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August 26, 2016
A Library Card Provides Endless Opportunities For Family Engagement
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when the nation’s public libraries highlight the value of a library card. Read More
August 25, 2016
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Announces Second Quarter 2016 Results
Reports net sales of $392 million and billings of $413 million. Company lowers full year 2016 outlook for net sales and billings. Read More
August 24, 2016
Inspiring Summer Reading
Tips for encouraging kids to read this summer. Read More
August 23, 2016
Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday Celebration
Penguin Young Readers Group and the Roald Dahl Literary Estate are gearing up for the centenary celebration of author Roald Dahl. Read More
August 23, 2016
New Report from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reveals Educators Hungry for Professional Learning and Greater Family Engagement
Additional findings show drop in concerns about meeting standards and accountability requirements. Read More
August 22, 2016
Morton Schindel, Founder of Weston Woods Studios, Dies at Age 98
Mr. Schindel produced more than 300 motion pictures and 450 recordings that are found in school and library collections worldwide. His films have been translated into more than twenty languages. Read More
August 22, 2016
The Evolution of Children’s Literature
Literary critic and professor Seth Lerer on the evolution of children's literature from didactic to subversive, and everything in between. Read More
August 19, 2016
DOGObooks and YALSA Partner for 2016 Teens’ Top Ten voting
For the fourth year in a row, DOGObooks is the host site where teens will go to vote for the Teens’ Top Ten. Read More
August 19, 2016
The Force of Reading Awakens This October 2016 for ‘Star Wars™ Reads’
Fans can celebrate the joys of reading with Star Wars-themed events throughout the month of October. Read More
August 18, 2016
Scholastic and ASCD Launch 3-Day Professional Learning Institute for Educators Focused on District-Wide Literacy Improvement
The inaugural, three-day Literacy Leaders’ Institute, hosted by Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, and ASCD, a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, begins September 22-24, 2016. Read More
August 18, 2016
Gallery Books and Aladdin to Publish Books by Maddie Ziegler
The series will follow the journey of a young dancer as she navigates the competitive dance circuit and focuses on friendship and teamwork, while also recognizing the power and positivity of dance in our lives. Read More
August 17, 2016
Where’s Your Power? Contributed by Sharon Mentyka, WriterI belong to the most privileged group in our culture: white, heterosexual, and able-bodied. And although my female gender brings me down a notch or two, my race membership alone gives me a winning lottery ticket i... Read More
August 17, 2016
Pottermore to Publish Pottermore Presents 6 September, A Series of eBook Shorts About the Wizarding World from J.K. Rowling
Pottermore has announced the publication of Pottermore Presents, a series of eBook shorts featuring stories and J.K. Rowling’s first-person reflections about the wizarding world. Read More
August 17, 2016
CliffsNotes® Gets Personal; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and BenchPrep Partner on Digital Learning Solutions for High School and College Students
These new features are built to deepen student engagement with the material, boost learner confidence and help improve outcomes. Read More
August 16, 2016
Global Tour to Continue For Release of Book 11, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down
Jeff Kinney to visit 10 countries on 3 continents in more than 20 stops. Major United States tour also announced. Read More
August 15, 2016
Vote for the 2016 Teens’ Top Ten!
