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September 3, 2015
Industry Q&A with editor Liz Szabla Interview by Mark von Bargen, director of children's sales at MacmillanPlease tell us about the most recent diverse book you published.Mixed Me! by Taye Diggs, illustrated by Shane W. Evans is coming out this fall. It’s the story of a mixed-race boyâ... Read More
September 3, 2015
Book Activities that Bring Reading to Life
Interactive ways to get kids excited about reading. Read More
September 3, 2015
Jon Scieszka to Appear at the National Book Festival
The former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature looks forward to his upcoming appearance at the National Book Festival. Read More
September 3, 2015
Dav Pilkey is on a Mission to Make Young Readers Laugh
Dav Pilkey's mission as an author is to create books that makes young readers laugh. That is one of the reasons why he plans to continue the Captain Underpants series and spin-off projects such as the Super Diaper Baby series and the The Adventures of Dog Man series. Read More
September 2, 2015
Sonia Manzano of ‘Sesame Street’ Shares her Childhood Story
Beloved for her portrayal of Maria on 'Sesame Street,' Sonia Manzano shares her childhood story (the good and bad) in her new memoir. Read More
September 2, 2015
Random House U.S. and Penguin Random House U.K. Children’s Divisions Acquire Self-Published #1 International Bestseller, The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep
New Print Editions’ Simultaneous Publication Date is Friday, October 2, with the eBook editions available on September 8. Read More
September 2, 2015
The Seattle Public Library Serves Books on Bikes to its Patrons
The Seattle Public Library launched the Books on Bikes program in May 2013. Through this venture, librarians transport trailers stocked with books to twenty to thirty events every year. Read More
September 1, 2015
Neil Gaiman on Writing About Controversial Issues
When it comes to his writing, Neil Gaiman only believes in inserting difficult scenarios and thorny issues if it suits the story. Read More
August 31, 2015
Become an Official Banned Books Week Author Spokesperson!
The theme of this year's Banned Books Week (BBW) is young adult books. YA authors whose work has been challenged or banned are invited to join David Levithan and Stephen Chbosky as official spokespeople. Read More
August 31, 2015
Use Those Business Cards Contributed to CBC Diversity by Audrey Maynard, editor at Tilbury House PublishersI was a non-traditional hire when I began my editing career in 2001. My job qualifications included 12 years working with children and families in urban and rural classro... Read More
August 31, 2015
2015 School Library of the Year Award Winners Announced by School Library Journal and Scholastic
Three School Librarians Recognized for Outstanding Achievement and Innovative Use of Technology. Read More
August 28, 2015
Happy Birthday, Allen Say!
Today we celebrate the birthday of author-illustrator Allen Say. Read More
August 28, 2015
Harry Potter Alliance Uniting 5,000 Fan Creators to Fight For Fair Use and Copyright
Fans can visit fanworksarefairuse.org to sign up and learn more about copyright and how it impacts fan communities. Read More
August 27, 2015
Save the Children Promotes Literacy at Home
On Save the Children's work to promote literacy and early childhood education within the United States. Read More
August 27, 2015
Penguin Young Readers and Looney Labs Announce Mad Libs: The Game
In Mad Libs: The Game, players use the word-filled game cards in their hand combined with the sentence card in play to make the most appropriately inappropriate sentences possible. Read More
August 26, 2015
Mariah Carey to Make Children’s Book Debut With All I Want For Christmas is You Picture Book, To Be Published This Fall 2015
Doubleday Books for Young Readers to publish the book inspired by the bestselling Christmas song on November 10, 2015. Read More
August 26, 2015
Why All Reading is “Real Reading”
In defense of a variety of reading formats. Read More
August 25, 2015
Famous Authors Share Their First Literary Loves
Eight famous authors on the books they fell in love with as kids. Read More
August 25, 2015
Tips for Reading Aloud to Antsy Kids
Five tips for reading aloud to children who struggle to sit still. Read More
August 25, 2015
Scholastic Starts the New School Year with New Service Providing Comprehensive Literacy Solutions to School Districts
Scholastic Education Combines its Print and Digital Instructional Programs, Professional Learning Offerings and Family Engagement Resources into Customized Learning Program. Read More
August 24, 2015
Nerdcamp 101
