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January 30, 2015
The Uni Project Brings Pop-Up Reading Rooms to NYC!
The Uni Project brings literacy into the spotlight by setting up mobile, open-air reading rooms throughout New York City. Read More
January 30, 2015
3 Authors Talk About Art That Changed Their Lives
Have you ever encountered a life-saving book? Three children's books writers revealed the titles that have played a significant role in their lives. Read More
January 29, 2015
New Author and Illustrator Awards & Selection Process Announced for the 8th Annual Children’s Choice Book Awards
Every Child a Reader and the Children’s Book Council have announced three new categories for the 8th annual Children's Choice Book Awards. Read More
January 29, 2015
3 Tony Award-Winning Broadway Veterans Team Up For a ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Musical
Alan Menken, David Zippel, and Harvey Fierstein are teaming up to adapt Mrs. Doubtfire into a Broadway musical. The story for the popular 1993 movie is based on Anne Fine's young adult novel, Alias Madame Doubtfire. Read More
January 29, 2015
Candlewick Teams up with Italian Publisher minibombo
Candlewick Press is teaming up with minibombo to bring four of the Italian publisher's picture books to the U.S. Read More
January 28, 2015
Lauren Oliver on J.K. Rowling’s Influence
Author Lauren Oliver discusses her experience reading J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, and the books' enduring influence on her life and work. Read More
January 28, 2015
Remembering Illustrator Margaret Bloy Graham
Margaret Bloy Graham, the beloved children's book artist, has passed away. Throughout her career, she became widely known for her work on the picture book Harry the Dirty Dog. Read More
January 27, 2015
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2015 Explore the official website for Multicultural Children’s Book Day to: Learn about amazing, diverse authors and illustrators Read multicultural children’s book reviews Participate in a virtual book drive Talk about diversity in children’s lit... Read More
January 27, 2015
Natalie Babbit’s ‘Tuck Everlasting’ Turns 40
Fans celebrate the 40th anniversary of Tuck Everlasting, the classic children's book addressing the difficult issues of mortality and death. Read More
January 27, 2015
2015 Sydney Taylor Book Award Results Announced
The Association of Jewish Libraries has revealed the winners and honorees of the 2015 Sydney Taylor Book Awards. Each category recognizes one winner, two honors, and a few notable titles. Read More
January 26, 2015
Gene Luen Yang to Write an Educational Graphic Novel For Kids
Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang has been teaming up with artist Mike Holmes on a new middle grade book entitled Secret Coders. Yang plans to focus on the programming language "logo" within the story. Read More
January 23, 2015
We Need Diverse Books Announces Short Story Contest
We Need Diverse Books will hold a short story contest, selecting one previously unpublished author of a diverse background for an upcoming anthology. Read More
January 23, 2015
2015 Edgar Award Young Adult Nominees Announced
The organizers behind the 2015 Edgar Awards have revealed the nominees. Five books have been honored in the young adult category. Read More
January 22, 2015
New Edition of ‘Will Grayson, Will Grayson’ to Feature New Cover
Penguin Young Readers Group plans to publish a new edition of John Green and David Levithan's young adult novel, Will Grayson, Will Grayson. Read More
January 22, 2015
Egmont USA to Close Operations
Egmont Publishing has announced plans to close its U.S. division. Read More
January 22, 2015
The Eric Carle Museum Welcomes New Chief Curator
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art names Ellen Keiter as the Museum’s new chief curator. Read More
January 22, 2015
SCBWI’s 2014 On-The-Verge Emerging Voices Award Winners
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators announces the 2014 On-The-Verge Emerging Voices Award winners.  Read More
January 21, 2015
CBC Diversity: ‘It’s Possible’ Series Honors Walter Dean Myers
CBC Diversity shares the 'It's Possible' series, a tribute to the late Walter Dean Myers. Read More
January 21, 2015
Two Producers Option ‘This Song Will Save Your Life’
Two producers have optioned the rights to This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales. FSG Books for Young Readers, an imprint at the Macmillan Children's Group, published the book back in September 2013. Read More
January 21, 2015
Kate DiCamillo Named National Summer Reading Champion
The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) appoints award-winning children’s book author, Kate DiCamillo, as its first ever National Summer Reading Champion. Read More
January 20, 2015
