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July 1, 2016
The CBC Spreaheads Expansion of BISAC Codes for Graphic Novels
The CBC's Graphic Novel Advisory Committee has successfully lobbied for the creation of new BISAC codes and subject headings for the kids’ graphic novel category. Read More
July 1, 2016
CBC Diversity Presents “Writing and Editing Authentic Voices”
In CBC Diversity's second panel of the year, representatives of the author, agent, and editor communities discussed the challenges of crafting truthful and diverse characters. Read More
July 1, 2016
Bestselling Author Tyler Knott Gregson and Co-Author Sarah Linden Celebrate True Spirit of Christmas With ‘North Pole Ninjas: Mission: Chrismas!,’ a New Holiday Book and Tradition, Coming This Fall From Penguin Young Readers
This interactive holiday story, written by bestselling poet and author Tyler Knott Gregson and Sarah Linden and illustrated by Piper Thibodeau, comes with 50 top-secret missions of caring and kindness, along with a huggable “sensei” plush to help guide young ninjas on their missions. Read More
June 30, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Creativity in Progress Series: Part 4
National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang's monthly Creativity in Progress series at Panels. Read More
June 30, 2016
Celebrating 20 years of the Pura Belpré Book Award
ALSC and REFORMA co-hosted a 20th anniversary celebración for the Pura Belpré Book Awards at ALA Annual. Read More
June 30, 2016
My Socioeconomic Diversity Wish List Contributed by Nikki Garcia, assistant editor, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Six months ago, I wrote a post for the CBC Diversity blog discussing socioeconomic diversity and my personal struggles with financial security as a child. I wis... Read More
June 29, 2016
Conference’s New Award Recognizes Founding Director of Children’s Literature Studies at Hollins
Hollins University’s Francelia Butler Conference (FBC), a one-day, student-run conference dedicated to celebrating children’s literature, is presenting a new prize this year in honor of the founding director of Hollins’ graduate programs in children’s literature. Read More
June 29, 2016
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Unveils First-Ever Curriculum-Based Virtual Reality Field Trips for Google Expeditions
Content partnership with Google enables students and teachers to journey through time and space to experience the Wild West, Florida Everglades and more. Read More
June 28, 2016
Diversity in the News: June 2016
Presenting the June edition of Diversity in the News! Read More
June 28, 2016
Pottermore unveils new writing by J.K. Rowling about Ilvermorny, the North American School of Magic, in the second instalment of Magic in North America, setting the stage for the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
‘Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry,’ the second instalment in a collection of new original writing by J.K. Rowling entitled Magic in North America, will be published today exclusively on pottermore.com. Read More
June 28, 2016
J.K. Rowling to Attend Special Screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, to be Held in New York, to Benefit Lumos Foundation USA
Eddie Redmayne, director David Yates and additional cast members will also be present at the special screening in support of the author‘s non-profit children’s organization. Tickets for the November 12th family event at Carnegie Hall now available/ Read More
June 27, 2016
Mackin Partners with DOGObooks to Enhance Book Discovery
Mackin has announced a partnership with DOGObooks, the largest website for kids to safely discover, rate and review books. Read More
June 27, 2016
Scholastic & Scottgames, LLC Announce a New Book Series Based on the Bestselling Video Game Franchise Five Nights at Freddy’s
The deal between Scottgames and Scholastic was facilitated by Striker Entertainment, Scottgames’ worldwide licensing agent. Read More
June 23, 2016
DOGObooks and OverDrive to Enable Social Discovery of eBooks for Kids and Teens
DOGObooks and OverDrive are collaborating to enable social discovery and engage more kids and teens with eBooks. Read More
June 23, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘City Shapes’ by Diana Murray, illustrations by Bryan Collier Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
June 23, 2016
Book Spotlight: ‘This Kid Can Fly: It’s About Ability, Not Disability’ by Aaron Philip with Tonya Bolden Contributed by Donna Bray, Vice President, Co-Publisher of Balzer + Bray, HarperCollins Publishers“How many people with disabilities work here?”This was one of the first questions young author Aaron  Philip asked our staff when he and his family ... Read More
