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September 19, 2014
Should Educators Allow Independent Reading in the Classroom?
Should educators allow students to make their own choices when it comes to books? Some argue that doing so allows children the chance to organically develop a love of reading. Read More
September 19, 2014
Kids Set a New World Record – Reading 304,749,681 Minutes in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
Florida, Texas, North Carolina, New Jersey and New York Lead as Top 5 States with Most Minutes Read in Summer 2014. 20 Schools with Most Minutes Read to Appear in 2015 Scholastic Book of World Records. Read More
September 18, 2014
Adam Shankman to Collaborate With Laura L. Sullivan On a YA Project
Hollywood filmmaker Adam Shankman will be partnering up with novelist Laura L. Sullivan on a young adult writing project. Atheneum, an imprint at Simon & Schuster Children's Books, will release it in the Summer 2016 season. Executive Editor Reka Simonsen oversaw the acquisitions process and picked up the rights for two books; the first book is entitled Lulu. Read More
September 17, 2014
Diversity 101: Gay in YA Contributed to CBC Diversity by Adam Silvera When writing diverse books, we’re writing about choices—and the things we can’t choose. Harry Potter could have chosen not to go to Hogwarts, but spending the rest of his youth with the incorrigible D... Read More
September 17, 2014
Cassandra Clare & Holly Black On the Importance of Diversity
The Iron Trial, the first installment of a middle grade series written by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black, has been published. Both authors sat down for an interview and talked about the importance of diversity. They agreed as partners that their book should feature diverse characters. Read More
September 17, 2014
Bestselling Team of Eoin Colfer and Oliver Jeffers Sign Major Global Deal With HarperCollins
Imaginary Fred publishes in the US and UK in Fall 2015. Read More
September 16, 2014
New “Dark Arts” Section to Be Added to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour in London
The Warner Brothers Studio Tour in London will be spotlighting the "dark arts" of the Wizarding World in a new section. Harry Potter devotees can visit this area starting on October 14, 2014. Read More
September 16, 2014
Kate DiCamillo on Reading Together and the Creative Process
Beloved author Kate DiCamillo spoke with the National Endowment for the Arts about her platform as National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, her writing process, and why children's books matter. Read More
September 15, 2014
2014 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature is Revealed
The National Book Foundation has announced the 2014 Longlist for Young People's Literature.   
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September 15, 2014
ALA Committee to Focus 2014 Banned Books Week On Comics & Graphic Novels
Every year, the American Library Association organizes Banned Books Week to celebrate literacy and counteract censorship. This year, the committee plans to shine the spotlight on comics and graphic novels. Some of the titles that have come under fire in the past include the Bone series by Jeff Smith, the two-volume Persepolis books by Marjane Satrapi, and The Amazing Spider-Man series created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Read More
September 15, 2014
Attention, Creative Teens: How to Become an Exhibited Artist or Published Author
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Are Accepting Submissions from Students in Grades 7–12 Who Aspire to Follow in the Footsteps of Stephen King, Andy Warhol and Lena Dunham and Gain Opportunities for Exhibition, Publication, Scholarships and More. Read More
September 12, 2014
Ursula K. Le Guin Wins the 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters
The National Book Foundation has named Ursula K. LeGuin the winner of the 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Neil Gaiman will present her with the award at the 65th National Book Awards ceremony in November 19, 2014. Read More
September 12, 2014
‘Vanity Fair’ Reveals Lost Chapter From ‘Charlie & The Chocolate Factory’
Roald Dahl went through a long writing process while working on his beloved children's book, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. It turns out, an early draft of the book contained a chapter called "The Warming-Candy Room" which features sweets that may cause an overzealous eater to erupt with heat. Read More
September 11, 2014
Keith Richards & His Daughter Team Up For Picture Book Project
