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April 29, 2016
2016 Edgar Allen Poe Awards Announced
Announcing the 2016 Edgar Awards winners for juvenile fiction. Read More
April 29, 2016
Submissions Now Open 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
April 29, 2016
Children’s Book Week Celebrates Graphic Novels
In celebration of the 97th annual Children's Book Week, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group is running a comics blog tour. Read More
April 29, 2016
CBC Diversity Panel: “Recruiting Diversity”
CBC Diversity held its first panel of 2016, “Recruiting Diversity,” in which Human Resource professionals shared steps for creating a more inclusive industry from the inside out. Read More
April 29, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang Engages Non-Readers
The graphic novelist and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature shares his insight on spreading the joy of reading to reluctant readers. Read More
April 29, 2016
J.K Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Screenplay to be Published
Returning to her wizarding world, the all-new adventure film marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Read More
April 28, 2016
How I Got into Publishing: Jennifer Ung, Associate Editor, Simon Pulse Like  many children of Asian immigrants, I grew up believing there are only two paths  you can take in life: pursue medicine, or pursue law. It never occurred to me as a kid that I could follow anything other than the path my parents so  careful... Read More
April 28, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Creativity in Progress Series: Part 2
Join National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang each month at Panels for the Creativity in Progress series, where he shows us the process behind his comics! Read More
April 28, 2016
Kate DiCamillo Looks Back on Her Ambassadorship
The beloved author reflects on her time as National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, spreading the joy of reading. Read More
April 28, 2016
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Launches HMH Marketplace, Connecting Educator and Developer Communities
New online destination to discover, share and sell digital learning tools and teacher-created content now live. Read More
April 27, 2016
The Diversity of Imagination Contributed by Christine Bronstein, Founder, Nothing But The Truth Publishing Many topics are being explored around diversity in  children’s books, which I think is critical to our world. Publisher’s  Weekly reported that the Association of... Read More
April 26, 2016
Diversity in the News: April 2016
Presenting the April issue of Diversity in the News, CBC Diversity's monthly round-up of relevant news in children’s books and diversity! Read More
April 26, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang on Reading & Writing Without Walls
The acclaimed graphic novelist shares his platform as National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and inspiration for his upcoming book. Read More
April 25, 2016
Remembering Diversity Advocate and Publisher Jackie Carter
Publishing executive and champion of diverse children's books Jackie Carter has passed away. Read More
April 25, 2016
James Patterson Recognized With The AASL Crystal Apple
The honor is awarded to an individual or group that has made a significant impact on school library programs and students. Read More
April 24, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘In the Wind’ by Elizabeth Spurr, illustrations by Manelle Oliphant Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
April 22, 2016
Kid Lit Auction Benefits Refugees in Europe
Authors, illustrators, and members of the children's book publishing industry have launched Writing for Charity, a literary auction to benefit refugees in Europe. Read More
April 22, 2016
2016 Banned Books Week Grants Offered Through Freedom to Read Foundation’s Krug Fund
For the seventh year, the Freedom to Read Foundation is offering grants to support a wide variety of engaging, provocative and fun events commemorating Banned Books Week. Read More
April 21, 2016
Diversity, Disability, and Dolls Contributed by Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, Ph.D., AuthorPublic Law 99-457 passed in 1986, amending the Education of the Handicapped Act and requiring states to provide appropriate and free public education to children with disabilities ages 3 throu... Read More
April 21, 2016
Hollins Announces Winners of the Inaugural Margaret Wise Brown Prize in Children’s Literature
Hollins University has announced the winners of the inaugural Margaret Wise Brown Prize in Children’s Literature. Read More
April 21, 2016
Lionsgate Acquires Rights to Globally-Renowned Magic Tree House Book Series
Mary Pope Osborne’s critically-lauded franchise has sold over 130 million books and been translated into 35 languages around the world. The studio plans to shoot multiple live-action films. Read More
April 20, 2016
Author Dav Pilkey Gives a New Book to Every Student at 50 Schools Nationwide for Summer Reading
More than 4,000 educators entered the first-ever Dav Pilkey ‘Be a Reading Superhero’ Educator Contest, and one school from each U.S. state* was selected as the winning school. Read More
April 20, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Reading Without Walls Podcast: Episode 2
Through his platform, “Reading Without Walls,” Yang hopes to inspire readers of all ages to pick up a book outside their comfort zone.See the second episode of Yang’s podcast, in which he interviews writer and artist Derek Kirk Kim of 'Adventure Time'! Read More
April 20, 2016
Arkansas, Massachusetts, and Nebraska Win Disney and First Book “Magic of Storytelling” State Vote
A total of 135,000 books will be awarded to classrooms and programs serving children in need in the states. Read More
April 19, 2016
A Message from National Ambassador Emeritus Jon Scieszka!
