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March 30, 2015
Dr. Seuss Museum Coming to Springfield, MA
Design has begun on the first-ever Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield, Massachusetts. Read More
March 27, 2015
The Picture Book Renaissance
At a recent ABPA panel, children’s book professionals discussed the innovation of today's picture books. Read More
March 27, 2015
Scholastic Corporation Announces Date for Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2015 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
March 26, 2015
Children’s Art Auction at BEA to Honor Judy Blume
ABFE has sent a letter asking artists to support the auction by contributing anything from a sketch to a finished piece. There will be a special section for pieces that honor Judy Blume and her books. Read More
March 26, 2015
The Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature Announces the Inaugural Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence: Kwame Alexander
Kwame Alexander will begin working with the 9- and 10-year-olds on their poetry curriculum in the Bank Street School for Children for six weeks, from early April through mid-May. Read More
March 25, 2015
Happy Birthday, National Ambassador Kate DiCamillo!
Celebrating the birthday of National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Kate DiCamillo. Read More
March 25, 2015
The Next Generation of Creative Leaders Named as National 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Award Winners
Following in the Footsteps of Alumni Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon, Stephen King and Lena Dunham, Teens Receive National Awards and Scholarship Opportunities for Their Original Art and Writing. Read More
March 24, 2015
Heather Has Two Mommies: A Pretty Typical Family Contributed to CBC Diversity by Lesléa Newman“So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war,” said Abraham Lincoln when he met Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Those words came back to me in the e... Read More
March 24, 2015
Scholastic Acquires Equity Position in UK Children’s Publisher, Make Believe Ideas
First Co-branded Line of Early Learners Books to be Released in Fall 2015. Read More
March 23, 2015
Categorizing the Human Condition – Re-defining Who We Think We Are Contributed to CBC Diversity by Ann Dye. One of the most frustrating arguments I see made so often in the ongoing diversity dialogue is an expressed concern by publishing professionals (in various departments) that books spotlighting diverse character... Read More
March 23, 2015
HarperCollins Teams With Twitter to Promote ‘Insurgent’ Movie Tie-In Edition
Hardcover available for direct purchase via Twitter during special pilot offer. Read More
March 22, 2015
Happy Birthday, Randolph Caldecott!
Today we celebrate the birthday of Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886), influential picture book illustrator and namesake of the Caldecott Medal. Read More
March 20, 2015
Half a Million New Children’s Books Will Be Distributed through Pediatric Clinics to Help Close the Word Gap
Book donations from Scholastic begin arriving at Reach Out and Read sites as part of a collaborative effort with the American Academy of Pediatrics and Too Small to Fail to promote early language development. Read More
March 19, 2015
Celebrating the Late Walter Dean Myers
Friends, family, colleagues, and fans gathered in celebration of the late author and National Ambassador at Symphony Space on March 8, 2015. Read More
March 19, 2015
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers to Publish Picture Book Based on the True Story Behind the Paraguayan Recycled Orchestra
The book will be published on March 15, 2016, and in honor of its publication, Simon & Schuster will make a donation to the Recycled Orchestra. Read More
March 18, 2015
Little, Brown Books For Young Readers Announces a Creative New Publishing Program Based On Powerhouse Lego® Brands
Multi-Book Deal Begins with Graphic Novels and Launches in Fall 2015. Read More
March 17, 2015
Harry Potter Alliance Follows Up Chocolate Win With International Book Drive
