebuilt after sustaining significant damage during the 2015 earthquakes. Read More
January 13, 2017
First Book and the Guru Krupa Foundation Provided More Than 20,000 Books to Kids in Need in 2016
First Book and the Guru Krupa Foundation distributed new books to 213 programs and schools serving children in need in Nassau County, New York; New York City; and the greater Los Angeles area. Read More
January 12, 2017
Applications Sought For 2017 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants
Awarded by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee, the grant program provides books submitted for consideration for the Coretta Scott King Book Awards to libraries and other organizations to expand their collections. Read More
January 11, 2017
Three Debuts on the Indie Bestsellers List
Three children's titles debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list for the week of January 11, 2017. Read More
January 11, 2017
Disney and ABC Invite Families to Read Together During Fifth Annual “Magic of Storytelling” Campaign and Second Annual Disney Reads Day
Disney to Donate up to One Million Books in 2017 through First Book; More than 57 Million Books Distributed To Date. Read More
January 10, 2017
CBC Announces Winners of Publishing Staff Scholarships for ABA Institutes
2017 CBC Diversity Scholarship and Early Career Scholarship winners announced. Read More
January 10, 2017
Thousands to View ALA Youth Media Awards Results Live
A complete list of award winners will post to the ALA Youth Media Awards webcast page immediately following the live broadcast. Read More
January 6, 2017
Remembering Author Marilyn Sachs
The beloved children's and young adult author has passed away at 89. Read More
January 6, 2017
It’s Me Eloise: The Voice of Kay Thompson and the Art of Hilary Knight
The first major retrospective of Hilary Knight’s work showcases more than 90 objects, from numerous Eloise illustrations to art from the rest of his prodigious career as a children’s book artist, poster designer, magazine illustrator, and painter. Read More
January 4, 2017
Barnes & Noble Makes Major Donation to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation in New York City and Reno, NV
$450,000 Worth of Products Donated Including Books, Puzzles, Plush Toys, Board Games, Electronic Games, Infant Toys and More. Read More
January 3, 2017
PLA Offers Post-Election Resources For Public Libraries
As we invite our communities to have critical conversations, we must be committed to ensuring a safe place for all that reflects and serves the diversity of our nation. Read More
January 2, 2017
Debut on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers Lists
One children's title debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers lists the week of January 1, 2017. Read More
January 2, 2017
Anansesem: December 2016 Issue
Presenting the December 2016 issue of Anansesem, the Caribbean children's literature ezine. Read More
January 2, 2017
Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture Grant
The American Indian Library Association and the Asian Pacific American Librarian Association are now accepting applications for the 'Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture' Grant. Read More
December 30, 2016
Libraries Retain More Than $1.3 Billion in Federal Funding in Massive Spending Bill Passed By Congress
The continuing resolution will allow spending by all arms of the federal government to continue at or near FY2016 levels through April 28, 2017. Read More
December 28, 2016
The New York Public Library Transforms Vacant Former Custodial Apartment At Washington Heights Branch Into A Teen and Adult Education Center
Nearly 4,000-square-foot spaces receives $4.4 million renovation to further support community’s diverse needs. Read More
December 26, 2016
Amazon Announces Best-Selling Books of 2016
Harry Potter & The Cursed Child is the best-selling book of 2016 overall and in the Kids & Teens category. Harry Potter & The Cursed Child is also this year’s Most Wished For and Most Gifted book. Read More
December 22, 2016
Holidays in Kid Lit
Authors share how they'd celebrate their dream holidays with children's book families. Read More
December 22, 2016
2017 Teens’ Top Ten Book Groups Announced
The Teens’ Top Ten is a booklist created entirely by and for teens. Read More
December 20, 2016
Debut on the Indie Bestsellers List
One children's title debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list, for the week of December 21, 2016. Read More
December 20, 2016
Children’s Book Editors on Working with their Heroes
Children's book editors on the experience of working with their favorite authors from childhood. Read More
December 20, 2016
2017 Morris Award Finalists Announced
YALSA will name the 2017 award winner at the Youth Media Awards at 8 a.m. on Jan. 23 in Atlanta during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting. Read More
December 19, 2016
Expanding Library Outreach Services

Library services and programs for underserved and underrepresented populations.

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December 16, 2016
Engineering and Kid Lit

Tufts University has developed a program that integrates reading with STEM learning. 

