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August 22, 2014
Random House Children’s Books to Publish the ‘Best Lowly Worm Book Ever!’
An unpublished Richard Scarry book has been unearthed! Richard (Huck) Scarry Jr. found the manuscript and accompanying sketches for the Best Lowly Worm Book Ever! in his father's studio. Read More
August 22, 2014
Pottermore Releases New Content from J. K. Rowling About Singer Celestina Warbeck
J.K. Rowling's website pottermore.com has posted new writing by the best-selling author about the international wizarding singing sensation Celestina Warbeck. The 500-word entry about Celestina, who is sometimes known as the "singing sorceress," provides never-before-known facts about this obscure character whom readers never "meet" in the Harry Potter series although she is mentioned several times and is Molly Weasley's favourite singer. Read More
August 21, 2014
12 YA Writers Contribute Stories to Holiday Anthology
Stephanie Perkins, the young adult author behind Anna & The French Kiss, will edit an anthology entitled My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories. She will also contribute one of the pieces in this collection. Read More
August 21, 2014
Lauren Oliver Shares 3 Lessons From Reading ‘A Wrinkle in Time’
Author Lauren Oliver devotes her life to books; a majority of her titles are aimed at middle grade and young adult readers. In addition to her passion for writing, Oliver also enjoys reading and shares three lessons she learned from A Wrinkle in Time. Read More
August 20, 2014
Francis Lawrence Talks ‘Mockingjay’ Part 1 And Part 2
Francis Lawrence, the director behind three of the movies in The Hunger Games film franchise, has promised the fans that "there won't be any major changes" from the Mockingjay book. At this point in time, Lawrence refuses to reveal how the novel's storyline is divided up between the two-part movie adaptation. Read More
August 20, 2014
‘The Kite Runner’ and ‘Chinese Handcuffs’ Challenged in Wisconsin
Following the reinstatement of Looking for Alaska at Waukesha High School, two novels are now under attack in the same school district. Read More
August 19, 2014
Scholastic Kicks Off the 2014 School Year with Expanded Resources to Help Get Kids Preschool-Ready
Scholastic Leads the Way in Preschool and Kindergarten Readiness with “Big Day for Pre-K” Curriculum, Preschool Magazines, Preschool Book Fairs, Free Workshops for Parents and Great Books for Babies and Preschoolers. Read More
August 19, 2014
Maureen Johnson Releases ‘Shades of London’ Short Story on Wattpad
Prequel “The Boy in the Smoke” to be posted in its entirety. Read More
August 18, 2014
LBYR to Make a Donation to First Book in Honor of Malala Yousafzai’s Memoir
In celebration of the young readers edition of I Am Malala, Little Brown Books for Young Readers plans to make a donation to First Book. Those who wish to participate should post this message on Twitter: "! Tweet w/ hashtag & will give 1 new book to child in need " Read More
August 17, 2014
‘Let the Sorting Now Begin’: YA Authors Sort Their Characters at LeakyCon
Have you ever wondered where the Hogwarts Sorting Hat would put your favorite YA characters? Read More
August 15, 2014
Celebrities Respond to The NYPL’s #ireadeverywhere Hashtag
The New York Public Library is celebrating reading by asking people to submit photos of themselves enjoying books with the hashtag #ireadeverywhere. The organization has collected a plethora of pictures and displayed them on a special Pinterest board. Read More
August 15, 2014
Random House Children’s Books to Publish New Chapter Book Series Based on Disney’s Smash Hit ‘Frozen’
The first two books in the Disney: Anna & Elsa series will be published in January 2015. Frozen movie tie-in titles published by Random House have sold over eight million copies in nine months. Read More
August 14, 2014
‘Dear Malala, We Stand With You’ Picture Book to Be Published by Crown Books for Young Readers
Random House Children’s Books has acquired Dear Malala, We Stand With You, a picture book to be published on January 6, 2015, it was announced today by Phoebe Yeh, Vice President and Publishing Director of Crown Books for Young Readers. Read More
August 14, 2014
Veronica Roth Doesn’t Mind That ‘Divergent’ Gets Compared to ‘The Hunger Games’
Ever since Veronica Roth's Divergent burst on to the young adult scene, many reviewers have compared it to Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games. For Roth, the comparison is "scary, but "a nice thing." Her chief concern is that readers will enjoy both works and that the types of comments won't impede them from doing so. Read More
August 14, 2014
L.A. Meyer Has Passed On
Writer and artist L.A. (Louis) Meyer has passed away. Meyer became best known as the creator of the Bloody Jack series which stars a spunky pirate named Mary "Jacky" Faber. Read More
August 13, 2014