CBC Diversity: Inclusion vs. Diversity Contributed to CBC Diversity by Tonya Cherie Hegamin Human brains like to compartmentalize, and I believe that the term “diversity” serves to place people in boxes marked “other”. However, as individuals, the cultural, physical and learning di... Read More
January 20, 2015
Holly Black Reveals The Influences Behind ‘The Darkest Part of the Forest’
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has recently released Holly Black's latest young adult novel, The Darkest Part of the Forest. For this project, she drew inspiration from a number of different fairy tales, myths, and legends. Read More
January 20, 2015
‘It’s Possible’ Series: A Place in History An “It’s Possible” post contributed to CBC Diversity by Jennifer M. Brown "Each of us is born with a history already in place." Those words open Walter Dean Myers’s memoir, Bad Boy. The word “history” applies to tha... Read More
January 16, 2015
When It Comes to Books, Allow Kids to Enjoy Freedom of Choice
What's the best way to cultivate a love of reading in children? Allow them to enjoy freedom of choice. Read More
January 16, 2015
Age Appropriateness & Children’s Literature
The issue of age banding books for young readers remains a contentious one. Read More
January 15, 2015
‘It’s Possible’ Series: “Okay, Love.” An “It’s Possible” post contributed to CBC Diversity by Virginia Anagnos I was a publicity assistant at Scholastic Inc., when I first became aware of Walter Dean Myers’ work. The book: Fallen Angels. My perspective on children... Read More
January 15, 2015
J.K. Rowling & Fan Activists Score Unprecedented Victory Against Child Slavery
Fan activism just landed a major victory. Warner Bros., the studio behind the Harry Potter movies, is moving forward with plans to make all Harry Potter chocolate sold at Warner Bros. outlets and through their licensed partners 100% UTZ or Fair Trade. Read More
January 15, 2015
Announcing the 2015 Sendak Fellows
Announcing the recipients of the 2015 Sendak Fellowship. Read More
January 14, 2015
‘It’s Possible’ Series: Walking and Talking with Walter Dean Myers An “It’s Possible” post contributed to CBC Diversity by Regina Griffin Whenever I think of Walter, I remember walking together. From the moment we met, we walked endlessly, tiptoeing like cartoon characters over the hot bricks of Centennial Park... Read More
January 13, 2015
‘It’s Possible’ Series: Pushing the Envelope and Making a Difference An “It’s Possible” post contributed to CBC Diversity by Phoebe Yeh The very first project I worked on with Walter illuminates a lot about our collaborations together.  It was 1994.  Walter had already received acclaim for his realistic ficti... Read More
January 13, 2015
Fans Can Vote on the Title & Jacket for the Next ‘Timmy Failure’ Book
Candlewick Press has partnered with to launch a contest for the fourth installment of Stephen Pastis' Timmy Failure series. Fans can submit their votes to determine both the title and the jacket for this book. Read More
January 12, 2015
‘It’s Possible’ Series: Resonating with Walter Dean Myers The It’s Possible series, with new installments every day this week, begins this afternoon with a guest post from Walter Dean Myers’ agent Miriam Altshuler. Walter Dean Myers and I began working together over twenty-five years ago. At the time, di... Read More
January 11, 2015
Encouraging Kids to Read in 2015
As part of their New Year's resolution, many parents are encouraging their children to read more. Read More
January 10, 2015
‘Guess How Much I Love You’ Turns 20!
Sam McBratney's classic picture book, first published in the US by Candlewick, celebrates its 20th anniversary. Read More
January 9, 2015
A Letter of Gratitude to Walter Dean Myers In a letter addressed to the late Walter Dean Myers, Andrea Davis Pinkney — VP and Executive Editor of Trade at Scholastic — introduces next week’s “It’s Possible” series, where five inspiring publishing professionals will s... Read More
January 9, 2015
Richelle Mead Fans Unlock the First Five Chapters of the New ‘Bloodlines’ Book
The Ruby Circle, the final installment of the Bloodlines series, will be published on February 10, 2015. Prior to the release, fans will be able to unlock new content and participate in giveaways. Read More
January 9, 2015
Scholastic Releases ‘Kids & Family Reading Report™’
Scholastic has released a new national survey about kids and reading. Read More
January 9, 2015
Books for Asia and Publishers Rally for Typhoon Haiyan Relief
Books for Asia has received significant support and contributions from publishers in response to its Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. Read More
January 8, 2015
ALSC to Host Día Get Together Facebook Chats
ALSC will host a series of Facebook chats with a focus on Día and multicultural program resources. Read More
January 8, 2015
The CBC’s Common Core Resource Page is Now Live!