Voting is now open for the 2016 Teens' Top Ten: YALSA's "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Read More
August 15, 2016
The Reading Without Walls Podcast: National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang at Comic-Con 2016
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
August 15, 2016
Scholastic Announces Sales of More Than 3.3 Million Copies of ‘Harry Potter and The Cursed Child’ Parts One and Two
Scholastic announced a first printing of 4.5 million copies of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two script book, and retailers reported fast-paced, record-breaking pre-sales leading up to the release date with over 2 million copies sold in the first two days alone. Read More
August 12, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang at San Diego Comic-Con 2016
The graphic novelist and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature shared his platform, "Reading Without Walls," and connected with fans at San Diego Comic-Con. Read More
August 12, 2016
Six Flags New England Hosts the First-Ever “Read a Book Day”
The Coaster Capital of New England and Candlewick Press will host a variety of activities to encourage reading for kids of all ages. Read More
August 11, 2016
ALSC Now Accepting Applications For 2017 Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award
This award, made possible by an annual gift from Penguin Young Readers Group and Random House Children’s books, provides a $600 stipend for up to four children's librarians to attend their first ALA Annual Conference. Read More
August 10, 2016
Author Natalie Lloyd on the Magic of Summer Reading
Author Natalie Lloyd on her favorite kind of summer vacation: one spent reading. Read More
August 9, 2016
Philosophy and Children’s Books
How educators are using picture books to spark deeper conversations with students. Read More
August 9, 2016
Three Educators Nationally Selected For 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Award Artist Residency
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and Golden Artist Colors Host One-of-a-Kind Artist Residency in New York with a Focus on Painting Technology. Read More
August 8, 2016
Candlewick Press and Boston Harbor Cruises Partner to Promote Literacy and Marine-Life Education
Whale watch catamaran hosts library of ocean-themed titles. Read More
August 8, 2016
Developmental Benefits of Early Literacy
Studies show the cognitive and emotional benefits of reading for young children. Read More
August 5, 2016
Author Matt de la Peña Receives Intellectual Freedom Award
NCTE honors Matt de la Peña for his courage in standing up for intellectual freedom with the NCTE National Intellectual Freedom Award, given for de la Peña’s efforts to fight censorship not only through his words but also through his actions. Read More
August 5, 2016
PLA Receives ASAE Power of A Summit and Gold Awards for Every Child Ready to Read Literacy Program
The Power of A Awards reward outstanding accomplishments of associations and industry professionals for their efforts to enrich lives, create a competitive workforce, prepare society for the future, drive innovation and make a better world. Read More
August 4, 2016
Fighting Homogenization Contributed by Ned Rust, AuthorThey want me to  try to write for what?They want a graduate of the  99%, non-minority, public schools of last-century Briarcliff Manor (the B.M. we  call it, much like residents of the O.C., only without a valida... Read More
August 4, 2016
Winnie-the-Pooh Dolls Back on Display
After undergoing cleaning and conservation, the dolls that inspired AA Milne's 'Winnie-the-Pooh' stories are back on display at the New York Public Library. Read More
August 4, 2016
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Kitty Kelley to Publish Her First Children’s Book with Simon & Schuster
The book will be illustrated with photographs by Kelley’s friend, the late Photojournalist Stanley Tretick, and will be published on January 3, 2017. Read More
August 3, 2016
Scholastic Announces Strong Sales for ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’
Sales for the eighth story in the Harry Potter series surpassed two million. Read More
August 3, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Creativity in Progress Series: Part 5
Join the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature each month at Panels for his Creativity in Progress series. Read More
August 3, 2016
AASL Welcomes New Knowledge Quest Bloggers
Knowledge Quest offers breaking news, inspired blogs and encourages conversations to inspire insightful professionals and stronger communities. Read More
August 2, 2016
Bookish Reminders Here and Abroad Contributed to CBC Diversity by Julie Bliven, Editor at CharlesbridgeLast month I joined  seven other children’s book editors on a week-long trip across Germany, sponsored  by the German Book Office of New York. The program nurtures Germany’s ... Read More
August 2, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang on Reading and Writing Outside One’s Comfort Zone
