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July 12, 2017
Children’s Book Council (CBC) Graphic Novel Committee Programming during San Diego Comic-Con
Educators, librarians, and media welcome with a ComicCon badge. 

Others must register by Monday, July 17 with San Diego Public Library.

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July 12, 2017
Little Free Library Announces ‘Many Voices’ Theme for Action Book Club
Sign up by July 15 and be entered to win free books! Read More
July 7, 2017
Michael di Capua Books/HarperCollins to Publish a New Sendak Book in 2018!
Presto and Zesto in Limboland will make its debut on shelves in fall of 2018. Read More
July 5, 2017
Hollywood favorite and best-selling author Jason Segel and co-writer Kirsten Miller head up a star-studded roster of authors at YALLFest 2017

Plus Patrick Ness, Angie Thomas, Marissa Meyer, Cassandra Clare, Renée Ahdieh, and Becky Albertalli will appear Nov. 10 & 11

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June 28, 2017
EBSCO Announces the 2017 SEE-IT Award Winner at ALA Annual
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June 26, 2017
Scholastic To Publish Children’s Books By Super Bowl Champion And Literacy Crusader Malcolm Mitchell
Scholastic acquires the global children’s publishing, education, and media company, has acquired world English rights to three children’s books by Super Bowl champion and literacy crusader Malcolm Mitchell. Read More
June 22, 2017
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June 20, 2017
Heading to ALA Annual this week?!
Join us on Friday, June 23rd for a day of graphic novel-centric programming at ALA Annual's Friday Forum. Read More
June 14, 2017
ALA-CBC Announce the Reading Beyond Book Lists!
Know of children who are seeking challenging yet age appropriate books? ALA-CBC's new Reading Beyond list has you covered! Read More
June 12, 2017
Three Debuts on the Publishers Weekly Bestseller List
Check out which books debut on this week's Publishers Weekly Bestseller list. Read More
June 8, 2017
Five Debuts on the Publishers Weekly Bestseller List
Check out which books debut on this week's Publishers Weekly Bestseller list. Read More
May 30, 2017
Two Debuts on the Publishers Weekly Bestseller List
Check out which books debut on this week's Publishers Weekly Bestseller list. Read More
May 30, 2017
Silent Art Auction at BookExpo to Feature Artwork From 125 Illustrators
Find out all of the details about the Silent Art Auction at BookExpo tomorrow, May 31st! Read More
May 22, 2017
Kwame Alexander Named 2017 Summer Reading Champion for Nationwide Campaign
Check out Kwame Alexander's recommended summer reads list for 2017 as well as his special summer reading message for teachers, librarians, and parents! Read More
May 17, 2017
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang Featured Speaker at YSU English Festival
Gene Luen Yang was one of the featured speakers at the 39th annual Youngstown State University English Festival for the first time. Read More
May 17, 2017
Nine Debuts on the Publishers Weekly Bestseller List
Check out which books debut on this week's Publishers Weekly Bestseller list. Read More
May 9, 2017
Kids Summer Reading Adventure Starts Now With the 2017 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge and Reading Road Trip

Scholastic announces the return of its 25+ city tour to get kid excited about summer reading with their “Summer Reading Road Trip.” This is in support of the 11th annual Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge  (May 8 – Sept. 8) – a free online and mobile reading program to keep kids reading over the summer and avoid the effects of the “summer slide.” 