The Children's Book Council announces its Common Core resource page. Read More
January 8, 2015
ALSC Announces ‘Building Steam with Día’ Book Lists
ALSC has released a new book list that promotes multicultural titles with a STEAM focus.  Read More
January 8, 2015
2014 Cybil Award Finalists Unveiled
The finalists for the The Children and Young Adult Blogger Literary Awards have been announced. Read More
January 7, 2015
Philip Pullman Returns to the ‘His Dark Materials’ Universe with Exclusive Story for
The Collectors is an original short story by one of the most well-loved and admired British novelists of recent times. It will be available on January 12th. Read More
January 7, 2015
CBC Diversity: Embracing the Modern Female Heroine – In All Her Forms As a children’s publishing professional, I will openly confess that the YA genre can sometimes exhaust me. Of course there are many great, original, and incredible voices in the world of YA fiction, but as I’m entrenched in so many YA manuscripts d... Read More
January 6, 2015
‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Leads in Print Sales During 2014
Children's books dominated print sales throughout 2014. According to the data provided by Nielsen BookScan, John Green and Veronica Roth's names each appear three times in the list of "Top 10 Print Bestsellers." Read More
January 6, 2015
Kate DiCamillo Named ‘Star Tribune’ Artist of the Year
The Newbery-winning author and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature is named Star Tribune Artist of the Year. Read More
January 5, 2015
Remembering Walter Dean Myers
Remembering the life and work of the late Walter Dean Myers, a tireless champion of diverse stories Read More
January 5, 2015
J.K. Rowling Shares Her Favorite Quote From The ‘Harry Potter’ Books
J.K. Rowling stayed busy during 2014 by sharing many new details about the world and the characters of the Harry Potter universe. She shared her favorite quote from the book series. Read More
January 4, 2015
Happy Birthday, Jacob Grimm!
Today we celebrate Jacob Grimm, one half of the famous folklore-collecting duo. Read More
January 2, 2015
Celebrating the Tomboys of Children’s Literature
On the enduring appeal of tomboys in classic children's books. Read More
December 31, 2014
BookBub Creates An Infographic For The Best YA Books of 2014
BookBub has created an infographic that names five books as "the best young adult books of 2014." These recommendations came from an analysis of several "best of" book lists. Read More
December 30, 2014
Carroll County Libraries Encourage Families to Talk, Sing, Read, Write And Play
The Carroll County libraries has installed play-and-learn centers for its patrons. The mission behind these centers is to help parents perform five activities regularly at home to help their children: talk, sing, read, write and play. Read More
December 30, 2014
Coming in January: Multicultural Children’s Book Day Spotlight
Throughout January 2015, the Multicultural Children's Book Day blog -- in collaboration with the Children’s Book Council -- will feature interviews with 25 inclusive authors and illustrators, giving you a behind-the-scenes peek at their creative processes. Read More
December 29, 2014
A Team of Research Scientists Used ‘Harry Potter’ in a Neuroscience Study
Have you ever imagined that a Harry Potter book could be used in a neuroscience research experiment? Read More
December 29, 2014
Words Without Borders Presents International YA Writing
Word Without Borders spotlights international YA writing in its December issue. Read More
December 26, 2014
Scholastic News® Names the ‘8 Coolest Kids We Met in 2014’
Inspiring, Courageous, and Innovative “Cool Kids” Were Featured in Scholastic Classroom Magazines in 2014. Read More
December 25, 2014
We Need Diverse Books™ and ReedPOP Partner for Second Annual BookCon
Jacqueline Woodson, Sherman Alexie and other Bestselling Authors Take the Stage to Shine a Light on Diversity in Publishing May 30-31. Read More
December 24, 2014
Lennon & Maisy to Write a Picture Book Together
Lennon and Maisy, two young girls who partner together as musicians and actors, will be working on a picture book. Read More
December 24, 2014
Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture
The American Indian Library Association (AILA) and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) once again partner to host the 'Talk Story' literacy program and award grants to libraries catering to the APA/AIAN communities. Read More
December 23, 2014
Disney Announces Donation of $55 Million in Learning Apps and Books at White House Summit on Early Education
Disney Imagicademy Apps and Books to Be Donated Through First Book Over the Next Three Years. Read More
December 22, 2014
25th Anniversary of ‘Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins’
Now 25 years after its publication, Eric Kimmel's Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins is a holiday classic. Read More
