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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
January 12, 2017
Applications Sought For 2017 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants
Awarded by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee, the grant program provides books submitted for consideration for the Coretta Scott King Book Awards to libraries and other organizations to expand their collections. Read More
January 11, 2017
Three Debuts on the Indie Bestsellers List
Three children's titles debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list for the week of January 11, 2017. Read More
January 11, 2017
Disney and ABC Invite Families to Read Together During Fifth Annual “Magic of Storytelling” Campaign and Second Annual Disney Reads Day
Disney to Donate up to One Million Books in 2017 through First Book; More than 57 Million Books Distributed To Date. Read More
January 10, 2017
CBC Announces Winners of Publishing Staff Scholarships for ABA Institutes
2017 CBC Diversity Scholarship and Early Career Scholarship winners announced. Read More
January 10, 2017
Thousands to View ALA Youth Media Awards Results Live
A complete list of award winners will post to the ALA Youth Media Awards webcast page immediately following the live broadcast. Read More
January 9, 2017
Solebury School Takes on the Reading Without Walls Challenge
Students and teachers at the Pennsylvania school have adopted National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang's Reading Without Walls Challenge. Read More
January 9, 2017
Scholastic to Publish Updated Edition of J.K. Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ By Newt Scamander
The book will be published simultaneously with Bloomsbury UK and the Pottermore eBook edition. Read More
January 6, 2017
Remembering Author Marilyn Sachs
The beloved children's and young adult author has passed away at 89. Read More
January 6, 2017
It’s Me Eloise: The Voice of Kay Thompson and the Art of Hilary Knight
The first major retrospective of Hilary Knight’s work showcases more than 90 objects, from numerous Eloise illustrations to art from the rest of his prodigious career as a children’s book artist, poster designer, magazine illustrator, and painter. Read More
January 5, 2017
Scholastic Corporation Continues Leadership Role in Sustainable Paper Procurement Practices
Scholastic is dedicated to responsible stewardship of the environment in all of its paper procurement practices and endeavors to produce quality products in a responsible manner from design to material specification to finished goods. Read More
January 4, 2017
Barnes & Noble Makes Major Donation to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation in New York City and Reno, NV
$450,000 Worth of Products Donated Including Books, Puzzles, Plush Toys, Board Games, Electronic Games, Infant Toys and More. Read More
January 3, 2017
The Children’s Book Council Welcomes New Member Publishers in 2016
The CBC gained 18 new members in 2016, including graphic novel publishers, Spanish language publishers, educational presses, and more. Read More
January 3, 2017
PLA Offers Post-Election Resources For Public Libraries
As we invite our communities to have critical conversations, we must be committed to ensuring a safe place for all that reflects and serves the diversity of our nation. Read More
January 2, 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 1, 2016. Read More
January 2, 2017
Anansesem: December 2016 Issue
Presenting the December 2016 issue of Anansesem, the Caribbean children's literature ezine. Read More
January 2, 2017
Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture Grant
The American Indian Library Association and the Asian Pacific American Librarian Association are now accepting applications for the 'Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture' Grant. Read More
January 2, 2017
PBS Newshour Features National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang
The National Ambassador for Young People's Literature discusses his platform, Reading Without Walls. Read More
January 2, 2017
Finnish Fantasy Saga ‘Maresi’s’ Film Rights Optioned By Film4
Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS, will publish the US edition of Maresi in January 2017. Read More
December 30, 2016
Libraries Retain More Than $1.3 Billion in Federal Funding in Massive Spending Bill Passed By Congress
The continuing resolution will allow spending by all arms of the federal government to continue at or near FY2016 levels through April 28, 2017. Read More
December 29, 2016
Jimmy Fallon and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group to Donate $1,000,000 of Books to First Book This Holiday Season for Kids in Need
The books donated to First Book by Macmillan and Jimmy Fallon will be provided to children in need through First Book’s network of more than 275,000 educators and program leaders nationwide. Read More
December 28, 2016
The New York Public Library Transforms Vacant Former Custodial Apartment At Washington Heights Branch Into A Teen and Adult Education Center
Nearly 4,000-square-foot spaces receives $4.4 million renovation to further support community’s diverse needs. Read More
December 27, 2016
Kids’ Book Trends in 2017: Scholastic Reading Club Editors Predict Next Year’s “Must Reads”
Curated by Scholastic Reading Club editors, this list aims to help more kids discover the power and joy of reading and encourage parents to build home libraries with books guaranteed to engage even the most reluctant reader. Read More
December 26, 2016
Amazon Announces Best-Selling Books of 2016
Harry Potter & The Cursed Child is the best-selling book of 2016 overall and in the Kids & Teens category. Harry Potter & The Cursed Child is also this year’s Most Wished For and Most Gifted book. Read More
December 22, 2016
Holidays in Kid Lit
Authors share how they'd celebrate their dream holidays with children's book families. Read More
December 22, 2016
2017 Teens’ Top Ten Book Groups Announced
The Teens’ Top Ten is a booklist created entirely by and for teens. Read More
December 21, 2016
Candlewick Press Acquires New YA Novel From National Book Award-Winning Author M. T. Anderson
Scheduled for publication in fall 2017, Landscape with Invisible Hand weaves themes of truth, art, romance, commerce, and capitalism. Read More
December 20, 2016
Debut on the Indie Bestsellers List
One children's title debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list, for the week of December 21, 2016. Read More
December 20, 2016
Children’s Book Editors on Working with their Heroes
Children's book editors on the experience of working with their favorite authors from childhood. Read More
December 20, 2016
2017 Morris Award Finalists Announced
YALSA will name the 2017 award winner at the Youth Media Awards at 8 a.m. on Jan. 23 in Atlanta during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting. Read More
December 19, 2016
Expanding Library Outreach Services