An overview of Nerdcamp, a literacy-focused “unconference,” where sessions are created on-the-fly by participating Read More
August 24, 2015
Anticipating Students’ Response to ‘Go Set a Watchman’
School librarians prepare for students' response to Harper Lee's recently-published Go Set a Watchman. Read More
August 24, 2015
Big Bang Theory’s Simon Helberg With Warner Bros. Television Options New York Times Bestselling Author Eleanor Herman’s Buzzed-About YA Fantasy, Legacy of Kings
Legacy of Kings shares the untold story of a teenage Alexander the Great, before he was a conqueror, as he sets out on a quest to earn his father’s respect. Read More
August 21, 2015
Travis Jonker and Colby Sharp Create Book-Themed Podcast
Inspired by the widely popular "Serial," librarian Travis Jonker and teacher Colby Sharp have launched a book-themed podcast, "The Yarn." Read More
August 21, 2015
Victoria Aveyard Has Plans For Three New Young Adult Novels
Victoria Aveyard has plans for several new installments of the Red Queen series. Aveyard wrote two digital novellas; the first one is called Queen Song and the second one is called Steel Scars. Queen Song will be published on September 1, 2015 and Steel Scars will follow on January 6, 2016. Read More
August 20, 2015
Hearing Diversity Contributed to CBC Diversity by Thom Barthelmess, youth services manager at the Whatcom County Library SystemI’m so pleased to be asked to contribute to the CBC Diversity blog and talk a little about how audiobooks fit into the bigger picture. Much o... Read More
August 20, 2015
Changes to ‘New York Times’ Children’s Bestseller Lists
As of August 21, 2015, the New York Times will change its children’s bestseller lists, separating hardcover middle grade and young adult books from paperback and e-book bestsellers. Read More
August 20, 2015
Survey Finds Most Millennials Prefer Physical Books
A recent survey by Publishers Weekly finds that most millennials still prefer reading physical books. Read More
August 20, 2015
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results
Reports net sales of $380 million, adjusted EBITDA of $80 million; updates guidance. Maintains leading position with 41% share of the domestic education market for the first half of 2015. Read More
August 19, 2015
Submit to the 2016 Américas Award!
The Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) is now accepting submissions for the 2016 Américas Award. Read More
August 19, 2015
Vote for the 2015 Teens’ Top Ten!
Voting is now open for the 2015 Teens' Top Ten: YALSA's "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Read More
August 19, 2015
Highlights from the Fourth Annual Find Waldo Local
For the fourth year running, the American Booksellers Association and Candlewick Press partnered for Find Waldo Local, inviting bookstores nationwide to host scavenger hunts. Read More
August 19, 2015
Sony Pictures to Shoot a Re-make of the Jumanji Movie
Sony Pictures plans to shoot a re-make of Jumanji. The movie studio has scheduled the theatrical release date for December 25, 2016. Read More
August 18, 2015
Reading Rainbow Expands Through Licensing
The Reading Rainbow brand, now over 30 years old, is strategically entering the licensing arena, with products such as t-shirts, mugs, and games. Read More
August 18, 2015
Barber Takes Action to Encourage Young Kids to Read
Fueled by a desire to support children's literacy, Courtney Holmes, a barber who resides in Iowa and works at the Spark Family Hair Salon, took part in a "Back to School Bash." During this community event, he offered free haircuts to any child attendee (kindergarten to fifth grade students) who sat in his chair and read aloud to him from a book. Read More
August 17, 2015
Filming Underway on “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
Much-anticipated new film, written by wizarding world creator J.K. Rowling and being directed by David Yates, starts production in England. Read More
August 17, 2015
Author Mark Haddon Responds to Book Challenge
Mark Haddon responds to challenge against his novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, in a Florida high school. Read More
August 17, 2015
Penguin Young Readers and The Crayon Collection Have Established a Partnership
Penguin Young Readers and the Crayon Collection nonprofit are establishing a partnership to celebrate the release of The Day the Crayons Came Home. This picture book, written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, is a sequel to the highly popular 2013 title, The Day the Crayons Quit. Read More
August 13, 2015
Flooded with Understanding Contributed to CBC Diversity by author Tamara Ellis SmithEarly in the fall of 2011, Tropical Storm Irene swept through my home state of Vermont, my town, my street and my home—and all of a sudden I was inside Another Kind of Hurricane, my debut middl... Read More