June 23, 2016
Indiana and Michigan Libraries Honored
Awards Presented for Exemplary Service to Blind and Disabled Readers. Read More
June 22, 2016
“Reading Without Walls” Display at Wild Rumpus Bookstore
The Minneapolis-based children's bookstore has created a window and table display inspired by the platform of National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang: Reading Without Walls. Read More
June 22, 2016
U.S.A. Gold® Pencils Announces Student Poetry Contest Winners
U.S.A. Gold® pencils has announced the winners of its first student poetry contest, created together with Scholastic, in celebration of National Poetry Month. Read More
June 22, 2016
Scholastic to Publish New Edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 2017
Publishing on March 14, 2017, the book will contain a new foreword from J.K. Rowling, a new cover design and original illustrations and doodles by J.K. Rowling throughout. Read More
June 22, 2016
Children’s Book Authors Share Their Love of Summer Reading
Nine children's book authors share tips for spreading the joy of summer reading. Read More
June 21, 2016
ALA Seeks Nation’s Favorite Librarians For 2016 I Love My Librarian Award
The award recognizes the public service of exceptional public, school, college, community college or university librarians who have transformed lives and communities through educational opportunities and lifelong learning. Read More
June 20, 2016
Stopping the Summer Slide
Tips for keeping kids reading over the summer. Read More
June 20, 2016
First Book’s Community of Educators Tops 275,000, Provides Growing Insights, Market Power to Further Educational Equity
Network Now Reaches 20 Percent of Classrooms, Programs Serving Children in Need. Read More
June 17, 2016
Remembering Lois Duncan
Acclaimed young adult author Lois Duncan has passed away. Read More
June 17, 2016
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Kicks Off “Curious World” Summer Tour, Inspiring Playful Learning Nationwide
From story time to space ships, young explorers are invited to join Curious George and friends for immersive learning experiences in local communities. Read More
June 16, 2016
Turns a Page. Touch a Mind.® Celebrates School Readiness
The popular statewide early literacy program, Turn a Page. Touch a Mind.® (TAP-TAM) is promoting school readiness this month in the 83 participating practices throughout Kansas. Read More
June 16, 2016
Carrying On After Orlando Contributed by Ashley Woodfolk, Marketing  Manager, Macmillan Children’s Publishing GroupWeeks ago, when I signed up for a guest post in June, I had planned it to be a celebration of Pride month. I  had planned to do a round-up of all my favori... Read More
June 16, 2016
Candlewick Press Titles Win Boston Globe–Horn Book Award and Honors
Jazz Day receives Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award; Symphony for the City of the Dead, Voice of Freedom, and The Hired Girl win honors. Read More
June 15, 2016
All Aboard for Curious George’s Latest Digital Adventure
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt introduces Curious George Train Adventures; App for iPhone and iPad invites young learners to explore early engineering concepts. Read More
June 15, 2016
LitWorld and Scholastic Reinvent Summer School as LitCamp™ to Help Kids Avoid the Summer Slide
LitCampTM, a groundbreaking summer reading program created by the literacy-focused nonprofit LitWorld, is launching this summer in more than 1,000 K–6 classrooms across the United States after a successful pilot season last year. Read More
June 14, 2016
The New York Public Library Challenges Kids and Parents To Read 20 Minutes A Day This Summer
HSBC, HBO, Sesame Street, The New York Yankees, and Mommy Poppins partner on The Library’s Summer Reading Challenge. Read More
June 13, 2016
A House Built By Many Contributed by Alyssa Mito Pusey, Senior Editor, Charlesbridge“Every single day,” Michelle  Obama told the graduating class at the City College in New York, “I wake up in  a house that was built by slaves.”She’s right; the White House was... Read More
June 13, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Reading Without Walls Podcast: Episode 4 with Hope Larson
Each month, National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang interviews children’s book authors and other interesting people! Read More
June 13, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Ada’s Violin’ by Susan Hood, illustrated by Sally Wern Comport Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
June 13, 2016