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May 3, 2017
Winners of 2017 Annual Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition
Check out the Winners of 2017 Annual Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition! Read More
April 26, 2017
2017 Anna Dewdney Read Together Award Winner Announced
EDWARD GETS MESSY is the winner of the 1st annual Anna Dewdney Read Together Award! Read More
April 26, 2017
United for Libraries to dedicate Literary Landmarks™ for Children’s Book Week
In celebration of  Children’s Book Week (May 1-7, 2017) United for Libraries will dedicate three Literary Landmarks™ celebrating children’s book authors. Read More
April 21, 2017
3,500 Teachers to Receive Grants for Classroom Libraries from James Patterson & Scholastic as Part of School Library Campaign
James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club has renewed their highly-successful Patterson Partnership, a program that has helped save more than 900 U.S. school libraries and has kept reading a priority for children in the U.S. Check out how teachers in grades pre-K through 12 can enter to build their classroom libraries now! Read More
April 17, 2017
Every Child a Reader and Screen-Free Collaborate on NEW Resources for Kids
New resources for those looking to get their children reading and screen free May 1st - May 7th! Read More
April 14, 2017
Discover fun and exciting new resources on the Every Child a Reader website!
Explore the Every Child a Reader site for resources to celebrate Children's Book Week, the Children's Choice Book Awards, and more! Read More
April 14, 2017
EBSCO Announces Finalists for SEE-IT Graphic Novel Award
Check out the 6 graphic novels that were announced as finalists for the SEE-IT award! Read More
April 12, 2017
Scholastic Launches Leveled Bookroom 4.0 for K–6 Classrooms with Print Books, Instructional Materials, and More

Scholastic announced the new Leveled Bookroom 4.0—a comprehensive literacy resource for grades K–6 that combines high-quality, leveled books with print and digital instructional materials to support educators.

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April 11, 2017
New Book From Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst Helps Educators Discover Why How We Read Matters to Students
Kylene Beers and Robert Probst create an immersive book encouraging young readers to engage with the text, acknowledge their thoughts about it and consider how they are feeling while they are reading. Read the full info here. Read More
April 7, 2017
Exclusive Bookmark for National Poetry Month!
Download and print this exclusive bookmark for National Poetry Month! Read More
April 6, 2017
#DVpit Returns April 2017
#DVpit for marginalized voices returns for the third time! Don't miss this opportunity to pitch agents your story! Read More
April 3, 2017
Get #CaughtReading with ‘Story Monsters Ink’ Magazine’s New Literacy Campaign
Story Monsters Ink magazine is issuing a fun challenge for parents and teachers everywhere: Catch your students and children reading! Read More
March 27, 2017
Submissions call for Anansesem Magazine – September 2017 Issue
Calling writers of every age! Anansesem magazine is accepting submissions from children and adult authors & illustrators for their September 2017 issue on the theme of Love. Read More
March 22, 2017
Anna Dewdney Read Together Award Finalists Announced
After a two month-long open nomination process, Penguin Young Readers, the Children's Book Council, and Every Child a Reader are proud to announce the five finalists for the first Anna Dewdney Read Together Award. Read More
March 21, 2017
Sesame Street Introduces Julia, a Muppet With Autism

Julia, a 4-year-old muppet character with autism, will make her debut on Sesame Street next month; she was introduced in a digital storybook released in fall 2015.

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March 20, 2017
Three Debuts on the Publishers Weekly Bestseller List
Check out which books debut on this week's Publishers Weekly Bestseller list. Read More
March 20, 2017
New Crop of Young Adult Novels Explores Race and Police Brutality
The New York Times highlights the contributions of African American authors in writing honest young adult novels about the issues of race and police brutality, centering on Angie Thomas's bestselling debut, The Hate U Give. Read More
March 17, 2017
Cuento de Luz to Start Printing On Environmentally Friendly Stone Paper
Cuento de Luz, a Spain-based, international publisher of children’s picture books with the US as main market, has announced its shift from traditional paper printing to stone paper. Read More
March 16, 2017
Hachette Book Group and Novel Effect Launch Pilot for Voice-Activated Interactive Children’s Picture Book Soundtracks
Storytime App Novel Effect and Hachette Book Group have announced a pilot program to create immersive read-aloud experiences for select children’s books from HBG’s Little, Brown Books for Young Readers division. Read More
March 15, 2017
Exciting News on the 2017 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
Bestselling Author and Scholastic Summer Reading Global Ambassador Dav Pilkey Announces a National Educator Contest to Award Free Books to Schools. Read More
March 14, 2017
Why ‘The Outsiders’ Lives On: A Teenage Novel Turns 50