Dear Book Publishers: Letters from the 5th Grade The Dear Book Publishers series is a showcase of letters written by 5th graders from Dothan Brook School. These students were tasked with looking at the diversity in their school library’s picture book collection along with the race of children featu... Read More
August 13, 2014
New Editions of ‘Charlie & The Chocolate Factory’ to Be Released as a Penguin Modern Classic in The UK
Penguin executives made this decision to honor the 50th anniversary of the book's original publication date. A new cover has been designed and a release date has been set for September 2014. Read More
August 13, 2014
Gayle Foreman Remembered Four Lost Friends By Writing ‘If I Stay’
Young adult author Gayle Foreman talks about the influences that lead her to write the popular novel, If I Stay, in a New York Times essay. Read More
August 12, 2014
Dear Book Publishers: Letters from the 5th Grade The Dear Book Publishers series is a showcase of letters written by 5th graders from Dothan Brook School. These students were tasked with looking at the diversity in their school library’s picture book collection along with the race of children featu... Read More
August 12, 2014
Three Authors Endorse Unusual Fictional Couples
Earlier this year, J.K. Rowling shocked Harry Potter fans by proclaiming that she thinks Harry and Hermione should have ended up together as a couple. At LeakyCon, the  BuzzFeed editorial team walked the floor and asked various attendees about which romantic relationships they endorse. Read More
August 12, 2014
Tween Metal Band Unlocking The Truth Inks Book Deal With Penguin
'Unlocking the Truth' by Unlocking the Truth scheduled for publication in Summer 2015. Read More
August 12, 2014
To Turn On The Light: Dumbledore’s Letter to Cassidy Stay
Cassidy Stay, the sole survivor of a shooting that claimed the lives of her family members in Texas, quoted 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' during a speech thanking her community for their support. Those who heard the story were moved and began an internet movement to put Cassidy and J.K. Rowling in touch. Read More
August 11, 2014
Dear Book Publishers: Letters from the 5th Grade The Dear Book Publishers series is a showcase of letters written by 5th graders from Dothan Brook School. These students were tasked with looking at the diversity in their school library’s picture book collection along with the race of children featu... Read More
August 11, 2014
Authors Remember Beloved Children’s Books in Honor of National Book Lovers Day
What was the first book you ever fell in love with? In honor of National Book Lovers Day, The Huffington Post put together an article called "8 Famous Authors On The First Book They Ever Loved." Read More
August 11, 2014
Donalyn Miller Joins Scholastic Book Fairs as Manager, Independent Reading
Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today announced that Donalyn Miller is joining the company as Manager of Independent Reading and Outreach, Scholastic Book Fairs. In this newly created role, Ms. Miller will serve as the national ambassador for independent reading, speaking at employee and parent trainings, book fair chairpersons’ workshops and professional learning seminars for educators to raise awareness of the importance of independent reading for all children. Read More
August 9, 2014
Dear Book Publishers: Letters from the 5th Grade The Dear Book Publishers series is a showcase of letters written by 5th graders from Dothan Brook School. These students were tasked with looking at the diversity in their school library’s picture book collection along with the race of children featu... Read More
August 9, 2014
Blood, Roses, Snow: An Interview with Francesca Lia Block
In this interview, Francesca Lia Block, a primarily-YA author of many novels that span and meld different genres, discusses her love of writing teen characters, the darkness visible in her books, and her most beloved debut novel, 'Weetzie Bat'.  Read More
August 8, 2014
Dear Book Publishers: Letters from the 5th Grade The Dear Book Publishers series is a showcase of letters written by 5th graders from Dothan Brook School. These students were tasked with looking at the diversity in their school library’s picture book collection along with the race of children featu... Read More
August 8, 2014
More Than 900 Writers Sign a Letter Addressed to Amazon
For the past few months, Hachette Book Group USA has been involved in a dispute with Amazon. Recently, more than nine hundred writers decided to voice their feelings on the situation. Read More
August 8, 2014
Gayle Forman’s IF I STAY hits #1 on USA Today and New York Times Bestseller Lists
Now a major motion picture, starring Chloë Grace Moretz. Read More
August 7, 2014
Dear Book Publishers: Letters from the 5th Grade The Dear Book Publishers series is a showcase of letters written by 5th graders from Dothan Brook School. These students were tasked with looking at the diversity in their school library’s picture book collection along with the race of children featu... Read More