National Ambassador Emeritus and beloved children's book author Jon Scieszka wants you to vote for the Children's Choice Book Awards! Read More
April 19, 2016
“State of America’s Libraries 2016” Shows Service Transformation to Meet Tech Demands of Library Patrons
Book challenges recorded by ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) reveal that attempts to remove materials with diverse content are higher than ever before. Read More
April 18, 2016
One Million Books Sold in The Iron Fey Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Julie Kagawa
The Iron Fey series has been published in more than 20 countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, France and Germany. Read More
April 18, 2016
LeVar Burton, Al Roker, Dav Pilkey, Gene Luen Yang, and 200+ Speakers Address Educating Youth and Creating a Nation of Readers in Today’s Digital World
Librarians from around the state are preparing for the 2016 TLA Annual Conference, taking place in Houston, April 19 – 22. Read More
April 15, 2016
Announcing the 2016 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees
YALSA has announced the list of 26 nominated titles. Read More
April 14, 2016
The CBC Stands in Support of N.C. Bookstores
The Children's Book Council joins the American Booksellers Association and others in supporting North Carolina bookstores and readers in the fallout from the state's recent anti-LGBTQ legislature.  Read More
April 14, 2016
Scholastic Launches Storyworks® Jr., the 33rd Classroom Magazine Title
Scholastic today announced the launch of Storyworks® Jr., a new language-arts magazine created especially for third-graders, which is a critical year for solidifying children’s reading skills. Read More
April 14, 2016
Reading Rainbow’s LeVar Burton on the Value of Reading Together
The "Reading Rainbow" star and literacy champion on his lifelong love of reading. Read More
April 13, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons’ illustrations by Julia Morstad Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
April 13, 2016
Candlewick Press Announces Acquisition of Jon Scieszka’s DaDa Goose’s Book of Complete Nonsense
Candlewick’s first project with Jon Scieszka brings iconic best-selling author, inaugural National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature to the publisher’s list. Read More
April 13, 2016
Remembering Illustrator Peggy Fortnum
The beloved illustrator behind Paddington has passed away at the age of 96. Read More
April 12, 2016
Vote for the 9th Annual Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards!
Children's Choice Book Awards voting is open now through April 25 at ccbookawards.com! Read More
April 12, 2016
‘Make Way for Ducklings’ Celebrates 75 Years in Print!
The classic picture book by Robert McCloskey celebrates its 75th anniversary. Read More
April 12, 2016
Hosting a Poetry Slam at Your Library
Celebrate National Poetry Month with a poetry slam! Read More
April 12, 2016
Happy 100th Birthday, Beverly Cleary!
Celebrating the beloved children's author of such classics as the Ramona series and The Mouse and the Motorcycle. Read More
April 12, 2016
Newbery Award Winner Avi to Headline AASL President’s Program
During his presentation, Avi will speak of his work and his connection to readers and librarians. Read More
April 11, 2016
U.S.A. Gold® Pencils Announces Student Poetry Contest
In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, U.S.A. Gold and Scholastic Inc. have launched a student poetry contest open to students in grades 1–6. Read More
April 11, 2016
Scholastic Acquires World English Rights For ‘The Goldfish Boy’
Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, has struck a two-book deal with debut British author Lisa Thompson via Adam Gauntlett at the Peters, Fraser and Dunlop Literary Agency. Read More
April 8, 2016
Author Beverly Cleary on Turning 100
The beloved children's book author reflects on her approaching centennial and path to becoming a writer. Read More
April 8, 2016
Scholastic & Blizzard Entertainment Announce World of Warcraft®: Traveler, a New Book Series Based on the Bestselling Franchise
World of Warcraft: Traveler will launch simultaneously in the U.S., the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, with the first hardcover book scheduled for release in November 2016, followed by the second title in November 2017. Read More
April 7, 2016
Library of Congress National Book Festival Welcomes Extraordinary Lineup of Writers
Joel Grey, Carl Hiaasen, Eileen Myles, Katherine Paterson, Shonda Rhimes, Jeffrey Toobin, Calvin Trillin, Colson Whitehead Scheduled to Appear. Read More
April 6, 2016
Didi and the Diverse Contributed by Kate Evangelista, AuthorThe word  diverse can mean a lot of things to a lot people. That’s what’s fantastic about  the word. Diverse literally means variety.As a  budding writer, I have always been attracted to diverse characte... Read More
April 6, 2016
J.K. Rowling’s Writing Chair up for Auction
The chair that J.K. Rowling sat in while writing the first two novels in the Harry Potter series is now up for auction. Read More
April 6, 2016
Klutz® to Launch Klutz® Jr. January 2017
Brand-New Product Line for Kids Ages 4 and Up. Read More
April 5, 2016
Promote Your Book in Story Monsters Ink™ Magazine!
