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February 8, 2016
Bank Street College Honors Three Top Children’s Books
The Bank Street Children’s Book Committee will present awards to its choices for the best children’s books of the year in fiction, nonfiction and poetry on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. at the Bank Street College of Education. Read More
February 8, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Voice of Freedom’ illustrated by Ekua Holmes Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
February 8, 2016
Reading Rainbow’s LeVar Burton Launches Online Reading Service
Reading Rainbow host and executive producer LeVar Burton has launched a new web-based subscription library for teachers. Read More
February 8, 2016
National Book Foundation Launches Book Club for LGBTQ Teens
The National Book Foundation will expand its BookUp program to create a new reading group for LGBTQ teens in New York. Read More
February 8, 2016
‘Little Robot’ Receives Gryphon Award
The Gryphon Award, which includes a $1,000 prize, is given annually by The Center for Children’s Books (CCB). Read More
February 5, 2016
First Book Pairs Books with Food for Kids in Need
The literacy nonprofit provides fuel for young bodies and minds. Read More
February 5, 2016
Hometown Teachers Across the Country Selected by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as First-Ever HMH Curious Classroom Winners
Winners will receive classroom technology and content resources; will be among the first featured in HMH Marketplace. Read More
February 4, 2016
2016 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award Winners Announced
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, in partnership with the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi, announced today the winners of the 30th annual Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. Read More
February 4, 2016
The Value of Independent Reading for Kids
President of Scholastic Reading Clubs Judy Newman shares advice for encouraging kids to read for fun, both in the classroom and at home. Read More
February 4, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk’ illustrated by Jess Golden Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
February 4, 2016
Give a Child a Book of Hope Contributed by Darcy Pattison, AuthorI appreciate that the CBC Diversity Bookshelf addresses all sorts of diversity, from ethnic to family situations and beyond. If you glance down their list of 67 topics on the Goodreads Bookshelf, there’s likely a ... Read More
February 3, 2016
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s New York Times Best Seller A Long Walk to Water Reaches One Million Copies Sold
HMH celebrates milestone with $15,000 donation and employee giving campaign to benefit Water for South Sudan. Read More
February 3, 2016
SCBWI Announces On-The-Verge Emerging Voices Award Winners
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is pleased to announce the 2015 On-The-Verge Emerging Voices Award winners. Read More
February 3, 2016
African-American Experience Children’s Book List
Betsy Bird, Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system, shares children's titles featuring African American characters and themes. Read More
February 3, 2016
Candlewick Press Announces Title and Publication Date for 5th Installment in the Bestselling Timmy Failure Book Series
Candlewick Press is announcing the release of a fifth book in the Timmy Failure series, to be published globally in September 2016. Read More
February 2, 2016
How Libraries Support Teen Parents
Public libraries are stepping up with special programming to connect with teen parents and their babies. Read More
February 1, 2016
Happy 10th Anniversary, First Second!
Graphic novel publisher First Second Books celebrates its tenth anniversary with themed reading lists, author blog tours, and more. Read More
February 1, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Happy in Our Skin’ illustrated by Lauren Tobia Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
February 1, 2016
Macmillan’s Flatiron Books Expands into YA
The new imprint will publish a young adult list under the direction of senior editor Sarah Dotts Barley. Read More
February 1, 2016
Jazz Jennings, Teen and Transgender Advocate, to Publish Memoir With Crown Books For Young Readers in June 2016
Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen to be published June 7, 2016, with a 150,000 copy first printing/ Read More
January 29, 2016
Kate DiCamillo’s Upcoming Novel Selected for ‘One Book, One South’
The author and former National Ambassador's new book, Raymie Nightingale, has been chosen by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance for the inaugural One Book, One South, Jr. reading program. Read More
January 29, 2016
Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger Makes Its Humble Debut
There's a Humble Bundle deal available for fans of the Origami Yoda series. Read More
January 28, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang on Inclusive Reading
The acclaimed graphic novelist and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature discusses his platform, "Reading Without Walls," and the value of breaking down barriers through literature. Read More
January 28, 2016
Statement From Scholastic On Claim of Self-Censorship By Advocacy Groups
Decision to withdraw “A Birthday Cake for George Washington” was because it did not meet Scholastic standards for presenting information to children. Read More
January 27, 2016
Debra Samdperil Named Assistant Executive Director of Programs, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, today announced the appointment of Debra Samdperil as Assistant Executive Director of Programs. Read More
January 27, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton’ by Don Tate Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
