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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
Try to Always: White Privilege and Interrupting Racism Contributed to CBC Diversity by Karen Boss, assistant editor at CharlesbridgeOver 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,... 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
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 Contributed to CBC Diversity by Faye Bi, publicist at Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. I often have iterations of this conversation with my publishing colleagues, especially now that diverse books are becoming more visible (and hopefully wi... 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 Contributed to CBC Diversity by Nikki Garcia, assistant editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 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... 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
July 8, 2015
Malala Yousafzai Launches #BooksNotBullets Campaign
Nobel laureate and literacy activist Malala Yousafzai has launched the #BooksNotBullets campaign in hopes of raising money for global education. Read More
July 8, 2015
The New York Historical Society Announces 2015 Children’s History Book Prize Recipient: Helen Frost For Salt
Award to be presented by Chancellor Fariña June 18; Families invited to meet the author June 20. Read More
July 7, 2015
Josephine Angelini Has Written a New Worldwalker Novella
Josephine Angelini has written a new novella set in the Worldwalker universe. This digital book, entitled 'Rowan,' will be released on July 14, 2015. Read More
July 6, 2015
Summer Reading and Literacy Apps
KidLit TV's Top 10 Reading/Literacy Apps for Summer. Read More
July 6, 2015
Neil Gaiman to Write a Sequel for ‘Odd and the Frost Giants’
What has Neil Gaiman been working on? During an appearance at the Hay Festival, the Newbery Medal-winning author revealed that he has written one chapter for a sequel to his 2008 middle-grade fantasy novel, Odd and the Frost Giants. Read More
July 3, 2015
Patrick McDonnell And Naoko Stoop to Collaborate on a Picture Book Project
Patrick McDonnell, a renowned cartoonist and children's books creator, will write a new picture book entitled 'Shine!'. Naoko Stoop, the author and illustrator behind the Red Knit Cap Girl series, will produce the artwork. Read More
July 2, 2015
New Disney Segment to Combine Consumer Products And Interactive Divisions
Disney Publishing Worldwide, a leading publisher of children’s books that has increasingly blended technology with storytelling to create interactive story-based digital experiences, will also report jointly to Ms. Ferraro and Mr. Pitaro. Read More
July 2, 2015
Happy Birthday, Jack Gantos!
Celebrating the birthday of beloved children's author Jack Gantos, creator of Joey Pigza and Rotten Ralph. Read More
July 1, 2015
Pope Francis Receives New Latin Edition of International Bestseller Diary of a Wimpy Kid at The Vatican
Monsignor Daniel B. Gallagher, Official Translator, Presents Commentarii de Inepto Puero to His Holiness in St. Peter's Square. Read More
July 1, 2015
Booklist of Diverse Nonfiction Literature for Young Readers
The Nonfiction Booklist provides a searchable list of diverse nonfiction titles for young readers. Read More
July 1, 2015
Expand Your Comics Conversation with the Comic Book Club Handbook!
Learn how to start and make the most of book clubs for comics and graphic novels with the Comic Book Club Handbook, a new resource produced by Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in collaboration with Comic-Con International. Read More
June 30, 2015
James Patterson Increases School Library Donation Pledge to $1.75 Million
Earlier this year, James Patterson pledged to give away $1.25 million to school libraries. The award-winning author and literacy advocate decided to increase the amount to $1.75 million. Recently, he distributed $500,000 of the money to 127 different school libraries. Read More
June 30, 2015
Original ‘Madeline’ Paintings Sold at Auction
Original 'Madeline' art on auction at Sotheby’s New York this month. Read More
June 30, 2015
Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Partners with We Need Diverse Books on Summer Internship Program
The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Partners with WNDB on its inaugural summer internship program. Read More
June 29, 2015
Love Wins, but I’m on Deadline Contributed to CBC Diversity by author Tim Federle (Better Nate Than Ever) Well, on Friday I woke up in California to the news that Love Won today, and before I’d even had my coffee. California, because I’m here for the American Library Associatio... Read More
June 29, 2015
The New York Public Library To Offer an Outdoor Reading Room At Its Iconic 42nd Street Building
The New York Public Library is opening “The Outdoor Reading Room 2015: Read Everywhere!” on the plaza of its landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, giving the public an opportunity to sit, read, and relax in a literary oasis that will offer books recommended by expert librarians, author talks, a book swap, and a wall on which people can write their own summer reading recommendations. Read More
June 29, 2015
Summer Reading Can Help Kids Develop Five Skills
Summer reading can be vitally important for children during their time off from school. Not only does it help to prevent summer slide, it can also be an opportunity to teach five important skills: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Read More
June 26, 2015
Historic Investment by New York City Allows Public Libraries To Offer Citywide Six-Day Service
Fiscal Year 2016 adopted budget includes largest ever operating funding increase for libraries. Read More
June 26, 2015
Little, Brown Books For Young Readers to Publish Sherman Alexie’s Debut Picture Book—Thunder Boy Jr. With Illustrations By Caldecott Honor Artist Yuyi Morales
Megan Tingley, Executive Vice President and Publisher of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, announced today the upcoming publication of Thunder Boy Jr., the debut picture book by National Book Award–winning and bestselling author Sherman Alexie with illustrations by critically acclaimed picture book artist Yuyi Morales. Read More
June 25, 2015
Sherri Duskey Rinker and John Rocco to Create a Picture Book About Virginia Lee Burton
Writer Sherri Duskey Rinker and artist John Rocco will collaborate on a picture book biography on famed children's book creator Virginia Lee Burton. The book, entitled Jinnee and the Big Machines, will be released in Fall 2017. Read More
June 25, 2015
Happy 60th Birthday, Miffy!