Library services and programs for underserved and underrepresented populations.

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December 19, 2016
The Kids of America Have Made Their Voices Heard! Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat Presidential Campaign Concludes!
Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Random House Children’s Books Announce First Book as Election Winner! Read More
December 16, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang to Deliver Keynote at the 2017 One Book Two Book Festival
Acclaimed graphic novelist and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang will give the keynote for the 2017 One Book Two Book Children’s Literature Festival in Iowa City. Read More
December 16, 2016
Engineering and Kid Lit

Tufts University has developed a program that integrates reading with STEM learning. 

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December 16, 2016
New York Public Library and Macmillan to Launch a Publishing Partnership
Publisher Jean Feiwel and Henry Holt Books for Young Readers Editorial Director Christian Trimmer are overseeing the children's book program. Read More
December 15, 2016
Scholastic Reports Fiscal 2017 Second Quarter Results

Scholastic Corporation reported financial results for the Company’s fiscal 2017 second quarter ended November 30, 2016.

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December 15, 2016
First Book’s Citizen Power Project

First Book’s Citizen Power Project gathered proposals for how educators can show their students that they have a voice and the ability to make positive changes happen.

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December 15, 2016
Writer and Actor B.J. Novak to Publish Companion to His #1 New York Times Bestselling Children’s Book, ‘The Book With No Pictures’
Penguin Young Readers to publish The Alphabet Book With No Pictures in Fall 2017. Read More
December 14, 2016
Debut on the Indie Bestsellers List
One children's title debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list, for the week of December 14, 2016. Read More
December 14, 2016
Two Debuts on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers Lists
Two children's and young adult titles debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers lists the week of December 11, 2016. Read More
December 14, 2016
Screen-Free Week to Partner with Children’s Book Week for May 1 – 7, 2017
Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, sponsor of Screen-Free Week, announces its partnership with Every Child a Reader, sponsor of Children’s Book Week. Read More
December 14, 2016
Global Kids Connect Surveys China, Latin America, and Brexit

A recap of the second annual Global Kids Connect conference.

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December 14, 2016
Random House Children’s Books and Dr. Seuss Enterprises Celebrate How the Grinch Stole Christmas! With Nationwide Grinch-mas “Grow Your Heart Three Sizes” Community and Good Deeds Initiative
Celebrate the true spirit of the holiday season with Grinch-mas and the annual national Grinch “Grow Your Heart Three Sizes” costume tour coming to a bookstore near you! Read More
December 13, 2016
First Book and Penguin Random House Partner to Bring Brand New Books and Red Mittens to Kids in Need Through Red Mitten Campaign
Campaign marks release of “A Poem for Peter,” a new children’s book based on the life of beloved children’s author Ezra Jack Keats. Read More
December 12, 2016
Young Readers Prefer Paper Books to E-Books for Pleasure Reading

A recent Scholastic survey revealed that 65% of young people prefer to read in print, which is up from 60% who preferred print in 2012.

