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December 2, 2016
Winner Announced for the 2016 Children’s Books on Tour NYC Translation Competition
The German Book Office New York has revealed the winner and runner-up of the 2016 Children’s Books on Tour NYC Translation Competition. Read More
December 2, 2016
Libraries Win Funding For Their Teen Programming Ideas at YALSA’s 2016 YA Services Symposium
Each winner will receive a monetary award of $1,500 to help fund their program and the honorable mention recipient will receive $500. Read More
December 1, 2016
2017 Teen Choice Book of the Year: Nominate Your Favorites Now!
Nominate your favorite YA titles of 2016 by 11:59 PM(EST) on February 1, 2017 at Teenreads.com! Read More
December 1, 2016
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Presents A Friend Among Us: The Art of Brinton Turkle
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is pleased to present A Friend Among Us: The Art of Brinton Turkle. Read More
December 1, 2016
Our First Worldreader Author Ambassador Tad Hills Visits Schools in Africa
With his books and hundreds of other children’s titles donated by Penguin Random House, Worldreader’s largest publishing partner, Tad read, taught and interacted with students in Worldreader’s e-reader program. Read More
November 30, 2016
Debut on the Indie Bestsellers List
One children's title debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list, for the week of November 30, 2016. Read More
November 30, 2016
Diversity in the News: November 2016

Presenting the November issue of Diversity in the News, CBC Diversity's monthly round-up of relevant news in children’s books and diversity.

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November 30, 2016
More than 33,000 Students from 80 Schools Worldwide will Receive 10 Free Books this School Year Through My Very Own Library and Scholastic Book Fairs
This school year, more than 33,000 students from schools across six states and the Dominican Republic will be given the opportunity to choose and own 10 new children’s books for free. Read More
November 30, 2016
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Expands Its Board of Trustees
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is pleased to announce the election of two new members to its Board of Trustees: H. Nichols B. Clark and Robert Forbes. Read More
November 29, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang Shares Holiday Reads
The National Ambassador for Young People's Literature reflects on his lifelong love of comics and favorite reads for the holidays. Read More
November 28, 2016
New York Public Library Reveals its List of Best Books for Kids and Teens Just in Time for The Holidays
The two lists – 100 Best Books for Kids and 50 Best Books for Teens – selected from titles published in 2016 by children and teen librarians across the system. Read More
November 28, 2016
Scholastic News® EXCLUSIVE: First Lady Michelle Obama Reflects on the “Let’s Move!” Initiative and Life In and After the White House
Eight Kid Reporters from the award-winning Scholastic News Kids Press Corps™ sat down with First Lady Michelle Obama for an exclusive interview. Read More
November 25, 2016
“Healthy Mind, Healthy Body” Initiative Will Provide Custom Educational Resources to Address Social and Emotional Learning
New Research From First Book and Molina Healthcare Identifies Emotional Wellness Resources as Teachers’ Top Health Education Priority in Low-income Communities. Read More
November 22, 2016
Women Dominate YA but Not Film

Women dominate the YA industry but are underrepresented in mainstream film. 

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November 22, 2016
Kids’ Video Series Mac & Izzy Makes Exclusive Debut on Curious World’s YouTube Channel
New animated shorts from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, produced with Blue-Zoo and WGBH, reveal the secret lives of our imaginary friends. Read More
November 21, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang at the 2016 National Book Festival
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang discussed his lifelong love of comics and his work as a graphic novelist and educator at the National Book Festival in Washington, DC. Read More
November 21, 2016
Four Debuts on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers Lists
Four children's and young adult titles debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers lists the week of November 20, 2016. Read More
November 21, 2016
James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club Donate to School Libraries
Author James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club have teamed up once again to provide school libraries across the country with grants. Read More
November 21, 2016
Teen Vogue’s New Book Club

Teen Vogue’s new book club kicks off with Zora Neale Hurston’s ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’.

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November 21, 2016
James Patterson & Scholastic Reading Club Announce 2016 “Patterson Pledge” School Library Grants
James Patterson and the Scholastic Reading Club are addressing a critical need to save school libraries; their school library campaign has awarded the second round of grants. Read More
November 18, 2016
How Fantasy Novels Help Kids Face Real Life

Author Matthew Cody (Supers of Noble’s Green trilogy) says fantasy novels allow readers to explore the world’s problems and practice empathy in a safe context.

