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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 26, 2015
16 Students and 5 Teachers Named National 180 Award Winners for Academic Success
Scholastic Recognizes Students for their Academic Growth in Reading and Mathematics With Support from READ 180®, System 44® and MATH 180®, Leading Blended Learning Solutions Proven to Accelerate Student Achievement. Educators Honored by Scholastic for their Excellence in Teaching, Dedication to Supporting All Aspects of Student Growth and Ability to Harness the Power of Innovative Programs. Read More
May 23, 2015
Happy Birthday, Margaret Wise Brown!
Today we celebrate the birthday of children's book author Margaret Wise Brown, best known for Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Read More
May 22, 2015
Razorbill Acquires Sequel to An Ember in the Ashes, The New York Times Bestselling Novel by Sabaa Tahir
An Ember in the Ashes 2 scheduled for publication in April 2016. Read More
May 21, 2015
Diverse Characterization Matters (or Why I’m Grateful for Being Forced to Watch a Kid’s Show About Mermaids) Contributed to CBC Diversity by Ann Dye, Associate Director of Marketing at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers I was visiting my sister in Boston a mo... 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 21, 2015
Hollywood Director Todd Haynes May Adapt Wonderstruck
Rumors are churning at the Hollywood rumor mill that filmmaker Todd Haynes intends to create a movie based on Brian Selznick's Wonderstruck. Scholastic published this novel back in 2011. Read More
May 20, 2015
Chelsea Clinton Aims to Inform and Inspire Young Readers to Change the World in Book this Fall
Penguin Random House to publish It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! on September 15, 2015. Read More
May 20, 2015
Coloring Books for Adults
American publishers are catching on to the adult coloring book craze. Read More
May 19, 2015
Rick Riordan Has Written a New Percy Jackson Companion Book
Author Rick Riordan has written a new companion book called Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes. Some of the mythological characters who will be featured include Hercules, Theseus, Atalanta, and Orpheus. The concept of this project is similar to Riordan's 2014 work, Percy Jackson's Greek Gods. Read More
May 18, 2015
New York Times Bestselling YA Fantasy Author Laini Taylor Signs New Three-Book Deal with Little, Brown Books For Young Readers
The Muse of Nightmares to release in Fall 2016, followed by two untitled novels. Read More
May 15, 2015
Happy Birthday, L. Frank Baum!
Today we celebrate the birthday of L. Frank Baum, creator of the Wizard of Oz series. Read More
May 15, 2015
Erin Stein to Launch Imprint
Last year, the executives at the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group announced that editor Erin Stein would head her very own imprint. Stein has decided to call this venture "Imprint." Read More
May 14, 2015
Tuck Everlasting Musical to Debut On Broadway in 2016
A theatrical adaptation of Natalie Babbitt's beloved novel Tuck Everlasting is heading to Broadway. The opening date for this show has been scheduled for April 17, 2016. 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 13, 2015
What Are You? A Post That Has Nothing to Do with Sookie StackhouseContributed to CBC Diversity by Christian Trimmer, executive editor for Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers“What are you?”“Uh…”“I mean, where are you from?”“Oh! Chicago.”“No, ... Read More
May 13, 2015
Little Free Library® Announces Worldwide Book Drive for Children’s and Young Adult Books At Its 25,000 Locations
Little Free Library invites the public to participate in the Worldwide Little Free Library Book Drive by donating new or gently-used children's, teen and young adult books to their neighborhood Little Free Library book exchanges. Read More
May 12, 2015
Turning Prisons into Reading Centers Every child in the world deserves reading and literacy, not just those whose parents live in the free world. Contributed to CBC Diversity by Deborah Jiang-Stein At a time when most babies coo along with lullaby wind-up toys, my ambient sounds were... Read More
May 12, 2015
Marcia Brown Has Passed On
Artist Marcia Brown has passed away. Throughout her career as a children's books illustrator, she won three Caldecott Medals. Brown was honored for the artwork featured in the following books: Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper (1955), Once a Mouse (1962), and Shadow (1983). 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 11, 2015
First Book’s Stories For All Project™ Arms Educators With Diverse, Inclusive Children’s Books to Fuel Learning, Promote Educational Equity
With Support from Top Business Leaders, Nonprofit Launches 60,000 New-to-Paperback Books, as Part of its Market-Driven Solution to Make Diverse Stories Affordable and Relevant for Those Serving Children in Need. 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 8, 2015
2015 Comstock and Wanda Gág Read Aloud Book Award Winners Announced
The winners of the 11th annual Comstock and Wanda Gág Read Aloud Book Awards have been announced. Read More
May 7, 2015
CBLDF’s Comics Connector Builds A Bridge Between Libraries, Educators, and Comics Creators!