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December 12, 2016
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Launches New Social Studies Program For Grades 6-12
Cutting-edge curriculum builds civic awareness through engaging and rigorous content, investigative resources and exclusive partnerships. Read More
December 9, 2016
Penguin Young Readers Together with the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader to Establish the Anna Dewdney Read Together Award in Memory of the Late Author and Illustrator
Penguin Young Readers, the Children’s Book Council, and Every Child a Reader have partnered to launch a picture book prize in honor of the late Anna Dewdney (1965-2016), author and illustrator of the beloved Llama Llama series. Read More
December 9, 2016
The Rise of the New Adult Genre
The emergence of the New Adult genre has created more options for readers transitioning between childhood and adulthood. Read More
December 9, 2016
2017 Teen Tech Week™ Site Now Live
The celebration will take place March 5-11, 2017 with the theme “Be the Source of Change.” Read More
December 8, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Creativity in Progress Series: Part 10
Yang takes us inside the process of writing and illustrating comics. Read More
December 8, 2016
Presenting the 2017 Best STEM Books Preview List
A joint project of the American Society for Engineering EducationTechnology and Engineering Educators AssociationNational Science Teachers Association, Society of Elementary Presidential Awardees, and the Children’s Book Council. Read More
December 8, 2016
Debut on the Indie Bestsellers List
One children's title debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list, for the week of December 7, 2016. Read More
December 8, 2016
In Partnership with First Book, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation Announces a Toy and Book Relief Effort for North Carolina Flood Victims
In partnership with First Book, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundations Announces a Toy and Book Relief Effort for North Carolina Flood Victims Resulting From Hurricane Matthew. Read More
December 7, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang Gives TEDx Talk on Bringing Comics into the Classroom
The graphic novelist and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature on his experience integrating comic books in the classroom. Read More
December 7, 2016
Three Debuts on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers Lists
Three children's and young adult titles debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers lists the week of December 4, 2016. Read More
December 7, 2016
Every Child a Reader Announces Expanded Plans for Children’s Book Week (May 1-7, 2017)
Major new plans for the longest-running national reading initiative in the U.S. Read More
December 7, 2016
Barnes & Noble Invites Customers to Experience Its First-Ever Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball On December 9
Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide will feature dancing, music, Harry Potter-themed activities, and a special giveaway. Read More
December 6, 2016
2017 Sendak Fellows Revealed
The 2017 Sendak Fellows have been announced. Read More
December 6, 2016
Scholastic to Publish Picture Book by Renowned Children’s Book Creators R.L. Stine and Marc Brown
Mary McScary, Stine and Brown’s second picture book collaboration, will be published in September 2017 by Orchard Books. Read More
December 6, 2016
Winners Announced For the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards
Children's book titles took the top prize in six categories: fantasy, debut Goodreads author, young adult fiction, young adult fantasy & science-fiction, middle grade & children's books, and picture books. Read More
December 6, 2016
Scholastic Announces 39 Kid Reporters Chosen For 2016-17 Scholastic News Kids Press Corps™
39 New and Returning Kid Reporters Across the United States and Abroad Cover “News for Kids, by Kids.” Read More
December 5, 2016
SEE-IT Award: Stories Engagingly Expressed – Illustratively Told – Call for Submissions
EBSCO eBooks™, Core Collections and NoveList, in collaboration with the CBC Graphic Novel Committee have partnered to create the SEE-IT Award: Stories Engagingly Expressed – Illustratively Told. Read More
December 5, 2016
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to Publish Picture Book of John Lennon’s Song of Peace and Tolerance, ‘Imagine’
The book follows a young pigeon on a journey to spread a message of peace and tolerance and will be published in partnership with Amnesty International, the human rights organization, which has more than eight million supporters worldwide. Read More
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
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
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