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April 24, 2014
‘Harry Potter’ Fans Create the ‘Hogwarts is Here’ Website
Have you ever wanted to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? A group of Harry Potter fanatics have created a website called "Hogwarts is Here." It allows students to take online classes featured in J.K. Rowling's iconic children's book series. Read More
April 24, 2014
Deborah Halverson Asks: Setting, Wherefore Art Thou?
Deborah Halverson, author of Big Mouth and Honk If You Hate Me (both Delacorte/Random House) offers advice to YA writers about setting.  Read More
April 23, 2014
Parenthood’s Mae Whitman to Narrate a New Edition of ‘City of Bones’ Audiobook by Cassandra Clare
Simon & Schuster Audio is proud to announce that actress Mae Whitman will narrate a new edition of CITY OF BONES by bestselling author Cassandra Clare. The audiobook will be available on April 15, 2014 as an unabridged digital download. Read More
April 23, 2014
An Analysis of Diversity Stats in the New York Times Bestseller List
Malinda Lo, YA author and co-founder/curator of Diversity in YA, has written a few posts that examine the Publishers Weekly bestseller lists for YA books and analyze their diversity. In this post, she examines the New York Times bestseller list.  Read More
April 22, 2014
Eric Carle and Friend Reunited in “Easter Miracle”
Eric Carle was photographed as a 3-year-old hugging a little girl in a white dress. This photograph became the inspiration for a book, Friends, which he published last year. The release of the book has recently led to Eric finding his long-lost friend -- who also kept her copy of the photo.  Read More
April 22, 2014
BEA Children’s Book Art Auction to Feature Dr. Seuss
The Cat in the Hat is coming to BookExpo America! The 20th Annual Children's Book Art Auction and Reception will feature a special section of original pieces created to honor the beloved children's book creator, Dr. Seuss, who defied convention with his zany, kid-centered aesthetic. Read More
April 21, 2014
Have you ever pumped gas in a tiara?
Let the reigning queen of illustration, Robin Preiss Glasser, show you how it's done! Read More
April 21, 2014
Kate DiCamillo Demands That Her Fellow Children’s Book Creators Participate in ‘Indies First Storytime Day’
National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Kate DiCamillo has written a letter demanding that all children's books writers and illustrators participate in Indies First Storytime Day. On that day, DiCamillo expects her colleagues to appear at their local independent bookstore and read aloud from a children's book that they did not work on. Read More
April 19, 2014
Help Celebrate ‘Catherine, Called Birdy”s Book Birthday!
Catherine, Called Birdy, Karen Cushman's award winning book about the free-spirited Catherine Rollo, nicknamed 'Birdy', is celebrating its 20th book birthday on April 24. Read More
April 18, 2014
‘How to Babysit a Grandpa’ Author Jean Reagan Explains Why Children’s Book Week Can Be Enjoyed by All Readers
Watch her Children’s Book Week Champion video, and join her in celebrating the 95th annual Children’s Book Week (May 12-18, 2014)! Read More
April 18, 2014
Megan Shepherd Reveals Title For Final ‘Madman’s Daughter’ Book
Megan Shepherd will conclude The Madman's Daughter trilogy with A Cold Legacy. Balzer + Bray, a HarperCollins imprint, will release the book in January 2015. Read More
April 18, 2014
Random House Children’s Books to Publish Young Adult Adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand’s #1 New York Times Bestseller ‘Unbroken’ in Fall 2014
Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, will publish a young adult adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken. Read More
April 17, 2014
CBC Diversity: 14 Books for Children & Teens About the Freedom Summer of 1964
The “Freedom Summer” of 1964 was a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark year in American history. Here is a list of 14 children’s books that deal specifically with the remarkable events of 1964 – and 3 additional books specifically for teachers and librarians. Read More
April 17, 2014
Teen Read Week Website Launched
YALSA has just launched its website for 2014 Teen Read Week as part of Celebrate Teen Literature Day, April 17, 2014. Read More
April 17, 2014
Which Childhood Copies of Your Favorite Books Do You Still Own?