August 7, 2014
Kids Break 2013 World Record In The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, Logging 200 Million Minutes And Counting
Free Summer Reading Program for Kids Continues Until September 5th with Minute-Logging Website and App, Virtual Rewards, and Resources and Booklists for Families. Read More
August 7, 2014
“Please don’t turn this into a teenage romance”: Lois Lowry on Hollywood’s Adaptation of ‘The Giver’
In a recent interview, Lois Lowry speaks about a number of topics, including the changeable nature of the YA genre as well as the complex emotional repercussions of watching her story become a film Read More
August 6, 2014
Dear Book Publishers: Letters from the 5th Grade At the beginning of 2014, the Diversity Committee finished its first meeting of the year with answering the questions “How do we want to move forward?” and “What perspectives haven’t we covered on the blog just yet?” After discussing some of ... Read More
August 6, 2014
Happy Birthday to the Original Miss Rumphius, Barbara Cooney!
Over her 60-year career, Barbara Cooney wrote and/or illustrated more than 200 children's books, including Ox-Cart Man (1979), Miss Rumphius (1983), Island Boy (1988), Hattie and the Wild Waves (1990), and Roxaboxen (1991). She was the recipient of two Caldecott Medals and a National Book Award. Read More
August 6, 2014
‘We Need Diverse Books’ to Launch a Diversity in the Classroom Initiative
The team behind the We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) campaign has officially established themselves as a volunteer-run nonprofit organization. The group has several projects in the pipeline. Read More
August 6, 2014
No Storytelling Rules: Fan Fiction
In a world where fan fiction is beginning to emerge from its "murky corner of the internet" and become respected, even acclaimed, reactions range from awed to vexed to nonplussed. The universal questions about fan fiction are pointed toward the future--will fanfic platforms like Amazon's Kindle Worlds enhance or detrimentally complicate the community? Will fan fiction ever completely grow out of its niche status? Read More
August 5, 2014
‘Lost’ Dr. Seuss Stories Are Found!
A number of old Dr. Seuss stories have been unearthed! Originally published one by one in midcentury magazines and never seen since, the collection will be called Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories, and will be released by Random House this September. 
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August 5, 2014
Disney to Shoot an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Sequel Film
Disney has given the green light for a film adaptation of Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. This project is a sequel for the 2010 Alice in Wonderland movie. Read More
August 5, 2014
Free Speech Groups Launch “Cameron Post” Essay Contest For Delaware High School Students In Response to Book Censorship
Eight organizations concerned about free speech and education are inviting high school students in Delaware to write a 250-500 word essay saying what they think school board members should know about Emily M. Danforth's YA novel, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, before deciding whether it should be removed from a school reading list. Read More
August 4, 2014
Tor Books to Re-Publish a George R.R. Martin Children’s Story

Back in 1980, Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin contributed a children's story to the Dragons of Light anthology. Macmillan's Tor Books plans to publish this piece as a stand-alone picture book with illustrations by fantasy artist Luis Royo. Martin announced on his website that The Ice Dragon will be released on October 21, 2014.

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August 1, 2014
Does Young Adult Literature Need a Little Less ‘Katniss Everdeen’?
Within the young adult genre, should there be more heroines who don't exhibit tough personalities? At the Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC), a panel of female authors discussed the need for fewer female protagonists like Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. Read More
July 31, 2014
Happy Birthday, Harry Potter!
On this day in 1980, Harry Potter was born to Lily and James Potter. Celebrate "The Boy Who Lived"s birthday, and that of his creator, J.K. Rowling, today! Read More
July 31, 2014
‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ Movie is Coming!
Universal Pictures has preemptively acquired the film rights to the New York Times bestseller The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers! Matt Lopez (The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Race to Witch Mountain) will write the script and the film will be produced by Madhouse Entertainment. Read More
July 31, 2014
See a Cut Scene From the ‘Divergent’ Movie!