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December 15, 2016
First Book’s Citizen Power Project

First Book’s Citizen Power Project gathered proposals for how educators can show their students that they have a voice and the ability to make positive changes happen.

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December 14, 2016
Debut on the Indie Bestsellers List
One children's title debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list, for the week of December 14, 2016. Read More
December 14, 2016
Two Debuts on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers Lists
Two children's and young adult titles debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers lists the week of December 11, 2016. Read More
December 14, 2016
Global Kids Connect Surveys China, Latin America, and Brexit

A recap of the second annual Global Kids Connect conference.

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December 13, 2016
First Book and Penguin Random House Partner to Bring Brand New Books and Red Mittens to Kids in Need Through Red Mitten Campaign
Campaign marks release of “A Poem for Peter,” a new children’s book based on the life of beloved children’s author Ezra Jack Keats. Read More
December 12, 2016
Young Readers Prefer Paper Books to E-Books for Pleasure Reading

A recent Scholastic survey revealed that 65% of young people prefer to read in print, which is up from 60% who preferred print in 2012.

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December 9, 2016
The Rise of the New Adult Genre
The emergence of the New Adult genre has created more options for readers transitioning between childhood and adulthood. Read More
December 9, 2016
2017 Teen Tech Week™ Site Now Live
The celebration will take place March 5-11, 2017 with the theme “Be the Source of Change.” Read More
December 8, 2016
Debut on the Indie Bestsellers List
One children's title debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list, for the week of December 7, 2016. Read More
December 8, 2016
In Partnership with First Book, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation Announces a Toy and Book Relief Effort for North Carolina Flood Victims
In partnership with First Book, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundations Announces a Toy and Book Relief Effort for North Carolina Flood Victims Resulting From Hurricane Matthew. Read More
December 7, 2016
Three Debuts on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers Lists
Three children's and young adult titles debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers lists the week of December 4, 2016. Read More
December 7, 2016
Every Child a Reader Announces Expanded Plans for Children’s Book Week (May 1-7, 2017)
Major new plans for the longest-running national reading initiative in the U.S. Read More
December 7, 2016
Barnes & Noble Invites Customers to Experience Its First-Ever Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball On December 9
Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide will feature dancing, music, Harry Potter-themed activities, and a special giveaway. Read More
December 6, 2016
2017 Sendak Fellows Revealed
The 2017 Sendak Fellows have been announced. Read More
December 6, 2016
Winners Announced For the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards
Children's book titles took the top prize in six categories: fantasy, debut Goodreads author, young adult fiction, young adult fantasy & science-fiction, middle grade & children's books, and picture books. Read More
December 2, 2016
Winner Announced for the 2016 Children’s Books on Tour NYC Translation Competition
The German Book Office New York has revealed the winner and runner-up of the 2016 Children’s Books on Tour NYC Translation Competition. Read More
December 2, 2016
Libraries Win Funding For Their Teen Programming Ideas at YALSA’s 2016 YA Services Symposium
Each winner will receive a monetary award of $1,500 to help fund their program and the honorable mention recipient will receive $500. Read More
December 1, 2016
2017 Teen Choice Book of the Year: Nominate Your Favorites Now!
Nominate your favorite YA titles of 2016 by 11:59 PM(EST) on February 1, 2017 at Teenreads.com! Read More
December 1, 2016
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Presents A Friend Among Us: The Art of Brinton Turkle
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is pleased to present A Friend Among Us: The Art of Brinton Turkle. Read More
December 1, 2016
Our First Worldreader Author Ambassador Tad Hills Visits Schools in Africa
With his books and hundreds of other children’s titles donated by Penguin Random House, Worldreader’s largest publishing partner, Tad read, taught and interacted with students in Worldreader’s e-reader program. Read More
November 30, 2016
Debut on the Indie Bestsellers List
One children's title debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list, for the week of November 30, 2016. Read More
November 30, 2016
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Expands Its Board of Trustees
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is pleased to announce the election of two new members to its Board of Trustees: H. Nichols B. Clark and Robert Forbes. Read More
November 29, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang Shares Holiday Reads
The National Ambassador for Young People's Literature reflects on his lifelong love of comics and favorite reads for the holidays. Read More
November 28, 2016
New York Public Library Reveals its List of Best Books for Kids and Teens Just in Time for The Holidays
The two lists – 100 Best Books for Kids and 50 Best Books for Teens – selected from titles published in 2016 by children and teen librarians across the system. Read More
November 25, 2016
“Healthy Mind, Healthy Body” Initiative Will Provide Custom Educational Resources to Address Social and Emotional Learning
New Research From First Book and Molina Healthcare Identifies Emotional Wellness Resources as Teachers’ Top Health Education Priority in Low-income Communities. Read More
November 22, 2016
Women Dominate YA but Not Film

Women dominate the YA industry but are underrepresented in mainstream film. 