Keith Richards, a rock star best known as a member of The Rolling Stones, has written a picture book. The story, entitled Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guit, explores the relationship between Richards and his grandfather. Read More
September 10, 2014
Facebook Users Name Harry Potter Series As Most Beloved Books
What is the most beloved book of all time? Lada Adamic and Pinkesh Patel conducted a social experiment to try and answer this question. The team employed a Facebook meme asking users to "list 10 books that have stayed with you in some way." Read More
September 10, 2014
‘The Guardian’ Unveils An Unpublished Chapter From ‘Charlie & The Chocolate Factory’
What would have happened if Willy Wonka allowed his Golden Ticket winners to see more of his famous chocolate factory? The Roald Dahl Nominee Limited organization has allowed The Guardian to print an unpublished chapter from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Read More
September 9, 2014
CBC Diversity: Everyone Wants to be the Hero Sometimes Contributed to CBC Diversity by Sara Farizan When I write a story, I often don’t think about diversity. I don’t think about how many characters I should have of a certain ethnic or cultural background, or about whether I meet a quota on how many d... Read More
September 9, 2014
20th Century Fox to Adapt ‘The Scorch Trials’ By James Dashner
The film team at 20th Century Fox has already begun pre-production work on The Scorch Trials. The first installment of this film franchise, The Maze Runner, will be released on September 19, 2014. Read More
September 9, 2014
‘Tactile Picture Books Project’ Goes Beyond Braille
Researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder, are revolutionizing reading for the visually impaired. The Tactile Picture Books Project uses 3-D printing to create books that children can explore through touch. Read More
September 8, 2014
Happy Birthday, Jon Scieszka!
Today is the hilarious Jon Scieszka's birthday! The children's author and first-ever National Ambassador for Young People's Literature (2008-2009) is known for The Stinky Cheese Man and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, and other classics that inspire a good laugh. Read More
September 8, 2014
How Does a Die-Hard Bibliophile React to a Person Who Doesn’t Enjoy Reading?
How does a die-hard bibliophile react when a person claims that they do not enjoy reading? According to one theory, there are six different emotions that range from shock to pity. Read More
September 8, 2014
Usher Joins Scholastic to Launch “Open a World of Possible” Initiative and Celebrate the Power & Joy of Reading
Register Now for the Live “BIGGERTHAN WORDS” Webcast with Usher to Be Held on November 6, 2014 at 1 p.m. ET. Read More
September 5, 2014
CBC Diversity: Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist… As proud members of the CBC Diversity Committee, we—Wendy Lamb and Dan Ehrenhaft—volunteered back in March to write a blog post, scheduled for this week. It was to be about unacknowledged, unconscious racism in YA. Our idea at the time was to make ... Read More
September 5, 2014
Amy Ewing Has Written a Short Story Called ‘The Wishing Well’
Amy Ewing has written a short story called "The Wishing Well," originally introduced in her debut young adult novel, The Jewel. Read More
September 5, 2014
Fox Star Studios May Create a Hindi Adaptation of ‘The Fault in Our Stars’
John Green's The Fault in Our Stars has inspired a hit movie adaptation. In fact, the executives at a tracking firm called Fizziology recently revealed that it was the most discussed film on social media this summer. Read More
September 4, 2014
Kate DiCamillo and Lisa Von Drasek on the Joys of Reading Aloud
The National Ambassador for Young People's Literature chats with Lisa Von Drasek, head of the Children's Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries, about the value and pleasure of reading aloud. Read More
September 4, 2014
Gene Luen Yang Praises Diversity in Comics at National Book Festival Gala
Acclaimed cartoonist and author Gene Luen Yang delivered a slam dunk with his speech at the National Book Festival gala, singing the praises of diversity in comics and literature at large. Read More
September 4, 2014
Kyle Zimmer, Co-Founder and CEO of First Book, To Be Honored by the National Book Foundation as the 2014 Literarian Medalist
The Literarian Award, now in its 10th year, honors individuals for a lifetime of achievement in expanding the audience for literature. Previous recipients include Dr. Maya Angelou and Terry Gross of NPR's Fresh Air. Read More