What violent scene did the filmmakers behind Divergent leave on the cutting room floor? In her young adult novel, Veronica Roth describes a moment where one villainous Dauntless initiate stabs another in the eye. Read More
July 30, 2014
Industry Q&A with publisher Christy Ottaviano Please tell us about the most recent diverse book you published. I recently published Jumped In by Patrick Flores-Scott.  This novel is about Sam, a teen who’s in a depressed state due to the breakdown of his family.  He’s pretty much get... Read More
July 30, 2014
Watch ‘The Maze Runner’ Trailer Here!
Newly-released trailer builds excitement for the highly anticipated movie, The Maze Runner. Read More
July 30, 2014
Kate DiCamillo Wins ‘Voice of the Heartland’ Award
Kate DiCamillo -- National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and author of recent Newbery winner Flora and Ulysses -- has been awarded the 'Voice of the Heartland' prize, which "recognizes those who uphold the value of independent bookselling and have made a significant contribution to bookselling in the Midwest." The honor is given by the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association and the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association.

recognizes those who uphold the value of independent bookselling and have made a significant contribution to bookselling in the Midwest - See more at: http://midwestbooksellers.org/2014/07/kate-dicamillo-recipient-of-the-voice-of-the-heartland/#sthash.QXAC57SJ.dpuf
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July 29, 2014
Little Five Star Seeks Sponsors to Help Give Every Third Grader in Arizona a Copy of ‘Arizona Agriculture: Bee’s Amazing Adventure’
Arizona-based publisher Little Five Star, a division of Five Star Publications, Inc. has launched a campaign to give every third grade student in the state a free copy of its new title, Arizona Agriculture: Bee’s Amazing Adventure. Read More
July 29, 2014
Penguin Young Readers Group Launches Pre-Publication Marketing Campaign For New Stephanie Perkins Book
Dutton Children's Books, an imprint of the Penguin Young Readers Group, has launched a pre-publication marketing campaign for Stephanie Perkins' young adult novel, Isla and the Happily Ever After. The publishing house has partnered with fifty-five independent booksellers; fans who place pre-orders at one of these retailers will receive a signed copy, a bundle of three buttons and a sheet of decals. Read More
July 29, 2014
Happy Birthday, Sharon Creech!
Happy Birthday to Sharon Creech, author of the Newbery-Medal-winning Walk Two Moons, along with Ruby Holler, The Great Unexpected, and more. Creech is 69 years old today.  Read More
July 28, 2014
SCBWI Announces 2014 Book Launch Award Winners
The annual award, established by the SCBWI in 2012, provides authors or illustrators with $2,000 in funds to supplement the promotion and marketing of newly published works for children. Read More
July 28, 2014
Scholastic to Publish ‘Bone’ Tribute Edition with New Art From Creator Jeff Smith, Plus More Than 15 Top Artists
Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, will publish BONE #1: Out from Boneville, The Tribute Edition on February 24, 2015. Read More
July 28, 2014
Happy Birthday to the Many-Hat-Wearing Beatrix Potter!
Beatrix Potter was born on July 28, 1866, 148 years ago today. A natural scientist and conservationist, she was the author and illustrator of beloved childhood classics The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, The Tailor of Gloucester, and many more.  Read More
July 25, 2014
R.L. Stine & Marc Brown Team Up For ‘Little Shop of Monsters’ Picture Book
R.L. Stine and Marc Brown have teamed up for a picture book project entitled Little Shop of Monsters. The story is set in an atypical pet store where customers can purchase their very own monsters. Read More
July 25, 2014
Expert Argues That Profanity Is No Reason to Remove LGBT Coming-of-Age Novel From Cape Henlopen High School Summer Reading List
Capen Henlopen School Board will vote to reconsider the removal of The Miseducation of Cameron Post at Thursday meeting. Read More
July 25, 2014
“So, What District Are You In?”: Stuff YA Readers Say
Scholastic's This Is Teen has created a video of the common gripes and particular situations that readers of young adult literature find themselves in.  Read More
July 24, 2014
Effingham County Students Make Dramatic Reading Gains in 2013-14 School Year
Nearly Half of the Students in the District’s Scholastic READ 180® Intervention Program Gained the Equivalent of Two Years in Reading Ability; 65 percent of 9th-graders in READ 180 passed the end-of-year state literature test. Read More
July 24, 2014
How To Create Safe Space From Slut-Shaming: A Librarian’s Guide
How can we address the issue of slut-shaming in high schools? Teachers and librarians can help by creating safe spaces and guiding teens toward complex narratives. Read More
July 23, 2014
CBC Diversity: Subjective Reality Full disclosure up front: this is a post that asks more questions than it has answers. I was speaking with a librarian the other day who told me that one of her challenges was handling the myriad restrictions parents put on their kids’ reading. In... Read More
July 23, 2014
‘Who Was…?’ Wrap Your Head Around History!