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November 18, 2016
HMH Names Asbury Park Intervention District of Excellence for Holistic Approach to Advancing Literacy Achievement
New Jersey school district recognized for extraordinary reading success and improved graduation rates. Read More
November 17, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang on Superheroes and the Outsider Experience
The acclaimed comic book creator and MacArthur fellow on his connection to classic superheroes, and reinventing the genre for today's readers. Read More
November 17, 2016
2016 National Book Award Winners Revealed
John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell have received the National Book Award for Young People's Literature for 'March: Book Three.'
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November 17, 2016
Debut on the Indie Bestsellers List
One children's title debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list, for the week of November 16, 2016. Read More
November 17, 2016
Penguin Young Readers Acquires Two New Novels From Bestselling Author Kristin Cashore
‘Jane, Unlimited’ will publish in Fall 2017. Read More
November 16, 2016
New Survey of Teachers & Principals from Scholastic Explores Barriers to Equity in Education and the Resources Needed to Support Students
The views and experiences of more than 4,700 public school Pre-K–12 teachers and principals representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia were revealed today by Scholastic in a new report, the Teacher & Principal School Report: Equity in Education. Read More
November 16, 2016
Candlewick Press Acquires Picture Book Follow-up to David Ezra Stein’s Caldecott Honorree, Interrupting Chicken
Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise to Publish September 2017. Read More
November 15, 2016
Tanglewood Publishing Donates The Kissing Hand to Unite Communities Touched By Violence
Tanglewood Publishing has partnered with libraries in communities where gun violence that gained national attention occurred to organize events that promote healing through the use of its children’s book, The Kissing Hand. Read More
November 15, 2016
Children’s Book Summit Focuses on Kids, Their Trends, and Their Parents

Participants at Nielsen’s third Children’s Book Summit looked at book sales, content trends, and the buying habits of millennials.

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November 15, 2016
Penguin Random House Student Loan Repayment Assistance Program
Penguin Random House to launch a student loan repayment program in January 2017. Read More
November 15, 2016
Scholastic Launches Two New Professional Books and Celebrates Author Awards at 2016 Ncte Annual Convention
Scholastic is launching two new professional books for educators at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention this month. Read More
November 14, 2016
CBC Diversity Hosts Teen Outreach Panels in Boston
The Children’s Book Council's Diversity Initiative held its second Teen Outreach Panel in Boston on November 5. Read More
November 14, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Reading Without Walls Podcast: Episode 8 with Patrick Ness
Join National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang each month at Reading Rockets for the Reading Without Walls video podcast series. Read More
November 14, 2016
Scholastic Teacher™ Celebrates 125 Years as America’s Longest-Running Magazine for Teachers
America’s longest-running magazine for teachers, Scholastic Teacher™, celebrates 125 years with an anniversary issue. Read More
November 14, 2016
600 Students to Interview National Book Award Finalists at Teen Press Conference as Part of National Book Awards Week
The National Book Foundation’s annual National Book Awards Teen Press Conference will take place this year at the 92nd Street Y on November 15, beginning at 10:30 am EST. Read More
November 14, 2016
The Coexistence of Ebooks and Print Books in the Market

Major publishers have reported a fall in ebook sales in 2016, after years of sales growth.

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November 11, 2016
Penguin Random House Dominates the Children’s Book Market

Penguin Radom House leads in market shares over HarperCollins, Scholastic, and Simon & Schuster, according to the Nielsen BookScan at the October 27 Children’s Book Summit.

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November 11, 2016
90-Second Newbery Film Festival Open for Submissions
Festival for kid-made films enters its sixth year. Read More
November 10, 2016
Two Debuts on the Indie Bestsellers List
Two children's titles debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list, for the week of November 9, 2016. Read More
November 10, 2016
CBC Hosts “Behind the Panels: Advice and Insight to Children’s Graphic Novel Sales”
The CBC Graphic Novel Committee hosted a panel to explore best practices for producing, marketing, and selling graphic novels. Read More
November 10, 2016
The Challenge of Raising Free-Range Readers

Author of ‘8th Grade Superzero’ Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich says books help children discuss tough topics and give them the tools to navigate difficult circumstances.

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November 10, 2016
Award-Winning Children’s Author Kwame Alexander is 2017 Midwinter Meeting President’s Program Speaker
Attendees can look forward to hearing how Kwame Alexander’s work is inspired by his belief that poetry can change the world, and how he uses poetry to inspire and empower young people all over the world. Read More
November 9, 2016
The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2016
The New York Times has revealed its list of Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2016. Read More
November 9, 2016
Mindy Stockfield Named Senior Vice President of Marketing, Scholastic Trade Publishing
Scholastic has announced the appointment of Mindy Stockfield as Senior Vice President, Marketing, Creative and Multiplatform, Trade Publishing. Read More
November 9, 2016
Why We Need Feminist Children’s Books

New York Times bestselling author Kate Schatz says feminist children’s literature empowers and enlightens both boys and girls.  

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November 9, 2016
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Announces Third Quarter 2016 Results
Reports net sales of $533 million and billings of $620 million Company revises outlook for the full year 2016. Read More
November 8, 2016
25 Children’s Book Creators Contribute Childhood Work for Anthology

Atheneum Books for Young Readers will publish an anthology containing work children’s authors and illustrators created as children on July 4, 2017. 