The campaign’s goals are ambitious: the HPA plans to raise 60,000 books for communities in need worldwide and host multiple book giveaway events. Read More
March 16, 2015
First Book and Unbound Concepts Team Up to Help Educators in Low-Income Communities Discover Best Books for the Kids They Serve
The partnership brings two innovative organizations together under the shared mission of improving access to books in classrooms and communities of need. Read More
March 16, 2015
Literary Apps for Young Readers
Kid Lit blogger and NYPL Librarian Betsy Bird shares the best literary apps for children. Read More
March 14, 2015
Penguin Random House Launches Site for Parents of Young Readers
Penguin Random House has launched Brightly: a new online resource helping parents to raise lifelong readers. Read More
March 13, 2015
National Ambassador Kate DiCamillo’s Advice to Writers
National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Kate DiCamillo encourages aspiring writers to do the work. Read More
March 12, 2015
Remembering Author Terry Pratchett
Beloved author Sir Terry Pratchett has passed away. Read More
March 12, 2015
The Alan Review | Winter 2015 Contributed to CBC Diversity by Wendy J. GlennIn the Fall 2014 issue of The ALAN Review, the peer-reviewed journal of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE (ALAN), contributors were invited to share their experiences, challenges, hesitatio... Read More
March 12, 2015
National Math Festival Announces Expanded Schedule of More Than 40 Free Events
A highlight of this year's festival is the first annual awarding of Mathical: Books for Kids from Tots to Teens, a new, national book prize recognizing the most inspiring math-related fiction and nonfiction books for young people of all ages presented by (MSRI) and the Children’s Book Council (CBC). Read More
March 12, 2015
Eric Carle, Iconic Children’s Book Author and Illustrator, to Publish New Picture Book with Penguin Young Readers
New picture book by Eric Carle, The Nonsense Show, coming October 13, 2015. Read More
March 11, 2015
Happy Birthday, Ezra Jack Keats!
Today we celebrate the birthday of renowned children's book creator, Ezra Jack Keats. Read More
March 11, 2015
Getting It Right Contributed to CBC Diversity by Peggy KernThe first time I met Miracle (not her real name), she arrived in a full suit of armor: a thick mask of makeup, black eyeliner pointed like arrows at the edge of her eyes - a warning, perhaps, to not look at her... Read More
March 11, 2015
National Ambassador Kate DiCamillo Visits Bainbridge Island, WA
National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Kate DiCamillo visited Bainbridge Island to share her passion for books and literacy with children. Read More
March 11, 2015
Ellen Hopkins, Author of Nine New York Times Bestsellers, Signs Two-Book Deal With Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing announced today that it has signed two new titles with New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins. Read More
March 10, 2015
Bookstores! Enter the Children’s Book Week Display Contest and Win an Author Visit!
In celebration of the 96th annual Children's Book Week (May 4-10, 2015), the Children's Book Council and Every Child a Reader are teaming up with the ABC Children's Group at ABA for the annual display contest! Read More
March 10, 2015
Audible to Produce Direct-to-Audiobook Stories
Audible asks well-known writers to create original work exclusively for audiobooks. Read More
March 10, 2015
James Patterson and Scholastic Partner to Help Save School Libraries
As part of an ongoing effort to keep books and reading a number one priority in the United States, James Patterson has announced that he will donate $1.25 million to school libraries this year. Read More
March 9, 2015
‘Rosie Revere, Engineer’ to Star in Story Time from Space
Rosie Revere, Engineer (Abrams, 2013) by Andrea Beaty will be read aloud in space as part of the Story Time from Space program. Read More
March 9, 2015
Possibility of Prequels in the Hunger Games Film Franchise
Will there be more Hunger Games stories coming in the future? The executives at Lionsgate are contemplating prequels for the film series. Read More