YALSA Announces its Teens Succeed With Libraries Video Contest Winners
Requirements of the contest called for creative video entries that compellingly demonstrated how teens make use of library services, programs and staff in order to succeed in school and prepare for college, careers and life. Read More
June 10, 2016
Scholastic to Launch ‘Horizon,’ a new Multiplatform Series Led By #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Scott Westerfeld
Scholastic expands its innovative multi-platform publishing program with the worldwide launch of Horizon, a supernatural survival series for readers ages 9 and up. Read More
June 10, 2016
The Reading Experience of Kids and Adults
Authors Francine Prose and Benjamin Moser on the differences in our reading experiences as we age. Read More
June 10, 2016
National 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Recipients to be Celebrated at Carnegie Hall
Alec Baldwin, Ken Burns, Billy Collins, Tim Gunn, Sonia Manzano, Hunter March and more celebrity guests will honor America’s most creative teen artists and writers. Read More
June 9, 2016
YA Roundtable
Authors Ann M. Martin, Alyson Noël, Melissa De La Cruz, and Kendare Blake on the ever-evolving YA market. Read More
June 9, 2016
Reading the Cultural Revolution Contributed by Faye Bi, Senior Publicist,  Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution in China, which historians agree took place 1966-1976. Many... Read More
June 9, 2016
YALSA Announces its 2016 Top Ten Summer Learning Programs
Each winner will receive a gift pack of YALSA books and swag. Read More
June 8, 2016
The CBC Partners with the unPrison Project for Second-Consecutive Year to Build Prison-Nursery Libraries for Incarcerated Mothers and Their Babies
The Children’s Book Council (CBC) has partnered once again with The unPrison Project to create brand-new libraries of books for incarcerated mothers to read with their babies at prison nurseries in 20 states. Read More
June 8, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘More-igami’ by Dori Kleber, illustrated by G. Brian Karas Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
June 8, 2016
2016 Ned Vizzini Teen Literary Prize Announced
Named in honor of the late YA author Ned Vizzini, the new award celebrates emerging young authors. Read More
June 8, 2016
Reading Is Fundamental Implements Summer Reading Grant Initiative
Matching Grant Program to Benefit Students from Twelve Communities Across the Nation. Read More
June 7, 2016
Ezra Jack Keats “100th Birthday Blowout Weekend” In June Planned In Brooklyn To Celebrate Centenary Of Late Author-Illustrator
In honor of the late children's author-illustrator Ezra Jack Keats'centenary, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is planning an "Ezra Jack Keats' 100th Birthday Blowout Weekend," June 9th through June 11th, in Brooklyn. Read More
June 7, 2016
YA Authors Share Advice for Their Teenage Selves
BuzzFeed asked young adult authors what piece of advice they'd give to themselves as teenagers. Read More
June 7, 2016
11 Leading Educators Announced as Next Group of Heinemann Fellows
The 2016 Heinemann Fellows represent some of the nation’s strongest educators and will conduct research to help effect real change in the teaching community. Read More
June 6, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘A Stick is an Excellent Thing’ illus. by LeUyen Pham Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
June 6, 2016
Dame Helen Mirren to Narrate Beatrix Potter’s Rediscovered ‘The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots’
Helen Mirren, a Royal Shakespeare Company veteran, has earned scores of awards, including an Oscar, Tony, and four Emmys, playing characters as diverse as Elizabeth II (The Queen) and detective Jane Tennison (Prime Suspect). Read More
June 3, 2016
Barnes & Noble Announces 20th Anniversary of Summer Reading Program That Gives Kids Across America the Opportunity to Earn a Free Book
Special Summer Reading Triathlon Kicks off with “Opening Ceremony” at All Stores Nationwide on June 4. Read More
June 2, 2016
The 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winners Announced
The 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners were announced today. Read More
June 2, 2016
Barnes & Noble Announces Harry Potter Countdown to Midnight Parties on July 30 at Stores Nationwide
Parties Start at 8PM and Lead up to the Midnight Release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two, a Special Rehearsal Edition Script Book. Read More
June 1, 2016
Character Portraits From The Forthcoming Stage Production of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Released