Author-illustrator Dick Bruna's bunny creation celebrates her 60th birthday. Read More
June 24, 2015
Judith St. George Has Passed On
Author of more than forty children's books, Judith St. George has passed away. Read More
June 24, 2015
Universal to Adapt ‘Let It Snow’ For a Movie
Universal has acquired the film rights to 'Let It Snow: Three Holiday Stories.' This young adult book was a collaborative project written by authors John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle. Read More
June 23, 2015
Boston Celtics and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Celebrate Student Participation in SCORE with Go Math! Academy Program
SCORE is an online, basketball-themed math resource for local schools developed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) learning architects in collaboration with the Boston Celtics. Read More
June 22, 2015
Aladdin to Launch New Series By #1 New York Times Bestselling Dork Diaries Author Rachel Renee Russell
The new series, called The Misadventures of Max Crumbly, will launch in April 2016 followed by a second book in Spring 2017. Read More
June 22, 2015
Building Community with Family Place Libraries
A look at the Family Place library program, empowering small children and their families nationwide. Read More
June 19, 2015
‘Sesame Street’ Promotes School Readiness For All
Study shows that watching 'Sesame Street' may be one of the most cost-effective ways to prepare kids for academic success. Read More
June 19, 2015
Candlewick Partners With United Through Reading to Celebrate Father’s Day
The Candlewick Press publishing house has formed a partnership with the United Through Reading nonprofit for a special Father's Day project. Read More
June 18, 2015
Disney May Shoot a Third Princess Diaries Film Adaptation
At this point in time, no announcement has been made about the plot or if Anne Hathaway, now an Oscar-winning actress, will reprise the role of Mia Thermopolis (also known as Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo). Read More
June 18, 2015
Preeti Chhibber: How I Got into Publishing Preeti Chhibber: Senior Editorial Manager for the Teens & BookBeat Scholastic Reading ClubsI didn’t realize publishing was an actual career until I was a few years into college. Growing up, my mom had been clear that I was the one who would be a ... Read More
June 17, 2015
Inside the Author’s Studio with Kate DiCamillo
Inside the Author’s Studio, a new Rhode Island PBS production, premiered with an interview with Newbery Medal winner and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Kate DiCamillo. Read More
June 17, 2015
John Green Vows Never to Use The ‘R-Word’ in a Book Again
Author John Green has become well-known for engaging with his fans through his social media platforms. One of his readers sent out a tweet questioning why he used the "R-Word" in his 2008 young adult novel, Paper Towns. Read More
June 16, 2015
Scholastic Acquires Middle Grade Novel by Emma Donoghue, Author of the International Bestseller ‘Room’
The Lotterys Plus One is scheduled for publication in February 2017. Read More
June 16, 2015
WNDB Internship Project Recipients Announced
We Need Diverse Books announces summer internship project recipients. Read More
June 16, 2015
44 Governors’ Spouses & 4 Governors Sign On As “Reading Ambassadors” For 2015 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
Gubernatorial Spouses and Governors promote the importance of summer reading by hosting reading events in their states; Scholastic donates 500 books per state on their behalf. Read More
June 15, 2015
Bibliotherapy
Experts find that reading fiction offers therapeutic and social benefits. Read More
June 15, 2015
2015 National Book Festival Poster Unveiled
The Library of Congress revealed the 2015 National Book Festival Poster, created by artist Peter de Sève. Read More
June 12, 2015
Jesse Andrews On Writing the Script For Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Author Jesse Andrews was charged with adapting his 2012 young adult novel, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, for a film. For Andrews, this proved to be a herculean task because he had never written a screenplay before. Read More
June 11, 2015
Go Global: We Are the World Contributed to CBC Diversity by Veronica Grijalva, rights associate at Scholastic During my first year attending the Frankfurt International Book Fair a question was asked of me by many editors at foreign publishing houses. The question was this, “Wh... Read More
June 11, 2015
AAP Introduces Annual Snapshot of U.S. Book Market
The Association of American Publishers introduces, StatShot Annual, an overview of the U.S. book market in 2014. Read More
June 11, 2015
A.S. King to Write Her Debut Middle Grade Novel
Printz Honor winner A.S. King will write her debut middle grade novel. The book, entitled Finding Marvin Gardens, follows a young boy who uncovers an animal that eats plastic behind his house. Read More
June 10, 2015
Ferguson Municipal Public Library Named 2015 Library of the Year
Ferguson Municipal Public Library named 2015 Library of the Year by Library Journal and Gale. Read More
June 10, 2015
Literacy Has a New Super Hero: Chris Riddell Unmasked as New Waterstones Children’s Laureate
Illustrator, author and political cartoonist will champion creativity and “drawing every day.” Read More
June 9, 2015
The Rise in Transgender Children’s Books
In hopes of shining a light on an underrepresented issue, a number of emerging and debut authors are writing novels that showcase transgender characters. Read More
