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September 23, 2016
Submit for the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award
The de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection and the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation are now accepting submissions for the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. Read More
September 23, 2016
Scholastic Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2017 Results
Scholastic Corporation has reported results for the Company’s fiscal 2017 first quarter ended August 31, 2016.  Read More
September 23, 2016
Creator of #1000BlackGirlBooks Launches ‘Marley Mag’
Preteen activist and blogger Marley Dias has created a zine for ELLE.com devoted to black girls like her. Read More
September 23, 2016
National Book Festival Summer Writing Contest Winners Announced
Launched in 2012 with the DC Public Library, "A Book That Shaped Me" expanded with the help of public libraries in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The local libraries offered the contest as part of their summer-reading programs. Read More
September 22, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Reading Without Walls Podcast: Episode 6 with Thien Pham
Watch episode six of the Reading Without Walls podcast! Read More
September 22, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang Awarded a MacArthur Fellowship
The acclaimed graphic novelist and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature has been awarded a MacArthur “genius” grant for his work. Read More
September 22, 2016
Little, Brown Emerging Artist Award
The new award, launched by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, recognizes new picture book illustrators representing diversity. Read More
September 22, 2016
The Alliance For Young Artists & Writers Receives Grant From The New York Life Foundation to Support Grieving Teens
National Partnership Supports Teens Coping with Bereavement through Free Art and Writing Workshops and College Scholarship Opportunities. Read More
September 21, 2016
Why I Write about the Immigrant Experience Contributed by Reyna Grande, AuthorI learned to read in  English in the 8th grade. As a child immigrant from Mexico  struggling to adapt to the American way of life, I had a hard time finding my  experiences reflected in the books given to me by ... Read More
September 21, 2016
On the Need for Children’s Literature in Translation
Writer and translator Daniel Hahn on the value of international children's literature. Read More
September 21, 2016
ALA Awarded IMLS Grant to Offer Free Community Engagement Training For Libraries
Courses will be customized to meet the needs of various library types and sizes: small, medium-sized and rural public libraries; large public library systems; and academic libraries. Read More
September 20, 2016
Four Debuts on the Indie Bestsellers List
Four children's titles debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list. Read More
September 20, 2016
The 2016 PW Publishing Industry Salary Survey
PW’s annual salary and jobs survey. Read More
September 20, 2016
Library to Host 2016 Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature
The Américas Award recognizes outstanding U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore or selected non-fiction published during the previous year. Read More
September 19, 2016
Six Debuts on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers List
Six children's titles debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read More
September 19, 2016
Comic Book Fans Prefer Print
Comic book readers overwhelmingly choose physical books over digital. Read More
September 19, 2016
ALSC Now Accepting Applications For 2017 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award
This $4,000 award, made possible by an annual gift from Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing in honor of Maureen Hayes, brings together children and nationally recognized authors/illustrators by funding an author/illustrator visit to a library. Read More
September 16, 2016
Carla Hayden Appointed 14th Librarian of Congress
Carla Hayden has officially been sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress. Read More
September 16, 2016
Candlewick Press Announces Acquisition of Sixth Book in the Best-Selling Timmy Failure Children’s Book Series
The new story takes Timmy to Key West, Florida, ostensibly for the honeymoon of his mother and Doorman Dave — if they even got married, which Timmy doubts. Read More
September 15, 2016
NCBLA Relaunches “Our White House” Website
The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance has launched a redesigned version of its nonpartisan, presidential history and civics education website OurWhiteHouse.org. Read More
September 15, 2016
White House Committee Names Five Student Poets For Prestigious National Student Poets Program
2016 Class of National Student Poets Appointed by First Lady Michelle Obama at White House Ceremony. Read More
September 14, 2016
Literary Greats Headline Children’s Literature Festival at Bank Street College of Education
On October 22, BookFest @ Bank Street will welcome authors, illustrators, editors, and other luminaries from the children’s literature community to share a closer look at their unique and often award-winning approaches to their work. Read More
September 14, 2016
I Still Wrote Contributed by Randi Pink, AuthorDuring  summer breaks, my mother dropped me and my siblings at the  library before she went to work. The first three floors of the library  consisted of thousands of books, and the fourth floor  housed abs... Read More
September 14, 2016
Disney to Launch New Rick Riordan Imprint
Disney-Hyperion announces the launch of Rick Riordan Presents, an imprint devoted to mythology-based middle grade. Read More
September 14, 2016
Temple Grandin to Publish Children’s Book About Invention and Innovation With Penguin Young Readers
Calling All Brains scheduled for publication in 2018. Read More
September 13, 2016
The Eric Carle Museum Launches 2016 Carle Honors Art Auction
Twenty-five exceptional works of art from celebrated picture book artists; Bidding begins September 7. Read More
September 13, 2016
Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!