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund continues the celebration of Children’s Book Week by launching its newest resource – the Comics Connector! CBLDF’s Comics Connector is a directory resource that connects educators and librarians with creators, editors and other comics professionals who are able to provide classroom or library visits. Read More
May 7, 2015
News-O-Matic Daily News App Is Just for Kids
News-O-Matic, the daily news app just for kids, gives young readers a window into current events. 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 7, 2015
Get Caught Reading Comic Books, Challenged Books and Other Must Reads
What do Archie, Fone Bone, Hip Hop Family Tree, Usagi Yojimbo and the Peanuts gang have in common? These comic book icons have all been “caught reading.” Read More
May 6, 2015
Mirrors and Windows Contributed to CBC Diversity by author Delia ShermanIt’s 1961. I’m 10, and in bed reading a book. My mother isn’t telling me to go outside and play because, first, we live on the 11th floor in an apartment building in New York City, and second, b... 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 6, 2015
Starting a Conversation with Young Readers
15 tips for engaging young readers in conversation about the books they love. Read More
May 6, 2015
Asbury Park School District Invests in Literacy for All
Asbury Park School District partners with Scholastic to support a comprehensive, community-wide initiative to accelerate student success rates, starting with reading skills. 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
May 5, 2015
New Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series Book Title, Cover, and Color Revealed
Turning it up to Book #10 on November 3rd. Read More
May 4, 2015
Eighth Annual Children’s Choice Book Awards Winners Announced During the 96th Annual Children’s Book Week
The Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader announced the winners of the eighth annual Children’s Choice Book Awards (CCBA) at a ceremony benefitting Every Child a Reader in New York City this evening. Read More
May 4, 2015
Favorite Children’s Authors Come Together To Get Kids Reading This Summer
Kids Log Reading Minutes to Unlock 12 Original Short Stories as Part of Free Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Read More
May 4, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Janet Wong
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 3, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Allen Say
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
May 2, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Rebecca Stead
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
May 1, 2015
Happy 96th annual Children’s Book Week (May 4-10)!