Promote your book in Story Monsters Ink Magazine, a free subscription-based magazine by Five Star Publications, Inc.

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April 5, 2016
Submit for the Anansesem Caribbean Children’s Literature Ezine
Submissions are now open for Anansesem's Caribbean children's literature ezine. Read More
April 5, 2016
Warner Bros. Consumer Products Announces Global Publishing Partners For ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’
The big-screen adventure was written by J.K. Rowling and stars Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything). Read More
April 4, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Dear Bunny’ by Katie Cotton, illustrated by Blanca Gomez Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
April 4, 2016
Harry Potter Fans are #ReadyForHermione, Run Global Literacy Campaign
Wizard activists are standing behind a Hermione Granger/Luna Lovegood 2016 platform to raise awareness for their upcoming global literacy campaign, Accio Books. Read More
April 1, 2016
B.J. Novak, Penguin Young Readers, Donate 10,000 Books to Children in Need
10,000 copies of B.J. Novak's children's book, The Book With No Pictures, will be given to the First Book organization. Read More
March 31, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Creativity in Progress Series
Join the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature each month at Panels for a series on the creative process behind his comics. Read More
March 31, 2016
Storytime with Dogs
Libraries are incorporating man's best friend into their storytime programs. Read More
March 31, 2016
Scholastic Releases Cover of Upcoming Illustrated Edition of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Illustrated by award-winning artist, Jim Kay, the cover shows Harry Potter flying towards The Burrow in the Ford Anglia. Read More
March 30, 2016
“Niche” Numbers Contributed by Nikki Garcia, Assistant Editor,  Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersThere are a lot of well-meaning people in publishing who work hard to create more diversity in books. But unfortunately there can a... Read More
March 30, 2016
James Patterson and Scholastic Renew Pledge to Help Save School Libraries!
James Patterson will personally donate another $1.75 million to school libraries this year, in the second installment of his School Library Campaign. Read More
March 30, 2016
Candlewick Press to Launch New Imprint
Candlewick Press has announced the launch of a new imprint, Candlewick Studio, devoted to design-driven books. Read More
March 30, 2016
Celebrate Children and Books
The 20th Anniversary of Children’s Day / Book Day Takes Place in April. Read More
March 29, 2016
Submit for the 2016 WNDB™ Walter Dean Myers Grant
We Need Diverse Books™ will be accepting submissions for this year's Walter Dean Myers Grant from April 15 to May 15, 2016. Read More
March 29, 2016
Scholastic Reports Fiscal 2016 Third Quarter Results
Strong Performances in Education and Children’s Books Highlight Growth in Quarter. Read More
March 28, 2016
Help Students Turn the Summer Slide into the Summer Leap with Literacy Resources from Scholastic
The Scholastic campaign to encourage kids to make the summer leap into books and be prepared for the next grade has kicked off with the launch of the 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Read More
March 28, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘The Storyteller’ by Evan Turk Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
March 28, 2016
Behind the Scenes of Tuck Everlasting: the Musical
A look at the journey of Tuck Everlasting from page to stage. Read More
March 28, 2016
Robert McCloskey’s Make Way For Ducklings Celebrates 75th Anniversary in 2016
Make Way For Ducklings was originally published in 1941 when America was in the tail-end of the Great Depression. Read More
March 25, 2016
The Demon Hunting Continues ‘Shadowhunters’ Renewed For Second Season By Freeform
Based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, “Shadowhunters” follows Clary Fray, who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters – human – angel hybrids who hunt down demons. Read More
March 24, 2016
Diversity in the News: March 2016
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.Read the newest issue here, and sign up to receive it in your inbox! Read More
March 24, 2016
Jacqueline Woodson to Present Closing Session at 2016 ALSC Institute
This event will take place at the Charlotte Marriott City Center on Saturday, September 17, 2016 and is sponsored by Penguin Young Readers Group. Read More
March 23, 2016
LeVar Burton, Al Roker, Dav Pilkey, Gene Luen Yang, and 200+ Speakers Address Educating Youth and Creating a Nation of Readers in Today’s Digital World
Librarians from around the state are preparing for the 2016 TLA Annual Conference, taking place in Houston, April 19 – 22. Read More
March 23, 2016
No Monkey Business: Curious George Celebrates Ramadan Contributed by Hena Khan, AuthorLike countless Americans, I grew up loving Curious George  and his antics—swallowing a puzzle piece, painting a jungle scene on a wall, and flying on a bunch of balloons. And when I had children of my own, I happily... Read More
March 23, 2016
Applications Open for the 2016 School Librarian of the Year Award
School librarians can apply now through May 20 for School Library Journal‘s third annual School Librarian of the Year Award. Read More
