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July 3, 2015
Patrick McDonnell And Naoko Stoop to Collaborate on a Picture Book Project
Patrick McDonnell, a renowned cartoonist and children's books creator, will write a new picture book entitled 'Shine!'. Naoko Stoop, the author and illustrator behind the Red Knit Cap Girl series, will produce the artwork. Read More
July 2, 2015
New Disney Segment to Combine Consumer Products And Interactive Divisions
Disney Publishing Worldwide, a leading publisher of children’s books that has increasingly blended technology with storytelling to create interactive story-based digital experiences, will also report jointly to Ms. Ferraro and Mr. Pitaro. Read More
July 2, 2015
Happy Birthday, Jack Gantos!
Celebrating the birthday of beloved children's author Jack Gantos, creator of Joey Pigza and Rotten Ralph. Read More
July 1, 2015
Pope Francis Receives New Latin Edition of International Bestseller Diary of a Wimpy Kid at The Vatican
Monsignor Daniel B. Gallagher, Official Translator, Presents Commentarii de Inepto Puero to His Holiness in St. Peter's Square. Read More
July 1, 2015
Booklist of Diverse Nonfiction Literature for Young Readers
The Nonfiction Booklist provides a searchable list of diverse nonfiction titles for young readers. Read More
July 1, 2015
Expand Your Comics Conversation with the Comic Book Club Handbook!
Learn how to start and make the most of book clubs for comics and graphic novels with the Comic Book Club Handbook, a new resource produced by Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in collaboration with Comic-Con International. Read More
June 30, 2015
James Patterson Increases School Library Donation Pledge to $1.75 Million
Earlier this year, James Patterson pledged to give away $1.25 million to school libraries. The award-winning author and literacy advocate decided to increase the amount to $1.75 million. Recently, he distributed $500,000 of the money to 127 different school libraries. Read More
June 30, 2015
Original ‘Madeline’ Paintings Sold at Auction
Original 'Madeline' art on auction at Sotheby’s New York this month. Read More
June 30, 2015
Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Partners with We Need Diverse Books on Summer Internship Program
The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Partners with WNDB on its inaugural summer internship program. Read More
June 29, 2015
Love Wins, but I’m on Deadline Contributed to CBC Diversity by author Tim Federle (Better Nate Than Ever) Well, on Friday I woke up in California to the news that Love Won today, and before I’d even had my coffee. California, because I’m here for the American Library Associatio... Read More
June 29, 2015
The New York Public Library To Offer an Outdoor Reading Room At Its Iconic 42nd Street Building
The New York Public Library is opening “The Outdoor Reading Room 2015: Read Everywhere!” on the plaza of its landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, giving the public an opportunity to sit, read, and relax in a literary oasis that will offer books recommended by expert librarians, author talks, a book swap, and a wall on which people can write their own summer reading recommendations. Read More
June 29, 2015
Summer Reading Can Help Kids Develop Five Skills
Summer reading can be vitally important for children during their time off from school. Not only does it help to prevent summer slide, it can also be an opportunity to teach five important skills: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Read More
June 26, 2015
Historic Investment by New York City Allows Public Libraries To Offer Citywide Six-Day Service
Fiscal Year 2016 adopted budget includes largest ever operating funding increase for libraries. Read More
June 26, 2015
Little, Brown Books For Young Readers to Publish Sherman Alexie’s Debut Picture Book—Thunder Boy Jr. With Illustrations By Caldecott Honor Artist Yuyi Morales
Megan Tingley, Executive Vice President and Publisher of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, announced today the upcoming publication of Thunder Boy Jr., the debut picture book by National Book Award–winning and bestselling author Sherman Alexie with illustrations by critically acclaimed picture book artist Yuyi Morales. Read More
June 25, 2015
Sherri Duskey Rinker and John Rocco to Create a Picture Book About Virginia Lee Burton
Writer Sherri Duskey Rinker and artist John Rocco will collaborate on a picture book biography on famed children's book creator Virginia Lee Burton. The book, entitled Jinnee and the Big Machines, will be released in Fall 2017. Read More
June 25, 2015
Happy 60th Birthday, Miffy!