Cat Winters, author of 'In the Shadow of Blackbirds', shares her collection for Children’s Book Week (May 12-18)! Read More
April 17, 2014
‘The Lorax’ Inspires Revitalization For One Old House
A real estate developer named Alex Pereira used Dr. Seuss' classic picture book, The Lorax, to inspire the revitalization of one Detroit-based house. Read More
April 17, 2014
Matt de la Peña Asks, “Where’s the African-American Harry Potter or the Mexican Katniss?”
Matt de la Peña, Cindy Pon, Sherman Alexie, and more in the young-adult writing and publishing world discuss diversity in YA literature. Read More
April 17, 2014
Street Made Famous by Bernard Waber’s Lyle the Crocodile Series to be Designated Literary Landmark in Honor of Children’s Book Week
The children of the Yorkville Community School (421 E 88th St, New York, NY 10128) will gather to celebrate Children’s Book Week (May 12-18th, 2014) by helping declare their school and the street where it stands a Literary Landmark. Read More
April 16, 2014
Jon Klassen Picture Books ‘This Is Not My Hat’ and ‘I Want My Hat Back’ Hit 1 Million Copies in Print Worldwide
Two and a half years after Jon Klassen made his author-illustrator debut, his picture books – the #1 New York Times bestseller I Want My Hat Back and the Caldecott Medal-winner This Is Not My Hat – have hit 1 million copies in print combined worldwide. Read More
April 16, 2014
Strap On Your ‘Little House on the Prairie’ Bonnet & Get Ready to Celebrate Children’s Book Week with Author Jennifer Mathieu!
Watch her Children’s Book Week Champion video, and join her in celebrating the 95th annual Children’s Book Week (May 12-18, 2014)! Read More
April 16, 2014
Stephanie Perkins to Edit Young Adult Holiday Anthology
Sara Goodman, an Associate Editor at St. Martin’s Press, has acquired a young adult anthology entitled My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories. The publisher plans to release the finished book in October 2014. Read More
April 16, 2014
Penguin Young Readers Group Acquires Middle Grade Novel by Filmmaker Haifaa al Mansour
Wadjda scheduled for publication in Fall 2015. Read More
April 15, 2014
Can You Carry All of the Children and All of the Books? Liesl Shurtliff, Author of ‘Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin’, Can!
Watch her Children’s Book Week Champion video, and join her in celebrating the 95th annual Children’s Book Week (May 12-18, 2014)! Read More
April 15, 2014
ALA Releases 2014 State of America’s Libraries Report
Libraries continue to transform to meet society’s needs, but school libraries feel the pain of tight budgets. Read More
April 14, 2014
Your Little Reader Could Be a Big Winner!
SAY CHEESE...to promote children’s literacy and education, and you could win a set of brand-new children's books! We invite you to be a part of this exciting online event in celebration of Children’s Book Week. Read More
April 14, 2014
Mara Anastas Named Publisher of Aladdin Books & Simon Pulse
Mara Anastas has been named Publisher of Aladdin Books and Simon Pulse it was announced by Jon Anderson, President of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, to whom Ms. Anastas will report. Read More
April 12, 2014
Jarrett J. Krosoczka On What it Means to Be an Author
Children's Book Creator Jarrett J. Krosoczka sat for an interview with Mass Live to talk about his new picture book, Peanut Butter and Jellyfish. This particular picture book started off with Krosoczka drawing a jellyfish character and it has since evolved into a story about bullying. Read More
April 11, 2014
Brian Biggs & Amy Ignatow Jam to the B-52’s, Spoil Harry Potter, and Celebrate Children’s Book Week!
Watch their Children’s Book Week Champion video (and see if you can spot David Wiesner!), and join them in celebrating the 95th annual Children’s Book Week (May 12-18, 2014)! Read More
April 11, 2014
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Introduces New Collection of Apps to Strengthen Literacy Skills for Today’s Mobile Learners
Common Core Reading Practice and Assessment apps designed for at-home and classroom use. Read More
April 10, 2014
Hats Off – Er, On to ‘Gated’ Author Amy Christine Parker for Being a Children’s Book Week Champion!