March 23, 2016
Scholastic Corporation Announces Date For Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2016 Earnings Release and Teleconference
The company unveiled the schedule and teleconference information for its third quarter fiscal year 2016 earnings release. Read More
March 22, 2016
The Inaugural Walter Awards
We Need Diverse Books' inaugural Walter Dean Myers Awards celebrating diverse children's literature and voices were presented at a ceremony at the Library of Congress. Read More
March 22, 2016
HarperCollins To Offer To Kill a Mockingbird Price Promotion For Schools
Since its publication in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird has played an important role in American classrooms—inspiring generations of students. Read More
March 21, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘A Splash of Red’ illustrated by Melissa Sweet Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
March 21, 2016
Scholastic Leaps Into Summer Reading With 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge and Nationwide Reading Road Trip
Bestselling Author Dav Pilkey, Scholastic Summer Reading Global Ambassador, Launches National Contest for One School in Every U.S. State, Territory and the District of Columbia to Win a Free Book for Every Student. Read More
March 18, 2016
Bookstores: Enter the Children’s Book Week Display Contest and Win an Author Visit!
In celebration of the 97th annual Children’s Book Week (May 2-8, 2016), the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader are teaming up with the ABC Children’s Group at the American Booksellers Association for our annual display contest! Read More
March 18, 2016
The Library of Congress Will Host Discussion/Workshops on Deaf Cultures
National Literary Society of the Deaf Co-Sponsors “Telling America’s Stories by Bridging Deaf Cultures @ Your Library.” Read More
March 17, 2016
How I Got into Publishing: Shifa Kapadwala Contributed by Shifa Kapadwala, Publicity Assistant at Simon & Schuster Children’s Books I’m from a South Asian immigrant family. For my traditional  parents, a woman’s ultimate end goal should be getting married and taking care  of ... Read More
March 17, 2016
Announcing the Honorees for the 2016 Carle Honors
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art has announced the honorees for the 2016 Carle Honors. Read More
March 17, 2016
Apply Now for the 2016 Children’s Book Editors’ Trip to Germany
Applications are now open for the German Book Office of New York's children’s book editors' trip to Germany. Read More
March 17, 2016
28th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced
Announcing the finalists for the 2016 Lambda Literary Awards for achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) writing. Read More
March 17, 2016
ALA, AASL Support School Librarians in Houston Independent School District
The American Library Association (ALA) and American Association of School Librarians (AASL) are assisting local efforts in Houston to maintain and expand school librarian positions. Read More
March 16, 2016
“I Just Don’t Identify with the Character” Contributed by Kate Sullivan, Senior Editor at Delacorte Press These days, many working in the industry have  heard the news and are on board with the mission: it’s time to diversify the  book market. Publishing is an ecosystem, and every le... Read More
March 16, 2016
Ninth Biennial Dolly Gray Award Winners Announced
The Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award was presented on January 20, 2016 at the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD) international conference. Read More
March 16, 2016
Bedtime Story Prompts
Inspiration for bedtime storytelling. Read More
March 16, 2016
The New York Public Library’s Rose Main Reading to Reopen in Late Fall 2016
The work was previously expected to be completed in early 2017. Read More
March 15, 2016
Michael Haggen Named Chief Academic Officer for Scholastic Education
Scholastic has announced the appointment of Michael Haggen as Chief Academic Officer for Scholastic Education. Read More
March 15, 2016
Diversifying the Publishing Industry
A recent PW survey examines the hiring practices of major publishers and barriers to entry for diverse candidates. Read More
March 15, 2016
School Libraries Linked to Student Success
A recent study by the South Carolina Association of School Librarians shows the connection between school library services and academic success. Read More
March 15, 2016
America’s Most Creative Teens Named as National 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Recipients
Joining Alumni Andy Warhol, Stephen King, Lena Dunham, Ken Burns, and Zac Posen, Teens Receive Up to $10,000 Scholarships. Read More
March 14, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Reading Without Walls Podcast
Join National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang for the Reading Without Walls video podcast series, where he interviews children’s book authors and other interesting people. Read More
March 14, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Wangari Maathai’ illustrated by Aurélia Fronty Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
March 14, 2016
97th Annual Children’s Book Week Bookmark Revealed!
Presenting the official Children's Book Week Bookmark designed by Cece Bell! Read More
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