Author-illustrator Dick Bruna's bunny creation celebrates her 60th birthday. Read More
June 24, 2015
Judith St. George Has Passed On
Author of more than forty children's books, Judith St. George has passed away. Read More
June 24, 2015
Universal to Adapt ‘Let It Snow’ For a Movie
Universal has acquired the film rights to 'Let It Snow: Three Holiday Stories.' This young adult book was a collaborative project written by authors John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle. Read More
June 23, 2015
Boston Celtics and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Celebrate Student Participation in SCORE with Go Math! Academy Program
SCORE is an online, basketball-themed math resource for local schools developed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) learning architects in collaboration with the Boston Celtics. Read More
June 22, 2015
Aladdin to Launch New Series By #1 New York Times Bestselling Dork Diaries Author Rachel Renee Russell
The new series, called The Misadventures of Max Crumbly, will launch in April 2016 followed by a second book in Spring 2017. Read More
June 22, 2015
Building Community with Family Place Libraries
A look at the Family Place library program, empowering small children and their families nationwide. Read More
June 19, 2015
‘Sesame Street’ Promotes School Readiness For All
Study shows that watching 'Sesame Street' may be one of the most cost-effective ways to prepare kids for academic success. Read More
June 19, 2015
Candlewick Partners With United Through Reading to Celebrate Father’s Day
The Candlewick Press publishing house has formed a partnership with the United Through Reading nonprofit for a special Father's Day project. Read More
June 18, 2015
Disney May Shoot a Third Princess Diaries Film Adaptation
At this point in time, no announcement has been made about the plot or if Anne Hathaway, now an Oscar-winning actress, will reprise the role of Mia Thermopolis (also known as Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo). Read More
June 18, 2015
Preeti Chhibber: How I Got into Publishing Preeti Chhibber: Senior Editorial Manager for the Teens & BookBeat Scholastic Reading ClubsI didn’t realize publishing was an actual career until I was a few years into college. Growing up, my mom had been clear that I was the one who would be a ... Read More
June 17, 2015
Inside the Author’s Studio with Kate DiCamillo
Inside the Author’s Studio, a new Rhode Island PBS production, premiered with an interview with Newbery Medal winner and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Kate DiCamillo. Read More
June 17, 2015
John Green Vows Never to Use The ‘R-Word’ in a Book Again
Author John Green has become well-known for engaging with his fans through his social media platforms. One of his readers sent out a tweet questioning why he used the "R-Word" in his 2008 young adult novel, Paper Towns. Read More
June 16, 2015
Scholastic Acquires Middle Grade Novel by Emma Donoghue, Author of the International Bestseller ‘Room’
The Lotterys Plus One is scheduled for publication in February 2017. Read More
June 16, 2015
WNDB Internship Project Recipients Announced
We Need Diverse Books announces summer internship project recipients. Read More
June 16, 2015
44 Governors’ Spouses & 4 Governors Sign On As “Reading Ambassadors” For 2015 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
Gubernatorial Spouses and Governors promote the importance of summer reading by hosting reading events in their states; Scholastic donates 500 books per state on their behalf. Read More
June 15, 2015
Bibliotherapy
Experts find that reading fiction offers therapeutic and social benefits. Read More
June 15, 2015
2015 National Book Festival Poster Unveiled
The Library of Congress revealed the 2015 National Book Festival Poster, created by artist Peter de Sève. Read More
June 12, 2015
Jesse Andrews On Writing the Script For Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Author Jesse Andrews was charged with adapting his 2012 young adult novel, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, for a film. For Andrews, this proved to be a herculean task because he had never written a screenplay before. Read More
June 11, 2015
Go Global: We Are the World Contributed to CBC Diversity by Veronica Grijalva, rights associate at Scholastic During my first year attending the Frankfurt International Book Fair a question was asked of me by many editors at foreign publishing houses. The question was this, “Wh... Read More
June 11, 2015
AAP Introduces Annual Snapshot of U.S. Book Market
The Association of American Publishers introduces, StatShot Annual, an overview of the U.S. book market in 2014. Read More
June 11, 2015
A.S. King to Write Her Debut Middle Grade Novel
Printz Honor winner A.S. King will write her debut middle grade novel. The book, entitled Finding Marvin Gardens, follows a young boy who uncovers an animal that eats plastic behind his house. Read More
June 10, 2015
Ferguson Municipal Public Library Named 2015 Library of the Year
Ferguson Municipal Public Library named 2015 Library of the Year by Library Journal and Gale. Read More
June 10, 2015
Literacy Has a New Super Hero: Chris Riddell Unmasked as New Waterstones Children’s Laureate
Illustrator, author and political cartoonist will champion creativity and “drawing every day.” Read More
June 9, 2015
The Rise in Transgender Children’s Books
In hopes of shining a light on an underrepresented issue, a number of emerging and debut authors are writing novels that showcase transgender characters. Read More
June 9, 2015
Announcing the 2015 Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Awards
The awards will be presented in a ceremony on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at the White Plains (New York) Public Library. The program is open to the public. Read More
June 8, 2015
Ezra Jack Keats Inducted into the NYS Writers Hall of Fame at Sixth Annual Ceremony
Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983) is among seven distinguished writers who were inducted this week into the NYS Writers Hall of Fame. The induction took place on June 2nd at the sixth annual ceremony with a gala at the Princeton Club of New York. Read More
June 8, 2015
HarperCollins to Launch the Explore the World of Margaret Wise Brown Program
HarperCollins Children's Books will launch the "Explore the World of Margaret Wise Brown" program. The publisher will release new editions of Margaret Wise Brown's children's books. In addition to revitalizing some Brown classics, one never-before-published book will also be released. Read More
June 8, 2015
Vermont Youth Book Awards Announced
The Vermont Department of Libraries reveals the 2015 winners of its student selected book awards. Read More
June 5, 2015
Scholastic Completes Sale of Educational Technology and Services Business Segment
The sale was completed pursuant to a Stock and Asset Purchase Agreement entered into on April 24, 2015. Read More
June 4, 2015
All You Really Need to Know is What Jacqueline Woodson Said at BookCon Contributed to CBC Diversity by Daniel Ehrenhaft, editorial director of Soho Teen I always feel a little nostalgic and reflective at this time of year, because I started my publishing career in June of 1993. Looking back at the market then, I mostly ... Read More
June 4, 2015
Jacqueline Woodson Named Young People’s Poet Laureate
Author Jacqueline Woodson has been named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. Read More
June 4, 2015
DreamWorks Animation to Adapt The Adventures of Beekle
DreamWorks Animation will shoot a film adaptation based on The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. Dan Santat won the 2015 Caldecott Medal for this picture book. Read More
June 3, 2015
2015 Lambda Literary Award Winners Announced
The 27th annual Lambda Literary Award winners have been announced. Read More
June 3, 2015
Oscar Winner Eddie Redmayne Enters the Wizarding World as Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Eddie Redmayne will play J.K. Rowling’s creation Newt Scamander, the Wizarding World’s preeminent magizoologist, who in his travels has encountered and documented a myriad of magical creatures, ultimately leading to his penning the Hogwarts School textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Read More
June 2, 2015
James Patterson Launches Children’s Book Imprint That Aims to Save Lives with Books
The defining mission of jimmy patterson will reflect Patterson’s most heartfelt goals: to inspire kids to become willing, self-propelled readers; to help teachers, booksellers, and librarians get the tools, opportunities, and skills they need to accomplish this important duty; and to identify the right books for each child by celebrating a compelling diversity of human voices and experiences. Read More
June 2, 2015
We Need Diverse Books,™ School Library Journal, and American Booksellers Association Create Booktalking Kits
We Need Diverse Books,™ School Library Journal, and the American Booksellers Association team up to create Booktalking Kits, a tool for teachers and members of the publishing community to promote diverse reads. Read More
June 2, 2015
The Rewards of Re-Reading
A reflection on the joy and value of revisiting our favorite books from childhood. Read More
June 1, 2015
Submissions Open for the 2015 WNDB™ Walter Dean Myers Grant
We Need Diverse Books™ is now accepting submissions for the 2015 Walter Dean Myers Grant. Read More
June 1, 2015
2015 Children’s Choices List Announced
The International Literacy Association and the CBC have announced the 2015 Children's Choices list. Read More
June 1, 2015
Survey: State Teachers of the Year Would Prioritize School Funding on Anti-Poverty, Early Learning & Reducing Learning Barriers
Scholastic Releases Year-End Online Survey of the 2015 State Teachers of the Year on Issues Ranging from Funding and Learning Barriers to Independent Reading and Job Satisfaction. Read More
May 29, 2015
Neil Gaiman On His Love of Children’s Books
Neil Gaiman is well-known for both his adult fiction and children's books. For Gaiman, writing children's books can be "enormously refreshing." Read More
May 28, 2015
2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards Announced
The 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature are revealed. Read More
May 28, 2015
National Ambassador Kate DiCamillo on the Joy of Summer Reading
The beloved author and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature on summer reading and the value of libraries. Read More
May 28, 2015
Epic! Signs Deal With Macmillan Publishers
Children’s eBook subscription service signs new Big 5 Partner. Read More
May 27, 2015
Industry Q&A with Alyssa Mito Pusey Alyssa Mito Pusey, Senior Editor at CharlesbridgeInterview by Yolanda ScottThanks for agreeing to do this, Alyssa. The first diversity question today is how do you self identify?Growing up in Hawaii, I thought of myself as Japanese American, when I tho... Read More
May 27, 2015
Actress Julianna Margulies to Write Picture Book Story
Julianna Margulies, an actress who is well-known for starring in The Good Wife TV show, will write her debut picture book. Read More
May 26, 2015
The Children’s Book Council and DOGObooks.com Partner to Encourage Kids to Read More This Summer
For the 3rd year in a row The Children’s Book Council is proud to once again partner with DOGObooks.com on their annual Summer Reading Program at http://www.dogobooks.com/summer. Read More
May 26, 2015
16 Students and 5 Teachers Named National 180 Award Winners for Academic Success
Scholastic Recognizes Students for their Academic Growth in Reading and Mathematics With Support from READ 180®, System 44® and MATH 180®, Leading Blended Learning Solutions Proven to Accelerate Student Achievement. Educators Honored by Scholastic for their Excellence in Teaching, Dedication to Supporting All Aspects of Student Growth and Ability to Harness the Power of Innovative Programs. Read More
May 23, 2015
Happy Birthday, Margaret Wise Brown!
