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October 22, 2014
Little Five Star Partners with ‘Pets in the Classroom’ Program
Timed with the release of a new title by Conrad J. Storad, Little Five Star has announced a cross-promotional partnership with The Pet Care Trust's 'Pets in the Classroom' program. Read More
October 21, 2014
Taylor Swift Joins Scholastic to Talk to Kids About the Power of Reading
Register now to view the “READING OPENS A WORLD OF POSSIBLE” exclusive video with Taylor Swift on October 29, 2014 at 1 p.m. ET. Read More
October 21, 2014
A “Kaleidoscope of Books for the Classroom”
Last week, at the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance (NCBLA)'s In Search of Wonder: Common Core & More Conference in Ohio, specialists in literature for young people shared their recommendations of the best fiction and nonfiction titles—both new and classicfor the classroom.  Read More
October 21, 2014
Announcing YALSA’s 2014 Teens’ Top Ten
YALSA has announced the 2014 Teen's Top Ten, marking the end of Teen Read Week. Read More
October 21, 2014
Pearson Foundation Selects Groundbreaking Nonprofit to Receive Digital Platform and $1.3M
First Book today announced a significant new commitment from the Pearson Foundation that will transform the organization’s ability to provide critical reading opportunities to young people across the United States and around the world. Read More
October 20, 2014
CBC Diversity: “Here I Am!” Contributed to CBC Diversity by Brian Pinkney When I was ten years old, my mom and dad made me my very own art studio. Actually, the “studio” was a walk-in closet that my parents converted so that I could have a place to call my own. It was the pe... Read More
October 20, 2014
Meg Wolitzer Defends Adults Who Read Y.A.
Meg Wolitzer has written fiction books for both adults and teenagers. She recently published an essay in The New York Times to defend adults who read young adult fiction, arguing that the attraction of this genre for adults often comes from "the desire for a particular feeling." Read More
October 20, 2014
Scholastic Turns 94
Scholastic is celebrating its 94th anniversary. On October 20, 1920, M.R. Robinson created and released a four-page magazine called The Western Pennsylvania Scholastic for classrooms. Six years later, the company would publish its first book. Read More
October 17, 2014
We Need Diverse Books to Launch the Walter Dean Myers Award
The We Need Diverse Books group has received permission from Walter Dean Myers' literary estate to name a new award and grant program after the late author. Throughout his career, Myers has always advocated and talked about the need for more multicultural books. Read More
October 16, 2014
Lena Dunham Will Produce a Film Adaptation of ‘Catherine, Called Birdy’
Lena Dunham, an actress and filmmaker, plans to create an adaptation of Karen Cushman's novel, Catherine, Called Birdy. Dunham will be one of the producers. Read More
October 16, 2014
Millennials Surpass Older Generations in Reading Frequency
A study conducted by the Pew Research Center found that millennials are reading more books than those over 30. This survey involved the participation of more than 6,000 Americans. Read More
October 16, 2014
YALSA’s 2015 Summer Reading/Learning Program Grants
Now through the end of the year, libraries are invited to apply for grants to bolster their summer reading and learning initiatives. Read More
October 15, 2014
2014 National Book Award For Young People’s Literature Finalists Announced
The National Book Foundation has unveiled its longlists. Five titles were selected as finalists in the "Young People's Literature" category. The books come from a wide range of genres. Read More
October 15, 2014
Macmillan to Publish Lane Smith’s Debut Middle Grade Novel
Lane Smith has become well-known for creating picture books. Next year, he will make his debut as a middle grade writer with Return to Augie Hobble. Read More
October 14, 2014
Diversity 101: Asians as the Model Minority Contributed to CBC Diversity by Janet Wong When we look at the spectrum of racial stereotypes, Asians seem to have it good: We’re supposedly smart, hard-working, and obedient. We never complain. Families stick together. We don’t rock the boat (esp... Read More
October 14, 2014
Jon Klassen Decorates a Bookstore Window
How would Jon Klassen decorate a bookstore window? Apparently, he would fill it up with dirt. Read More
October 14, 2014
Looking For Alaska Special 10th Anniversary Edition in 2015
Exclusive content to include intro from John Green and deleted scenes from original manuscript. Read More
October 13, 2014
Constantin Film to Develop ‘The Mortal Instruments’ as a Drama TV Show
Constantin Film may develop The Mortal Instruments books as a drama TV show. The production company holds the movie rights to Cassandra Clare's series. Last year, the City of Bones feature film adaptation was released on August 21, 2013. Read More
October 11, 2014
Tis’ the Season — For Great Fall Picture Books!