Celebrating the 100th birthday of the iconic children's book author. Read More
September 12, 2016
2016 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature Revealed
The National Book Foundation has announced the 2016 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People's Literature. Read More
September 12, 2016
Young Adult Authors to Speak With At-Risk Youth as Part of the ALA Great Stories Club Tour
The following individuals will take part in the tour, discussing some of their most popular works: author MK Asante (Buck: A Memoir), author Jay Asher (Thirteen Reasons Why), author Andrew Aydin and illustrator Nate Powell (March trilogy) and illustrator Matt Weigle (No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels: Romeo & Juliet). Read More
September 9, 2016
CBC Diversity Presents: “Religion in the Workplace”
CBC Diversity held its third panel of the year on September 7, in which children's publishing professionals addressed religious diversity in the workplace and in the books they publish. Read More
September 9, 2016
Connecting Preschoolers With Nonfiction Books Through Movement
In “Nonfiction in Motion: Connecting Preschoolers with Nonfiction Books through Movement,” published by ALA Editions, Julie Dietzel-Glair spotlights a multitude of nonfiction titles published since 2005 that will engage young children’s curiosity while activating learning through movement-based activities. Read More
September 8, 2016
Texas Gov. Abbott Declares September 15 “Power Up at Your Library Day” and Libraries Statewide Revv Up
Texas Governor Greg Abbott formally declared Thursday, September 15, 2016 as Power Up at Your Library Day, and libraries around the state have responded by curating events geared to promote technology, innovation, creativity, and literacy in their respective communities. Read More
September 8, 2016
Happy Anniversary, ‘American Born Chinese’!
Ten years after publication, graphic novelist and National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang looks back on 'American Born Chinese.' Read More
September 8, 2016
The Carle Awarded Competitive Seeding Artful Aging Grant to Catalyze the Growing National Artful Aging Movement
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is thrilled to join Aroha Philanthropies at the forefront of the emerging field of Artful Aging. Read More
September 7, 2016
Remembering Author and Illustrator Anna Dewdney
The children's author and illustrator behind the beloved Llama Llama series has passed away. Read More
September 7, 2016
International Literacy Day: Get Kids Reading with Four Big Ideas from Four Countries
In celebration of International Literacy Day (September 8), Scholastic is providing universal tips that can help children everywhere become lifelong readers. Read More
September 7, 2016
Banned Books Week Makes International Splash Across the Pond
With support from the American Library Association (ALA), U.K. organizations have united to host Banned Books Week programs throughout London, demonstrating that censorship is not confined to the United States. Read More
September 6, 2016
SCBWI Announces Slate of Winners for SCBWI Work-in-Progress and Karen Cushman Late Bloomer Grants
The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators congratulates the winners of the 2016 Work-In-Progress Grants and Karen Cushman Late Bloomer Award. Read More
September 6, 2016
First Book and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing to Donate 20,000 Jason Reynolds’ Books to Children in Need
Acclaimed author will visit Washington, DC schools to share his journey. Read More
September 2, 2016
Library of Congress to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month 2016
All events are free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required. Read More
September 1, 2016
First Book, Target Team Up to Bring New Sports Equipment to Further Wellness and Learning for Children in Need
From Soccer Balls to Baseballs, Target Helps First Book Go to Bat to Help Educators Boost Physical Activity for Kids in Need. Read More
August 31, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s NYT Comic
The comics creator and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature reflects on the power of books to open windows into new perspectives. Read More
August 31, 2016
K-5 Educators Will Harness the Power of Read Alouds with New Professional Resource from Scholastic
Scholastic has announced the release of The Best Friend Fiction Collection, by award-winning children’s author and acclaimed educator, Lester L. Laminack. Read More
August 31, 2016
We Breathe as One: The Role of Folktales in Diversity Contributed by Pleasant DeSpain, AuthorFundamentally, diversity means difference. Fundamentally, folktales invite inclusion. Sitting  on a litter-strewn beach in Negombo, Sri Lanka during the fall of 2000, a 17-year- old Sinhalese lad named Neha... Read More
August 31, 2016
New York Yankees Celebrate Young Readers at The New York Public Library’s Annual Summer Reading Awards Ceremony
Yankees meet with NYPL’s Summer Readers to highlight the importance of reading. Read More
August 30, 2016
Diversity in the News: August 2016
Presenting the August issue of Diversity in the News, CBC Diversity's monthly round-up of relevant news in children’s books and diversity. Read More
August 30, 2016