September 4, 2014
John Rocco Creates a ‘Blackout’ Companion
Children's books creator John Rocco has created a companion for his hit picture book, Blackout. Disney Publishing will release Blizzard on October 28, 2014. Read More
September 3, 2014
Scholastic to Publish Illustrated Poetry Book For Kids by Nick Cannon
Neon Aliens Ate My Homework and Other Poems will be released in March 2015. Read More
September 2, 2014
Diversity in the News — August 2014
Each month, CBC Diversity — which advocates for an inclusive and representative children’s book industry — rounds-up relevant news in children’s books and diversity. Sign up here. Read More
September 2, 2014
Five Star Publications, Inc. Launches a Monster of a Magazine with ‘StoryMonsters Ink’
Five Star Publications, Inc. is announcing the launch of a new monthly magazine. “StoryMonsters Ink” is a free, subscription-based e-digest that gives parents and educators the latest news about award-winning and debut books, profiles on both renowned and newly published authors, upcoming book events, author presentations and more. Read More
September 2, 2014
Bruce Springsteen & Frank Caruso Collaborate On a Picture Book
Rock star Bruce Springsteen has written a picture book entitled Outlaw Pete, illustrated by  Frank Caruso. It will be published on November 4, 2014 by Simon & Schuster. Read More
September 2, 2014
First Book and The International Reading Association Launch The ‘Lift Off to Literacy’ Campaign
First Book and The International Reading Association have launched the "Lift Off to Literacy" campaign to encourage everyone to celebrate International Literacy Day. Read More
August 29, 2014
Bloomsbury UK Revamps ‘Harry Potter’ Website
The Bloomsbury UK team has revamped the Harry Potter website. It now showcases the new covers designed by illustrator Jonny Duddle. Read More
August 29, 2014
Actress Jane Lynch Collaborates With Two Writers on An Anti-Bullying Picture Book
Actress Jane Lynch is collaborating with psychologist Lara Embry and former children's book editor A. E. Mikesell to write a picture book. Artist Tricia Tusa created the illustrations. Marlene, Marlene, Queen of Mean is written in verse. Read More
August 28, 2014
Penguin Young Readers Group to Publish New Novel By Bestselling Author Sarah Dessen
Twelfth novel, Saint Anything, to be released in 2015. Read More
August 28, 2014
James Patterson Will Not Retire From Writing
James Patterson has said in past interviews that he really enjoys writing middle grade novels, as they give him to chance to explore his funny side. Read More
August 27, 2014
WGBH Options TV Rights to ‘Pinkalicious’
WGBH has optioned the rights to Pinkalicious. The Boston-based company plans to adapt the story into an animated television series. Victoria Kann serves as both the writer and illustrator for a majority of the books in this series. Read More
August 27, 2014
Neil Gaiman Confirms More ‘Chu’ Stories in The Future
Neil Gaiman has confirmed that he will be working on more stories starring Chu the Panda. Thus far, HarperCollins has released two titles Chu's Day and Chu’s First Day of School. Read More
August 26, 2014
CBC Diversity: Are We Really Ready For Unstoppable Characters Of Color?
"I love this business. I’ve been in it for over sixteen years. I have written nine novels for young readers, most of which feature strong, straight-ahead African American girl protagonists." Read More
August 26, 2014
Dear Book Publishers: Letters From the 5th Grade
The Dear Book Publishers series is a showcase of letters written by 5th graders from Dothan Brook School. These students were tasked with looking at the diversity in their school library’s picture book collection along with the race of children featured on Kindergarten Second Step cards. Read More
August 26, 2014
J.K. Rowling Appears at Edinburgh International Book Festival
Harry Potter Author J.K. Rowling made a surprise appearance at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. While she was there, she introduced Education Activist Malala Yousafzai for a panel in front of six hundred attendees. Read More
August 26, 2014
Texas Pastor Files Complaint Against Supernatural YA Books
A pastor has filed a complaint against the young adult books available at the Austin Memorial Library; this institution is the local public library for the residents of Cleveland, Texas. Phillip Missick feels that fiction stories starring vampires, demons, and other supernatural characters should be expunged from the collection. Read More
August 25, 2014
How Long Does it Take to Learn to Read?