50 new picture books to be on the lookout for this season! Read More
October 10, 2014
Susan Cain, Acclaimed, New York Times Bestselling Author of Quiet, to Publish New Edition for Children
QUIET POWER: The Secret Strengths of Introverts scheduled for publication in May 2015. Read More
October 9, 2014
Candlewick Press Books on Permanent Display at NYPL Shop
Candlewick Press titles are now on display and available for sale at The New York Public Library Shop. Read More
October 9, 2014
Bibliophiles Around the World Return to Slow Reading
Bibliophiles around the world have been participating in a slow reading movement. For many, the primary reason to engage in this activity is to re-claim a love of reading and an ability to absorb information thoroughly. Read More
October 8, 2014
Chris Van Allsburg Hopes to Inspire Kids to Be Great Pet Owners
What is Chris Van Allsburg's mission with his new picture book? To inspire children to do their absolute best when taking on the challenge of pet ownership. Read More
October 8, 2014
Newbery-Winning Author Kate DiCamillo’s 7th Novel Coming Spring 2016
Candlewick Press is pleased to announce the acquisition of a new novel from two-time Newbery Medal winner, Kate DiCamillo. World rights to the as yet untitled novel were acquired by President and Publisher Karen Lotz, to be edited by Andrea Tompa, from Holly McGhee at Pippin Properties in a major deal. Read More
October 8, 2014
Applications Open for Thurber House Residency in Children’s Literature
Applications are now open for the Thurber House Residency in Children's Literature in Columbus, Ohio. Read More
October 7, 2014
Meg Cabot to Create New ‘Princess Diaries’ Spinoff
In celebration of the 15th anniversary of The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot has a new spin-off project on the horizon. Cabot's new middle grade series is entitled From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess. The story follows Mia Thermopolis' long lost half-sister; a 12-year-old Genovian girl named Olivia Grace. Read More
October 7, 2014
ALSC/Candlewick Press “Light the Way” Grant Submissions Open
The ALSC/Candlewick Press "Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved" Grant was formed in honor of Newbery Medalist and Geisel Honoree author Kate DiCamillo, and the themes represented in her books.  The award consists of a $3,000 grant to assist a library in conducting exemplary outreach to underserved populations through a new program or an expansion of work already being done. Read More
October 7, 2014
Call for Firecracker Awards Submissions
Submissions are now open for the Firecracker Awards for Independently and Self-Published Literature. Read More
October 6, 2014
Jon Scieszka Talks About Why He Started Guys Read
Jon Scieszka sat for an interview with the mommy blogger behind "Playing By The Book." In both the United Kingdom and the United States, young boys have consistently not tested well on reading exams compared to young girls. Read More
October 6, 2014
Jodi Picoult & Her Daughter to Collaborate On a New YA Novel
Jodi Picoult will once again collaborate with her daughter, Samantha van Leer, on a young adult novel. The new project is a sequel to the mother-daughter writing duo's 2012 book entitled Between the Lines. Off the Page continues the story of 16-year-old girl named Delilah. Read More
October 5, 2014
PW’s 2014 Salary Survey Reveals Lack of Diversity in Publishing Workforce, Gender Discrepancy in Compensation
A recent survey conducted by Publishers Weekly of over 630 publishing staffers reveals the significant lack of racial diversity in the publishing workplace, and a disturbing pay gap between male and female employees. Read More
October 4, 2014
Egmont Publishing to Sell Its US Activities
Egmont Publishing group has decided to sell their publishing activities in the USA as part of an overall strategic focus on market leading positions. Read More
October 3, 2014
Young Readers Finalists Announced For The 2014 Kirkus Prize
Six titles have been named finalists in the young readers category for the 2014 Kirkus Prize. The books represent a variety of formats and genres. The winner will be revealed on October 23, 2014. Read More
October 3, 2014
Penguin Young Readers Acquires Sequel to #1 New York Times Bestselling Picture Book, ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’
Penguin acquires sequel to The Day the Crayons Quit, the #1 New York Times bestselling picture book by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. Read More
October 2, 2014
Inclusive Minds to Host Diversity Event: ‘A Place at the Table’
Inclusive Minds, a collective devoted to diversity in children's books, will host a speed-dating style event for authors, illustrators and members of the industry to discuss ways of implementing diversity initiatives. The event, 'A Place at the Table,' will be held in January 2015.  Read More
October 2, 2014
September’s Issue of Diversity in the News is Here!