Grosset & Dunlap just wrapped up the Who Was...? book contest, which ran from March 1st - June 1st, allowed readers from all over the country to cast their vote at their local bookstore or online for the personality they wanted to see featured as the 100th biography in the series. Read More
July 23, 2014
Your Favorite Quinquagenarian Books
How's that for a word of the day? This year marks the 50th anniversary of many classic children's books!
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July 23, 2014
Vote for the Fairest Book of Them All!

Everyone is invited to submit nominations and vote for the “Beauty and the Book” award, which is the Stiftung Buchkunst and Frankfurt Book Fair’s international audience prize for the best-designed book.

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July 22, 2014
Amanda Hocking Writing New Young Adult Series
Amanda Hocking, the woman who established her writing career as a bestselling self-published author, has been working on a new young adult series called The Kanin Chronicles. The first book is entitled Frostfire. Read More
July 22, 2014
Educational Psychologist Recommends That Adults Read YA
Should adults be judged for reading young adult books? Lori Day, an educational psychologist, believes that the answer is, "no." She argues that although she herself enjoys "maximally sophisticated and challenging" titles such as Crime and Punishment, she can't read books in that vein all of the time. She also observes that YA books very often feature stories about marginalized teenagers, stories that would be difficult to access in any other genre. Read More
July 22, 2014
‘Looking For Alaska’ Challenged in Wisconsin, Second Challenge to a John Green Book This Summer
Following the reinstatement of Paper Towns in a Florida school, NCAC’S Kids' Right to Read Project is "Looking For" another successful defense of a novel by the popular author, John Green. Read More
July 21, 2014
Penguin Group Announces Mad Libs Pop-Up Booth at Comic-Con International San Diego
MadLibs to partner with Cartoon Network on series of co-branded Adventure Time products. Read More
July 20, 2014
Kid Lit City: A New York Itinerary
For families in the city, a selection of spots made famous by new and classic children's literature! Destinations include The Met, (from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg, Atheneum 1967) the stairs of the General Post Office (from Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle, Simon & Schuster 2013) and more.  Read More
July 19, 2014
“Steig’s Books are Like Perfect Smooth Stones”: Jon Klassen on His Hero
Jon Klassen, author and illustrator of I Want My Hat Back (Candlewick, 2011) and This Is Not My Hat (Candlewick, 2012) -- the latter of which was recently awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal -- discusses his personal hero, author and illustrator William Steig. Read More
July 18, 2014
Bookopolis Launches 1,000 Minute Summer-Reading Challenge
This summer, Bookopolis challenges young readers to read at least 1,000 minutes, approximately 20 minutes a day.  Read More
July 18, 2014
Lee Peters Named Senior Vice President, Strategic Marketing for Scholastic Education
Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today announced the appointment of Lee Peters as Senior Vice President, Strategic Marketing for Scholastic Education. Read More
July 18, 2014
US and International Organizations Protest Singapore National Library Board’s Decision to Pulp Children’s Books Over LGBT Content
The National Coalition Against Censorship (USA) has been joined by freeDimensional and PEN International in issuing a statement opposing the decision of the Singapore National Library Board to remove and pulp three children’s books. Read More
July 18, 2014
Curious George: Your New NYC Ambassador
The New York City tourism department has passed the 'family ambassador' torch from Waldo of Martin Handford's classic "Where's Waldo" books (Candlewick) to the familiar fun-loving monkey Curious George, created by H.A. Rey (HMH Books for Young Readers).  Read More
July 17, 2014
Hans Christian Andersen: Not-Your-Fairy-Tale Houseguest
Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson, and Peter D. Sieruta have launched a website to precede the publication of their new book, Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children's Literature (Candlewick, August 2014), where they've been posting anecdotes about children's book creators. A recent story illuminates the little-known friendship between master storytellers Hans Christian Andersen and Charles Dickens -- and the visit that promptly changed it for the worse.  Read More