December 22, 2014
‘The Book With No Pictures’ By B.J. Novak Celebrates Tenth Consecutive Week at #1 on The New York Times Bestseller List
In 2015, The Book With No Pictures will appear on international bookshelves in 18 additional languages, including Chinese, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Basque, Catalan, Dutch, German, Norwegian, Polish, Hungarian, Turkish, Hebrew, and Luxembourgish. Read More
December 19, 2014
John Corey Whaley Talks About The Influences Behind ‘Noggin’
John Corey Whaley was working on another project inspired by Kurt Vonnegut when the idea for Noggin came to him. The book was influenced by Vonnegut, Whaley's close relationship with his family, and science. Read More
December 18, 2014
Cece Bell On Why Her Story is Best Told Through a Graphic Novel
El Deafo author Cece Bell discusses why the graphic novel format was perfect for her autobiographical story about growing up with hearing loss. Read More
December 17, 2014
Katniss Everdeen Named An Influential Fictional Character of 2014 By ‘Time’ Magazine
Time magazine has curated a list of "The 15 Most Influential Fictional Characters of 2014." The protagonists come from all realms of pop culture including TV shows, comic books, movies, viral internet videos, and novels. Read More
December 16, 2014
Norman Bridwell, Creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog, Dies at 86

First Published in 1963, Bridwell’s Clifford the Big Red Dog® Series Has 129 Million Books in Print, an Emmy® Award–Winning Television Series, a Motion Picture and more

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December 16, 2014
Lauren Oliver Issues the “Hot Cocoa Writing” Challenge
Lauren Oliver, an author who has written for children of all ages, has issued the "Hot Cocoa Writing Challenge." Participants should send in a 300-word story about winter. Read More
December 16, 2014
Scholastic Possible Fund, Usher, & New Look Donate 100,000 Children’s Books to Toys for Tots, Save the Children and Room to Read
Each Organization Will Receive the Books to Give to Children in Time for the Holidays. Read More
December 16, 2014
Happy Birthday, Jane Austen!
The incomparably witty Jane Austen was born on this day in 1775. Read More
December 15, 2014
ALSC and CBC to Host ‘Day of Diversity: Dialogue and Action’
The Association for Library Service to Children and the Children’s Book Council announce their upcoming Day of Diversity: Dialogue and Action in Children’s Literature and Library Program. Read More
December 15, 2014
Steps Towards Improving Diversity in Book Publishing
A cross section of publishing professionals offers concrete steps that can be taken in creating a more diverse and inclusive industry. Read More
December 15, 2014
Katherine Paterson Prefers Not to Inject Messages In Her Stories
Some writers make it a practice to inject "messages" in their books. Former National Ambassador of Young People's Literature Katherine Paterson prefers to let the reader interpret her stories however they will. Read More
December 15, 2014
Kate DiCamillo on her Mission as National Ambassador
Kate DiCamillo shares her goals as National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, and the books that made her fall in love with reading. Read More
December 12, 2014
Science Finds That Fiction Enables Readers to Be More Empathetic
A 2013 study conducted at Emory University found that people who read fiction develop strong empathy skills. Fiction readers tend to display a greater awareness of other people's emotional states. They are also usually more open to being emotionally transported. Read More
December 11, 2014
‘Harriet the Spy’ Park Designated Literary Landmark
Carl Schurz Park is designated a Literary Landmark for its role in the classic children's book, Harriet the Spy. Read More
December 11, 2014
Nominees Revealed for the 46th NAACP Image Awards
Announcing the nominees for the NAACP Image Awards 2014. Read More
December 11, 2014
Cece Bell Has Multiple Projects In-The-Works
Cece Bell has been working on a wide variety of new projects. She has been working on a picture book called I Yam a Donkey, a 15-page piece for the next Comics Squad anthology, and a new installment of the Sock Monkey series. Although there has been no confirmation as to whether or not an El Deafo sequel will be published, Bell does have high hopes for this. Read More
December 10, 2014
Scholastic Pledges Over $1 Million Worth of Books and Professional Learning Opportunities at White House Early Learning Event Held Today
Scholastic will provide books and services for Awardees of the Preschool Development Grants and Early Head Start Partnership Grants Announced Today by President Obama. Read More
December 10, 2014
Adopt-a-School Program Returns to New York Public Schools
This year's Adopt-a-School program partnered nearly 50 schools within New York City with prominent children's and YA authors and illustrators. Read More
December 9, 2014
Happy Birthday, Jean de Brunhoff!