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November 8, 2016
Candlewick Press Acquires New Middle-Grade Novel From Newbery-and National Book Award-Winning Legend Katherine Paterson
Set in Cuba, the novel is scheduled for publication in spring 2018. Read More
November 7, 2016
Announcing the 2017-2018 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List
Children’s authors Jon Scieszka and Steven Weinberg joined students from the central Texas area in announcing the 2017-2018 Texas Bluebonnet Award (TBA) Master List on November 5 at the 2016 Texas Book Festival. Read More
November 7, 2016
Four Debuts on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers Lists
Four children's and young adult titles debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers lists the week of November 6, 2016. Read More
November 7, 2016
Watch the 67th Annual National Book Awards Live on Twitter and Facebook
The National Book Foundation will be broadcasting the 67th National Book Awards Ceremony live on Facebook, Twitter, and at nationalbook.org. Read More
November 7, 2016
U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance on Early Learning

The U.S. Department of Education released guidance on early learning as a part of the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

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November 7, 2016
Author Claudette Hegel Donates Complete Newbery and Caldecott Collection to the Children’s Book Council
Minnesota-based author and literacy volunteer Claudette Hegel has donated her complete collection of the John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott Award winners to the Children’s Book Council. Read More
November 7, 2016
Applications Open For The 2017 AASL Awards Program
American Association of School Librarians (AASL) members are encouraged to nominate a colleague or themselves to be lauded for their outstanding talent and dedication to the profession as part of this prestigious program. Read More
November 4, 2016
PW’s Best Children’s Books of 2016 Announced
The editors of 'Publishers Weekly' have revealed their picks for the year's best picture books, middle-grade, and young adult titles, culled from over 2,000 books published in 2016.  Read More
November 4, 2016
First Book and Pearson launch #ReadUP: A Non-Partisan Call-to-Action for Education and Literacy

First Book and Pearson have created a social media campaign to promote the importance of literacy and informed voting prior to Election Day, using the hashtag #ReadUP.

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November 4, 2016
Nominations Open For 2017 Lemony Snicket Prize For Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity
If you know a librarian who has gone above and beyond the normal requirements of librarianship to stand up in the face of adversity with dignity and honor, please consider giving that person some much needed recognition by nominating them for the 2017 Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity. Read More
November 3, 2016
Two August House Titles Honored as 2016 NAPPA Winners
The National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA) has announced Ancient and Epic Tales and Scariest Stories Ever Told as part of their 2016 winners. Read More
November 3, 2016
22 Talented Educators Will Share Expertise Throughout 2016-17 School Years as Scholastic “Top Teaching” Bloggers
Preschool–Grade 8 Teachers to Share Lesson Plan Ideas, Instructional Strategies, Family Engagement Tips, Book Lists and More on Scholastic.com. Read More
November 2, 2016
The Big Questions Contributed by SF SaidI write children’s  books because I believe they’re the books that change people’s lives.  My favorite book as a child  was Watership Down by Richard Adams. I re-read it as an adult, trying to understand why I’d love... Read More
November 2, 2016
How Audiobooks Can Help Struggling Readers

Audiobooks and podcasts can help struggling readers build vocabulary and participate in class discussions, while instilling a love of stories.

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November 2, 2016
America’s Youth Have Spoken: Hillary Clinton Is Generation Z’s Choice for President
Channel One News, a Houghton Mifflin Harcourt company, today announced Hillary Clinton the winner of OneVote 2016, Channel One News’s nationwide mock election for students in upper elementary, middle and high schools. Read More
November 1, 2016
Happy Picture Book Month!
November is the month-long celebration of picture books. Read More
November 1, 2016
Remembering Author Natalie Babbitt
Acclaimed author and artist Natalie Babbitt has passed away at the age of 84. Read More
November 1, 2016
Kid Lit Helps Kids Be Who They Are

Bestselling children’s book author Todd Parr (‘Be Who You Are’) says children’s literature can help kids be themselves.

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October 31, 2016
Creating Effective Libraries

Fifth grade teacher Corrina Allen shares strategies for creating and maintaining effective, vibrant libraries.

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October 31, 2016
Sponsor a Literary Landmark for Children’s Book Week 2017
Authors honored with a Literary Landmark dedication during Children’s Book Week in past years include Margaret Wise Brown, Carl Sandberg, Harold Keith, Walter Dean Myers and Robert McCloskey. Read More
October 28, 2016
Willy Wonka Reboot

A new film featuring beloved Roald Dahl character Willy Wonka is in the works, according to Variety.