Character portraits of Harry, Ginny, and Albus Potter from the forthcoming stage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child released. Read More
June 1, 2016
“What’s the Ambassador Reading?”: June 2016
Join graphic novelist and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang each month at the Reading Rainbow Blog to find out "What's the Ambassador Reading?" Read More
June 1, 2016
Kate DiCamillo Named National Summer Reading Champion
Author Kate DiCamillo on her mission as the 2016 Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) National Summer Reading Champion. Read More
May 31, 2016
“LGBTQ Writers in Schools” Program Coming to New York City
Lambda Literary announced a historic partnership with the New York City Department of Education to make its LGBTQ Writers in Schools Program available to K-12 students in the largest school district in the nation. Read More
May 31, 2016
Authors for Earth Day Kid-Driven Donations Surpass $50,000
From the United States to Israel, thousands of eager students were inspired by this year’s amazing line-up of A4ED authors. Read More
May 31, 2016
The New York Historical Society Announces 2016 Children’s History Book Prize Goes to Pam Muñoz Ryan For ‘Echo’
The prize annually awards $10,000 to the best American history book, fiction or non-fiction, for middle readers ages 9–12. Read More
May 27, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Creativity in Progress Series: Part 3
Join National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang each month at Panels for the Creativity in Progress series. Read More
May 27, 2016
Curious World, Now Available on Apple TV, Offers Families A New Approach to Story Time
Subscription content service engages young learners with personalized content recommendations. Read More
May 26, 2016
Tackling Tough Topics for Middle Graders
Middle grade authors take on mature issues. Read More
May 25, 2016
Scholastic Teacher Magazine Shares 50 Sensational Books of Summer
Scholastic Teacher Magazine has curated a list of 50 summer reads for children grades K through eighth. Read More
May 25, 2016
A Different Lens: Finding Diversity through Photography Contributed by Mary Birdsell (Finding My Way Books)Cameras are magic. By capturing a moment in time, cameras  give us the ability to explore actions and emotions in a way that we cannot in  another medium. Each time I look through a lens, my percep... Read More
May 25, 2016
New National Program Offers Unique Tools for Early Educators to Promote Young Children’s Brain and Language Development
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Too Small to Fail, the National Head Start Association, and the National Association for Family Child Care launch “STRIVE for 5: Talk, Read, Sing Early Learning Boot Camp.” Read More
May 24, 2016
The Undies Case Cover Awards
A new awards program recognizing exceptional case cover design for children's books. Read More
May 24, 2016
Diversity in the News: May 2016
Presenting the May issue of Diversity in the News, CBC Diversity's monthly round-up of relevant news in children’s books and diversity. Read More
May 24, 2016
Scholastic Announces 2016-17 National Advisory Council Featuring Leading Educational Experts
National Advisory Council Members Begin Two-Year Term with a Day of Professional Learning for Scholastic Leadership and Employees. Read More
May 23, 2016
Registration Opens for Nation’s Most Unique Writer’s Conference
Registration is now open for the 47th Annual Rutgers University Council on Children’s 
Literature One-­‐On-­‐One Plus Conference.
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May 23, 2016
Announcing Our Children’s Book Week 2016 Bookstore Display Contest Winner!
Congratulations, Wild Rumpus in Minneapolis, Minnesota! Read More
May 23, 2016
Mighty Media Press Announces Two Winners in the 26th Annual Midwest Book Awards
The 26th Annual Midwest Book Awards recognizes two winners from Mighty Media Press: Monster Needs Your Vote, by Paul Czajak and illustrated by Wendy Grieb, in the Children’s Picture Books category and The Kids’ Book of Simple Machines, by Minneapolis author Kelly Doudna, in the Children's Nonfiction category. Read More
May 23, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too)’ by Keith Negley Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
May 23, 2016
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Launches Interactive App that Turns Study into a Game
The app’s academic content, geared toward students in grades 3-12, is fueled by HMH curriculum for Science, Social Studies, Literature, Reading and Mathematics. Read More
May 20, 2016
Children’s Book Week 2016 Photo Recap!