By the time most kids reach the fourth grade, educators assume that they are finished with the process of learning how to read. A team of scientists had ninety-six participants (third graders, fourth graders, fifth graders, and college students) take part in a study. The results suggest that more time may be required. Read More
August 25, 2014
A Make Way for Ducklings Store Will Open in Boston
Adam and Jamie Hirsch, the owners of the Cambridge-based Curious George Store, plan to launch a new children's books-themed store. The couple will open the Make Way for Ducklings Store inside Faneuil Hall in Boston. Read More
August 22, 2014
Random House Children’s Books to Publish the ‘Best Lowly Worm Book Ever!’
An unpublished Richard Scarry book has been unearthed! Richard (Huck) Scarry Jr. found the manuscript and accompanying sketches for the Best Lowly Worm Book Ever! in his father's studio. Read More
August 22, 2014
Pottermore Releases New Content from J. K. Rowling About Singer Celestina Warbeck
J.K. Rowling's website pottermore.com has posted new writing by the best-selling author about the international wizarding singing sensation Celestina Warbeck. The 500-word entry about Celestina, who is sometimes known as the "singing sorceress," provides never-before-known facts about this obscure character whom readers never "meet" in the Harry Potter series although she is mentioned several times and is Molly Weasley's favourite singer. Read More
August 21, 2014
12 YA Writers Contribute Stories to Holiday Anthology
Stephanie Perkins, the young adult author behind Anna & The French Kiss, will edit an anthology entitled My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories. She will also contribute one of the pieces in this collection. Read More
August 21, 2014
Lauren Oliver Shares 3 Lessons From Reading ‘A Wrinkle in Time’
Author Lauren Oliver devotes her life to books; a majority of her titles are aimed at middle grade and young adult readers. In addition to her passion for writing, Oliver also enjoys reading and shares three lessons she learned from A Wrinkle in Time. Read More
August 20, 2014
Francis Lawrence Talks ‘Mockingjay’ Part 1 And Part 2
Francis Lawrence, the director behind three of the movies in The Hunger Games film franchise, has promised the fans that "there won't be any major changes" from the Mockingjay book. At this point in time, Lawrence refuses to reveal how the novel's storyline is divided up between the two-part movie adaptation. Read More
August 20, 2014
‘The Kite Runner’ and ‘Chinese Handcuffs’ Challenged in Wisconsin
Following the reinstatement of Looking for Alaska at Waukesha High School, two novels are now under attack in the same school district. Read More
August 19, 2014
Scholastic Kicks Off the 2014 School Year with Expanded Resources to Help Get Kids Preschool-Ready
Scholastic Leads the Way in Preschool and Kindergarten Readiness with “Big Day for Pre-K” Curriculum, Preschool Magazines, Preschool Book Fairs, Free Workshops for Parents and Great Books for Babies and Preschoolers. Read More
August 19, 2014
Maureen Johnson Releases ‘Shades of London’ Short Story on Wattpad
Prequel “The Boy in the Smoke” to be posted in its entirety. Read More
August 18, 2014
LBYR to Make a Donation to First Book in Honor of Malala Yousafzai’s Memoir
In celebration of the young readers edition of I Am Malala, Little Brown Books for Young Readers plans to make a donation to First Book. Those who wish to participate should post this message on Twitter: "! Tweet w/ hashtag & will give 1 new book to child in need " Read More
August 17, 2014
‘Let the Sorting Now Begin’: YA Authors Sort Their Characters at LeakyCon
Have you ever wondered where the Hogwarts Sorting Hat would put your favorite YA characters? Read More
August 15, 2014
Celebrities Respond to The NYPL’s #ireadeverywhere Hashtag
The New York Public Library is celebrating reading by asking people to submit photos of themselves enjoying books with the hashtag #ireadeverywhere. The organization has collected a plethora of pictures and displayed them on a special Pinterest board. Read More
August 15, 2014
Random House Children’s Books to Publish New Chapter Book Series Based on Disney’s Smash Hit ‘Frozen’
The first two books in the Disney: Anna & Elsa series will be published in January 2015. Frozen movie tie-in titles published by Random House have sold over eight million copies in nine months. Read More
August 14, 2014
‘Dear Malala, We Stand With You’ Picture Book to Be Published by Crown Books for Young Readers
Random House Children’s Books has acquired Dear Malala, We Stand With You, a picture book to be published on January 6, 2015, it was announced today by Phoebe Yeh, Vice President and Publishing Director of Crown Books for Young Readers. Read More