This month celebrates the 50th anniversary of
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. Read The New York Times feature highlighting this widely read novel
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March 13, 2017
Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Author Of Heartbreaking ‘Modern Love’ Essay, Dead At 51
Amy Krouse Rosenthal, well known author of more than 30 children's books, passed away this morning, Monday, March 13th from cancer. Read More
March 13, 2017
7 Lessons for Parents of Reluctant Middle Grade Readers
Do you know a reluctant middle grade reader? How do you get them to read?  Read More
March 10, 2017
8 Picture Books That Inspire a Positive Outlook
Check out Brightly's list of picture books that help inspire a positive outlook! Read More
March 10, 2017
2016 Children’s Sales in Review: A CBC Panel
Find out what kinds of books sold well in 2016, what's still going strong, and what kinds of genres are on the rise from the 2016 Sales in Review panel. Read More
March 9, 2017
The ‘Rock Star’ Librarians Who Choose What Your Kids Read
Librarians with big social media followings are exerting considerable sway over what young read. Read More
March 8, 2017
Nancy Willard, Prolific Children’s Book Author, Dies at 80
Nancy Willard, a prolific author whose 70 books of poems and fiction enchanted children and adults alike with a lyrical blend of fanciful illusion and stark reality, died on Feb. 19 at her home in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She was 80. Read More
March 7, 2017
Four Official 2017 Children’s Book Week Bookmarks Revealed
Every Child a Reader, a nonprofit literacy organization dedicated to inspiring a love of reading in children and teens across America, is proud to announce that the official 2017 Children’s Book Week bookmarks have been designed by four award-winning and bestselling children’s book illustrators. Read More
March 6, 2017
Teen Tech Week March 5th-11th

The American Library Association will celebrate their 10th annual Teen Tech Week from March 5 to March 11.

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March 6, 2017
Four Debuts on The New York Times Children’s Bestseller Lists
Four children's titles debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers lists the week of March 5, 2017. Read More
March 3, 2017
When Children Meet Their Favorite Authors

When children meet the authors of their favorite books, a powerful connection is made.

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March 3, 2017
Scholastic News Kids Press Corps Now Accepting Applications for 2017–2018 School Year
Students Ages 10–14 in the United States and Around the World Can Apply to Join a Team of Kid Reporters Covering “News for Kids by Kids" Read More
March 3, 2017
#ReadAcrossAmerica Day brings cats, hats, green eggs and ham into schools
Check out a round-up of yesterday's Read Across America Day from the LA Times. Read More
March 3, 2017
Every Child a Reader Announces Finalists for the 2017 Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards
Every Child a Reader, a nonprofit literacy organization dedicated to inspiring a love of reading in children and teens across America, is proud to announce the finalists in four categories for the 10th Annual Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards. Read More
March 2, 2017
Here are the Finalists for the 2017 Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards!
The seven finalists in each of the four categories for the 10th Annual Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards, the only national books awards voted on only by children and teens, are... Read More
February 28, 2017
Four Debuts on The New York Times Children’s Bestseller Lists
Four children's titles debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers lists the week of February 26, 2017. Read More
February 27, 2017
Overcoming Bias: Authors and Editors Discuss Sensitivity Readers
Publishing experts gathered for a CBC Diversity panel titled “A Second Opinion: Utilizing Sensitivity Readers” on February 16th to discuss topics like what a sensitivity reader is and best practices of how to work with one, along with a variety of perspectives throughout the process. Read More
February 24, 2017
International Exchanges: Apply for Sponsored Publishing Trips to Turkey and Germany
Looking for a sponsored trip to learn about publishing in Turkey and/or Germany? Apply for The Istanbul Tanpinar Literature Festival Fellowship (Application deadline: March 15, 2017) and/or the Frankfurt Book Fair New York Editors Trip (Application deadline: February 28, 2017) Read More
February 24, 2017
2017 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award Winners Announced
The 2017 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award winners have been announced! Check out who won the 31st annual awards for New Writer and New Illustrator. Read More
February 23, 2017
YALSA announces Gene Luen Yang as 2017 Teen Tech Week™ National Spokesperson
The Young Adult Library Services Association has announced award winning young adult author Gene Luen Yang as its 2017 Teen Tech Week national spokesperson. Read More
February 23, 2017
Annual Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant Program Call for Proposals