Watch Amy's wonderful Children’s Book Week Champion video, and join her in celebrating the 95th annual Children’s Book Week (May 12-18, 2014)! Read More
April 10, 2014
Booksellers: Enter the Children’s Book Week Display Contest!
Celebrate books for young people and the joy of reading with an
eye-catching display! 
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April 10, 2014
Should Children’s Publishers Continue to Acquire Celebrity Manuscripts?
Should children's publishers continue the practice of acquiring celebrity manuscripts? Writers Tom Lamont and Robert Muchamore discuss this topic at The Guardian. Read More
April 10, 2014
SCBWI Reveals the 2014 Golden Kite Award & Sid Fleischman Humor Award Winners
The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SBWI) has announced the winners of the 2014 Golden Kite Award and the 2014 Sid Fleischman Humor Award. For the Golden Kite Award, eight titles were recognized in four different categories. Read More
April 9, 2014
Idaho School Board Bans ‘The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian’
The school board in Meridian, Idaho has voted to remove Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian from a supplemental reading list for 10th grade students. Despite its elimination from the the high school curriculum, kids can still access the book by borrowing it from the school library. Read More
April 9, 2014
Rainbow Rowell to Pen the ‘Eleanor & Park’ Movie Screenplay
DreamWorks Studios has acquired the film rights to Rainbow Rowell's young adult novel, Eleanor & Park. Rowell herself has hired as the screenwriter. Read More
April 8, 2014
Matthew Baldacci Named Vice President of Marketing, Scholastic Trade Publishing
Baldacci joins Scholastic from St. Martin’s Press where he was VP, Associate Publisher, Marketing and Sales Operations and held various marketing and publishing positions since 1998 Read More
April 8, 2014
CBC Diversity: Reflections on Mental Illness, Stigma and Story
"My third book, Chasing the Milky Way, is due out in June. It’s about Lucy Peevey, a young girl who wants to win a robot competition for a cash prize and a college scholarship...As they get ready to depart for the big weekend, Mama’s in the throes of an episode (Mama has a mixed diagnosis of Bipolar and Schizoaffective disorder), and things get complicated." Read More
April 8, 2014
Peanut Butter and Jellyfish: Jarrett J. Krosoczka Discusses His Picture-Book Process
In this video, Jarrett shows off some of the abstract acrylic spreads that became the background for his new picture book, Peanut Butter and Jellyfish. He also lets viewers in on the contributions of his secret painting assistant, and talks about the way that the story of the two undersea friends unfolded. Read More
April 8, 2014
Ever Thought Beverly Cleary Should Have Written ‘The Pug and the Motorcycle’?
Lunch Lady creator Jarrett Krosoczka's pug Ralph certainly thinks so! Watch Jarrett's hilarious Children's Book Week Champion video, and join him in celebrating the 95th annual Children's Book Week (May 12-18, 2014)! Read More
April 7, 2014
National Student Poets Amplify the Teen Voice for National Poetry Month
Selected by White House Committee, Student Poetry Ambassadors Connect Youth Across the Country to the Dynamic Art of Literary Self-Expression Read More
April 4, 2014
CBC Diversity: A Conversation With Ruth Tobar, Chair of the 2014 Pura Belpré Award Committee
Wendy Lamb -- VP and Publishing Director, Wendy Lamb Books/Random House Children’s Books -- interviews Ruth Tobar about her experience on the committee and how publishers can do a better job of finding and publishing writers from Spanish-speaking backgrounds. Read More
April 4, 2014
Jean Craighead George’s Children Collaborate On Their Mother’s Last Book
When Jean Craighead George passed on, she left behind an unfinished manuscript for a middle-grade story called Ice Whale. Craig George and Twig George worked with her editor, Lucia Monfried, to complete the book. Read More
April 4, 2014
Children’s Book Author/Illustrator Todd Parr to Receive 2014 Mills Tannenbaum Award for Children’s Literacy
The award will be presented at Reach Out and Read of Greater New York's 2014 annual benefit & auction on April 28th. Read More