August 14, 2014
Veronica Roth Doesn’t Mind That ‘Divergent’ Gets Compared to ‘The Hunger Games’
Ever since Veronica Roth's Divergent burst on to the young adult scene, many reviewers have compared it to Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games. For Roth, the comparison is "scary, but "a nice thing." Her chief concern is that readers will enjoy both works and that the types of comments won't impede them from doing so. Read More
August 14, 2014
L.A. Meyer Has Passed On
Writer and artist L.A. (Louis) Meyer has passed away. Meyer became best known as the creator of the Bloody Jack series which stars a spunky pirate named Mary "Jacky" Faber. Read More
August 13, 2014
Dear Book Publishers: Letters from the 5th Grade The Dear Book Publishers series is a showcase of letters written by 5th graders from Dothan Brook School. These students were tasked with looking at the diversity in their school library’s picture book collection along with the race of children featu... Read More
August 13, 2014
New Editions of ‘Charlie & The Chocolate Factory’ to Be Released as a Penguin Modern Classic in The UK
Penguin executives made this decision to honor the 50th anniversary of the book's original publication date. A new cover has been designed and a release date has been set for September 2014. Read More
August 13, 2014
Gayle Foreman Remembered Four Lost Friends By Writing ‘If I Stay’
Young adult author Gayle Foreman talks about the influences that lead her to write the popular novel, If I Stay, in a New York Times essay. Read More
August 12, 2014
Dear Book Publishers: Letters from the 5th Grade The Dear Book Publishers series is a showcase of letters written by 5th graders from Dothan Brook School. These students were tasked with looking at the diversity in their school library’s picture book collection along with the race of children featu... Read More
August 12, 2014
Three Authors Endorse Unusual Fictional Couples
Earlier this year, J.K. Rowling shocked Harry Potter fans by proclaiming that she thinks Harry and Hermione should have ended up together as a couple. At LeakyCon, the  BuzzFeed editorial team walked the floor and asked various attendees about which romantic relationships they endorse. Read More
August 12, 2014
Tween Metal Band Unlocking The Truth Inks Book Deal With Penguin
'Unlocking the Truth' by Unlocking the Truth scheduled for publication in Summer 2015. Read More
August 12, 2014
To Turn On The Light: Dumbledore’s Letter to Cassidy Stay
Cassidy Stay, the sole survivor of a shooting that claimed the lives of her family members in Texas, quoted 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' during a speech thanking her community for their support. Those who heard the story were moved and began an internet movement to put Cassidy and J.K. Rowling in touch. Read More
August 11, 2014
Dear Book Publishers: Letters from the 5th Grade The Dear Book Publishers series is a showcase of letters written by 5th graders from Dothan Brook School. These students were tasked with looking at the diversity in their school library’s picture book collection along with the race of children featu... Read More
August 11, 2014
Authors Remember Beloved Children’s Books in Honor of National Book Lovers Day
What was the first book you ever fell in love with? In honor of National Book Lovers Day, The Huffington Post put together an article called "8 Famous Authors On The First Book They Ever Loved." Read More
August 11, 2014
Donalyn Miller Joins Scholastic Book Fairs as Manager, Independent Reading
Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today announced that Donalyn Miller is joining the company as Manager of Independent Reading and Outreach, Scholastic Book Fairs. In this newly created role, Ms. Miller will serve as the national ambassador for independent reading, speaking at employee and parent trainings, book fair chairpersons’ workshops and professional learning seminars for educators to raise awareness of the importance of independent reading for all children. Read More
August 9, 2014
Dear Book Publishers: Letters from the 5th Grade The Dear Book Publishers series is a showcase of letters written by 5th graders from Dothan Brook School. These students were tasked with looking at the diversity in their school library’s picture book collection along with the race of children featu... Read More
August 9, 2014
Blood, Roses, Snow: An Interview with Francesca Lia Block
In this interview, Francesca Lia Block, a primarily-YA author of many novels that span and meld different genres, discusses her love of writing teen characters, the darkness visible in her books, and her most beloved debut novel, 'Weetzie Bat'.  Read More
August 8, 2014