Book Clubs for Kids
Bookstores around the country are hosting book clubs just for kids. Read More
August 30, 2016
Remembering Gene Wilder
The actor who brought the whimsical Willy Wonka to the screen has passed away at 83. Read More
August 30, 2016
First Book and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing to Donate 20,000 Jason Reynolds’ Books to Children in Need
Acclaimed author will visit Washington, DC schools to share his journey. Read More
August 29, 2016
2016 School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Announced
Winner Todd Burleson and Finalists Laura Gardner and Anita Cellucci Recognized by School Library Journal and Scholastic for Outstanding Achievement and Innovation in the School Library. Read More
August 29, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang Shares Ten Kids’ Comics That You Need to Read
The National Ambassador for Young People's Literature shares 10 graphic novel recommendations for young readers. Read More
August 29, 2016
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Celebrates 50 Years of Brown Bear
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art celebrates the 50th anniversary of the beloved story that launched Eric Carle’s picture-book career—Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr—with the exhibition Brown Bear Turns 50. Read More
August 26, 2016
S.E. Hinton’s ‘The Outsiders’ Turns 50
The classic work of young adult literature will celebrate 50 years. Read More
August 26, 2016
A Library Card Provides Endless Opportunities For Family Engagement
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when the nation’s public libraries highlight the value of a library card. Read More
August 25, 2016
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Announces Second Quarter 2016 Results
Reports net sales of $392 million and billings of $413 million. Company lowers full year 2016 outlook for net sales and billings. Read More
August 24, 2016
Inspiring Summer Reading
Tips for encouraging kids to read this summer. Read More
August 23, 2016
Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday Celebration
Penguin Young Readers Group and the Roald Dahl Literary Estate are gearing up for the centenary celebration of author Roald Dahl. Read More
August 23, 2016
New Report from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reveals Educators Hungry for Professional Learning and Greater Family Engagement
Additional findings show drop in concerns about meeting standards and accountability requirements. Read More
August 22, 2016
Morton Schindel, Founder of Weston Woods Studios, Dies at Age 98
Mr. Schindel produced more than 300 motion pictures and 450 recordings that are found in school and library collections worldwide. His films have been translated into more than twenty languages. Read More
August 22, 2016
The Evolution of Children’s Literature
Literary critic and professor Seth Lerer on the evolution of children's literature from didactic to subversive, and everything in between. Read More
August 19, 2016
DOGObooks and YALSA Partner for 2016 Teens’ Top Ten voting
For the fourth year in a row, DOGObooks is the host site where teens will go to vote for the Teens’ Top Ten. Read More
August 19, 2016
The Force of Reading Awakens This October 2016 for ‘Star Wars™ Reads’
Fans can celebrate the joys of reading with Star Wars-themed events throughout the month of October. Read More
August 18, 2016
Scholastic and ASCD Launch 3-Day Professional Learning Institute for Educators Focused on District-Wide Literacy Improvement
The inaugural, three-day Literacy Leaders’ Institute, hosted by Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, and ASCD, a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, begins September 22-24, 2016. Read More
August 18, 2016
Gallery Books and Aladdin to Publish Books by Maddie Ziegler
The series will follow the journey of a young dancer as she navigates the competitive dance circuit and focuses on friendship and teamwork, while also recognizing the power and positivity of dance in our lives. Read More
August 17, 2016
Where’s Your Power? Contributed by Sharon Mentyka, WriterI belong to the most privileged group in our culture: white, heterosexual, and able-bodied. And although my female gender brings me down a notch or two, my race membership alone gives me a winning lottery ticket i... Read More
August 17, 2016
Pottermore to Publish Pottermore Presents 6 September, A Series of eBook Shorts About the Wizarding World from J.K. Rowling
Pottermore has announced the publication of Pottermore Presents, a series of eBook shorts featuring stories and J.K. Rowling’s first-person reflections about the wizarding world. Read More
August 17, 2016
CliffsNotes® Gets Personal; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and BenchPrep Partner on Digital Learning Solutions for High School and College Students
These new features are built to deepen student engagement with the material, boost learner confidence and help improve outcomes. Read More
August 16, 2016
Global Tour to Continue For Release of Book 11, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down
Jeff Kinney to visit 10 countries on 3 continents in more than 20 stops. Major United States tour also announced. Read More
August 15, 2016
Vote for the 2016 Teens’ Top Ten!