Each month, CBC Diversity — which advocates for an inclusive and representative children’s book industry — rounds-up relevant news in children’s books and diversity. Read More
October 2, 2014
Jay Asher to Travel the Country For The ’50 States Against Bullying’ Tour
Jay Asher, the author behind Thirteen Reasons Why, will hit the road for Penguin Young Readers Group’s 50 States Against Bullying tour. He will headline events all over the country. The objective of this project is to shine the spotlight on compassion and to help people recognize the consequences of verbal and active animosity. Read More
October 2, 2014
Universal Pictures Acquires Film Rights For ‘Let It Snow’
Universal Pictures acquired the film rights to this young adult fiction collection. The movie studio has not yet hired a director, a screenwriter, or actors. UTA oversaw the negotiations for this deal. Read More
October 1, 2014
Movie Adaptations Do Inspire Children to Read Books
Do children pick up books that inspire movies? Yes! Read More
October 1, 2014
Nathan Lane and Devlin Elliott to Publish Children’s Book with Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers announced that it will publish Naughty Mabel, the first-ever book by Tony and Emmy Award–winning actor Nathan Lane and his partner Devlin Elliott. It will be illustrated by acclaimed illustrator and animator Dan Krall. Read More
September 30, 2014
Evangelical Christian Woman Writes ‘Family-Friendly Harry Potter’ Fan Fiction
An Evangelical Christian woman named Grace Ann has been writing what she considers to be a "family-friendly" version Harry Potter on So far, she has posted one chapter of the story "Hogwarts School of Prayer and Miracles" under the alias "proudhousewife." Read More
September 30, 2014
A California School District Committee Bans ‘The Fault in Our Stars’
A California-based school district has banned The Fault in Our Stars. A committee made this decision after a challenge was raised with concerns that the book features death, vulgar language, and teen sex. Read More
September 29, 2014
Kate DiCamillo Visits Students in Sioux Falls
National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Kate DiCamillo made a special visit to Sioux Falls, South Dakota for the Festival of Books, where she spoke with fourth grade students about her career as a children's book writer.  Read More
September 29, 2014
Gregory Maguire Talks About The Importance of Fairy Tales
Gregory Maguire has written a new fantasy young adult novel entitled Egg and Spoon. In an interview with School Library Journal, Maguire talks about why he enjoys writing stories that feature magic, and the importance of fairy tales in our modern age. Read More
September 29, 2014
Call for Papers and Programs for YALSA’s 2015 Symposium
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is currently seeking program proposals and paper presentations for its 2015 Young Adult Services Symposium, "Bringing it All Together: Connecting Libraries, Teens & Communities."  Read More
September 26, 2014
Delacorte Press Announces the Publication of a New Book in the #1 New York Times Bestselling Maze Runner Series by James Dashner
Prequel novel to The Maze Runner to be published in 2016. The Maze Runner movie reaches #1 at the box office on opening weekend. Book two in the Maze Runner series, The Scorch Trials, to release as major motion picture on 9/18/2015. Read More
September 25, 2014
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Announces 2014 Carle Honors Honorees
Ninth annual awards celebrate the creative vision and long-term dedication of leaders in the world of picture books. Read More
September 24, 2014
Derek Jeter & Paul Mantell Co-Write a Middle Grade Novel
Derek Jeter, the short stop for the New York Yankees, co-wrote a middle grade novel with Paul Mantell, a children's books author, called The Contract. Simon & Schuster's Jeter Publishing and Paula Wiseman Books imprints will release the book on September 23, 2014. Read More
September 24, 2014
Happy Birthday to Jim Henson!
Today we celebrate Jim Henson (1936-1990), brilliant creator of the Muppets, and the performer behind such beloved characters as Kermit the Frog, Ernie, and Rowlf. Read More
September 23, 2014
Enter the 2014 Galactic Academy of Science Book Club Contest!
