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July 27, 2016
Scholastic Announces Contest to Discover the Next Graphix Author-Artists
Graphix Imprint to Publish Debut Children’s Graphic Novels by Contest Winners. Read More
July 27, 2016
Should Children’s Book Heroes Grow Up?
Contemporary children's book writers on 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,' and the implications of aging beloved kid lit heroes. Read More
July 26, 2016
2016 Eisner Awards Announced
The winners of the 2016 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards have been revealed. Read More
July 26, 2016
Little, Brown Books For Young Readers Enhances Young Adult eBooks Through Immersive Music Soundtracks With Booktrack Technology Platform
The collaboration offers YA readers an innovative new way to experience their favorite stories through immersive, synchronized movie-style soundtracks for popular eBooks. Read More
July 25, 2016
2016 Children’s Choice Book Awards Winners Donate Books to Classrooms
The winners of the 2016 Children's Choice Book Awards have donated complete sets of finalist titles to schools across North America. Read More
July 25, 2016
HarperCollins Children’s Books to Publish Additional Novel and Storybook in Bestselling ‘School For Good and Evil’ Series By Soman Chainani
Readers will find out what happened to many of their favorite characters after they graduated and stepped out into the world to attain fairy tale glory or fade into obscurity. The untitled storybook will be a collection of fairy tales with a School for Good and Evil spin. Read More
July 22, 2016
Paul O. Zelinksy, Matt de la Peña and Jane Yolen Headline 2nd Annual Picture Book Summit
Three of today's most beloved and honored picture book authors will headline the 2nd annual Picture Book Summit, an all-day online writing conference that will take place Saturday, October 1st. Read More
July 22, 2016
Diversity in the News: July 2016
The July issue of Diversity in the News, CBC Diversity's monthly round-up of relevant news in children’s books and diversity. Read More
July 22, 2016
Digital Literacy for Tweens
Studies show that tweens' status as digital natives does not necessarily equate with digital literacy. Read More
July 22, 2016
Flash Mob of Harry Potter Fans – “Muggle Mob” – Stops Traffic at Scholastic Headquarters in New York City
Photos and Video Released from the Scholastic “Muggle Mob,” in Anticipation of the July 31st Publication of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two. Read More
July 21, 2016
Scholastic Reports Q4 and Fiscal 2016 Results and Fiscal 2017 Outlook
Revenues and Operating Income Up Versus Prior Year Driven by Children’s Books and Education. Read More
July 21, 2016
VCFA Young Writers Network
Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier is launching the VCFA Young Writers Network for underserved kids. Read More
July 20, 2016
Reach Out and Read Kansas City includes Finding My Way Books in Program
Reach Out and Read Kansas City has added 13 titles from the “Finding My Way” series to their list of approved books for health-care providers to distribute to young children at well-child visits. Read More
July 20, 2016
Scholastic Corporation Announces Date For Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2016 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
July 20, 2016
CBC Forum: The Rise of Middle Grade
The Children's Book Council hosted the second in this year's Forum series on July 12 at Penguin Random House. Read More
July 20, 2016
Papercutz To Launch Imprint for Tween Girls
The children's graphic novel publisher has created a new imprint, Charmz, targeting teenage girls. Read More
July 19, 2016
The American Indian Library Association and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Announce Winners of the 2016 Talk Story Grant
The American Indian Library Association and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association have announced the winners of the 2016 Talk Story Grant. Read More
July 19, 2016
How Booksellers Are Harnessing Pokémon Go
The popular new app is driving players into bookstores. Read More
July 19, 2016
Random House Children’s Books to Publish a Picture Book Biography on Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton
Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, has announced plans to publish a picture book biography on the wife of Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton. Margaret McNamara will serve as the writer for Eliza: The Story of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton. Read More
July 18, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Country Kid, City Kid’ by Julie Cummins Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
July 18, 2016
Sarah J. Maas to Work on New Young Adult Projects
Sarah J. Maas has announced that she has many young adult book projects in-the-works. She will be writing new books for two popular series: A Court of Thorns and Roses and Throne of Glass. Read More
July 15, 2016
Scholastic to Publish Philip Pullman’s First Graphic Novel
David Fickling Books and Graphix Imprints to bring The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship to North American Readers. Read More
July 14, 2016
The New York Public Library Makes It Easier Than Ever To Borrow Free eBooks with New App SimplyE
SimplyE is currently available for iOS and Android devices, with Kindle Fire, and web browser versions in development. Read More
July 13, 2016
Carla Hayden Confirmed as Librarian of Congress
The Senate has confirmed Carla D. Hayden the 14th Librarian of Congress. Read More
July 12, 2016
#BlackLivesMatter Booklist for Teens
Librarian Chelsea Couillard-Smith has created the #BlackLivesMatter booklist in an effort to promote discussions about current events and issues of race, justice, and privilege among teens.