Today we celebrate the birthday of Babar creator, Jean de Brunhoff. Read More
December 9, 2014
Get Some Browsing Done In An Independent Bookstore
The holiday season is upon us and with that comes the question of what gifts to buy the bibliophiles in our lives. During your shopping excursions, consider one of The Huffington Post's "10 Reasons to Shop at Your Local Indie Bookstores" list. One compelling argument is that "browsing in a bookstore, you'll find titles you had never heard of." Read More
December 8, 2014
Even More at the Book Week Store!
Wrap up your holiday shopping while supporting Every Child a Reader, a non-profit dedicated to instilling a life-long love of reading in children. Read More
December 8, 2014
J.K. Rowling to Post New ‘Harry Potter’ Tales On Pottermore
According to the rumor mill, one of these new tales will focus on the young antagonist Draco Malfoy. Read More
December 8, 2014
Winners Unveiled for the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards
Children's books took the top prize in five categories: memoir & autobiography, young adult fiction, young adult fantasy & science-fiction, middle grade & children's, and picture books. Read More
December 5, 2014
Shaun Tan Talks About His Creative Process for ‘Rules of Summer’
It took ten years for Shaun Tan to finish the Rules of Summer picture book. For this project, Tan decided to forgo structure to tell the story. Read More
December 5, 2014
CBC Diversity: A Conversation with Tanya McKinnon Contributed to CBC Diversity by Wendy Lamb I wanted to interview Tanya McKinnon for this blog for a number of reasons— she’s such an inspiring and generous member of the publishing community; she’s an agent, and the co-author of the accl... Read More
December 5, 2014
ABFFE Holiday Children’s Book Art Auction
The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression is currently holding a holiday auction of art by prominent children's book illustrators. Read More
December 4, 2014
‘New York Times’ Notable Children’s Books of 2014
Announcing the New York Times notable children's books of 2014. Read More
December 4, 2014
Hogwarts Experience Re-Created in Poland
Approximately 200 people came from 11 different countries to take part in the first session of the fictional Czocha College of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Read More
December 4, 2014
This Holiday Season … Children Ages 6–17 Want Books That ‘Make Me Laugh,’ According to ‘Sneak Peek’ of New National Study
The Complete Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report™ 5th Edition Will Be Released January 2015. Read More
December 3, 2014
Teen Choice Book of the Year: Nominate Your Favorites Now!
The 5 titles that get the most votes will become the finalists for the 2014 Teen Choice Book of the Year. Read More
December 3, 2014
Cover Revealed For ‘The Favorite’ By Kiera Cass
HarperTeen Impulse has revealed the cover for Kiera Cass' new novella, The Favorite. This story follows Marlee Tames, one of the characters who was first introduced in The Selection trilogy. Read More
December 3, 2014
Chris Colfer to Write Several New Children’s Books
Chris Colfer has signed a multi-book deal with Little Brown Books for Young Readers. Six of Colfer's forthcoming projects will be set in The Land of Stories universe. Read More
December 2, 2014
Hunger Games Salute Used by Black Friday Protesters Fighting for Higher Wages
The Harry Potter Alliance’s Odds in Our Favor campaign will continue to use “three-finger salute” to fight inequality at more upcoming rallies. Read More
December 2, 2014
Penguin Random House Launches #GiveaBook Campaign
Penguin Random House launches the #GiveaBook social media campaign and book drive. Read More
December 1, 2014
Sarah J. Maas to Write a New YA Fantasy Series
Sarah J. Maas has been working on a new young adult fantasy trilogy. Bloomsbury will release the first book, A Court of Thorns and Roses, in Spring 2015. Read More
December 1, 2014
Scholastic Announces Plans To Create New Retail Space At 557 Broadway
Entrance to Scholastic Will Move to Mercer Street and The Scholastic Store Will Close. Read More
November 26, 2014
Jacqueline Woodson Talks About the Creative Process Behind ‘Brown Girl Dreaming’
Jacqueline Woodson recently won the National Book Award for her memoir about growing up in the 60's, Brown Girl Dreaming. In preparation for writing the book, she interviewed her father, her aunt (a genealogist), and several other relatives. Read More
November 26, 2014
ABFFE to Merge with ABA, Expanding Free Speech Programming
The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) and the American Booksellers Association (ABA) announced today that ABFFE's operations will be integrated into ABA's in order to expand the free speech programming that is available to independent booksellers. Read More
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