August 13, 2015
5 Reasons to Visit Your Local Library This Summer
Literate for Life shares five reasons to make your local library a summer destination. Read More
August 13, 2015
Remembering the Audience for Children’s Lit
Author and bookseller Elizabeth Bluemle calls for less "snark" and more "earnestness" in kid lit. Read More
August 13, 2015
Family Engagement Expert Dr. Karen Mapp And Scholastic Expand Collaboration With Launch of Workshop Series
“Dr. Mapp’s Family Engagement Workshop Series” from Scholastic Education Provides Educators with Tools and Training to Foster Student Success through Family Partnerships. Read More
August 12, 2015
Booki Vivat: How I Got into Publishing Associate Publicist at HarperCollins Children’s BooksLet’s get this out of the way first.Yes, I work in publishing.Yes, my name really IS Booki.Sometimes I joke that I got hired because of my name. Who knows, that might be kind of true. To be hones... Read More
August 12, 2015
Mary Pope Osborne on the Essential Power of Books
The author of the beloved Magic Tree House series shares her creative process and why books are essential for children everywhere. Read More
August 12, 2015
Quarterly Kid Lit Magazine to Launch in 2016
The Read Quarterly, a new children's literary magazine, is set to launch in January 2016. Read More
August 11, 2015
2015 Partner for Pride Reading List
Attendees at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francicso, wrote the titles of their favorite diverse books for a pride-themed display. The reading list is now available. Read More
August 11, 2015
Remembering Author Ann McGovern
Prolific children’s author, artist, and world traveler Ann McGovern has passed away at the age of 85. Read More
August 10, 2015
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and WGBH Boston Sign Co-production Agreement for Gossie & Friends Television Series
The series will emphasize social emotional learning, which is a critical curriculum area for the preschool audience of two-to-five year olds. Read More
August 10, 2015
Author Matt de la Peña’s “Silent Revolution”
Author Matt de la Peña (The Living) discusses his childhood struggles and evolution as a writer of diverse children's books. Read More
August 10, 2015
How Audiobooks Can Improve Reading Skills
In defense of audiobooks as a valid, alternative form of reading. Read More
August 7, 2015
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Announces 2015 Carle Honors Honorees
10th anniversary of annual awards ceremony to fĂŞte individuals and organizations that provide creative vision and long-term dedication to the world of picture books. Read More
August 6, 2015
The Importance of Giving a Voice to the Voiceless (Human and Animal Alike) Confession: it takes a lot to make me cry.  It’s not that I’m not an emotional person, or that if I’m having a drink with you and your heartbreaking story doesn’t bring an immediate tear to my eye that I’m not moved. I just don’t do the wh... Read More
August 6, 2015
Dr. Seuss’s ‘What Pet Should I Get?’ is the Fastest-Selling Picture Book in Random House Children’s Books History
Random House Children's Books and Dr. Seuss Enterprises announce social campaign with ASPCA® in honor of book's publication. Read More
August 6, 2015
Recipes for Literacy
How cooking with kids promotes literacy. Read More
August 6, 2015
Dystopian ‘Little Women’ Coming to the CW
The CW has given the greenlight for a television series based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, Little Women. Read More
August 5, 2015
Poll Shows Growing Support for Book Banning
A recent Harris poll on adults's attitudes on book banning in school libraries suggests growing support of restricting and rating books for young readers. Read More
August 5, 2015
The Books Children’s Publishers Read with Their Kids
Children's publishers share their picks for reading aloud with their own kids. Read More
August 5, 2015
Scholastic Reports Q4 and Fiscal 2015 Results and Fiscal 2016 Outlook
Strong Operating Performance in Children’s Books and Continuing Education Businesses. Completed Sale of Educational Technology and Services Reflected in Discontinued Operations. Read More
August 4, 2015
Norman Bridwell’s Childhood Home Named a Historic Site
Norman Bridwell's childhood home has been deemed a historic site. The house is located at 1020 W. Jefferson Street, Kokomo, IN 46901. Read More
August 4, 2015
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Connects Comics Professionals with Schools