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, which fosters children’s love of reading and creative expression in our diverse culture, calls for proposals for its Mini-Grant program, now in its 30th year.

Please note: Deadline for Submissions is March 31st, 2017.
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February 22, 2017
Books Celebrating Black History

Librarian Joy Fleishhacker curates a list of middle grade and YA books that invite readers to authentically study the lives of black men and women in US history.

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February 21, 2017
Tips for Parents of Reluctant Middle Grade Readers

Author Laura Lambert discusses strategies for engaging middle grade readers.

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February 17, 2017
Rediscovered Margaret Wise Brown Book Coming in October

HarperCollins will publish “Good Day, Good Night” posthumously in October 2017.

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February 16, 2017
How Horror Books Can Help Kids Conquer Their Fears

Curtis Jobling, author of the ‘Wereworld’ series, argues horror books can help young readers conquer their fears.

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February 15, 2017
Picture Books for Young Activists

All the Wonders curates list of 35 picture books that help children explore and understand activism.

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February 14, 2017
Author Mo Williems on Comedy and Failures in His Books

The New Yorker profiles Mo Williems, author of the Pigeon and Elephant and Piggie series.

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February 13, 2017
Building Empathy Through Reading Aloud

Reading aloud to children can help them expand their vocabulary and language skills, as well as help them practice and experience empathy.

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February 10, 2017
Books About Refugee and Immigrant Experiences

As a part of the #booksforbetter initiative, All the Wonders compiled a list of 20 books that explore immigrant and refugee experiences.  

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February 9, 2017
The 18 YA Novels Being Developed for Television and the Big Screen.

Eighteen young adult favorites are rumored to be in development for television shows or movies.

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February 3, 2017
The Benefit of Banned Books

Pediatrician and New York Times blogger Perri Klass believes challenged books can benefit both parents and children.

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February 3, 2017
First Book and Every Child a Reader Partner for Children’s Book Week’s First-ever Book Donation
Every Child a Reader, the sponsor of Children’s Book Week, and First Book, the nonprofit social enterprise that has distributed more than 160 million brand new books to children in need, today announced they will partner to donate books to underserved children as part of Children’s Book Week. Read More
February 2, 2017
Author Jason Reynolds on Writing for Middle Grade Readers

School Library Journal talks with award-winning author Jason Reynolds about writing for middle grade readers.

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February 1, 2017
The Role of Sensitivity Readers in Kid Lit and YA

An author, a reader, and a publisher discuss how sensitivity readers are making books more inclusive and accurate when it comes to representing marginalized groups.

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January 31, 2017
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Creativity in Progress Series: Part 11
Join National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang each month at Book Riot for the Creativity in Progress series, where he takes us inside the process of writing and illustrating comics. Read More
January 31, 2017
Rediscovered Mark Twain Fairy Tale Coming Soon

This fall, Doubleday Books for Young Readers will release ‘The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine,’ an expanded version of Twain’s rediscovered partial manuscript that was reimagined by the author-and-illustrator team of Philip and Erin Stead.

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January 30, 2017
Digital Book World Conference Reports Trade Book Market is Stable

At the Digital Book World conference, keynote speakers reported that the trade book market is relatively stable.

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January 27, 2017
The New Trio Behind Netflix’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’

The Netflix adaptation of ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ features the series’ author Daniel Handler, executive producer Barry Sonnenfeld, and actor Neil Patrick Harris.