Tumblehome Learning, an emerging publisher of children’s science books based in Boston, Massachusetts, announced today a contest to promote the creation of science book and activity clubs for kids ages 7-14.  Winners of the contest will be announced January 10, 2015, and will receive more than $1500 in cash and gift certificates to spend on books. Read More
September 23, 2014
Elizabeth Eulberg Writes 3 Short Stories & 1 Sequel Novel For ‘The Lonely Hearts Club’
Elizabeth Eulberg has written a sequel for her hit young adult novel, The Lonely Hearts Club. Scholastic will publish We Can Work it Out on January 27, 2015. Read More
September 23, 2014
National Coalition Against Censorship Announces Winners of Cameron Post Essay Contest
Free Speech Groups Launched Contest For Delaware High School Students In Response to Book Censorship. Read More
September 22, 2014
Cartoon Network Partners With Penguin Young Readers Group On New Book Imprint
Cartoon Network Books to launch inaugural list in summer 2015. Read More
September 22, 2014
Happy Birthday, Esphyr Slobodkina!
Today is author and illustrator Esphyr Slobodkina's birthday! She is best known for the classic 1940 picture book, Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys, and Their Monkey Business. Read More
September 20, 2014
Call for 2015 Carter G. Woodson Book Award Nominations
The National Council for the Social Studies is now accepting submissions for the Carter G. Woodson Book Award. Established in 1974, the award honors the most distinguished non-fiction books for young readers that document ethnicity in the United States. 

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September 19, 2014
Should Educators Allow Independent Reading in the Classroom?
Should educators allow students to make their own choices when it comes to books? Some argue that doing so allows children the chance to organically develop a love of reading. Read More
September 19, 2014
Kids Set a New World Record – Reading 304,749,681 Minutes in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
Florida, Texas, North Carolina, New Jersey and New York Lead as Top 5 States with Most Minutes Read in Summer 2014. 20 Schools with Most Minutes Read to Appear in 2015 Scholastic Book of World Records. Read More
September 18, 2014
Adam Shankman to Collaborate With Laura L. Sullivan On a YA Project
Hollywood filmmaker Adam Shankman will be partnering up with novelist Laura L. Sullivan on a young adult writing project. Atheneum, an imprint at Simon & Schuster Children's Books, will release it in the Summer 2016 season. Executive Editor Reka Simonsen oversaw the acquisitions process and picked up the rights for two books; the first book is entitled Lulu. Read More
September 17, 2014
Diversity 101: Gay in YA Contributed to CBC Diversity by Adam Silvera When writing diverse books, we’re writing about choices—and the things we can’t choose. Harry Potter could have chosen not to go to Hogwarts, but spending the rest of his youth with the incorrigible D... Read More
September 17, 2014
Cassandra Clare & Holly Black On the Importance of Diversity
The Iron Trial, the first installment of a middle grade series written by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black, has been published. Both authors sat down for an interview and talked about the importance of diversity. They agreed as partners that their book should feature diverse characters. Read More
September 17, 2014
Bestselling Team of Eoin Colfer and Oliver Jeffers Sign Major Global Deal With HarperCollins
Imaginary Fred publishes in the US and UK in Fall 2015. Read More
September 16, 2014
New “Dark Arts” Section to Be Added to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour in London
The Warner Brothers Studio Tour in London will be spotlighting the "dark arts" of the Wizarding World in a new section. Harry Potter devotees can visit this area starting on October 14, 2014. Read More
September 16, 2014
Kate DiCamillo on Reading Together and the Creative Process
Beloved author Kate DiCamillo spoke with the National Endowment for the Arts about her platform as National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, her writing process, and why children's books matter. Read More
September 15, 2014
2014 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature is Revealed
The National Book Foundation has announced the 2014 Longlist for Young People's Literature.   