April 3, 2014
CBC Diversity: White with Envy
"I grew up jealous of white children.Why aren’t there fairies living in our garden?" Read More
April 3, 2014
‘Paper Towns’ Movie Adaptation with Executive Producer John Green
John Green wrote recently on his Tumblr that "[The Fault in Our Stars] was all so fun and magical (and frankly so different from my previous Hollywood experiences) that to be honest I wasn’t particularly keen to make another movie—unless I could work again with people I really trust. And now it has happened!" Read More
April 3, 2014
Macmillan Celebrates 15th Anniversary of ‘Speak’ with RAINN Donation Campaign
Macmillan to Match Up to $15,000 in Donations to RAINN Read More
April 2, 2014
Jarrett J. Krosoczka to Host BEA Children’s Art Auction
The auction, which is co-sponsored by ABFFE and the ABC Children’s Group at the American Booksellers’ Association, will be held on May 28 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the River Pavilion of the Jacob Javits Center. Read More
April 2, 2014
Daniel Handler On Developing His Writing Style
Writer Daniel Handler, also known as Lemony Snicket, sat for an "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit. During the conversation, he discussed the Series of Unfortunate Events books, naming cats, book recommendations, and writing advice. Read More
April 1, 2014
CBC Diversity: Keeping it Real in Bologna
If you read the recent PW wrap-up of the 2014 Bologna Book Fair, you’ll notice its buoyant tone, at least for those of us who occasionally publish realistic YA fiction. I have no shame in admitting that I love everything John Green has published. If the current industry narrative mandates thanking the “John Green Effect” for changing the heart of The Market, so be it. And if The Market—that all-powerful “villain with the ferret”... Read More
April 1, 2014
Rock ’n’ Roll Legend and Bestselling Author Keith Richards to Publish Picture Book for Children in Collaboration with Artist Daughter Theodora Richards
Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar; National Publication Date for Print and Digital is September 9, 2014 Read More
March 31, 2014
Free Author Readings for K-8 Classrooms Nationwide on April 4, Now with the Chance to Win Complete Classroom Sets of the 2014 Children’s Choice Book Awards Finalists!
Shirin Yim Bridges, John Rocco, Natasha Yim, and other beloved children’s book authors and illustrators will read live virtually to classrooms, who may register for free at qlovi.com/qa. Read More
March 31, 2014
Coffee County Students Make Dramatic Reading Gains in First Semester of Literacy Grant
Data from Students Enrolled in iRead™, READ 180® and System 44® Programs Show Outstanding First Semester Gains in Reading Achievement. Read More
March 28, 2014
Lifetime to Adapt Four More V.C. Andrews Books
After the success of their TV adaptation of Flowers in the Attic, Lifetime plans to create four more based on books by V.C. Andrews. They have acquired the rights to Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and My Sweet Audrina. Read More
March 28, 2014
Librarian Draws 1,530 Kids to Sign Up For Summer Reading Program
How did one librarian persuade 1,530 kids to sign up for her reading program during the summer of 2013? Lindsey Tomsu, Teen Coordinator at the La Vista Public Library claims that collaboration is key. Throughout the school year, she enlists teen patrons to plan out sixty different activities and events including movie marathons, henna tattoo workshops, and hide-and-seek games. Read More
March 27, 2014
Educators! Sign Up for FREE Virtual Readings with Beloved Authors & Illustrators Educators! Sign Up for FREE Virtual Readings with Beloved Authors & Illustrators: Tune in and connect with acclaimed children’s book authors and illustrators via YouTube and Google Hangouts on Air. Read More
March 27, 2014
National Golden Ticket Sweepstakes Kicks Off On April 1st
Ever wished you could have joined the tour in Charlie & the Chocolate Factory? Penguin Young Readers Group has partnered with Dylan's Candy Bar and First Book to launch the "National Golden Ticket Sweepstakes." The sweepstakes starts on April 01, 2014. Read More
March 26, 2014
Get the Children’s Choice Book Awards Voting Widget!