The Comics Connector, a new online resource from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), connects teachers and librarians with comic professionals for school visits. Read More
August 4, 2015
The Sexual Violence in LGBTQIA+ Young Adult Literature Project
Over the next two weeks, Teen Librarian Toolbox will focus on sexual violence in LGBTQIA+ young adult literature. Read More
August 3, 2015
Judy Blume to the Rescue
After hearing the story of a Brooklyn man who mistakenly threw out his wife's signed copy of her 1970 novel Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, Judy Blume set out to replace it. Read More
August 3, 2015
Scholastic Board Authorizes Further Repurchases of Up to $50 Million in Common Stock
Under this program, which will be funded with available cash, the Company may purchase shares, from time to time as conditions allow, on the open market or in negotiated private transactions. Read More
August 3, 2015
Encouraging Word Play
Fun ways to keep kids expanding their vocabulary and language skills this summer.  Read More
July 31, 2015
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Invests Over $1 Million to Enable Summer Learning Throughout the Greater Boston Community
Local partnerships with Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, Boston Children’s Museum and more encourage summer learning beyond the classroom. Read More
July 30, 2015
Racebending and ‘Harry Potter’ Fandom
Fanartists open up the Harry Potter series by depicting the characters as non-white. Read More
July 30, 2015
Try to Always: White Privilege and Interrupting Racism Contributed to CBC Diversity by Karen BossOver the years at my varied jobs (in higher education, the scuba-diving industry, nonprofits, and now publishing) in many locations (Maryland, Los Angeles, Thailand, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Boston), I have ... Read More
July 30, 2015
How Reading Can Improve Health
On the physical and psychological benefits of reading. Read More
July 30, 2015
Mailman Takes Action to Bring Books to a Young Boy
When a young boy asked for junk mail for reading purposes, a mail carrier took action to give the boy actual books. Read More
July 29, 2015
The Rise in Children’s Nonfiction
Publishers and booksellers report an increase in the demand for children's nonfiction books. Read More
July 29, 2015
‘Reading Rainbow’ is Coming to Netflix!
The original 'Reading Rainbow' television series will be available for streaming on Netflix, beginning on August 1. Read More
July 29, 2015
Raina Telgemeier Reveals Title of New Graphic Novel
Raina Telgemeier announced at Comic Con that she has been working on a new fiction project. She plans to create a graphic novel, entitled Ghosts. Graphix, a Scholastic imprint, will publish the book in Fall 2016. Read More
July 28, 2015
The Benefits of Bedtime Reading
No matter what age, reading before bed helps prepare the mind for sleep. Read More
July 28, 2015
Algonquin Young Readers Acquires Andrew McCarthy’s Debut Novel
Titled Just Fly Away, the young adult novel will be published in the Spring of 2017. Read More
July 27, 2015
7 Books About Growing Up Asian-American I Wish I’d Had As a Kid I often have iterations of this conversation with my publishing colleagues, especially now that diverse books are becoming more visible (and hopefully will continue to be so). Reflections of my Asian-American experience were not common in the 90s and e... Read More
July 27, 2015
New Nonfiction Classroom Skill Books and Magazine from Scholastic Bring Writing, Science and Geography to Life
Affordable, curriculum-connected content for teachers, engaging nonfiction for students. Read More
July 24, 2015
JetBlue and Random House Children’s Books Partner for the Soar With Reading Program
JetBlue and Random House Children's Books have partnered for a program called Soar With Reading. Through this initiative, three vending machines filled with free books were installed in the Anacostia area of Washington, D.C. Read More
July 23, 2015
Jennifer M. Brown Named Vice President, Publisher, Knopf Books for Young Readers at Random House Children’s Books
As Publisher, Jennifer M. Brown will oversee the direction and lead the long-range and daily activities for the Knopf Young Readers publishing program. Read More
July 23, 2015
Danny and the Bears in Germany Okay, so this might be a horrible thing to say given that I’m an editor, but I don’t think I’ve read a book that changed my life. Gasp! I know. When I’m editing, I always cross my fingers and hope that it will change someone’s life—and mayb... Read More
July 23, 2015
Judy Blume Offers Advice to Parents
Author Judy Blume always spoken out against censorship and hopes that parents will follow her example. Read More
July 22, 2015