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July 12, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Be the Change’ illustrated by Evan Turk Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
July 12, 2016
Dollar General Literacy Foundation Renews Commitment to the American Dream Literacy Initiative
To date, the American Dream literacy initiative has provided funding to more than 150 libraries across the United States. Read More
July 11, 2016
Scholastic and American Girl Announce Extensive Global Publishing Deal
Multi-year licensed program includes new books based on Girl of the Year™ and BeForever™ lines, and original series of books in both print and digital formats inspired by the iconic brand for girls. Read More
July 8, 2016
Carl Lennertz to Join the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader as Executive Director
Longtime publishing executive and book advocate Carl Lennertz will join the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader as Executive Director, effective August 8, 2016. Read More
July 8, 2016
New Professional Book from Scholastic Breaks Down Barriers for Teaching K–8 Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

To ensure that K–8 teachers have the tools and knowledge they need to support students with ASD, Scholastic announced the release of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Inclusive Classroom: How to Reach and Teach Students with ASD, by Barbara Boroson.

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July 8, 2016
Using Picture Books to Promote Early Literacy
Tips for building children's language skills through picture books. Read More
July 8, 2016
Christopher Myers to Launch Make Me a World Imprint With Random House Children’s Books
Myers’s inaugural list to launch in 2018 with astronomer Ray Jayawardhana’s Child of the Universe, Annie Sieg’s picture book Mama Mable’s All-Gal Big Band Jazz Extravaganza!, and former boy soldier from South Sudan and activist Ger Duany’s memoir for young adults. Read More
July 7, 2016
Carl Lennertz Named Executive Director of the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader
Former executive director of World Book Night U.S. Carl Lennertz takes the reins as executive director of the Children's Book Council and Every Child a Reader. Read More
July 7, 2016
Books for Babies Project
2016 Tennessee Teacher of the Year Cathy Whitehead on the Books for Babies project in her classroom, a literacy initiative that provides hand-selected books to new mothers and their babies. Read More
July 7, 2016
Unpublished Beatrix Potter Illustrations Discovered
Four never-before-seen illustrations by Beatrix Potter have been discovered in a Tudor mansion in Suffolk. Read More
July 7, 2016
United for Libraries Dedicates Literary Landmarks For Erich Maria Remarque and E. L. Doctorow
320 and 333 East 57th Street were selected by the Empire State Center for the Book and were supported by City Councilman Ben Kallos. The buildings were the homes of Remarque and Doctorow. Read More
July 6, 2016
Harry Potter Alliance Casts Protective Shield Spell With Trans Community in New Protego Campaign
Fans can visit thehpalliance.org/protego to sign up and learn more about individual, community, and policy level actions they can take to better the world for the transgender community. Read More
July 4, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Swing Sisters’ illustrated by Joe Cepeda Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
July 1, 2016
Expansion of BISAC Codes for Graphic Novels
creation of new BISAC codes and subject headings for the kids’ graphic novel category. Read More
July 1, 2016
CBC Diversity Presents “Writing and Editing Authentic Voices”
In CBC Diversity's second panel of the year, representatives of the author, agent, and editor communities discussed the challenges of crafting truthful and diverse characters. Read More
July 1, 2016
Bestselling Author Tyler Knott Gregson and Co-Author Sarah Linden Celebrate True Spirit of Christmas With ‘North Pole Ninjas: Mission: Chrismas!,’ a New Holiday Book and Tradition, Coming This Fall From Penguin Young Readers
This interactive holiday story, written by bestselling poet and author Tyler Knott Gregson and Sarah Linden and illustrated by Piper Thibodeau, comes with 50 top-secret missions of caring and kindness, along with a huggable “sensei” plush to help guide young ninjas on their missions. Read More