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September 15, 2014
ALA Committee to Focus 2014 Banned Books Week On Comics & Graphic Novels
Every year, the American Library Association organizes Banned Books Week to celebrate literacy and counteract censorship. This year, the committee plans to shine the spotlight on comics and graphic novels. Some of the titles that have come under fire in the past include the Bone series by Jeff Smith, the two-volume Persepolis books by Marjane Satrapi, and The Amazing Spider-Man series created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Read More
September 15, 2014
Attention, Creative Teens: How to Become an Exhibited Artist or Published Author
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Are Accepting Submissions from Students in Grades 7–12 Who Aspire to Follow in the Footsteps of Stephen King, Andy Warhol and Lena Dunham and Gain Opportunities for Exhibition, Publication, Scholarships and More. Read More
September 12, 2014
Ursula K. Le Guin Wins the 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters
The National Book Foundation has named Ursula K. LeGuin the winner of the 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Neil Gaiman will present her with the award at the 65th National Book Awards ceremony in November 19, 2014. Read More
September 12, 2014
‘Vanity Fair’ Reveals Lost Chapter From ‘Charlie & The Chocolate Factory’
Roald Dahl went through a long writing process while working on his beloved children's book, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. It turns out, an early draft of the book contained a chapter called "The Warming-Candy Room" which features sweets that may cause an overzealous eater to erupt with heat. Read More
September 11, 2014
Keith Richards & His Daughter Team Up For Picture Book Project
Keith Richards, a rock star best known as a member of The Rolling Stones, has written a picture book. The story, entitled Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guit, explores the relationship between Richards and his grandfather. Read More
September 10, 2014
Facebook Users Name Harry Potter Series As Most Beloved Books
What is the most beloved book of all time? Lada Adamic and Pinkesh Patel conducted a social experiment to try and answer this question. The team employed a Facebook meme asking users to "list 10 books that have stayed with you in some way." Read More
September 10, 2014
‘The Guardian’ Unveils An Unpublished Chapter From ‘Charlie & The Chocolate Factory’
What would have happened if Willy Wonka allowed his Golden Ticket winners to see more of his famous chocolate factory? The Roald Dahl Nominee Limited organization has allowed The Guardian to print an unpublished chapter from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Read More
September 9, 2014
CBC Diversity: Everyone Wants to be the Hero Sometimes Contributed to CBC Diversity by Sara Farizan When I write a story, I often don’t think about diversity. I don’t think about how many characters I should have of a certain ethnic or cultural background, or about whether I meet a quota on how many d... Read More
September 9, 2014
20th Century Fox to Adapt ‘The Scorch Trials’ By James Dashner
The film team at 20th Century Fox has already begun pre-production work on The Scorch Trials. The first installment of this film franchise, The Maze Runner, will be released on September 19, 2014. Read More
September 9, 2014
‘Tactile Picture Books Project’ Goes Beyond Braille
Researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder, are revolutionizing reading for the visually impaired. The Tactile Picture Books Project uses 3-D printing to create books that children can explore through touch. Read More
September 8, 2014
Happy Birthday, Jon Scieszka!
Today is the hilarious Jon Scieszka's birthday! The children's author and first-ever National Ambassador for Young People's Literature (2008-2009) is known for The Stinky Cheese Man and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, and other classics that inspire a good laugh. Read More
September 8, 2014
How Does a Die-Hard Bibliophile React to a Person Who Doesn’t Enjoy Reading?
How does a die-hard bibliophile react when a person claims that they do not enjoy reading? According to one theory, there are six different emotions that range from shock to pity. Read More
September 8, 2014
Usher Joins Scholastic to Launch “Open a World of Possible” Initiative and Celebrate the Power & Joy of Reading
Register Now for the Live “BIGGERTHAN WORDS” Webcast with Usher to Be Held on November 6, 2014 at 1 p.m. ET. Read More
September 5, 2014
CBC Diversity: Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist… As proud members of the CBC Diversity Committee, we—Wendy Lamb and Dan Ehrenhaft—volunteered back in March to write a blog post, scheduled for this week. It was to be about unacknowledged, unconscious racism in YA. Our idea at the time was to make ... Read More
September 5, 2014
Amy Ewing Has Written a Short Story Called ‘The Wishing Well’
Amy Ewing has written a short story called "The Wishing Well," originally introduced in her debut young adult novel, The Jewel. Read More
September 5, 2014
Fox Star Studios May Create a Hindi Adaptation of ‘The Fault in Our Stars’
John Green's The Fault in Our Stars has inspired a hit movie adaptation. In fact, the executives at a tracking firm called Fizziology recently revealed that it was the most discussed film on social media this summer. Read More
September 4, 2014
Kate DiCamillo and Lisa Von Drasek on the Joys of Reading Aloud
The National Ambassador for Young People's Literature chats with Lisa Von Drasek, head of the Children's Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries, about the value and pleasure of reading aloud. Read More