The best week of the year is almost here! Visit bookweekonline.com now through May 10 for official Children's Book Week events in all 50 states, activities, and much more! Read More
May 1, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Matt de la Peña
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
May 1, 2015
HarperCollins Publishers Announces Changes to Leadership at HarperCollins Children’s Books
Susan Katz, President and Publisher, to retire. Suzanne Murphy named as successor. Read More
April 30, 2015
Judy Blume Shows Support for the New York Public Library
Celebrated children's author Judy Blume advocates for the New York Public Library. Read More
April 30, 2015
President Obama to Announce New eBook and Library Initiatives
President Barack Obama will announce today two new literacy initiatives focused on increasing access to digital content and to public libraries. Read More
April 30, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Kate Milford
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
April 29, 2015
Humble Bundle Supports Children’s Book Week
In celebration of Children's Book Week this year, Humble Bundle and the Children's Book Council have combined forces to get kids excited about reading. The result is the Humble Kids Comics Bundle Supporting Children's Book Week packed with popular titles from a variety of award-winning publishers. Read More
April 29, 2015
Neurological Study Supports Reading Aloud to Young Children
A recent study suggests that reading aloud to young children may impact brain activation patterns and promote cognitive development. Read More
April 29, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Grace Lin
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
April 29, 2015
Atheneum Books For Young Readers to Launch New Imprint: Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
The newly formed imprint will reside within the larger Atheneum Books for Young Readers and will publish roughly twenty titles a year beginning in Spring 2016. Read More
April 28, 2015
There’s a Party in Your Head and Everyone’s Invited Contributed to CBC Diversity by author Melissa GreyThere are seven narrators in The Girl at Midnight – a fact I wasn’t very open with during the querying process because I was worried the number might scare off potential agents. My thinking was tha... Read More
April 28, 2015
Jumpstart and Candlewick Press Partner to Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record®
Jumpstart, a national early education non-profit organization, and Candlewick Press, an independent children’s publisher, have announced their partnership in honor of the 10th anniversary of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, a global campaign that generates public support for high-quality early learning and highlights the importance of building children’s vocabulary and love for reading. Read More
April 28, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Roald Dahl
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
April 28, 2015
Scholastic to Sell Educational Technology Business to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for $575 Million
To Focus on Global Core Children’s Books and Supplemental Education Businesses. Read More
April 27, 2015
Nikki Garcia: How I Got into Publishing Contributed to CBC Diversity by Nikki Garcia, Assistant Editor at Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersTo tell you how I got into publishing, I could start by mentioning that my mother always had a book in her hand, and taught me to do the same—or th... Read More
April 27, 2015
Children’s Book Week #storylines: Holly Goldberg Sloan
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
April 27, 2015
The Harry Potter Alliance Begins Worldwide Book Drive
The annual “Accio Books!” campaign runs from April 2 to June 2. Read More
April 26, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Walter Dean Myers
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
April 25, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Andrea Beaty
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
April 24, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Shaun Tan
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
April 24, 2015
Banned Books Week Celebrates Young Adult Books in 2015
Young Adult books will be the focus of Banned Books Week in 2015, the event's national planning committee announced today. Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will run from September 27 through October 3, 2015. Read More
April 23, 2015
Kids Can Earn 5 Bookopolis Points When They Vote in the Children’s Choice Book Awards!
Bookopolis, a free, kid-centric social network and book discovery tool, is offering young readers 5 Bookopolis points when they vote in the Children's Choice Book Awards, now through May 3. Read More
April 23, 2015
United for Libraries to dedicate five Literary Landmarks™ for Children’s Book Week
In honor of Children’s Book Week (May 4-10, 2015) United for Libraries and the ALA-CBC Joint Committee will dedicate five Literary Landmarks™ in memory of late children’s book authors. Read More
April 23, 2015
2015 Eisner Award Nominations Announced
The nominees for the 2015 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards have been announced. Three of the categories honor children's literature titles. Read More
April 23, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Ned Vizzini
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
April 23, 2015
The CBC Partners with the unPrison Project to Build Prison-Nursery Libraries for Incarcerated Mothers and Their Babies
In honor of Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 10, the last day of Children’s Book Week 2015, the Children’s Book Council (CBC) is partnering with The unPrison Project to create brand-new libraries of books for incarcerated mothers to read with their babies at prison nurseries in 10 state. Read More
April 22, 2015
Jon Scieszka on Connecting with Reluctant Readers
The beloved author and former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature on ways to reach out to reluctant readers. Read More
April 22, 2015
Jacqueline Woodson On Why She Used Poetry to Share Her Childhood Stories
National Book Award Winner Jacqueline Woodson recently sat for an interview with Scholastic Editorial Director David Levithan at the 2015 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Read More
April 22, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Kate DiCamillo
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
April 21, 2015
2015 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award Winners Honored
The 2015 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award winners and honorees were revealed at an awards ceremony held April 9, during the University of Southern Mississippi's Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival. Read More
April 21, 2015
#MathicalBooks Social Media Contest – Starts April 28!