The Children's Choice Book Awards is the only national book awards program where the winners are selected by kids and teens. Embed a voting widget on your blog or site to bring the opportunity to vote to young readers everywhere! Hover your mouse over the </> at bottom right of the widget to grab the embed code. Read More
March 26, 2014
Jeff Kinney to Create 9th ‘Wimpy Kid’ Book
Jeff Kinney will continue the adventures of Greg Heffley with his ninth installment of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Amulet Books, an imprint at Abrams, has set the release date for November 04, 2014. Read More
March 26, 2014
Harry Potter Alliance Shares Tips For How to Run a Successful Book Drive
The Harry Potter Alliance will appear at the forthcoming Quidditch World Cup to run a book drive they call "Accio Books!" Since 2009, Harry Potter fans have come together and donated over 100,000 books to underprivileged or underserved readers. Read More
March 25, 2014
Ready, Set, Vote in the Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards!
Voting for the 7th annual Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards is now open at ccbookawards.com. Read More
March 25, 2014
Second Part of J.K. Rowling’s New Writing on Quidditch Now on Pottermore
The second part relays the Quidditch World Cup’s more recent history, with witty recaps of each tournament (held every four years) from 1990 to 2010, and includes a look forward to this year’s Quidditch World Cup 2014, which will be held in April. Read More
March 24, 2014
CBC Diversity: Mark von Bargen — How I Got into Publishing
The Senior Director of Trade Sales for Children’s Books at Macmillan discusses his unique path to publishing. Read More
March 24, 2014
Global Publishing Sensation ‘Half Bad’ Sets New Guinness World Records Title
Exactly one year after clinching her first publishing deal, British author Sally Green has smashed two GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS titles for the ‘Most translated book by a debut author, pre-publication’ and ‘Most translated children’s book by a debut author pre-publication’. Read More
March 21, 2014
Christopher Myers Talks About the Lack of Diversity in Children’s Books
Christopher Myers, illustrator and frequent collaborator with former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Walter Dean Myers, lamented against the lack of diversity children's books. He discusses statistical reports, his personal sadness, and the adverse effects this has on young readers. Read More
March 20, 2014
CBC Diversity: Hiring Methods for a Representative Work Environment Panel
On March 12, 2014, the CBC Diversity Committee brought together Human Resources professionals from within and outside of publishing to talk about the initiatives that they have put in place to recruit and retain diverse talent. They shared their success stories and explained the importance of building an inclusive and representative work environment. Read More
March 20, 2014
Fans Encouraged to Take Part in ‘The Great Daughter of Smoke & Bone Re-read’
Little Brown Books for Young Readers has launched a new initiative called "The Great Daughter of Smoke & Bone Re-read." Fans are encouraged to re-read the first two books in Laini Taylor's popular young adult trilogy, Daughter of Smoke & Bone and Days of Blood & Starlight. The publisher will release the final book, Dreams of Gods & Monsters, on April 08, 2014. Read More
March 20, 2014
Veronica Roth On Growing as a Writer
With the Divergent film release, Veronica Roth has been quite prominently featured in the public eye as of late. In one interview, she talks about how she has grown as a writer since completing her debut young adult novel. Read More
March 19, 2014
New Content From Author J.K. Rowling Posted on Pottermore.com
Pottermore.com, the digital platform from author J.K. Rowling devoted to the world of Harry Potter, today posted the first part of her "History of the Quidditch World Cup." Rowling’s 2,400-word history of the thrilling game played by witches and wizards on flying broomsticks is featured in the popular Harry Potter series of books. Read More
March 18, 2014
Walter Dean Myers: ‘Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books?’