September 4, 2014
Gene Luen Yang Praises Diversity in Comics at National Book Festival Gala
Acclaimed cartoonist and author Gene Luen Yang delivered a slam dunk with his speech at the National Book Festival gala, singing the praises of diversity in comics and literature at large. Read More
September 4, 2014
Kyle Zimmer, Co-Founder and CEO of First Book, To Be Honored by the National Book Foundation as the 2014 Literarian Medalist
The Literarian Award, now in its 10th year, honors individuals for a lifetime of achievement in expanding the audience for literature. Previous recipients include Dr. Maya Angelou and Terry Gross of NPR's Fresh Air. Read More
September 4, 2014
John Rocco Creates a ‘Blackout’ Companion
Children's books creator John Rocco has created a companion for his hit picture book, Blackout. Disney Publishing will release Blizzard on October 28, 2014. Read More
September 3, 2014
Scholastic to Publish Illustrated Poetry Book For Kids by Nick Cannon
Neon Aliens Ate My Homework and Other Poems will be released in March 2015. Read More
September 2, 2014
Diversity in the News — August 2014
Each month, CBC Diversity — which advocates for an inclusive and representative children’s book industry — rounds-up relevant news in children’s books and diversity. Sign up here. Read More
September 2, 2014
Five Star Publications, Inc. Launches a Monster of a Magazine with ‘StoryMonsters Ink’
Five Star Publications, Inc. is announcing the launch of a new monthly magazine. “StoryMonsters Ink” is a free, subscription-based e-digest that gives parents and educators the latest news about award-winning and debut books, profiles on both renowned and newly published authors, upcoming book events, author presentations and more. Read More
September 2, 2014
Bruce Springsteen & Frank Caruso Collaborate On a Picture Book
Rock star Bruce Springsteen has written a picture book entitled Outlaw Pete, illustrated by  Frank Caruso. It will be published on November 4, 2014 by Simon & Schuster. Read More
September 2, 2014
First Book and The International Reading Association Launch The ‘Lift Off to Literacy’ Campaign
First Book and The International Reading Association have launched the "Lift Off to Literacy" campaign to encourage everyone to celebrate International Literacy Day. Read More
August 29, 2014
Bloomsbury UK Revamps ‘Harry Potter’ Website
The Bloomsbury UK team has revamped the Harry Potter website. It now showcases the new covers designed by illustrator Jonny Duddle. Read More
August 29, 2014
Actress Jane Lynch Collaborates With Two Writers on An Anti-Bullying Picture Book
Actress Jane Lynch is collaborating with psychologist Lara Embry and former children's book editor A. E. Mikesell to write a picture book. Artist Tricia Tusa created the illustrations. Marlene, Marlene, Queen of Mean is written in verse. Read More
August 28, 2014
Penguin Young Readers Group to Publish New Novel By Bestselling Author Sarah Dessen
Twelfth novel, Saint Anything, to be released in 2015. Read More
August 28, 2014
James Patterson Will Not Retire From Writing
James Patterson has said in past interviews that he really enjoys writing middle grade novels, as they give him to chance to explore his funny side. Read More
August 27, 2014
WGBH Options TV Rights to ‘Pinkalicious’
WGBH has optioned the rights to Pinkalicious. The Boston-based company plans to adapt the story into an animated television series. Victoria Kann serves as both the writer and illustrator for a majority of the books in this series. Read More
August 27, 2014
Neil Gaiman Confirms More ‘Chu’ Stories in The Future
Neil Gaiman has confirmed that he will be working on more stories starring Chu the Panda. Thus far, HarperCollins has released two titles Chu's Day and Chu’s First Day of School. Read More
August 26, 2014
CBC Diversity: Are We Really Ready For Unstoppable Characters Of Color?
"I love this business. I’ve been in it for over sixteen years. I have written nine novels for young readers, most of which feature strong, straight-ahead African American girl protagonists." Read More
August 26, 2014
Dear Book Publishers: Letters From the 5th Grade
The Dear Book Publishers series is a showcase of letters written by 5th graders from Dothan Brook School. These students were tasked with looking at the diversity in their school library’s picture book collection along with the race of children featured on Kindergarten Second Step cards. Read More
August 26, 2014
J.K. Rowling Appears at Edinburgh International Book Festival
Harry Potter Author J.K. Rowling made a surprise appearance at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. While she was there, she introduced Education Activist Malala Yousafzai for a panel in front of six hundred attendees. Read More
August 26, 2014
Texas Pastor Files Complaint Against Supernatural YA Books
A pastor has filed a complaint against the young adult books available at the Austin Memorial Library; this institution is the local public library for the residents of Cleveland, Texas. Phillip Missick feels that fiction stories starring vampires, demons, and other supernatural characters should be expunged from the collection. Read More
August 25, 2014
How Long Does it Take to Learn to Read?
By the time most kids reach the fourth grade, educators assume that they are finished with the process of learning how to read. A team of scientists had ninety-six participants (third graders, fourth graders, fifth graders, and college students) take part in a study. The results suggest that more time may be required. Read More
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