March 9, 2015
Literacy Expert Phyllis C. Hunter Shares 10 Ways to Encourage Reading at Home and in School
A Three-Part Series on edu@scholastic Now Available. Read More
March 6, 2015
Scholastic’s Kids & Family Reading Report Reveals Importance of Reading Aloud
Celebrate World Read Aloud Day on March 4th with Great Read Aloud Titles from Scholastic. Read More
March 5, 2015
SCBWI Announces the Winners and Honorees of the 2015 Golden Kite Awards & Sid Fleischman Award
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators has announced the winners of the 2015 Golden Kite Awards and Sid Fleischman Award. Read More
March 5, 2015
Authors & Books Announced For BEA’s Editors’ Buzz Forums
Three Separate Buzz Panels for Adult, Young Adult, and Middle Grade Titles. Read More
March 4, 2015
WNDBChat with African-American Authors
To celebrate Black History Month, We Need Diverse Books hosted a chat with award-winning African-American children's book authors. Read More
March 4, 2015
Arbordale Publishing Offers Children’s eBook Grant
Arbordale Publishing has announced a grant opportunity by which three schools per state across the country will receive a 2-year eBook subscription. Read More
March 3, 2015
Hollins University to Establish the Margaret Wise Brown Prize in Children’s Literature
Hollins University will establish the Margaret Wise Brown Prize in Children's Literature. Read More
March 3, 2015
HarperCollins Publishers Announces Two-Book Deal With Veronica Roth
In the untitled first novel of a highly anticipated duology in the vein of Star Wars, Veronica Roth explores—with poise and poignancy—the story of a boy who forms an unlikely alliance with an enemy. Both desperate to escape their oppressive lives, they help each other attain what they most desire: for one, redemption, and the other, revenge. Read More
March 2, 2015
Olympic Gold Medalist Alex Morgan to Publish Memoir with Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Written for a teen audience, Breakaway will publish on June 2, 2015, in advance of the 2015 Women’s World Cup. Read More
February 27, 2015
Ilyasah Shabazz Writes YA Novel Based on Father, Malcolm X
Ilyasah Shabazz collaborated with Kekla Magoon on a young adult novel that focuses on the adolescence of her father, Malcolm X. Read More
February 26, 2015
96th Annual Children’s Book Week Poster & Bookmark Revealed!
The 96th annual Children's Book Week poster by Grace Lee, and bookmark by Raúl Colón have been revealed. Read More
February 26, 2015
Egmont Publishing Sells USA List to Lerner Publishing Group
Egmont Publishing has agreed to an immediate sale with Lerner Publishing Group. Read More
February 25, 2015
Michelle Hodkin Shares the Story of How She Became a Writer
Michelle Hodkin, the young adult writer behind the Mara Dyer trilogy, never intended to become an author. Hodkin trained as a lawyer and worked in anti-terrorism litigation. Read More
February 24, 2015
Black Children’s Books for Better Bodies and Better Brains
In celebration of Black History Month, a list of African American children's books showcasing a healthy and active lifestyle. Read More
February 24, 2015
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Transforms Novl Website Into a Digital Imprint
What's next for the Novl community website? Little, Brown Books for Young Readers plans to develop it into a digital imprint. Read More
February 24, 2015
Scholastic Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Graphix Imprint
Celebrations to Include Collectible Giveaways, Events, and New Publishing. Read More
February 23, 2015
Nickelodeon Nominates 6 Middle-Grade & Young Adult Books For a Kids’ Choice Award
Six middle grade and young adult books have been nominated in the "Favorite Book" category for Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards. Rick Riordan, the two-time Children's Choice Book Awards winner, managed to earn two nominations. Read More
February 23, 2015
Kate DiCamillo on the Power of Reading Aloud
National Ambassador Kate DiCamillo and others share the value of reading aloud for all ages. Read More
February 20, 2015
Strong Showing For Comics In Children’s Choice Book Awards!