Walter Dean Myers, former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, speaks candidly and compassionately about growing up as a black teenage reader. He explains how it felt to love books and not see himself represented in them, and how he's working to change the landscape of children's literature. Read More
March 18, 2014
2014 Hans Christian Andersen Awards Shortlist
The Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Announces the 2014 Shortlist. Read More
March 17, 2014
Zareen Jaffery: How I Got into Publishing
Zareen Jaffery, executive editor at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, on her path to children's book publishing. Read More
March 17, 2014
Scholastic to Launch “Worlds Collide” Initiative Bringing Together Authors & Fans of Bestselling Multi-platform Series The 39 clues®, Infinity Ring®, & Spirit Animals™

Integrated Campaign to Include “Worlds Collide #1s Live Tour” Featuring Blockbuster Authors James Dashner, Gordon Korman, Brandon Mull, & Jude Watson

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March 16, 2014
A Letter From the CBC and ECAR About the Children’s Choice Book Awards Finalists
We at the Children's Book Council and Every Child a Reader sincerely appreciate your concerns about this year's Children's Choice Book Awards, and wanted to take a moment to clear up some confusion. Read More
March 14, 2014
Diversity 101: The Multiracial Experience
"In the 2013 Census, nine million people selected more than one race. In states like California, where I grew up, as well as Texas, and New York, half a million or more people, in each of these states, marked multiple-races. Yet when I became a mother of two beautiful daughters, Isabella and Juliana, I looked around and couldn’t find books that represented the multiplicity of our experiences as a family of two continents, many races, and diverse cultural traditions." Read More
March 14, 2014
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Scott Westerfeld to Publish a New YA Novel with Pulse
Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, has announced today that Afterworlds, a young adult novel written by Scott Westerfeld, will be published on September 23, 2014. Scott Westerfeld is the New York Times bestselling author of both the Uglies and Leviathan series. Afterworlds will be supported by a major marketing campaign and a national author tour. Read More
March 13, 2014
Voting for the 7th Annual Children’s Choice Book Awards Opens March 25, 2014!
From Tuesday, March 25 to Monday, May 12, 2014, kids & teens will be able to vote at ccbookawards.com (new, interactive site coming soon!) for their favorite author, illustrator, and book of the year. Read More
March 13, 2014
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Seeks Public Submissions for its ‘What’s Your Favorite Animal?’ Exhibition
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is creating a special exhibition to celebrate the new book What’s Your Favorite Animal? by Eric Carle and Friends. The Museum will showcase the original work of the 14 published artists as well as a digital exhibition from friends from around the world. Read More
March 13, 2014
Laney Nielson Wins Cynthia Leitich Smith Mentor Award
This is the inaugural year of the new Cynthia Leitich Smith Mentor Award, the prize including a year of her mentorship for one aspiring author. This year's winner, chosen from eight nominees by a panel of judges at the SCWBI Conference in Austin, was Laney Nielson. Read More
March 12, 2014
Children’s Authors Participate in the Twitter Fiction Festival
The Association of American Publishers and Penguin Random House have joined forces to coordinate this year's Twitter Fiction Festival. Several children's authors will participate in this online storytelling event including Nightshade Author Andrea Cremer and Inked Author Eric Smith. Read More
March 12, 2014
Harriet and Scout: “How To Be a Good Bad American Girl”
Harriet of Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh and Scout Finch of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee share many personality traits and experiences -- from their gender nonconforming habits and styles of dress to the fact that they were both forced to appear as foodstuffs in school plays. This article discusses their commonalities -- as well as their separate denouements, and how each leads both girls to develop a similar kind of empathy. Read More
March 11, 2014
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers to Publish Dual Transgender Teen Memoirs
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers is thrilled to publish SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED: THE NOT SO SECRET LIFE OF A TRANSGENDER TEEN by eighteen-year-old Arin Andrews and RETHINKING NORMAL: A MEMOIR IN TRANSITION by nineteen-year-old Katie Rain Hill on September 30, 2014. Read More
March 11, 2014
Emerging Children’s Authors: Apply for the BPL’s Writer-In-Residence Program!