June 9, 2015
Announcing the 2015 Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Awards
The awards will be presented in a ceremony on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at the White Plains (New York) Public Library. The program is open to the public. Read More
June 8, 2015
Ezra Jack Keats Inducted into the NYS Writers Hall of Fame at Sixth Annual Ceremony
Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983) is among seven distinguished writers who were inducted this week into the NYS Writers Hall of Fame. The induction took place on June 2nd at the sixth annual ceremony with a gala at the Princeton Club of New York. Read More
June 8, 2015
HarperCollins to Launch the Explore the World of Margaret Wise Brown Program
HarperCollins Children's Books will launch the "Explore the World of Margaret Wise Brown" program. The publisher will release new editions of Margaret Wise Brown's children's books. In addition to revitalizing some Brown classics, one never-before-published book will also be released. Read More
June 8, 2015
Vermont Youth Book Awards Announced
The Vermont Department of Libraries reveals the 2015 winners of its student selected book awards. Read More
June 5, 2015
Scholastic Completes Sale of Educational Technology and Services Business Segment
The sale was completed pursuant to a Stock and Asset Purchase Agreement entered into on April 24, 2015. Read More
June 4, 2015
All You Really Need to Know is What Jacqueline Woodson Said at BookCon Contributed to CBC Diversity by Daniel Ehrenhaft, editorial director of Soho Teen I always feel a little nostalgic and reflective at this time of year, because I started my publishing career in June of 1993. Looking back at the market then, I mostly ... Read More
June 4, 2015
Jacqueline Woodson Named Young People’s Poet Laureate
Author Jacqueline Woodson has been named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. Read More
June 4, 2015
DreamWorks Animation to Adapt The Adventures of Beekle
DreamWorks Animation will shoot a film adaptation based on The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. Dan Santat won the 2015 Caldecott Medal for this picture book. Read More
June 3, 2015
2015 Lambda Literary Award Winners Announced
The 27th annual Lambda Literary Award winners have been announced. Read More
June 3, 2015
Oscar Winner Eddie Redmayne Enters the Wizarding World as Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Eddie Redmayne will play J.K. Rowling’s creation Newt Scamander, the Wizarding World’s preeminent magizoologist, who in his travels has encountered and documented a myriad of magical creatures, ultimately leading to his penning the Hogwarts School textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Read More
June 2, 2015
James Patterson Launches Children’s Book Imprint That Aims to Save Lives with Books
The defining mission of jimmy patterson will reflect Patterson’s most heartfelt goals: to inspire kids to become willing, self-propelled readers; to help teachers, booksellers, and librarians get the tools, opportunities, and skills they need to accomplish this important duty; and to identify the right books for each child by celebrating a compelling diversity of human voices and experiences. Read More
June 2, 2015
We Need Diverse Books,™ School Library Journal, and American Booksellers Association Create Booktalking Kits
We Need Diverse Books,™ School Library Journal, and the American Booksellers Association team up to create Booktalking Kits, a tool for teachers and members of the publishing community to promote diverse reads. Read More
June 2, 2015
The Rewards of Re-Reading
A reflection on the joy and value of revisiting our favorite books from childhood. Read More
June 1, 2015
Submissions Open for the 2015 WNDB™ Walter Dean Myers Grant
We Need Diverse Books™ is now accepting submissions for the 2015 Walter Dean Myers Grant. Read More
June 1, 2015
2015 Children’s Choices List Announced
The International Literacy Association and the CBC have announced the 2015 Children's Choices list. Read More
June 1, 2015
Survey: State Teachers of the Year Would Prioritize School Funding on Anti-Poverty, Early Learning & Reducing Learning Barriers
Scholastic Releases Year-End Online Survey of the 2015 State Teachers of the Year on Issues Ranging from Funding and Learning Barriers to Independent Reading and Job Satisfaction. Read More
May 29, 2015
Neil Gaiman On His Love of Children’s Books
Neil Gaiman is well-known for both his adult fiction and children's books. For Gaiman, writing children's books can be "enormously refreshing." Read More
May 28, 2015
2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards Announced
The 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature are revealed. Read More
May 28, 2015
National Ambassador Kate DiCamillo on the Joy of Summer Reading
The beloved author and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature on summer reading and the value of libraries. Read More
May 28, 2015
Epic! Signs Deal With Macmillan Publishers
Children’s eBook subscription service signs new Big 5 Partner. Read More
May 27, 2015
Industry Q&A with Alyssa Mito Pusey Alyssa Mito Pusey, Senior Editor at CharlesbridgeInterview by Yolanda ScottThanks for agreeing to do this, Alyssa. The first diversity question today is how do you self identify?Growing up in Hawaii, I thought of myself as Japanese American, when I tho... Read More
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