To help celebrate this first-of-its-kind resource, we want to hear from you! Engage with Mathical on social media, using the hashtag #MathicalBooks for the chance to win Mathical books! Read More
April 21, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Gene Luen Yang
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
April 21, 2015
Authors for Earth Day
Award-winning children's authors and illustrators from around the globe have formed Authors for Earth Day, now a year-round coalition fostering literacy and environmental awareness. Read More
April 21, 2015
New Edition of Teaching Resource for K–8 Math Answers Questions Teachers Are Asking
About Teaching Mathematics, Fourth Edition by Marilyn Burns Gives K–8 Teachers Actionable Strategies to Help Students Become Confident Learners in Math. Read More
April 20, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Louise Fitzhugh
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
April 20, 2015
Winners Announced For The 2015 Indies Choice and E.B. White Award Winners
The American Booksellers Association has unveiled the winners of the 2015 Indies Choice Book Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards. Read More
April 19, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: David Levithan
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
April 18, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Jenny Han
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
April 17, 2015
Announcing the Inaugural Mathical List
The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and the Children's Book Council have announced the inaugural Mathical list. Read More
April 17, 2015
Founder of TOON Books Françoise Mouly on Comics and Visual Literacy
Art editor of the New Yorker and founder and publisher of TOON Books Françoise Mouly on the literary value of comics. Read More
April 17, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: E.B. White
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
April 17, 2015
‘The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian’ Was The Most Frequently Challeneged Book of 2014
The American Library Association (ALA) has released the new State of America’s Libraries Report. It contains the list of the "Top 10 Most Frequently Challeneged Books of 2014." Read More
April 16, 2015
How I Got into Publishing Contributed to CBC Diversity by Faye Bi, Publicist at Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing and Saga PressWhen I was looking for my first job, I’d ask as many people as I could how they got their start in publishing. I would collect storie... Read More
April 16, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: E. Lockhart
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
April 16, 2015
Five Questions with Kids’ Comics Authors
In honor of Children’s Book Week 2015 (May 4-10) and Free Comic Book Day (May 2), creators of children's comics will participate in Q&As at various blogs. Read More
April 16, 2015
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Convenes Key Stakeholders to Advance National Dialogue on Early Education; Launches Conversations on Early Learning Symposium Series
Quarterly events will foster discussion, collaboration and action around a unified framework for success. Read More
April 15, 2015
Television Personality Ty Pennington Teams Up with Scholastic to Give Mathematics an Extreme Makeover
“MATH@WORK™: Math Meets Homebuilding,” a Free Video Resource, Engages Students in Grades 4 and Up by Connecting Learning to 21st Century Careers. Read More
April 15, 2015
Librarians Who’ve Created “Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library”
In honor of National Library Week (April 12-18), a round-up of influential and inspiring librarians. Read More
April 15, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Neil Gaiman
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
April 14, 2015
The CBC and We Need Diverse Books™ to Partner on Resources and Programming for Publishing Internship Program
The Children’s Book Council (CBC), the non-profit trade association for children’s book publishers in North America, and grassroots nonprofit We Need Diverse Books™ (WNDB) today announced their partnership on educational programming and resources for interns selected for the WNDB Internship Program, launching this summer. Read More
April 14, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Malala Yousafzai
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
April 14, 2015
HarperCollins Children’s Books to Publish Final ‘Discworld’ Novel From Sir Terry Pratchett
Sir Terry Pratchett completed THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN in the summer of 2014, and it's scheduled for publication on September 15, 2015. Read More
April 13, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 Preview
An overview of this year's Children's Book Week celebrations (May 4-10, 2015)! Read More
April 13, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: John Green
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
April 13, 2015
National Student Poets Lead the Way for Youth Writers During National Poetry Month
Youth Poetry Ambassadors Selected by White House Committee Will Connect with Their Peers and Empower Diverse Audiences Through the Literary Arts. Read More
April 12, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Katherine Rundell
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
April 11, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: A.A. Milne
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
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