The program provides an emerging children's book author with a stipend and a quiet office at the Boston Public Library so that they can complete a literary work. Applications must be postmarked by April 1. Read More
March 11, 2014
‘Let Books Be Books’ — Fighting Gender Stereotypes in Children’s Book Publishing
On March 6, the day when the UK and Ireland celebrate World Book Day, the UK-based 'Let Toys be Toys' campaign released a new initiative entitled 'Let Books Be Books,' created to discourage the gender bias and binary between 'boy books' and 'girl books.' Read More
March 10, 2014
More Than 50 Authors Sign Up for Indies First Storytime Day
More than fifty authors will participate in the inaugural Indies First Storytime Day during Children’s Book Week. National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Kate DiCamillo sent out a letter imploring fellow writers to join in for a day of storytelling at independent bookstores across the country. Read More
March 10, 2014
Phyllis Krasilovsky Has Passed On
Writer Phyllis Krasilovsky has passed away at the age of 87. Over the course of her career. the Brooklyn native published several children's books. Read More
March 9, 2014
Shadra Strickland On Her Illustration Career: “I Worked Harder”
Shadra Strickland, illustrator of Toni and Slade Morrison's new book, Please Louise, among others, tells the story of how she became an illustrator (hint: perseverance.) She also discusses prejudice in her field, and talks about how she is working to make the picture book world more inclusive. Read More
March 7, 2014
Jon Scieszka & Brian Biggs Collaborate On a New Middle Grade Series
Jon Scieszka, the first National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, has been working on a new middle grade fiction series. Book one, Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor, introduces readers to a 10-year-old inventor named Frank Einstein and his two robots, Klink and Klank. Read More
March 7, 2014
Reading Out Loud is One Way to Battle Illiteracy
LitWorld established World Reading Aloud Day to give people a holiday to read out loud. Reading aloud can be a simple, inexpensive, and a highly effective way of making the act of reading a communal one. Read More
March 6, 2014
Simon & Schuster Re-Designs Five Judy Blume Book Covers
Five of Judy Blume's most beloved books will be getting a makeover. Simon & Schuster Children's Books has re-designed the book jackets for Forever, Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret, Deenie, Then Again, Maybe I Won’t, and Tiger Eyes. Read More
March 5, 2014
E-Book Rising: The Changing Market in Children’s and YA Books
Though the overall sales of children's and YA books are likely to show a  downturn in 2013, e-book sales in the category continue to rise. Read More
March 5, 2014
We’re all in this together Over the month of February, the CCBC Listserv has had a very involved conversation around diverse children’s and young adult literature and, among other things, how to support what’s out there, how to understand the nuances involved in arti... Read More
March 5, 2014
20,000 Teachers Provide Powerful Insights on Teaching in an Era of Change in New Primary Sources Survey
Teachers Want Their Voices Heard and Offer Direction on Student Success, Common Core Implementation, Teacher Evaluation and Parental Support Read More
March 4, 2014
Sylvan Dell Publishing Changes Its Name to Arbordale Publishing
Effective March 1st, Sylvan Dell Publishing changes its name to Arbordale Publishing. In business since the fall of 2004, the publisher will continue to produce the same quality fun-to-read picture books with a science or math theme. Read More
March 3, 2014
Lives Undocumented: An Interview with Maria E. Andreu Interview contributed by Lyn Miller-Lachmann Maria E. Andreu’s debut novel, The Secret Side of Empty (Running Press Kids, March 2014), offers an honest, authentic portrait of an undocumented high school senior who carefully hides her circumstances ... Read More
March 3, 2014
HarperCollins Delays Release Date for ‘Four: A Divergent Collection’ Until July 2014
The publication date for Veronica Roth's Four: A Divergent Collection has been delayed. HarperCollins Children's Books plans to release this anthology on July 08, 2014. According to Roth's blog post, "the stories turned out much meatier and more substantial than I was originally anticipating when I started them." Read More
March 3, 2014
The Particular Difficulties: Brian Floca on Watercolor
Caldecott winner Brian Floca discusses his favorite illustration mediums and how his approach to drawing and painting has changed over the course of his career. Read More
March 2, 2014
Jarrett J. Krosoczka on How Graphic Novels Can Engage Reluctant Readers
Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author and illustrator of the Lunch Lady graphic novel series, discusses how graphic novels can reach reluctant readers, parenting, and his own personal journey as a graphic novelist since 2005. Read More

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