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November 21, 2016
Four Debuts on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers Lists
Four children's and young adult titles debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers lists the week of November 20, 2016. Read More
November 21, 2016
James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club Donate to School Libraries
Author James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club have teamed up once again to provide school libraries across the country with grants. Read More
November 21, 2016
Teen Vogue’s New Book Club

Teen Vogue’s new book club kicks off with Zora Neale Hurston’s ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’.

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November 18, 2016
How Fantasy Novels Help Kids Face Real Life

Author Matthew Cody (Supers of Noble’s Green trilogy) says fantasy novels allow readers to explore the world’s problems and practice empathy in a safe context.

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November 17, 2016
2016 National Book Award Winners Revealed
John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell have received the National Book Award for Young People's Literature for 'March: Book Three.'
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November 17, 2016
Debut on the Indie Bestsellers List
One children's title debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list, for the week of November 16, 2016. Read More
November 15, 2016
Children’s Book Summit Focuses on Kids, Their Trends, and Their Parents

Participants at Nielsen’s third Children’s Book Summit looked at book sales, content trends, and the buying habits of millennials.

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November 14, 2016
600 Students to Interview National Book Award Finalists at Teen Press Conference as Part of National Book Awards Week
The National Book Foundation’s annual National Book Awards Teen Press Conference will take place this year at the 92nd Street Y on November 15, beginning at 10:30 am EST. Read More
November 14, 2016
The Coexistence of Ebooks and Print Books in the Market

Major publishers have reported a fall in ebook sales in 2016, after years of sales growth.

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November 11, 2016
90-Second Newbery Film Festival Open for Submissions
Festival for kid-made films enters its sixth year. Read More
November 10, 2016
Two Debuts on the Indie Bestsellers List
Two children's titles debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list, for the week of November 9, 2016. Read More
November 10, 2016
The Challenge of Raising Free-Range Readers

Author of ‘8th Grade Superzero’ Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich says books help children discuss tough topics and give them the tools to navigate difficult circumstances.

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November 10, 2016
Award-Winning Children’s Author Kwame Alexander is 2017 Midwinter Meeting President’s Program Speaker
Attendees can look forward to hearing how Kwame Alexander’s work is inspired by his belief that poetry can change the world, and how he uses poetry to inspire and empower young people all over the world. Read More
November 9, 2016
The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2016
The New York Times has revealed its list of Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2016. Read More
November 9, 2016
Why We Need Feminist Children’s Books

New York Times bestselling author Kate Schatz says feminist children’s literature empowers and enlightens both boys and girls.  

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November 8, 2016
25 Children’s Book Creators Contribute Childhood Work for Anthology

Atheneum Books for Young Readers will publish an anthology containing work children’s authors and illustrators created as children on July 4, 2017. 

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November 7, 2016
Announcing the 2017-2018 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List
Children’s authors Jon Scieszka and Steven Weinberg joined students from the central Texas area in announcing the 2017-2018 Texas Bluebonnet Award (TBA) Master List on November 5 at the 2016 Texas Book Festival. Read More
November 7, 2016
Four Debuts on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers Lists
Four children's and young adult titles debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers lists the week of November 6, 2016. Read More
November 7, 2016
Watch the 67th Annual National Book Awards Live on Twitter and Facebook
The National Book Foundation will be broadcasting the 67th National Book Awards Ceremony live on Facebook, Twitter, and at nationalbook.org. Read More
November 7, 2016
U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance on Early Learning

The U.S. Department of Education released guidance on early learning as a part of the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

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November 7, 2016
Applications Open For The 2017 AASL Awards Program
American Association of School Librarians (AASL) members are encouraged to nominate a colleague or themselves to be lauded for their outstanding talent and dedication to the profession as part of this prestigious program. Read More
November 4, 2016
PW’s Best Children’s Books of 2016 Announced
The editors of 'Publishers Weekly' have revealed their picks for the year's best picture books, middle-grade, and young adult titles, culled from over 2,000 books published in 2016.  Read More
November 4, 2016
First Book and Pearson launch #ReadUP: A Non-Partisan Call-to-Action for Education and Literacy

First Book and Pearson have created a social media campaign to promote the importance of literacy and informed voting prior to Election Day, using the hashtag #ReadUP.