Comics show strongly as finalists for the eighth annual Children’s Choice Book Awards (CCBA). Read More
February 20, 2015
Scholastic Announces New Edition of Popular Classroom Library by Phyllis C. Hunter for Grades K–5
The Phyllis C. Hunter Classroom Library 2nd Edition Engages Students through Award-Winning and Diverse Titles. Read More
February 19, 2015
Possessed by an Idea, Embraced by the Other Contributed to CBC Diversity by Hester Bass When I visit schools, it’s the question I am asked most often: where do you get your ideas? I jokingly answer “on sale at Target” before revealing the truth: ideas come from everywhere all the time. ... Read More
February 19, 2015
Eighth Annual Children’s Choice Book Awards Finalists Announced
Every Child a Reader (ECAR) and the Children’s Book Council (CBC) have announced the finalists in the eighth annual Children’s Choice Book Awards (CCBA). Read More
February 19, 2015
2014 Multicultural Literature Statistics from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center
The Cooperative Children's Book Center School of Education has compiled statistics on the number of books received by and about people of color in 2014. Read More
February 19, 2015
Original Unpublished Dr. Seuss Manuscript & Additional Work Found in Author’s Home
What Pet Should I Get? picture book to be published by Random House Children's Books on July 28, 2015. Read More
February 18, 2015
Lucy Cousins on Maisy’s World
How does Lucy Cousins view her famous female rodent hero? The children's book creator sat for an interview to discuss Maisy. Read More
February 18, 2015
Apply for the 27th Annual Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant Program
Call for proposals for the 27th Annual Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant Program. Read More
February 18, 2015
On Tour with National Ambassador Kate DiCamillo
Award-winning author and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Kate DiCamillo discusses her upcoming visit to Bainbridge, Washington. Read More
February 18, 2015
Scholastic Acquires Teen Author Aija Mayrock’s Self-Published ‘Survival Guide to Bullying’
Scholastic has acquired rights to 19-year-old Aija Mayrock’s self-published ebook, The Survival Guide to Bullying. The revised edition will be published in paperback and ebook in July 2015 Read More
February 17, 2015
Becca Fitzpatrick to Write a New Romantic Suspense YA Novel
Becca Fitzpatrick plans to write a new young adult novel entitled Dangerous Lies. Read More
February 17, 2015
Pharrell Williams, Grammy Award-Winning Artist, to Publish Four Picture Books With Penguin Young Readers Group
Happy, a photographic picture book based on Pharrell’s hit song, to release September 22, 2015. Read More
February 17, 2015
How to Encourage Kids to Read
Authors, illustrators, caregivers, and literacy experts share tips for inspiring a love of reading in children. Read More
February 16, 2015
John Green Praises Booksellers
Writer John Green delivered a keynote address at the American Booksellers Association's Winter Institute 10 event, proclaiming independent bookstores to be "indispensable." Read More
February 16, 2015
Katie Finn Has Written a ‘Broken Hearts’ Short Story
To help her fans cope with the wait for the sequel to Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend, Katie Finn has written a new short story. Read More
February 13, 2015
2015 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award Winners Announced

Announcing the winners of the 2015 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award.

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February 13, 2015
Lauren Oliver to Adapt Her YA Novel ‘Panic’ for Film
Lauren Oliver has signed on to adapt her own young adult novel, Panic, for film. Read More
February 12, 2015
Scholastic Readies ‘Spook-tacular’ Licensing Program for First-Ever Goosebumps™ Movie
Full Range of Licensees to Help Mark Highly-Anticipated October 16 Film Release with Host of New Products – from Toys and Games, to Apparel, Costumes, and More! Read More
February 11, 2015
Simon Pulse to Publish New Trilogy By ‘New York Times’ Bestselling Author Scott Westerfeld And Award-Winning Co-Authors Margo Lanagan And Deborah Biancotti
Simon Pulse announced today that it will publish a new trilogy by Scott Westerfeld, the New York Times bestselling author of Afterworlds and the internationally bestselling Uglies series, and award-winning co-authors Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti. Read More
February 11, 2015
2015 Bank Street Children’s Book Committee Awards Revealed
The Bank Street Children's Book Committee has announced the winners of the 2015 Children's Book Committee Awards. Read More
February 11, 2015
Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture Grant
Applications are now open for the Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture Grant, offered by the American Indian Library Association and the Asian Pacific American Librarian Association. Read More
February 10, 2015
Happy Birthday, E.L. Konigsburg!
