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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
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
April 10, 2015
LBYR Polls Fans to Decide On a Cover For a Libba Bray Short Story
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (LBYR) will publish a digital edition of Libba Bray's short story, "It's Just a Jump to the Left." The company is currently conducting a poll on The Novl website to select a cover. Read More
April 10, 2015
We Need Diverse Books Gains 501-c-3 Nonprofit Status
We Need Diverse Books has officially become a 501-c-3 nonprofit. Read More
April 10, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Sharon Draper
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 10, 2015
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Unveils David Wiesner’s Spot – A Unique Digital Storytelling App from Three-Time Caldecott Medalist
Visionary iPad® app for young learners encourages imagination and discovery within five fantastical worlds. Read More
April 9, 2015
J.K. Rowling Lights Up the Empire State Building to Launch Her Children’s Non-Profit Organization, Lumos USA
The world famous author came to America this week with the messages at the heart of Lumos’ work – that 80% of children in orphanages are not orphans but have been separated from their families due to poverty, disability, conflict and disasters; and that families are the best place for them to grow up. Read More
April 9, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Norton Juster
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 9, 2015
Discover Children’s Book Week Activities and Event Ideas!
Visit bookweekonline.com for great activity and event ideas for your Children's Book Week celebration. Read More
April 9, 2015
Scholastic Announces Nonfiction Holocaust Reader for Classrooms
Book for Grades 7-10 Includes Primary-Source Materials, Activities, Lesson Plans, and More for Students and Teachers. Read More
April 9, 2015
Mo Willems & Tony DiTerlizzi Collaborate On a Picture Book
Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi have joined together as collaborators. They created a picture book entitled The Story of Diva and Flea. Read More
April 8, 2015
Celebrate Free Comic Book Day, Kicking Off Children’s Book Week on May 2
On May 2, comic book stores across the country will kick off Children's Book Week (May 4-10, 2015) by giving away over two million comics to younger readers on Free Comic Book Day. Read More
April 8, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Cece Bell
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.
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April 8, 2015
Neil Gaiman on Influencing His Kids to Become Avid Readers
Neil Gaiman is a champion of books, libraries, and literacy. As a parent, he did his best to promote a love of reading towards his three children. He was successful in turning Mike, Holly, and Maddy into avid readers. Read More
April 7, 2015
Progress! The “D” Word in Bologna Contributed to CBC Diversity by Daniel Ehrenhaft, Editorial Director of Soho Teen. First, a disclaimer. This post is only meant to be representative of my own personal experience—that of an editor of a small YA list at an indie press—working t... Read More
April 7, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Frances Hodgson Burnett
In celebration of Children’s Book Week (May 4-10, 2015) and the joy of reading, the CBC has launched #storylines, a series of inspiring and uplifting quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
April 7, 2015
HarperCollins Publishers Refurbishes Library For Students of P.S. 81 in Brooklyn, NY
Publisher Teams Up with Change for Kids to Support Story Pirates Creative Writing and Literacy Tutoring Programs at P.S. 81. Read More
April 6, 2015
Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge Student Registration Opens Today as Educators Help Stop the “Summer Slide”
Scholastic launches student pre-registration (K-8th grade) for the 2015 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Now in its ninth year, this free, global reading program motivates children to read for fun throughout the summer months by logging their reading minutes, earning rewards and helping to break the world record of 304,749,681 minutes read (set in summer 2014). Read More
April 3, 2015
Nelvana Partners with Mother Daughter Team Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton to Develop Very Fairy Princess TV Series
Based on their #1 New York Times bestselling picture books; new girls preschool TV series slated to air in 2016. Read More
April 2, 2015
Happy Birthday, Hans Christian Andersen!
Celebrating the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), creator of more than 160 classic fairy tales. Read More
April 2, 2015
‘Fancy Nancy,’ The New York Times Bestselling Series, Optioned For Original Animated TV Movie And Series Slated For Premiere In 2017 On Disney Junior
The stories, geared towards kids age 2-7, have an underlying theme of self-expression and love of family as they follow the adventures of a girl who likes to be fancy in everything from her creative, elaborate attire to her advanced vocabulary. Read More
April 1, 2015
Scholastic Acquires Book By YouTube Star Jenn McAllister (JennXPenn)
Really Professional Internet Person to Be Published in September 2015. Read More
March 31, 2015
Enter the Children’s Choice Book Awards Finalist Giveaway!
In celebration of the Children's Choice Book Awards, the CBC is giving away finalist books on Twitter. Read More
March 31, 2015
It’s My Privilege Contributed to CBC Diversity by Isaiah Campbell “I remember the day that I became colored,” Zora Neale Hurston wrote in How it Feels to be Colored Me. In that essay, she related how she’d never thought much about her own skin color until she tur... Read More
March 31, 2015
Apply for the 2015-2016 Children’s Writer-in-Residence Fellowship Program
The Associates of the Boston Public Library is currently accepting applications for its 12th annual Children’s Writer-in-Residence fellowship program. Read More
March 31, 2015
HarperCollins Children’s Books Acquires Fan Fiction Minecraft-Inspired Trilogy by Teen Author Sean Fay Wolfe
The Elementia Chronicles Book 1: Quest For Justice will publish in the US on July 28th 2015. Read More
March 30, 2015
Dr. Seuss Museum Coming to Springfield, MA
Design has begun on the first-ever Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield, Massachusetts. Read More
March 27, 2015
The Picture Book Renaissance
At a recent ABPA panel, children’s book professionals discussed the innovation of today's picture books. Read More
March 27, 2015
Scholastic Corporation Announces Date for Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2015 Earnings Release and Teleconference
The archived webcast and accompanying slides will be available on the company’s website shortly after the completion of the live call. Read More
March 26, 2015
Children’s Art Auction at BEA to Honor Judy Blume
ABFE has sent a letter asking artists to support the auction by contributing anything from a sketch to a finished piece. There will be a special section for pieces that honor Judy Blume and her books. Read More
March 26, 2015
The Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature Announces the Inaugural Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence: Kwame Alexander
Kwame Alexander will begin working with the 9- and 10-year-olds on their poetry curriculum in the Bank Street School for Children for six weeks, from early April through mid-May. Read More
March 25, 2015
Happy Birthday, National Ambassador Kate DiCamillo!
Celebrating the birthday of National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Kate DiCamillo. Read More
March 25, 2015
The Next Generation of Creative Leaders Named as National 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Award Winners
Following in the Footsteps of Alumni Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon, Stephen King and Lena Dunham, Teens Receive National Awards and Scholarship Opportunities for Their Original Art and Writing. Read More
March 24, 2015
Heather Has Two Mommies: A Pretty Typical Family Contributed to CBC Diversity by Lesléa Newman“So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war,” said Abraham Lincoln when he met Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Those words came back to me in the e... Read More
March 24, 2015
Scholastic Acquires Equity Position in UK Children’s Publisher, Make Believe Ideas
First Co-branded Line of Early Learners Books to be Released in Fall 2015. Read More
March 23, 2015
Categorizing the Human Condition – Re-defining Who We Think We Are Contributed to CBC Diversity by Ann Dye. One of the most frustrating arguments I see made so often in the ongoing diversity dialogue is an expressed concern by publishing professionals (in various departments) that books spotlighting diverse character... Read More
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