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November 4, 2016
Nominations Open For 2017 Lemony Snicket Prize For Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity
If you know a librarian who has gone above and beyond the normal requirements of librarianship to stand up in the face of adversity with dignity and honor, please consider giving that person some much needed recognition by nominating them for the 2017 Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity. Read More
November 2, 2016
How Audiobooks Can Help Struggling Readers

Audiobooks and podcasts can help struggling readers build vocabulary and participate in class discussions, while instilling a love of stories.

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November 1, 2016
Happy Picture Book Month!
November is the month-long celebration of picture books. Read More
November 1, 2016
Remembering Author Natalie Babbitt
Acclaimed author and artist Natalie Babbitt has passed away at the age of 84. Read More
November 1, 2016
Kid Lit Helps Kids Be Who They Are

Bestselling children’s book author Todd Parr (‘Be Who You Are’) says children’s literature can help kids be themselves.

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October 31, 2016
Creating Effective Libraries

Fifth grade teacher Corrina Allen shares strategies for creating and maintaining effective, vibrant libraries.

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October 28, 2016
Willy Wonka Reboot

A new film featuring beloved Roald Dahl character Willy Wonka is in the works, according to Variety.

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October 28, 2016
First Book Partners with Reading Rainbow® to Offer Acclaimed Skybrary to Educators Serving Kids in Need – at a Fraction of the Cost
Award-winning app features digital library, video field trips, and educator-created lesson plans designed to inspire a love of learning for grades K-3. Read More
October 27, 2016
Debut on the Indie Bestsellers List
One children's title debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list, for the week of October 26, 2016. Read More
October 27, 2016
Reading Habits of Young Boys

According to a UK study of children’s reading habits, young males do not tend to challenge themselves in their reading material.

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October 26, 2016
First Book and Celebrated Children’s Author Pat Mora Honor Texas School with Estela and Raúl Mora Award
Three schools serving students in need receive special recognition for promoting literacy. Read More
October 24, 2016
Five Debuts on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers Lists
Five children's and young adult titles debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers lists the week of October 23, 2016. Read More
October 24, 2016
The Enduring Importance of Libraries
On the evolving role of libraries in promoting information literacy and community. Read More
October 24, 2016
Nominees Announced For Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2017
For the world’s largest children’s literature award next year, 226 candidates from 60 countries are nominated, of which 63 are nominated for the first time, jury chairman Professor Boel Westin announced at the Frankfurt Book Fair today. Read More
October 21, 2016
Announcing YALSA’s 2016 Teens’ Top Ten
YALSA has announced the 2016 Teens' Top Ten. Read More
October 21, 2016
Library Hosts Online Conference for Educators
This free two-day event, "Discover and Explore with Library of Congress Primary Sources," will be held October 25-26, from 4-8 p.m. EDT and will be open to K-12 educators from across all teaching disciplines. Read More
October 20, 2016
Debut on the Indie Bestsellers List
One children's title debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list, for the week of October 19, 2016. Read More
October 19, 2016
NCCBA and NECBA Take on the Windows & Mirrors Challenge
The Northern California Children’s Booksellers Alliance and the New England Children’s Booksellers Advisory Council are once again challenging each other to sell the most diverse books during the holiday season. Read More
October 19, 2016
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Presents The Golden Age to the Modern Era: The Michael and Esther Droller Collection
On view are artists from the Golden Age of Illustration—a period of extraordinary creative ferment from 1875 to World War I—such as Randolph Caldecott, Walter Crane, and Kate Greenaway, as well as later but accomplished practitioners Frank Adams, L. Leslie Brooke, and W. Heath Robinson. Read More
October 17, 2016
Grateful American Book Prize Will Be Awarded to Author Chris Stevenson for His Revolutionary War Novel ‘The Drum of Destiny’
Chris Stevenson, a lawyer from Tippecanoe County, IN, is the winner of the 2016 Grateful American Book Prize for his first novel, The Drum of Destiny, a work of fact-based historical fiction published by Capstone. Read More
October 17, 2016
Five Debuts on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers Lists
Five children's and young adult titles debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers lists the week of October 16, 2016. Read More
October 14, 2016
The Appeal of Mysteries for Young Readers
Author Stuart Gibbs on the intellectual appeal of mystery novels for young readers. Read More
October 13, 2016
Teachers Ramp up K-5 Writing Instruction with a New Resource from Ruth Culham and Scholastic

Best-selling author and pioneering researcher in literacy instruction Ruth Culham has once again paired writing exercises and activities with selections of popular fiction and nonfiction children’s books in the new teaching resource for grades K–5, Trait Crates Plus® from Scholastic.