Photos from Children's Book Week 2016 (May 2-8). Read More
May 20, 2016
Wilson Southern Middle School’s Holocaust Project Receives AASL Roald Dahl Miss Honey Social Justice Award
Sponsored by Penguin Random House, the Roald Dahl Award recognizes collaboration between school librarians and teachers in the instruction of social justice using school library resources. Read More
May 20, 2016
DK Launches Braille Line of Picture Books
DK Publishing has created a series of braille books for visually impaired children and their families. Read More
May 19, 2016
Librarians Bring Books to Child Refugees
Launched in 2014, Children in Crisis strives to get books into the hands of child refugees. Read More
May 19, 2016
The 2016 Guide to the Newbery and Caldecott Awards
Librarians and teachers everywhere rely on this guidebook for quick reference and collection development and also as a resource for curriculum links and readers' advisory. Read More
May 18, 2016
Introducing the Hallmark Great Stories Award
Hallmark Cards introduces the Hallmark Great Stories Award, honoring new children’s picture books that celebrate family, friendship and community and that exhibit excellence in both writing and illustration. Read More
May 18, 2016
Industry Q&A with Author Leopoldo Gout Tell us about your most recent book and how you came to write/illustrate it. My new book is titled Genius – The Game. It is the first in a series of books about child prodigies from diverse backgrounds who come together to change their stars and t... Read More
May 18, 2016
Dan Brown’s International Blockbuster ‘The Da Vinci Code’ to be Adapted For Young Adults
Young adult edition to release in the United Kingdom on September 8 and in the United States on September 13. Read More
May 18, 2016
PJ Lynch Announced as Laureate Na NÓg by President Michael D. Higgins
Author and illustrator PJ Lynch was announced as the fourth Laureate na nÓg, Ireland’s laureate for children’s literature, at a special event at the Arts Council’s offices in Merrion Square. Read More
May 18, 2016
Commemorating 100 Years of Roald Dahl
Newly designed covers in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl's birth. Read More
May 17, 2016
CBC Diversity Presents “Strategies for Selling Diverse Books” at BEA 2016
The Children’s Book Council Diversity initiative hosted a BEA panel bringing together booksellers and librarians to share insight and triumphs for how they sell and market diverse books. Read More
May 17, 2016
BEA 2016 Children’s Book Author Breakfast
Authors Gene Luen Yang, Sabaa Tahir, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Dav Pilkey shared the books that inspired them at this year's Children's Author Breakfast. Read More
May 17, 2016
National Readathon Day Campaign Now Includes Facebook Donate Option And Profile Picture Frame
National Readathon Day is a fundraising and social media awareness campaign dedicated to promoting children’s literacy and reading at any age. Read More
May 16, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘The Journey’ by Francesca Sanna Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
May 16, 2016
15 Student Heroes Honored For Remarkable Reading and Math Gains
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt names winners of 10th annual 180 Student Awards, honoring students for overcoming challenges to achieve reading and math literacy. Read More
May 13, 2016
Children’s Books in the Classroom
On the evolving role of children's books in the classroom and beyond. Read More
May 13, 2016
YALSA Releases Position Paper, Adopting a Summer Learning Approach for Increased Impact
The document provides a rationale for why libraries need to be rethinking their traditional summer reading programming in order to better meet the serious needs and diverse interests of today’s youth, especially underserved audiences. Read More
May 12, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang Celebrates Children’s Book Week with Raina Telgemeier
In celebration of the 97th annual Children’s Book Week (May 2-8), National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang appeared in conversation with fellow graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier at the San Francisco Public Library. Read More
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