Author and Editor Andrea Davis Pinkney on Championing Diversity
Author and editor Andrea David Pinkney on the issue of diversity in children's books. Read More
July 22, 2015
HelloFlo.com Founder Naama Bloom to Publish Puberty Guide With Penguin Young Readers
There Will Be Blood: The HelloFlo Guide to Puberty scheduled for publication in 2017. Read More
July 21, 2015
Authors and Illustrators Reveal the Origins and Pronunciations of Their Names
Ever wondered how to pronounce a favorite author’s name? Read More
July 20, 2015
The Troubling State of School Libraries
In spite of overwhelming evidence linking school libraries with academic success, school libraries are in a state of decline. Read More
July 20, 2015
Scholastic Corporation Announces Date For Fourth Quarter And Fiscal Year 2015 Earnings Release And Teleconference
The earnings release will be made publicly available on Thursday, July 23, 2015. Read More
July 17, 2015
Pop-Up Library and Media Center Opens For Summer in Bronx Park
Philippe Starck-Designed Portable Library Now Available To South Bronx Kids for Two Months With Full Programming. Read More
July 16, 2015
Biloxi Educators Create An ‘Avenue of Literature’
A team of educators and volunteers has banded together to create an "Avenue of Literature" at Biloxi Junior High School. This group painted 189 unused lockers to resemble the spines of books. Some of the children's titles being featured include Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Read More
July 16, 2015
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Announces A Renaissance Man: The Art of Fred Marcellino
The exhibition comprises over 90 works and shows the full range of Marcellino’s talent, from his youthful experiments in Abstract Expressionism, to his celebrated album cover and book jacket designs, to his children’s book illustrations, the crowning achievement of his career. Read More
July 15, 2015
Dan Santat on Inspiration
Earlier this year, it was announced that Dan Santat won the 2015 Caldecott Medal for The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. The American Library Association requested that all medal and honor winners record videos of themselves discussing inspirational Caldecott books. Read More
July 15, 2015
Harry Potter Book Night Scheduled for February 2016
Bloomsbury Children’s Books will be bringing back Harry Potter Book Night for a second year on February 04, 2016. Those who want to host a party are encouraged to visit the Bloosmbury website to download a free event kit. Read More
July 14, 2015
Nick Hornby Prescribes Reverse Psychology to Push Young Boys to Read
Writer Nick Hornby recommends using reverse psychology to push young boys to read. Hornby actually conducted an experiment with his own child. In an interview, he recalled telling one of his sons that it would not be proper for him to read Sherman Alexie’s National Book Award-winning book, The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian. Read More
July 14, 2015
2015 Eisner Award Winners Announced
Over the weekend, the winners of the 2015 Eisner Awards were announced at Comic-Con: International. Several of the categories honored books for young readers. Read More
July 13, 2015
International Thriller Writers Name ‘Nearly Found’ as the 2015 Best Young Adult Novel
The International Thriller Writers organization has announced the winners of the 2015 ITW Thriller Awards. Elle Cosimano took the prize in the "Best Young Adult Novel" category with Nearly Found. Read More
July 13, 2015
Rainbow Boxes to Deliver LGBTQIA Children’s Books to Libraries and Shelters Nationwide
The Rainbow Boxes campaign seeks to send a box of 15 children's and teen books with LGBTQIA characters and themes to community libraries and homeless shelters in all 50 states. Read More
July 10, 2015
New Survey Shows 97% of Educators Use Some Form of Digital Content, but Frequency Lags
Inaugural Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Educator Confidence Report, which measures teacher sentiment nationwide, reveals opportunities and challenges on the rise. Read More
July 9, 2015
The Thirty Million Words Initiative
Dana Suskind, pediatric surgeon and founder of the Thirty Million Words Initiative, is partnering with the Chicago Public Library and Children’s Museum to promote early language development. Read More
July 9, 2015
Laini Taylor Fans Unlock a New Chapter of Writing
Laini Taylor's fans banded together on social media to uncover a special never-been-published chapter from Dreams of Gods and Monsters. This young adult novel is the final installment of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. Read More
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