June 30, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Creativity in Progress Series: Part 4
National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang's monthly Creativity in Progress series at Panels. Read More
June 30, 2016
Celebrating 20 years of the Pura Belpré Book Award
ALSC and REFORMA co-hosted a 20th anniversary celebración for the Pura Belpré Book Awards at ALA Annual. Read More
June 30, 2016
My Socioeconomic Diversity Wish List Contributed by Nikki Garcia, assistant editor, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Six months ago, I wrote a post for the CBC Diversity blog discussing socioeconomic diversity and my personal struggles with financial security as a child. I wis... Read More
June 29, 2016
Conference’s New Award Recognizes Founding Director of Children’s Literature Studies at Hollins
Hollins University’s Francelia Butler Conference (FBC), a one-day, student-run conference dedicated to celebrating children’s literature, is presenting a new prize this year in honor of the founding director of Hollins’ graduate programs in children’s literature. Read More
June 29, 2016
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Unveils First-Ever Curriculum-Based Virtual Reality Field Trips for Google Expeditions
Content partnership with Google enables students and teachers to journey through time and space to experience the Wild West, Florida Everglades and more. Read More
June 28, 2016
Diversity in the News: June 2016
Presenting the June edition of Diversity in the News! Read More
June 28, 2016
Pottermore unveils new writing by J.K. Rowling about Ilvermorny, the North American School of Magic, in the second instalment of Magic in North America, setting the stage for the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
‘Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry,’ the second instalment in a collection of new original writing by J.K. Rowling entitled Magic in North America, will be published today exclusively on pottermore.com. Read More
June 28, 2016
J.K. Rowling to Attend Special Screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, to be Held in New York, to Benefit Lumos Foundation USA
Eddie Redmayne, director David Yates and additional cast members will also be present at the special screening in support of the author‘s non-profit children’s organization. Tickets for the November 12th family event at Carnegie Hall now available/ Read More
June 27, 2016
Mackin Partners with DOGObooks to Enhance Book Discovery
Mackin has announced a partnership with DOGObooks, the largest website for kids to safely discover, rate and review books. Read More
June 27, 2016
Scholastic & Scottgames, LLC Announce a New Book Series Based on the Bestselling Video Game Franchise Five Nights at Freddy’s
The deal between Scottgames and Scholastic was facilitated by Striker Entertainment, Scottgames’ worldwide licensing agent. Read More
June 23, 2016
DOGObooks and OverDrive to Enable Social Discovery of eBooks for Kids and Teens
DOGObooks and OverDrive are collaborating to enable social discovery and engage more kids and teens with eBooks. Read More
June 23, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘City Shapes’ by Diana Murray, illustrations by Bryan Collier Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
June 23, 2016
Book Spotlight: ‘This Kid Can Fly: It’s About Ability, Not Disability’ by Aaron Philip with Tonya Bolden Contributed by Donna Bray, Vice President, Co-Publisher of Balzer + Bray, HarperCollins Publishers“How many people with disabilities work here?”This was one of the first questions young author Aaron  Philip asked our staff when he and his family ... Read More
June 23, 2016
Indiana and Michigan Libraries Honored
Awards Presented for Exemplary Service to Blind and Disabled Readers. Read More
June 22, 2016
“Reading Without Walls” Display at Wild Rumpus Bookstore
The Minneapolis-based children's bookstore has created a window and table display inspired by the platform of National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang: Reading Without Walls. Read More
June 22, 2016
U.S.A. Gold® Pencils Announces Student Poetry Contest Winners