July 17, 2014
Rainbow Rowell to Read Her Own ‘Harry Potter’ Fan Fiction at LeakyCon
How did Rainbow Rowell deal with depression between writing projects? She wrote Harry Potter fan fiction. The final piece is a 30,000 word novella. Read More
July 17, 2014
David Levithan to Pen ‘Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story’
Back in 2010, Penguin Young Readers Group released a young adult novel written by David Levithan and John Green. Will Grayson, Will Grayson went on to win the 2011 Children's Choice Book Award in the Teen Book of the Year category. In the story, one of the main characters named Tiny Cooper writes and produces a musical. Read More
July 16, 2014
Scholastic to Launch Tombquest, A New Multi-Platform Action Adventure Series, in February 2015
Book 1: Book of the Dead by Michael Northrop Brings the Thrill and Mysteries of Ancient Egypt to Life. Joins Scholastic’s Collection of Bestselling Multi-Platform Series with More Than 22 Million Books in Print, and Integrated Online Game Community with More Than 3 Million Registered Users to Date Read More
July 16, 2014
Lois Lowry and Jeff Bridges Discuss ‘The Giver’
At the ALA conference, Lois Lowry, author of children's classic The Giver, and Jeff Bridges, the actor who will star as the Giver in the upcoming movie adaptation, discussed the process behind the creation of the film. They also talked about their mutual love for this particular story, and for storytelling in general.  Read More
July 15, 2014
Film Adaptation of ‘Wicked Lovely’ On the Way
Wild West Picture Show Productions will collaborate with Pukeko Pictures and Weta Workshop to create a movie adaptation of Melissa Marr's young adult novel, Wicked Lovely. HarperCollins released the first installment of this popular book series back in June 2007. Caroline Thompson, the screenwriter behind Black Beauty and The Corpse Bride, penned the script. Read More
July 15, 2014
Science! Naturally Presents ‘Mystery of the Month’
Each month, Science! Naturally posts a brief brainteaser from their popular children's book series, One Minute Mysteries. Check out July's mystery of the month, 'A Measured Response' now!  Read More
July 15, 2014
UK’s “Next Big Thing” Writing Competition
In a new contest open to the public, Bloomsbury Children's Books and the UK's National Literary Trust are seeking the 'next big thing' in children's books.  Read More
July 14, 2014
First Lemony Snicket Prize Awarded to Lower 9th Ward Librarian
In the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, one librarian spends her days traveling by bicycle--with handmade bookmobile attached--giving away books to children. Her name is Laurence Copel and on June 29, she was given the first Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity. Read More
July 14, 2014
Parents: Free Summer Reading Resources for the Whole Family
Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge gets kids reading with fun interactive website; free tools for parents include a reading guide, reading timer app, Facebook daily calendar, Google+ chats and more. Read More
July 13, 2014
London Launches “Books About Town”
The National Literacy Trust and Wild in Art are collaborating to bring Books about Town to the streets of London in the summer of 2014. Benches shaped as open books, decorated by both professional illustrators and local artists, will be placed throughout the city for the general public to interact with and enjoy. Read More
July 12, 2014
Breathtaking Children’s Book Tattoos
A round-up of beautiful picture book tattoos, including full-color images from classics like The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, illustrated by Tasha Tudor and The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson. Read More
July 11, 2014
“A book is a sneeze.” E.B. White on Why He Wrote ‘Charlotte’s Web’
A few weeks before the release of the soon-to-be-canonical Charlotte's Web in 1952, Elwyn Brooks "E. B." White was asked by the Harper & Row publicity department to explain his rather unconventional choice of protagonist -- a spider. In response, White wrote an extraordinary letter to his editor, the legendary Ursula Nordstrom.
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July 11, 2014
Get a Portrait of Your Pug Painted by Jarrett J. Krosoczka!