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October 11, 2016
29th Annual Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant Program Call for Proposals

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, which fosters children’s love of reading and creative expression in our diverse culture, celebrates the 29th year of its Mini-Grant program with a call for proposals.

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October 7, 2016
We Need Diverse Books to Launch OurStory
We Need Diverse Books has announced plans to launch the OurStory app, a searchable database of diverse children's books. Read More
October 6, 2016
Finalists Announced for the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature
The National Book Foundation has announced the finalists for the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.  Read More
October 6, 2016
Author Ross Welford on the Pleasure of Reading Aloud
Children’s book author Ross Welford reminds parents they also benefit from reading aloud to children. Read More
October 5, 2016
Eight American Teenagers Chosen to Represent the Political Views of the Next Generation of Voters
Channel One News names OneVote student contributors for 2016 Presidential Election. Read More
October 4, 2016
Four Debuts on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers Lists
Four children's and young adult titles debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers lists the week of October 2, 2016. Read More
October 3, 2016
Best-selling Children’s Author Mo Willems to Match Donations to First Book Up to $50,000
Join Mo Willems, wife Cher and First Book to equip classrooms and programs with new books for children in need. Read More
October 3, 2016
United for Libraries to Coordinate National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct. 16-22
National Friends of Libraries Week offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate Friends – promoting the group in the community, raising awareness and increasing membership and also giving libraries and boards of trustees the opportunity to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library. Read More
September 30, 2016
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Launches GO Math! GO, the Fun Math App for Young Learners At Home and On the Move
Creator of the #1 math curriculum, GO Math!, introduces engaging math app for grades K-2. Read More
September 30, 2016
First Book and NEA Foundation to Bring Thousands of Diverse Books and Resources for Children in Need
Collaboration includes special edition affordable paperbacks from multicultural publisher Lee & Low Books, and opportunity for first-time author of color to be published. Read More
September 29, 2016
Library of Congress Selects Early Elementary Teacher-in-Residence
Teresa St. Angelo, a kindergarten teacher from Manalapan, New Jersey, has been selected to serve as the 2016-2017 Teacher-in-Residence at the Library of Congress. Read More
September 28, 2016
Debuts on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers Lists
Fourteen children's and young adult titles debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers list for the week of September 25, 2016. Read More
September 27, 2016
Library of Congress Literacy Award Winners Announced
The Library of Congress Literacy Awards honor organizations working to promote literacy and reading in the United States and worldwide. Read More
September 26, 2016
Four Debuts on the Indie Bestsellers List
Four children's titles debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list. Read More
September 23, 2016
Submit for the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award
The de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection and the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation are now accepting submissions for the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. Read More
September 23, 2016
National Book Festival Summer Writing Contest Winners Announced
Launched in 2012 with the DC Public Library, "A Book That Shaped Me" expanded with the help of public libraries in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The local libraries offered the contest as part of their summer-reading programs. Read More
September 21, 2016
Why I Write about the Immigrant Experience Contributed by Reyna Grande, AuthorI learned to read in  English in the 8th grade. As a child immigrant from Mexico  struggling to adapt to the American way of life, I had a hard time finding my  experiences reflected in the books given to me by ... Read More
September 21, 2016
On the Need for Children’s Literature in Translation
Writer and translator Daniel Hahn on the value of international children's literature. Read More
September 21, 2016
ALA Awarded IMLS Grant to Offer Free Community Engagement Training For Libraries
Courses will be customized to meet the needs of various library types and sizes: small, medium-sized and rural public libraries; large public library systems; and academic libraries. Read More
September 20, 2016
The 2016 PW Publishing Industry Salary Survey
PW’s annual salary and jobs survey. Read More
September 20, 2016
Library to Host 2016 Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature
The Américas Award recognizes outstanding U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore or selected non-fiction published during the previous year. Read More

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