U.S.A. Gold® pencils has announced the winners of its first student poetry contest, created together with Scholastic, in celebration of National Poetry Month. Read More
June 22, 2016
Scholastic to Publish New Edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 2017
Publishing on March 14, 2017, the book will contain a new foreword from J.K. Rowling, a new cover design and original illustrations and doodles by J.K. Rowling throughout. Read More
June 22, 2016
Children’s Book Authors Share Their Love of Summer Reading
Nine children's book authors share tips for spreading the joy of summer reading. Read More
June 21, 2016
ALA Seeks Nation’s Favorite Librarians For 2016 I Love My Librarian Award
The award recognizes the public service of exceptional public, school, college, community college or university librarians who have transformed lives and communities through educational opportunities and lifelong learning. Read More
June 20, 2016
Stopping the Summer Slide
Tips for keeping kids reading over the summer. Read More
June 20, 2016
First Book’s Community of Educators Tops 275,000, Provides Growing Insights, Market Power to Further Educational Equity
Network Now Reaches 20 Percent of Classrooms, Programs Serving Children in Need. Read More
June 17, 2016
Remembering Lois Duncan
Acclaimed young adult author Lois Duncan has passed away. Read More
June 17, 2016
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Kicks Off “Curious World” Summer Tour, Inspiring Playful Learning Nationwide
From story time to space ships, young explorers are invited to join Curious George and friends for immersive learning experiences in local communities. Read More
June 16, 2016
Turns a Page. Touch a Mind.® Celebrates School Readiness
The popular statewide early literacy program, Turn a Page. Touch a Mind.® (TAP-TAM) is promoting school readiness this month in the 83 participating practices throughout Kansas. Read More
June 16, 2016
Carrying On After Orlando Contributed by Ashley Woodfolk, Marketing  Manager, Macmillan Children’s Publishing GroupWeeks ago, when I signed up for a guest post in June, I had planned it to be a celebration of Pride month. I  had planned to do a round-up of all my favori... Read More
June 16, 2016
Candlewick Press Titles Win Boston Globe–Horn Book Award and Honors
Jazz Day receives Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award; Symphony for the City of the Dead, Voice of Freedom, and The Hired Girl win honors. Read More
June 15, 2016
All Aboard for Curious George’s Latest Digital Adventure
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt introduces Curious George Train Adventures; App for iPhone and iPad invites young learners to explore early engineering concepts. Read More
June 15, 2016
LitWorld and Scholastic Reinvent Summer School as LitCamp™ to Help Kids Avoid the Summer Slide
LitCampTM, a groundbreaking summer reading program created by the literacy-focused nonprofit LitWorld, is launching this summer in more than 1,000 K–6 classrooms across the United States after a successful pilot season last year. Read More
June 14, 2016
The New York Public Library Challenges Kids and Parents To Read 20 Minutes A Day This Summer
HSBC, HBO, Sesame Street, The New York Yankees, and Mommy Poppins partner on The Library’s Summer Reading Challenge. Read More
June 13, 2016
A House Built By Many Contributed by Alyssa Mito Pusey, Senior Editor, Charlesbridge“Every single day,” Michelle  Obama told the graduating class at the City College in New York, “I wake up in  a house that was built by slaves.”She’s right; the White House was... Read More
June 13, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Reading Without Walls Podcast: Episode 4 with Hope Larson
Each month, National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang interviews children’s book authors and other interesting people! Read More
June 13, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Ada’s Violin’ by Susan Hood, illustrated by Sally Wern Comport Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
June 13, 2016
YALSA Announces its Teens Succeed With Libraries Video Contest Winners
Requirements of the contest called for creative video entries that compellingly demonstrated how teens make use of library services, programs and staff in order to succeed in school and prepare for college, careers and life. Read More