The graphic novelist and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature shares his platform, "Reading Without Walls." Read More
August 2, 2016
Submissions Open for the New-York Historical Society Children’s History Book Prize
Submissions are now open for the 4th annual New-York Historical Society Children's History Book Prize. Read More
August 2, 2016
Penguin Young Readers Acquires Sequel to New York Times Bestselling Picture Book, ‘Dragons Love Tacos’
‘Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel’ will publish in May 2017. Read More
August 1, 2016
Call for 2017 Carter G. Woodson Young Reader Book Nominations
The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) announces its call for nominations of books eligible to receive the CARTER G. WOODSON BOOK AWARD, presented to the most distinguished young reader non-fiction books depicting ethnicity in the United States. Read More
August 1, 2016
Barnes & Noble Announces That Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the Company’s Most Pre-Ordered Book Since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2007
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Expected to Be Barnes & Noble’s Biggest Selling Book of the Year. Read More
August 1, 2016
Script eBook of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two” Now Available Globally
Following the opening gala of the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, Pottermore has published the original eBook edition of the official script book. Read More
August 1, 2016
Random House Children’s Books Launches the Story Stop Bus
The children's publisher is taking authors and illustrators on the road to connect with readers across the country. Read More
July 29, 2016
Children’s Book Shout-Outs at the Democratic National Convention
Introducing presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention last night, daughter Chelsea reflected on the role that books played in her upbringing and her mother's commitment to children everywhere. Read More
July 29, 2016
Make More Time for Summer Reading
Tips for making more time to read over the summer. Read More
July 29, 2016
Documentary Following Curious George Creators Hans A. & Margret Rey Announced – Ema Ryan Yamazaki Directorial Debut
Through a unique and Rey-inspired technique of animation, as well as archival photographs, the documentary tells the story of the couple’s lives, the birth of George and how the well-loved children’s book character almost didn’t come to fruition. Read More
July 28, 2016
Happy 150th Birthday to the Multi-Talented Beatrix Potter!
Beatrix Potter was born on July 28, 1866, 150 years ago today. A natural scientist and conservationist, she was the author and illustrator of beloved childhood classics The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, The Tailor of Gloucester, and many more.  Read More
July 28, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang on Diversity and Comics
The National Ambassador for Young People's Literature shares his path to becoming a graphic novelist, and ways to incorporate comics in the classroom. Read More
July 28, 2016
Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in The Hat Tosses Red and White Stovepipe Hat in the Ring for 2016 Presidential Election, as the Kids’ Candidate
Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Random House Children’s Books Announce Cat in the Hat for President Campaign with Charitable Partners and Nationwide Voting. Visit campaign headquarters CatInHat4Prez.com to cast your vote! Read More
July 27, 2016
A Different Lens: Part 2 Contributed by Mary Birdsell, PhotographerLast month I wrote an article for this site, discussing my  experience photographing children with special needs and my upcoming trip to  photograph children in Tanzania. International  travel, two words... Read More
July 27, 2016
Scholastic Announces Contest to Discover the Next Graphix Author-Artists
Graphix Imprint to Publish Debut Children’s Graphic Novels by Contest Winners. Read More
July 27, 2016
Should Children’s Book Heroes Grow Up?
Contemporary children's book writers on 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,' and the implications of aging beloved kid lit heroes. Read More
July 26, 2016
2016 Eisner Awards Announced
The winners of the 2016 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards have been revealed. Read More
July 26, 2016
Little, Brown Books For Young Readers Enhances Young Adult eBooks Through Immersive Music Soundtracks With Booktrack Technology Platform
The collaboration offers YA readers an innovative new way to experience their favorite stories through immersive, synchronized movie-style soundtracks for popular eBooks. Read More
July 25, 2016
2016 Children’s Choice Book Awards Winners Donate Books to Classrooms
The winners of the 2016 Children's Choice Book Awards have donated complete sets of finalist titles to schools across North America. Read More
July 25, 2016