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October 28, 2016
First Book Partners with Reading Rainbow® to Offer Acclaimed Skybrary to Educators Serving Kids in Need – at a Fraction of the Cost
Award-winning app features digital library, video field trips, and educator-created lesson plans designed to inspire a love of learning for grades K-3. Read More
October 27, 2016
Debut on the Indie Bestsellers List
One children's title debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list, for the week of October 26, 2016. Read More
October 27, 2016
We Need More Contributed by Ashley Herring Blake, AuthorI recently started working in an indie bookstore. The great thing about this job, aside from being surrounded by beautiful books all day long, is that it gets me out of my writer brain and back in touch with... Read More
October 27, 2016
Diversity in the News: October 2016
Presenting the October issue of Diversity in the News, CBC Diversity's monthly round-up of relevant news in children’s books and diversity. Read More
October 27, 2016
Reading Habits of Young Boys

According to a UK study of children’s reading habits, young males do not tend to challenge themselves in their reading material.

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October 27, 2016
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Launches First K-12 Curricula Built from the Ground Up to Address Next Generation Science Standards
HMH Science Dimensions developed to raise science achievement, featuring integrated engineering content, new interactive learning components and unparalleled teacher support. Read More
October 26, 2016
First Book and Celebrated Children’s Author Pat Mora Honor Texas School with Estela and Raúl Mora Award
Three schools serving students in need receive special recognition for promoting literacy. Read More
October 25, 2016
Candlewick Press Partners with Nonprofits in Celebration of 25 Years of Maisy
In honor of twenty-five years of Maisy, Candlewick Press to partner with three nonprofit organizations supporting diverse and significant needs: The Molina Foundation, Nemours Reading BrightStart!, and United Through Reading. Read More
October 25, 2016
Accolades for Story Monsters Ink™
The subscription-based magazine by Five Star Publications, Inc. has received a Mom’s Choice Gold Award among other literary recognition. Read More
October 25, 2016
CBC TO OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS TO TWO ENTRY-LEVEL PUBLISHING STAFF FOR ABA INSTITUTES

Applications are now open for any entry-level employees at CBC member publishers to apply for one of two scholarships to attend an ABA bookseller institute in early 2017.

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October 25, 2016
St. Martin’s Press Launches New Crossover, Coming-Of-Age Imprint, Wednesday Books
This new imprint will focus on bold, diverse, and commercial voices in fiction and non-fiction who speak to readers looking for stories in and beyond the YA category. Read More
October 24, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Reading Without Walls Podcast: Episode 7 with Lois Lowry
Join National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang each month at Reading Rockets for the Reading Without Walls video podcast series, where he interviews children’s book authors and other interesting people! Read More
October 24, 2016
Five Debuts on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers Lists
Five children's and young adult titles debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers lists the week of October 23, 2016. Read More
October 24, 2016
The Enduring Importance of Libraries
On the evolving role of libraries in promoting information literacy and community. Read More
October 24, 2016
Nominees Announced For Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2017
For the world’s largest children’s literature award next year, 226 candidates from 60 countries are nominated, of which 63 are nominated for the first time, jury chairman Professor Boel Westin announced at the Frankfurt Book Fair today. Read More
October 21, 2016
CBC Forum: Making a Bestseller
The Children's Book Council hosted the final event in this year's Forum series on October 18 at Random House. Read More
October 21, 2016
Penguin Young Readers Acquires Three New Miss Peregrine Novels From #1 Bestselling Author Ransom Riggs
Launching in Fall 2017, The Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series will continue with a new three-book arc set in America. Read More
October 21, 2016
Announcing YALSA’s 2016 Teens’ Top Ten
YALSA has announced the 2016 Teens' Top Ten. Read More
October 21, 2016
Library Hosts Online Conference for Educators
This free two-day event, "Discover and Explore with Library of Congress Primary Sources," will be held October 25-26, from 4-8 p.m. EDT and will be open to K-12 educators from across all teaching disciplines. Read More
October 20, 2016
Industry Q &A with Author Jill Diamond Tell us about your most recent book and how you came to write/illustrate it.Lou Lou and Pea and the Mural Mystery is about two best friends, Lou Lou Bombay and Peacock Pearl. Lou Lou loves horticulture and Pea loves art. Every Friday afternoon, the... Read More
October 20, 2016
Debut on the Indie Bestsellers List
One children's title debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list, for the week of October 19, 2016. Read More
October 19, 2016
NCCBA and NECBA Take on the Windows & Mirrors Challenge
The Northern California Children’s Booksellers Alliance and the New England Children’s Booksellers Advisory Council are once again challenging each other to sell the most diverse books during the holiday season. Read More
October 19, 2016
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Presents The Golden Age to the Modern Era: The Michael and Esther Droller Collection
On view are artists from the Golden Age of Illustration—a period of extraordinary creative ferment from 1875 to World War I—such as Randolph Caldecott, Walter Crane, and Kate Greenaway, as well as later but accomplished practitioners Frank Adams, L. Leslie Brooke, and W. Heath Robinson. Read More
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