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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
May 12, 2016
Winners of the 2016 Comstock-Gág Read Aloud Books Awards Announced
For the twelfth year, children have chosen the best books when read out loud to them in the Minnesota State University Moorhead’s (MSUM) Comstock-Gág Read Aloud Book Awards program. Read More
May 12, 2016
Library of Congress and Mid-Atlantic Public Libraries Kick Off Summer Essay Contest
Rising 5th and 6th Graders Asked to Write About “A Book That Shaped Me.” Read More
May 11, 2016
Can you name a single, lovable Middle Eastern character in a middle grade novel? Now you can! Contributed by Firoozeh Dumas, AuthorPeople often me ask why I waited so long to  start writing. I always thought that in order to be a writer, one had to be  English and dead. I started writing when I was thirty-six years old so I  could tell m... Read More
May 11, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus’ illustrated by Lauren Tobia Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
May 11, 2016
Hachette Book Group and KADOKAWA Form Joint Venture
Hachette Book Group and KADOKAWA Corporation announced today that they have entered into an agreement to create a new venture, joining HBG’s Yen Press imprint, a leader in the US publication of Japanese manga and light novels, with KADOKAWA, a major Japanese publisher. Read More
May 10, 2016
Lion Forge Comics Announces Slate of Fan-Focused Events and Giveaways at BookExpo America
Lion Forge Comics to showcase several new high-profile titles for fans of books, comics, animation, and even wrestling at BookExpo America. Read More
May 10, 2016
Gene Luen Yang to Publish Nonfiction Graphic Novel
The National Ambassador for Young People's Literature will publish his first nonfiction graphic novel, Dragon Hoops, the story of the 2015 Bishop O’Dowd High School boys’ basketball team. Read More
May 10, 2016
Duke Energy and Reading Is Fundamental Partner to Boost Childhood Reading Skills
This program reflects a $400,000 investment by Duke Energy. Read More
May 9, 2016
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Announces First Quarter 2016 Results
Billings increase 13%; net sales increase 27%. Read More
May 6, 2016
The Rise of the Wordless Picture Book
On the art and appeal of the wordless picture book. Read More
May 6, 2016
HarperCollins Publishers Reveal Details On Veronica Roth’s New Book
The first in a two-book deal by international bestselling author Veronica Roth, author of the Divergent series, Carve the Mark will publish on January 17, 2017, with the next novel to follow in 2018. Read More
May 5, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Reading Without Walls Podcast: Episode 3 with Michael Chabon
Join the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature 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
May 5, 2016
Judy Blume and Her Husband Open a Bookstore in Florida
Judy Blume recently added the title of "bookseller" to her resume. She and her husband George Cooper have teamed up to open an independent bookstore in Key West, Florida. Read More
May 5, 2016
Most Diverse? Verse! 5 Easy Steps for Promoting Diversity with Poetry Contributed by Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell (Pomelo Books)Where  do we find the most diversity in any genre in children’s literature? Poetry—bu t it might not always be easy to see, as much of the diversity is embedded in  anthologies that a... Read More
May 5, 2016
Annotated Map of Middle-Earth Acquired by Bodleian Library
The Bodleian Library in Oxford has acquired a rare map of Middle-earth, featuring annotations by author J.R.R. Tolkein. Read More
May 4, 2016
“What’s the Ambassador Reading?” with Gene Luen Yang
Join National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang each month at the Reading Rainbow Blog for the "What's the Ambassador Reading?" series. Read More
May 4, 2016
Winners of 30th Annual Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition Announced By Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and New York City Department of Education
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, announced the winners of the 30th annual Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition for grades 3-12. Read More
May 4, 2016
Scher Foord Named Vice President, Creative, for Scholastic.com
Scholastic announced the appointment of Scher Foord as Vice President, Creative, for Scholastic.com, the company’s online content and e-commerce channel. Read More
May 4, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Mama’s Nightingale’ illustrated by Leslie Straub Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
May 4, 2016
Reading Rainbow Skybrary School
A look at Reading Rainbow Skybrary School, a new digital library subscription service for classrooms. Read More
May 4, 2016
Día Founder Pat Mora Promotes Literacy for All
The diversity advocate and founder of El día de los niños/El día de los libros shares her passion for literacy and bilingualism. Read More
May 4, 2016
The Search Is On to Find the Nation’s Best High School Writers: Introducing Spark a Story
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt launches creative writing contest to find, celebrate and publish the best original short stories written by high school students. Read More
May 3, 2016
2016 Teen Choice Book Awards Finalists on Their Favorite YA!
Bookish presents a roundup of some of the 2016 Teen Choice Book Awards finalists' favorite young adult books. Read More
May 3, 2016
Q&A with National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang
The National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and graphic novelist on his love of coding and reading. Read More
May 3, 2016
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!
Ideas for celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week. Read More
May 3, 2016
2016 Hopkins Poetry Award Winner Announced
Penn State University Libraries and the Pennsylvania Center for the Book have announced the winner of the 2016 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award. Read More
May 3, 2016
ALA and The Harry Potter Alliance Launch ‘Spark’ Advocacy Video Series
The series, targeted to viewers aged 13–22, will be hosted on the YouTube page of the Harry Potter Alliance, while librarians and educators are encouraged to use the videos to engage young people or first time advocates. Read More
May 2, 2016
Children’s Book Week Comics Blog Tour: Gene Luen Yang
In celebration of the 97th annual Children's Book Week (May 2-8, 2016), Macmillan Children's Publishing Group is running an all-star kids comics blog tour, featuring interviews by John Patrick Green and beloved comics creators. Read More
May 2, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘In a Village by the Sea’ by Muon Van, illustrated by April Chu Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
May 2, 2016
New Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Title and Cover Revealed Today!
Global Publication in Twenty Countries to Coincide with U.S. Release; Bestselling Author Jeff Kinney to Tour the World. Read More
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 with Derek Kirk Kim
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
Children’s Book Week 2016 Preview
A look at the upcoming celebrations for Children's Book Week 2016 (May 2-8)! Read More
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