HarperCollins Children’s Books to Publish Additional Novel and Storybook in Bestselling ‘School For Good and Evil’ Series By Soman Chainani
Readers will find out what happened to many of their favorite characters after they graduated and stepped out into the world to attain fairy tale glory or fade into obscurity. The untitled storybook will be a collection of fairy tales with a School for Good and Evil spin. Read More
July 22, 2016
Paul O. Zelinksy, Matt de la Peña and Jane Yolen Headline 2nd Annual Picture Book Summit
Three of today's most beloved and honored picture book authors will headline the 2nd annual Picture Book Summit, an all-day online writing conference that will take place Saturday, October 1st. Read More
July 22, 2016
Diversity in the News: July 2016
The July issue of Diversity in the News, CBC Diversity's monthly round-up of relevant news in children’s books and diversity. Read More
July 22, 2016
Digital Literacy for Tweens
Studies show that tweens' status as digital natives does not necessarily equate with digital literacy. Read More
July 22, 2016
Flash Mob of Harry Potter Fans – “Muggle Mob” – Stops Traffic at Scholastic Headquarters in New York City
Photos and Video Released from the Scholastic “Muggle Mob,” in Anticipation of the July 31st Publication of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two. Read More
July 21, 2016
Scholastic Reports Q4 and Fiscal 2016 Results and Fiscal 2017 Outlook
Revenues and Operating Income Up Versus Prior Year Driven by Children’s Books and Education. Read More
July 21, 2016
VCFA Young Writers Network
Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier is launching the VCFA Young Writers Network for underserved kids. Read More
July 20, 2016
Reach Out and Read Kansas City includes Finding My Way Books in Program
Reach Out and Read Kansas City has added 13 titles from the “Finding My Way” series to their list of approved books for health-care providers to distribute to young children at well-child visits. Read More
July 20, 2016
Scholastic Corporation Announces Date For Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2016 Earnings Release and Teleconference
The archived webcast and accompanying slides will be available on the Company’s website shortly after the completion of the live call. Read More
July 20, 2016
CBC Forum: The Rise of Middle Grade
The Children's Book Council hosted the second in this year's Forum series on July 12 at Penguin Random House. Read More
July 20, 2016
Papercutz To Launch Imprint for Tween Girls
The children's graphic novel publisher has created a new imprint, Charmz, targeting teenage girls. Read More
July 19, 2016
The American Indian Library Association and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Announce Winners of the 2016 Talk Story Grant
The American Indian Library Association and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association have announced the winners of the 2016 Talk Story Grant. Read More
July 19, 2016
How Booksellers Are Harnessing Pokémon Go
The popular new app is driving players into bookstores. Read More
July 19, 2016
Random House Children’s Books to Publish a Picture Book Biography on Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton
Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, has announced plans to publish a picture book biography on the wife of Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton. Margaret McNamara will serve as the writer for Eliza: The Story of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton. Read More
July 18, 2016
A Free Book Contest for Our Facebook Friends!
The Children's Book Council and Every Child a Reader are launching a monthly book contest as a thank-you to our friends and supporters. Read More
July 18, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Country Kid, City Kid’ by Julie Cummins Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
July 18, 2016
Sarah J. Maas to Work on New Young Adult Projects
Sarah J. Maas has announced that she has many young adult book projects in-the-works. She will be writing new books for two popular series: A Court of Thorns and Roses and Throne of Glass. Read More
July 15, 2016
Scholastic to Publish Philip Pullman’s First Graphic Novel
David Fickling Books and Graphix Imprints to bring The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship to North American Readers. Read More
July 14, 2016
The New York Public Library Makes It Easier Than Ever To Borrow Free eBooks with New App SimplyE
SimplyE is currently available for iOS and Android devices, with Kindle Fire, and web browser versions in development. Read More
July 13, 2016
Carla Hayden Confirmed as Librarian of Congress
The Senate has confirmed Carla D. Hayden the 14th Librarian of Congress. Read More
July 12, 2016
#BlackLivesMatter Booklist for Teens
Librarian Chelsea Couillard-Smith has created the #BlackLivesMatter booklist in an effort to promote discussions about current events and issues of race, justice, and privilege among teens.