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January 27, 2017
National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang Announces the Launch of Nationwide Reading Without Walls Month
The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang, in partnership with the Children’s Book Council, the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, Every Child a Reader, and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, announces the launch of Reading Without Walls Month, which will take place annually starting April 2017. Read More
January 26, 2017
Bethlehem Elementary School Takes on the Reading Without Walls Challenge
Students at Bethlehem Elementary School in Connecticut have adopted National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang's Reading Without Walls Challenge. Read More
January 25, 2017
Three Debuts on the Indie Bestsellers List
Three children's titles debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list for the week of January 25, 2017. Read More
January 23, 2017
Four Debuts on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers Lists
Four children's titles debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers lists the week of January 22, 2017. Read More
January 23, 2017
Hartman and Huff Awarded YALSA’s 2017 National Library Legislative Day Travel Stipend
The travel stipend, worth up to $1,000 each and funded by Friends of YALSA, will allow both recipients to attend National Library Legislative Day, which takes place May 1-2, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Read More
January 20, 2017
2017 Children’s Book Week Poster Revealed; Event Location Online Sign-up Now Open
Every Child a Reader has revealed the official Children’s Book Week poster designed by Christian Robinson. Read More
January 20, 2017
New Intellectual Freedom Bloggers For 2017
Founded in 2007, the blog has a history of top-notch, quality writers, and the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) plans to continue the tradition. Read More
January 19, 2017
Utilizing Senstivity Readers: A Conversation with Becky Albertalli Contributed by Becky Albertalli, AuthorTell us about your upcoming (and hotly anticipated!) novel.My second novel, The  Upside of Unrequited (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins, April 2017), is a  loose companion to my debut, Simon vs. the  Homo Sapien... Read More
January 19, 2017
Three Debuts on the Indie Bestseller List
Three children's titles debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list for the week of January 18, 2017. Read More
January 19, 2017
Barnes & Noble Launches Seventh Annual “My Favorite Teacher Contest”
Once Again, Middle & High School Students Can Nominate Their Teachers for National, Regional and Local Awards. Read More
January 18, 2017
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang on Honing His Craft
The National Ambassador for Young People's Literature on his journey to becoming an acclaimed graphic novelist. Read More
January 18, 2017
The Children’s Book Council Partners with Educators to Present the Best STEM Books
The Children’s Book Council (CBC) has announced the first-ever educator-vetted Best STEM Books list, a joint project of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA), the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the Society of Elementary Presidential Awardees (SEPA), and the CBC. Read More
January 18, 2017
New Workshop: Creating Inclusive Storytimes For All Children
This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Thursday, February 23, 2017. Read More
January 17, 2017
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Announces the Spark Award Winners
The SCBWI is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Spark Award, an annual award that recognizes excellence in children’s books published through non-traditional publishing platforms. Read More
January 17, 2017
Debut on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers Lists
One children's title debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers lists the week of January 15, 2017. Read More
January 17, 2017
Celebrate Multicultural Children’s Books on January 27
This year marks the 4th annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day, (MCBD) and the program continues to grow. Read More
January 17, 2017
Library of Congress Launches New Software to Simplify Download of Braille and Audio Reading Material
Software Donated by Developer Whose Wife and Son Use NLS BARD Service. Read More
January 16, 2017
ALA Nepal Library Relief Fund Donates $2,500 to a Community Library in the Himalayas
A community library and resource center, the READ Center is being rebuilt after sustaining significant damage during the 2015 earthquakes. Read More
January 13, 2017
First Book and the Guru Krupa Foundation Provided More Than 20,000 Books to Kids in Need in 2016
First Book and the Guru Krupa Foundation distributed new books to 213 programs and schools serving children in need in Nassau County, New York; New York City; and the greater Los Angeles area. Read More
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