Today we celebrate the birthday of children's book author Margaret Wise Brown, best known for Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Read More
May 22, 2015
Razorbill Acquires Sequel to An Ember in the Ashes, The New York Times Bestselling Novel by Sabaa Tahir
An Ember in the Ashes 2 scheduled for publication in April 2016. Read More
May 21, 2015
Diverse Characterization Matters (or Why I’m Grateful for Being Forced to Watch a Kid’s Show About Mermaids) Contributed to CBC Diversity by Ann Dye, Associate Director of Marketing at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers I was visiting my sister in Boston a mo... Read More
May 21, 2015
Announcing Our Children’s Book Week Bookstore Display Contest Winner!
Announcing the winner of the official Children's Book Week Display Contest. Read More
May 21, 2015
Hollywood Director Todd Haynes May Adapt Wonderstruck
Rumors are churning at the Hollywood rumor mill that filmmaker Todd Haynes intends to create a movie based on Brian Selznick's Wonderstruck. Scholastic published this novel back in 2011. Read More
May 20, 2015
Chelsea Clinton Aims to Inform and Inspire Young Readers to Change the World in Book this Fall
Penguin Random House to publish It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! on September 15, 2015. Read More
May 20, 2015
Coloring Books for Adults
American publishers are catching on to the adult coloring book craze. Read More
May 19, 2015
Rick Riordan Has Written a New Percy Jackson Companion Book
Author Rick Riordan has written a new companion book called Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes. Some of the mythological characters who will be featured include Hercules, Theseus, Atalanta, and Orpheus. The concept of this project is similar to Riordan's 2014 work, Percy Jackson's Greek Gods. Read More
May 19, 2015
Children’s Book Council to Receive BookExpo America’s Industry Ambassador Award
The Children's Book Council is acknowledged for its work on behalf of the children's book industry and fostering literacy. Read More
May 18, 2015
New York Times Bestselling YA Fantasy Author Laini Taylor Signs New Three-Book Deal with Little, Brown Books For Young Readers
The Muse of Nightmares to release in Fall 2016, followed by two untitled novels. Read More
May 15, 2015
Happy Birthday, L. Frank Baum!
Today we celebrate the birthday of L. Frank Baum, creator of the Wizard of Oz series. Read More
May 15, 2015
Erin Stein to Launch Imprint
Last year, the executives at the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group announced that editor Erin Stein would head her very own imprint. Stein has decided to call this venture "Imprint." Read More
May 14, 2015
Tuck Everlasting Musical to Debut On Broadway in 2016
A theatrical adaptation of Natalie Babbitt's beloved novel Tuck Everlasting is heading to Broadway. The opening date for this show has been scheduled for April 17, 2016. Read More
May 14, 2015
The CBC and the unPrison Project’s Prison Nursery Libraries Initiative Featured on MSNBC
Born in prison, Deborah Jiang-Stein has drawn from her life experience to found the Unprison Project, bringing children's books to incarcerated mothers and their babies. Read More
May 13, 2015
What Are You? A Post That Has Nothing to Do with Sookie StackhouseContributed to CBC Diversity by Christian Trimmer, executive editor for Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers“What are you?”“Uh…”“I mean, where are you from?”“Oh! Chicago.”“No, ... Read More
May 13, 2015
Little Free Library® Announces Worldwide Book Drive for Children’s and Young Adult Books At Its 25,000 Locations
Little Free Library invites the public to participate in the Worldwide Little Free Library Book Drive by donating new or gently-used children's, teen and young adult books to their neighborhood Little Free Library book exchanges. Read More
May 12, 2015
Turning Prisons into Reading Centers Every child in the world deserves reading and literacy, not just those whose parents live in the free world. Contributed to CBC Diversity by Deborah Jiang-Stein At a time when most babies coo along with lullaby wind-up toys, my ambient sounds were... Read More
May 12, 2015
Marcia Brown Has Passed On
Artist Marcia Brown has passed away. Throughout her career as a children's books illustrator, she won three Caldecott Medals. Brown was honored for the artwork featured in the following books: Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper (1955), Once a Mouse (1962), and Shadow (1983). Read More
May 11, 2015
Watch the Red Carpet Interviews from the Children’s Choice Book Awards!