Dear Book Publishers: Letters from the 5th Grade The Dear Book Publishers series is a showcase of letters written by 5th graders from Dothan Brook School. These students were tasked with looking at the diversity in their school library’s picture book collection along with the race of children featu... Read More
August 8, 2014
More Than 900 Writers Sign a Letter Addressed to Amazon
For the past few months, Hachette Book Group USA has been involved in a dispute with Amazon. Recently, more than nine hundred writers decided to voice their feelings on the situation. Read More
August 8, 2014
Gayle Forman’s IF I STAY hits #1 on USA Today and New York Times Bestseller Lists
Now a major motion picture, starring Chloë Grace Moretz. Read More
August 7, 2014
Dear Book Publishers: Letters from the 5th Grade The Dear Book Publishers series is a showcase of letters written by 5th graders from Dothan Brook School. These students were tasked with looking at the diversity in their school library’s picture book collection along with the race of children featu... Read More
August 7, 2014
Kids Break 2013 World Record In The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, Logging 200 Million Minutes And Counting
Free Summer Reading Program for Kids Continues Until September 5th with Minute-Logging Website and App, Virtual Rewards, and Resources and Booklists for Families. Read More
August 7, 2014
“Please don’t turn this into a teenage romance”: Lois Lowry on Hollywood’s Adaptation of ‘The Giver’
In a recent interview, Lois Lowry speaks about a number of topics, including the changeable nature of the YA genre as well as the complex emotional repercussions of watching her story become a film Read More
August 6, 2014
Dear Book Publishers: Letters from the 5th Grade At the beginning of 2014, the Diversity Committee finished its first meeting of the year with answering the questions “How do we want to move forward?” and “What perspectives haven’t we covered on the blog just yet?” After discussing some of ... Read More
August 6, 2014
Happy Birthday to the Original Miss Rumphius, Barbara Cooney!
Over her 60-year career, Barbara Cooney wrote and/or illustrated more than 200 children's books, including Ox-Cart Man (1979), Miss Rumphius (1983), Island Boy (1988), Hattie and the Wild Waves (1990), and Roxaboxen (1991). She was the recipient of two Caldecott Medals and a National Book Award. Read More
August 6, 2014
‘We Need Diverse Books’ to Launch a Diversity in the Classroom Initiative
The team behind the We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) campaign has officially established themselves as a volunteer-run nonprofit organization. The group has several projects in the pipeline. Read More
August 6, 2014
No Storytelling Rules: Fan Fiction
In a world where fan fiction is beginning to emerge from its "murky corner of the internet" and become respected, even acclaimed, reactions range from awed to vexed to nonplussed. The universal questions about fan fiction are pointed toward the future--will fanfic platforms like Amazon's Kindle Worlds enhance or detrimentally complicate the community? Will fan fiction ever completely grow out of its niche status? Read More
August 5, 2014
‘Lost’ Dr. Seuss Stories Are Found!
A number of old Dr. Seuss stories have been unearthed! Originally published one by one in midcentury magazines and never seen since, the collection will be called Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories, and will be released by Random House this September. 
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August 5, 2014
Disney to Shoot an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Sequel Film
Disney has given the green light for a film adaptation of Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. This project is a sequel for the 2010 Alice in Wonderland movie. Read More
August 5, 2014
Free Speech Groups Launch “Cameron Post” Essay Contest For Delaware High School Students In Response to Book Censorship
Eight organizations concerned about free speech and education are inviting high school students in Delaware to write a 250-500 word essay saying what they think school board members should know about Emily M. Danforth's YA novel, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, before deciding whether it should be removed from a school reading list. Read More
August 4, 2014
Tor Books to Re-Publish a George R.R. Martin Children’s Story

Back in 1980, Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin contributed a children's story to the Dragons of Light anthology. Macmillan's Tor Books plans to publish this piece as a stand-alone picture book with illustrations by fantasy artist Luis Royo. Martin announced on his website that The Ice Dragon will be released on October 21, 2014.