Today we celebrate the birthday of E.L. Konigsburg, beloved author of From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Read More
February 10, 2015
Pam Muñoz Ryan On The Creative Process Behind ‘Echo’
Scholastic will release Pam Muñoz Ryan's latest book, Echo, on February 24, 2015. Read More
February 9, 2015
‘I Am Malala’ Audiobook Wins Grammy Award
Malala Yousafzai's I Am Malala audiobook has won the Grammy Award in the Best Children's Album category. Read More
February 9, 2015
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers to Publish Picture Book Based On YouTube Sensation, Tiny Hamster
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers announced today that it will publish Tiny Hamster Is a Giant Monster, a picture book starring YouTube sensation Tiny Hamster, whose viral videos have been viewed more than 17 million times. Read More
February 6, 2015
HarperCollins to Publish Three E.B. White Novels as eBooks
For the first time, HarperCollins will publish the digital editions of three E.B. White novels. The publication date for the Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan eBooks has been set for March 17, 2015. Read More
February 6, 2015
Remembering George McHugh Nicholson
Remembering George McHugh Nicholson (1937–2015), literary agent and innovator in children's publishing. Read More
February 6, 2015
Random House Children’s Books Acquires New Middle-Grade Series by Bestselling Author Raymond Arroyo
Crown Books for Young Readers to publish first book in new middle-grade series by Raymond Arroyo in Spring 2016. Read More
February 5, 2015
‘This One Summer’ Becomes the First Graphic Novel to Win a Caldecott Honor
This One Summer, co-authored by cousins Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki, is the first graphic novel to win a Caldecott Honor. Read More
February 5, 2015
Free Comic Book Day Kicks Off 96th Annual Children’s Book Week Celebration!
On May 2, comic book stores will kick off Children's Book Week (May 4-10, 2015), the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading, by giving away over two million comics to younger readers on Free Comic Book Day. Read More
February 5, 2015
‘Day of Diversity’ Action Points
Inspired by the ALSC/CBC's 'Day of Diversity,' actions that individuals can take to show their support for diverse books. Read More
February 5, 2015
ALA Youth Media Award Winners, Then & Now
A look at the Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, and Alex Award winners and honorees from years past. Read More
February 5, 2015
Happy Birthday, David Wiesner!
Today we celebrate the birthday of beloved picture book creator David Wiesner. Read More
February 4, 2015
Dan Santat On Having No Regrets
Dan Santat has devoted the past decade to a career creating children's books; he was recently named the winner of the Caldecott Medal. Five years ago, he received an offer to join the Google team to design doodles. Read More
February 4, 2015
Call for Submissions for the 2015 Walter Dean Myers Award
We Need Diverse Books calls for submissions to the 2015 Walter Dean Myers Award for YA. Read More
February 4, 2015
Announcing the Mathical Book Prize Launch
The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) and the Children’s Book Council (CBC) announce the launch of a new youth book prize, Mathical: Books for Kids from Tots to Teens. Read More
February 4, 2015
Announcing the 2015 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
The Children's Book Council and the National Council for the Social Studies reveal the 2015 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People. Read More
February 4, 2015
Happy Birthday, Russell Hoban!
Today would have been the 90th birthday of children's author Russell Hoban (1925-2011), creator of the Frances the Badger series. Read More
February 3, 2015
Penguin Young Readers Receives Eleven 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards
The ALA announced today that BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books) has received the Newbery Honor, a Coretta Scott King author award and a Robert F. Sibert HonorI’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN byJandy Nelson (Dial Books for Young Readers) has received a Michael L. Printz Award and Stonewall Honor and GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE by Andrew Smith (Dutton) has received a Michael L.Printz Honor. Read More
February 2, 2015
CBC Diversity: How Will YOU Step It Up? Contributed to CBC Diversity by Janet WongThe biggest publishing story of last year was diversity: the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement, the watermelon “joke,” and the way the two overlapped when WNDB’s Indiegogo campaign topped $334,000, thanks ... Read More
February 2, 2015
2015 Newbery & Caldecott Winners Announced
The American Library Association has announced the top books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards. Read More
February 1, 2015
2015 Notable Books for a Global Society Announced
Announcing the winners of the 2015 Notable Books for a Global Society. Read More
January 31, 2015
2014 African-American Middle Grade & Young Adult Fiction Book List
A roundup of noteworthy middle grade and young adult titles from the past year, penned by African American authors. Read More
January 30, 2015
The Uni Project Brings Pop-Up Reading Rooms to NYC!
The Uni Project brings literacy into the spotlight by setting up mobile, open-air reading rooms throughout New York City. Read More
January 30, 2015
3 Authors Talk About Art That Changed Their Lives
Have you ever encountered a life-saving book? Three children's books writers revealed the titles that have played a significant role in their lives. Read More
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