Voting is now open for the 2016 Teens' Top Ten: YALSA's "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Read More
August 15, 2016
The Reading Without Walls Podcast: National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang at Comic-Con 2016
Join National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang each month at Reading Rockets for the Reading Without Walls video podcast series. Read More
August 15, 2016
Scholastic Announces Sales of More Than 3.3 Million Copies of ‘Harry Potter and The Cursed Child’ Parts One and Two
Scholastic announced a first printing of 4.5 million copies of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two script book, and retailers reported fast-paced, record-breaking pre-sales leading up to the release date with over 2 million copies sold in the first two days alone. Read More
August 12, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang at San Diego Comic-Con 2016
The graphic novelist and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature shared his platform, "Reading Without Walls," and connected with fans at San Diego Comic-Con. Read More
August 12, 2016
Six Flags New England Hosts the First-Ever “Read a Book Day”
The Coaster Capital of New England and Candlewick Press will host a variety of activities to encourage reading for kids of all ages. Read More
August 11, 2016
ALSC Now Accepting Applications For 2017 Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award
This award, made possible by an annual gift from Penguin Young Readers Group and Random House Children’s books, provides a $600 stipend for up to four children's librarians to attend their first ALA Annual Conference. Read More
August 10, 2016
Author Natalie Lloyd on the Magic of Summer Reading
Author Natalie Lloyd on her favorite kind of summer vacation: one spent reading. Read More
August 9, 2016
Philosophy and Children’s Books
How educators are using picture books to spark deeper conversations with students. Read More
August 9, 2016
Three Educators Nationally Selected For 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Award Artist Residency
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and Golden Artist Colors Host One-of-a-Kind Artist Residency in New York with a Focus on Painting Technology. Read More
August 8, 2016
Candlewick Press and Boston Harbor Cruises Partner to Promote Literacy and Marine-Life Education
Whale watch catamaran hosts library of ocean-themed titles. Read More
August 8, 2016
Developmental Benefits of Early Literacy
Studies show the cognitive and emotional benefits of reading for young children. Read More
August 5, 2016
Author Matt de la Peña Receives Intellectual Freedom Award
NCTE honors Matt de la Peña for his courage in standing up for intellectual freedom with the NCTE National Intellectual Freedom Award, given for de la Peña’s efforts to fight censorship not only through his words but also through his actions. Read More
August 5, 2016
PLA Receives ASAE Power of A Summit and Gold Awards for Every Child Ready to Read Literacy Program
The Power of A Awards reward outstanding accomplishments of associations and industry professionals for their efforts to enrich lives, create a competitive workforce, prepare society for the future, drive innovation and make a better world. Read More
August 4, 2016
Fighting Homogenization Contributed by Ned Rust, AuthorThey want me to  try to write for what?They want a graduate of the  99%, non-minority, public schools of last-century Briarcliff Manor (the B.M. we  call it, much like residents of the O.C., only without a valida... Read More
August 4, 2016
Winnie-the-Pooh Dolls Back on Display
After undergoing cleaning and conservation, the dolls that inspired AA Milne's 'Winnie-the-Pooh' stories are back on display at the New York Public Library. Read More
August 4, 2016
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Kitty Kelley to Publish Her First Children’s Book with Simon & Schuster
The book will be illustrated with photographs by Kelley’s friend, the late Photojournalist Stanley Tretick, and will be published on January 3, 2017. Read More
August 3, 2016
Scholastic Announces Strong Sales for ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’
Sales for the eighth story in the Harry Potter series surpassed two million. Read More
August 3, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Creativity in Progress Series: Part 5
Join the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature each month at Panels for his Creativity in Progress series. Read More
August 3, 2016
AASL Welcomes New Knowledge Quest Bloggers
Knowledge Quest offers breaking news, inspired blogs and encourages conversations to inspire insightful professionals and stronger communities. Read More
August 2, 2016
Bookish Reminders Here and Abroad Contributed to CBC Diversity by Julie Bliven, Editor at CharlesbridgeLast month I joined  seven other children’s book editors on a week-long trip across Germany, sponsored  by the German Book Office of New York. The program nurtures Germany’s ... Read More
August 2, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang on Reading and Writing Outside One’s Comfort Zone
The graphic novelist and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature shares his platform, "Reading Without Walls." Read More
August 2, 2016
Submissions Open for the New-York Historical Society Children’s History Book Prize
Submissions are now open for the 4th annual New-York Historical Society Children's History Book Prize. Read More
August 2, 2016
Penguin Young Readers Acquires Sequel to New York Times Bestselling Picture Book, ‘Dragons Love Tacos’
‘Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel’ will publish in May 2017. Read More
August 1, 2016
Call for 2017 Carter G. Woodson Young Reader Book Nominations
The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) announces its call for nominations of books eligible to receive the CARTER G. WOODSON BOOK AWARD, presented to the most distinguished young reader non-fiction books depicting ethnicity in the United States. Read More
August 1, 2016
Barnes & Noble Announces That Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the Company’s Most Pre-Ordered Book Since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2007
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Expected to Be Barnes & Noble’s Biggest Selling Book of the Year. Read More
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