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August 1, 2014
Does Young Adult Literature Need a Little Less ‘Katniss Everdeen’?
Within the young adult genre, should there be more heroines who don't exhibit tough personalities? At the Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC), a panel of female authors discussed the need for fewer female protagonists like Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. Read More
July 31, 2014
Happy Birthday, Harry Potter!
On this day in 1980, Harry Potter was born to Lily and James Potter. Celebrate "The Boy Who Lived"s birthday, and that of his creator, J.K. Rowling, today! Read More
July 31, 2014
‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ Movie is Coming!
Universal Pictures has preemptively acquired the film rights to the New York Times bestseller The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers! Matt Lopez (The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Race to Witch Mountain) will write the script and the film will be produced by Madhouse Entertainment. Read More
July 31, 2014
See a Cut Scene From the ‘Divergent’ Movie!
What violent scene did the filmmakers behind Divergent leave on the cutting room floor? In her young adult novel, Veronica Roth describes a moment where one villainous Dauntless initiate stabs another in the eye. Read More
July 30, 2014
Industry Q&A with publisher Christy Ottaviano Please tell us about the most recent diverse book you published. I recently published Jumped In by Patrick Flores-Scott.  This novel is about Sam, a teen who’s in a depressed state due to the breakdown of his family.  He’s pretty much get... Read More
July 30, 2014
Watch ‘The Maze Runner’ Trailer Here!
Newly-released trailer builds excitement for the highly anticipated movie, The Maze Runner. Read More
July 30, 2014
Kate DiCamillo Wins ‘Voice of the Heartland’ Award
Kate DiCamillo -- National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and author of recent Newbery winner Flora and Ulysses -- has been awarded the 'Voice of the Heartland' prize, which "recognizes those who uphold the value of independent bookselling and have made a significant contribution to bookselling in the Midwest." The honor is given by the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association and the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association.

recognizes those who uphold the value of independent bookselling and have made a significant contribution to bookselling in the Midwest - See more at: http://midwestbooksellers.org/2014/07/kate-dicamillo-recipient-of-the-voice-of-the-heartland/#sthash.QXAC57SJ.dpuf
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July 29, 2014
Little Five Star Seeks Sponsors to Help Give Every Third Grader in Arizona a Copy of ‘Arizona Agriculture: Bee’s Amazing Adventure’
Arizona-based publisher Little Five Star, a division of Five Star Publications, Inc. has launched a campaign to give every third grade student in the state a free copy of its new title, Arizona Agriculture: Bee’s Amazing Adventure. Read More
July 29, 2014
Penguin Young Readers Group Launches Pre-Publication Marketing Campaign For New Stephanie Perkins Book
Dutton Children's Books, an imprint of the Penguin Young Readers Group, has launched a pre-publication marketing campaign for Stephanie Perkins' young adult novel, Isla and the Happily Ever After. The publishing house has partnered with fifty-five independent booksellers; fans who place pre-orders at one of these retailers will receive a signed copy, a bundle of three buttons and a sheet of decals. Read More
July 29, 2014
Happy Birthday, Sharon Creech!
Happy Birthday to Sharon Creech, author of the Newbery-Medal-winning Walk Two Moons, along with Ruby Holler, The Great Unexpected, and more. Creech is 69 years old today.  Read More
July 28, 2014
SCBWI Announces 2014 Book Launch Award Winners
The annual award, established by the SCBWI in 2012, provides authors or illustrators with $2,000 in funds to supplement the promotion and marketing of newly published works for children. Read More
July 28, 2014
Scholastic to Publish ‘Bone’ Tribute Edition with New Art From Creator Jeff Smith, Plus More Than 15 Top Artists
Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, will publish BONE #1: Out from Boneville, The Tribute Edition on February 24, 2015. Read More
July 28, 2014
Happy Birthday to the Many-Hat-Wearing Beatrix Potter!
Beatrix Potter was born on July 28, 1866, 148 years ago today. A natural scientist and conservationist, she was the author and illustrator of beloved childhood classics The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, The Tailor of Gloucester, and many more.  Read More
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