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July 12, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Be the Change’ illustrated by Evan Turk Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
July 12, 2016
Dollar General Literacy Foundation Renews Commitment to the American Dream Literacy Initiative
To date, the American Dream literacy initiative has provided funding to more than 150 libraries across the United States. Read More
July 11, 2016
Scholastic and American Girl Announce Extensive Global Publishing Deal
Multi-year licensed program includes new books based on Girl of the Year™ and BeForever™ lines, and original series of books in both print and digital formats inspired by the iconic brand for girls. Read More
July 8, 2016
Carl Lennertz to Join the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader as Executive Director
Longtime publishing executive and book advocate Carl Lennertz will join the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader as Executive Director, effective August 8, 2016. Read More
July 8, 2016
New Professional Book from Scholastic Breaks Down Barriers for Teaching K–8 Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

To ensure that K–8 teachers have the tools and knowledge they need to support students with ASD, Scholastic announced the release of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Inclusive Classroom: How to Reach and Teach Students with ASD, by Barbara Boroson.

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July 8, 2016
Using Picture Books to Promote Early Literacy
Tips for building children's language skills through picture books. Read More
July 8, 2016
Christopher Myers to Launch Make Me a World Imprint With Random House Children’s Books
Myers’s inaugural list to launch in 2018 with astronomer Ray Jayawardhana’s Child of the Universe, Annie Sieg’s picture book Mama Mable’s All-Gal Big Band Jazz Extravaganza!, and former boy soldier from South Sudan and activist Ger Duany’s memoir for young adults. Read More
July 7, 2016
Carl Lennertz Named Executive Director of the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader
Former executive director of World Book Night U.S. Carl Lennertz takes the reins as executive director of the Children's Book Council and Every Child a Reader. Read More
July 7, 2016
Books for Babies Project
2016 Tennessee Teacher of the Year Cathy Whitehead on the Books for Babies project in her classroom, a literacy initiative that provides hand-selected books to new mothers and their babies. Read More
July 7, 2016
Unpublished Beatrix Potter Illustrations Discovered
Four never-before-seen illustrations by Beatrix Potter have been discovered in a Tudor mansion in Suffolk. Read More
July 7, 2016
United for Libraries Dedicates Literary Landmarks For Erich Maria Remarque and E. L. Doctorow
320 and 333 East 57th Street were selected by the Empire State Center for the Book and were supported by City Councilman Ben Kallos. The buildings were the homes of Remarque and Doctorow. Read More
July 6, 2016
Harry Potter Alliance Casts Protective Shield Spell With Trans Community in New Protego Campaign
Fans can visit thehpalliance.org/protego to sign up and learn more about individual, community, and policy level actions they can take to better the world for the transgender community. Read More
July 4, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Swing Sisters’ illustrated by Joe Cepeda Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
July 1, 2016
Expansion of BISAC Codes for Graphic Novels
creation of new BISAC codes and subject headings for the kids’ graphic novel category. Read More
July 1, 2016
CBC Diversity Presents “Writing and Editing Authentic Voices”
In CBC Diversity's second panel of the year, representatives of the author, agent, and editor communities discussed the challenges of crafting truthful and diverse characters. Read More
July 1, 2016
Bestselling Author Tyler Knott Gregson and Co-Author Sarah Linden Celebrate True Spirit of Christmas With ‘North Pole Ninjas: Mission: Chrismas!,’ a New Holiday Book and Tradition, Coming This Fall From Penguin Young Readers
This interactive holiday story, written by bestselling poet and author Tyler Knott Gregson and Sarah Linden and illustrated by Piper Thibodeau, comes with 50 top-secret missions of caring and kindness, along with a huggable “sensei” plush to help guide young ninjas on their missions. Read More
June 30, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Creativity in Progress Series: Part 4
National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang's monthly Creativity in Progress series at Panels. Read More
June 30, 2016
Celebrating 20 years of the Pura Belpré Book Award
ALSC and REFORMA co-hosted a 20th anniversary celebración for the Pura Belpré Book Awards at ALA Annual. Read More
June 30, 2016
My Socioeconomic Diversity Wish List Contributed by Nikki Garcia, assistant editor, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Six months ago, I wrote a post for the CBC Diversity blog discussing socioeconomic diversity and my personal struggles with financial security as a child. I wis... Read More
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