June 10, 2016
Scholastic to Launch ‘Horizon,’ a new Multiplatform Series Led By #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Scott Westerfeld
Scholastic expands its innovative multi-platform publishing program with the worldwide launch of Horizon, a supernatural survival series for readers ages 9 and up. Read More
June 10, 2016
The Reading Experience of Kids and Adults
Authors Francine Prose and Benjamin Moser on the differences in our reading experiences as we age. Read More
June 10, 2016
National 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Recipients to be Celebrated at Carnegie Hall
Alec Baldwin, Ken Burns, Billy Collins, Tim Gunn, Sonia Manzano, Hunter March and more celebrity guests will honor America’s most creative teen artists and writers. Read More
June 9, 2016
YA Roundtable
Authors Ann M. Martin, Alyson Noël, Melissa De La Cruz, and Kendare Blake on the ever-evolving YA market. Read More
June 9, 2016
Reading the Cultural Revolution Contributed by Faye Bi, Senior Publicist,  Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution in China, which historians agree took place 1966-1976. Many... Read More
June 9, 2016
YALSA Announces its 2016 Top Ten Summer Learning Programs
Each winner will receive a gift pack of YALSA books and swag. Read More
June 8, 2016
The CBC Partners with the unPrison Project for Second-Consecutive Year to Build Prison-Nursery Libraries for Incarcerated Mothers and Their Babies
The Children’s Book Council (CBC) has partnered once again with The unPrison Project to create brand-new libraries of books for incarcerated mothers to read with their babies at prison nurseries in 20 states. Read More
June 8, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘More-igami’ by Dori Kleber, illustrated by G. Brian Karas Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
June 8, 2016
2016 Ned Vizzini Teen Literary Prize Announced
Named in honor of the late YA author Ned Vizzini, the new award celebrates emerging young authors. Read More
June 8, 2016
Reading Is Fundamental Implements Summer Reading Grant Initiative
Matching Grant Program to Benefit Students from Twelve Communities Across the Nation. Read More
June 7, 2016
Ezra Jack Keats “100th Birthday Blowout Weekend” In June Planned In Brooklyn To Celebrate Centenary Of Late Author-Illustrator
In honor of the late children's author-illustrator Ezra Jack Keats'centenary, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is planning an "Ezra Jack Keats' 100th Birthday Blowout Weekend," June 9th through June 11th, in Brooklyn. Read More
June 7, 2016
YA Authors Share Advice for Their Teenage Selves
BuzzFeed asked young adult authors what piece of advice they'd give to themselves as teenagers. Read More
June 7, 2016
11 Leading Educators Announced as Next Group of Heinemann Fellows
The 2016 Heinemann Fellows represent some of the nation’s strongest educators and will conduct research to help effect real change in the teaching community. Read More
June 6, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘A Stick is an Excellent Thing’ illus. by LeUyen Pham Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
June 6, 2016
Dame Helen Mirren to Narrate Beatrix Potter’s Rediscovered ‘The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots’
Helen Mirren, a Royal Shakespeare Company veteran, has earned scores of awards, including an Oscar, Tony, and four Emmys, playing characters as diverse as Elizabeth II (The Queen) and detective Jane Tennison (Prime Suspect). Read More
June 3, 2016
Barnes & Noble Announces 20th Anniversary of Summer Reading Program That Gives Kids Across America the Opportunity to Earn a Free Book
Special Summer Reading Triathlon Kicks off with “Opening Ceremony” at All Stores Nationwide on June 4. Read More
June 2, 2016
The 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winners Announced
The 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners were announced today. Read More
June 2, 2016
Barnes & Noble Announces Harry Potter Countdown to Midnight Parties on July 30 at Stores Nationwide
Parties Start at 8PM and Lead up to the Midnight Release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two, a Special Rehearsal Edition Script Book. Read More
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