Our friends at KidLit TV hosted red-carpet interviews at the Children’s Choice Book Awards on Monday, May 4. Watch School Library Journal contributor and Empire State Center for the Book Director Rocco Staino chat with your favorite kid lit creators! Read More
May 11, 2015
First Book’s Stories For All Project™ Arms Educators With Diverse, Inclusive Children’s Books to Fuel Learning, Promote Educational Equity
With Support from Top Business Leaders, Nonprofit Launches 60,000 New-to-Paperback Books, as Part of its Market-Driven Solution to Make Diverse Stories Affordable and Relevant for Those Serving Children in Need. Read More
May 10, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Laurie Ann Thompson
Celebrate the 96th annual Children’s Book Week with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old! Read More
May 9, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Ellen Oh
Celebrate the 96th annual Children’s Book Week with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old! Read More
May 8, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Kwame Alexander
Celebrate the 96th annual Children’s Book Week with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old! Read More
May 8, 2015
2015 Comstock and Wanda Gág Read Aloud Book Award Winners Announced
The winners of the 11th annual Comstock and Wanda Gág Read Aloud Book Awards have been announced. Read More
May 7, 2015
CBLDF’s Comics Connector Builds A Bridge Between Libraries, Educators, and Comics Creators!
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund continues the celebration of Children’s Book Week by launching its newest resource – the Comics Connector! CBLDF’s Comics Connector is a directory resource that connects educators and librarians with creators, editors and other comics professionals who are able to provide classroom or library visits. Read More
May 7, 2015
News-O-Matic Daily News App Is Just for Kids
News-O-Matic, the daily news app just for kids, gives young readers a window into current events. Read More
May 7, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Leila Sales
Celebrate the 96th annual Children’s Book Week with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old! Read More
May 7, 2015
Get Caught Reading Comic Books, Challenged Books and Other Must Reads
What do Archie, Fone Bone, Hip Hop Family Tree, Usagi Yojimbo and the Peanuts gang have in common? These comic book icons have all been “caught reading.” Read More
May 6, 2015
Mirrors and Windows Contributed to CBC Diversity by author Delia ShermanIt’s 1961. I’m 10, and in bed reading a book. My mother isn’t telling me to go outside and play because, first, we live on the 11th floor in an apartment building in New York City, and second, b... Read More
May 6, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Cynthia Leitich Smith
Celebrate the 96th annual Children’s Book Week with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old! Read More
May 6, 2015
Starting a Conversation with Young Readers
15 tips for engaging young readers in conversation about the books they love. Read More
May 6, 2015
Asbury Park School District Invests in Literacy for All
Asbury Park School District partners with Scholastic to support a comprehensive, community-wide initiative to accelerate student success rates, starting with reading skills. Read More
May 5, 2015
Name your price for a great set of kids’ comics, and support Children’s Book Week!
In honor of Children's Book Week, check out the Humble Kids Comics Bundle — name your price for an awesome set of books (worth $168!) and support Every Child a Reader and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Read More
May 5, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Maurice Sendak
Celebrate the 96th annual Children’s Book Week with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old! Read More
May 5, 2015
New Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series Book Title, Cover, and Color Revealed
Turning it up to Book #10 on November 3rd. Read More
May 4, 2015
Eighth Annual Children’s Choice Book Awards Winners Announced During the 96th Annual Children’s Book Week
The Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader announced the winners of the eighth annual Children’s Choice Book Awards (CCBA) at a ceremony benefitting Every Child a Reader in New York City this evening. Read More
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