Children's books creator Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Lunch Lady, Punk Farm, Platypus Police Squad) has launched an Etsy shop for the summer, "Pugs by JJK",  where he will paint YOUR pug. Krosoczka kicked things off by listing a painting that features his own pug, Ralph Macchio. Read More
July 11, 2014
TV Pilot of ‘Delirium’ Made Available on Hulu
Have you ever wanted to see a Hollywood adaptation of Lauren Oliver's Delirium trilogy? Fox shot a TV pilot starring actress Emma Roberts in the lead role of Lena Haloway. Though the show never aired, fans can watch it online at Hulu until July 15. Read More
July 11, 2014
Miscommunication: A Cameron Post Story
In a perplexing case of censorship, The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth was removed from a recommended summer reading list for incoming ninth graders at Cape Henlopen High School. The cause for removal is ostensibly gratuitous use of profanity in the story, which centers around a teenage girl grappling with growing up, falling in love, and coming out as a lesbian.  Read More
July 10, 2014
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Acquires SchoolChapters Inc.
Acquisition of market-leading ePortfolio company represents latest investment in cloud-based technologies that are supporting cutting-edge digital learning solutions. Read More
July 10, 2014
Alice Through the Ages
A selection of illustrations from 'Alice in Wonderland', drawn by seven different artists and spanning 150 years Read More
July 9, 2014
Maurice Sendak’s Advice to Aspiring Children’s Book Creators: “Move to New York”
Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson, and Peter D. Sieruta have launched a website to precede the publication of their new book, Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children's Literature (Candlewick, August 2014), where they will post anecdotes that didn't make it into print. One of the first posts is about Maurice Sendak and the various ways in which he has mentored and advised young artists. He could be kind, stern, and funny by turns, but his advice was unwavering on one point: that aspiring children's book creators should move to New York.  Read More
July 9, 2014
Netta Rabin Named VP, Product Development for Klutz
Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today announced the appointment of Netta Rabin as Vice President of Product Development for Klutz, the popular "books-plus" brand from Scholastic. Read More
July 9, 2014
J. K. Rowling Reunites Harry Potter with Old Friends in New Article for Pottermore
J.K. Rowling has reunited Harry, Ron and Hermione with their old cohorts from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, in a 1500-word piece written for her website Pottermore.com to be posted on the July 8, 2014. Read More
July 8, 2014
All Children Deserve to See Themselves in Story: CBC Diversity, 2.5 Years In
The need for diversity in children's books is incontrovertible and CBC Diversity is one of many movements -- spearheaded by groups and individuals -- that have risen over the decades to address it. Read More
July 8, 2014
The Jim Henson Company Together With Penguin Young Readers Group Announce Winner of the Dark Crystal Author Quest
J.M. Lee to pen the first book of a new young adult novel series based on Jim Henson’s classic fantasy film. Read More
July 8, 2014
Making Hearts Large Through Story: Kate DiCamillo’s Newbery Acceptance Speech
Kate DiCamillo, current National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, received the 2014 Newbery Medal for Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures. Her remarks were given at the Newbery Caldecott Banquet on June 29, 2014 at the American Library Association Annual Conference. 

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July 8, 2014
Ellen Oh: Diverse Books are Not ‘Special Interest’
Ellen Oh, YA author of the Prophecy series, recently weighed in on the inappropriate and unfair treatment of diverse books; specifically the way that they are handled like 'special interest' books instead of being promoted as much as other titles.
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July 7, 2014
American Academy of Pediatrics Officially Recommends Reading Aloud to Children Daily
The American Academy of Pediatrics has released an official statement saying that reading aloud to children in infancy is a significant developmental aid and is, as of now, officially recommended by the AAP. The statement is related to Hilary Clinton's recent announcement of a new literacy partnership between The AAP, Too Small to Fail, Scholastic, and Reach out and Read.  Read More
July 7, 2014
Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group Honors Memory of Nancy Garden with Donation to NCAC’s Kids’ Right to Read Project
To honor Nancy Garden, prolific author of Annie On My MindEndgame, and The Year They Burned Books, who died on June 23, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group will donate $2,500 to the Kids' Right to Read Project (KRRP), an initiative of the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) that offers support, education, and direct advocacy to people facing book challenges or bans in schools and libraries and engages local activists in promoting the freedom to read. Read More
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