January 27, 2016
Scholastic’s Self-Censorship: A Birthday Cake for George Washington
The National Coalition Against Censorship and the PEN American Center released a statement criticizing the decision by Scholastic to pull the book A Birthday Cake for George Washington from circulation. Read More
January 27, 2016
#1000blackgirlbooks Campaign
Kid blogger Marley Dias has launched the #1000blackgirlbooks campaign on social media to collect books featuring black girls as protagonists. Read More
January 26, 2016
Candlewick Press marks 25 years of business in US with largest book donation in its history
Candlewick Press announced plans to mark the 25th anniversary of the opening of its U.S. office by donating over 275,000 of its acclaimed books to the nonprofit First Book. Read More
January 26, 2016
Quentin Blake to Illustrate Rediscovered Beatrix Potter Tale
Beatrix Potter’s THE TALE OF KITTY-IN-BOOTS was recently rediscovered by Penguin Random House Children’s, over 100 years after it was originally written. Read More
January 26, 2016
J.K. Rowling Receives 2016 PEN Award
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling will receive the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award for her work promoting literacy and freedom of speech. Read More
January 26, 2016
Fairytales Dated Back to Prehistoric Times
A new study traces certain fairy tales back thousands of years to the Bronze Age. Read More
January 25, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed,’ illustrated by Amy June Bates Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
January 25, 2016
2016 Sydney Taylor Book Awards Announced
The Association of Jewish Libraries has announced the winners of the 2016 Sydney Taylor Book Awards. Read More
January 25, 2016
Making Time to Read
Tips for finding time to read. Read More
January 25, 2016
Scholastic Corporation Announces Termination of Modified Dutch Auction Tender Offer
As a result of this termination no shares will be purchased in the offer and all shares previously tendered and not withdrawn will be promptly returned to tendering holders. Read More
January 22, 2016
We Need Diverse Books Announces 2016 “Walter” Winners
Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature in the Young Adult Category revealed. Read More
January 22, 2016
School Library Journal Launches Middle-Grade Newsletter
SLJ unveils 'Be Tween,' a monthly newsletter on all things middle-grade. Read More
January 21, 2016
Scholastic News® Launches 2016 Presidential Election Website with Resources for Kids, Parents and Teachers
The editors of Scholastic News® announced the launch of the Scholastic News Election 2016 website, a resource designed to immerse kids in the 2016 Presidential Election and enhance the news stories found in the award-winning Scholastic classroom magazines. Read More
January 21, 2016
HarperCollins Children’s Books Receives Honors From The American Library Association at 2016 Midwinter Meeting
Four titles from HarperCollins Children's Books were honored at the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting. Read More
January 21, 2016
Penguin Random House UK Seeks More Diverse Job Candidates
In an effort to reach more diverse job applicants, Penguin Random House UK is opening its employment opportunities to those without a college degree. Read More
January 21, 2016
Nancy Drew TV Series Given Green Light
A television series inspired by Nancy Drew is in the works at CBS. Read More
January 21, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘A Dog Wearing Shoes’ by Sangmi Ko Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
January 20, 2016
Announcing the 2016 Mathical List
The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and the Children's Book Council have announced the 2016 Mathical list. Read More
January 20, 2016
Diversity in the News: January 2016
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 the latest issue here, and sign up to receive it in your inbox! Read More
January 20, 2016
Promoting Nonfiction for Young Readers
Tips for selecting and promoting nonfiction books for young readers. Read More
January 20, 2016
New Statement About The Picture Book ‘A Birthday Cake For George Washington’
We do not believe this title meets the standards of appropriate presentation of information to younger children, despite the positive intentions and beliefs of the author, editor, and illustrator. Read More
January 19, 2016
Little, Brown Books For Young Readers And Hasbro, Inc. Extend Successful Publishing Partnership Through 2018
Bestselling My Little Pony and Transformers Programs have Sold 3.7 Million Copies to Date. Read More
January 19, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
January 19, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang on “Reading Without Walls”
The graphic novelist and newly-inaugurated National Ambassador for Young People's Literature shares the joy of reading outside one's comfort zone. Read More
January 18, 2016
Penguin Young Readers and WNDB Honor Mildred D. Taylor Through Writing Contest
Penguin Young Readers and We Need Diverse Books team up to host a writing contest for diverse authors, in honor of the 40th anniversary of Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry. Read More
January 15, 2016
2015 Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature Announced
The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) has revealed the winners of the 2015 Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature. Read More
January 15, 2016
Remembering Harry Potter Star Alan Rickman
Beloved actor Alan Rickman, who brought the role of Severus Snape to the screen, has died at the age of 69. Read More
January 15, 2016
Nonprofit Reports 500 Percent Increase in Number of Educators Seeking Books, Resources for Kids in Need
Dramatic Growth Reflects Dire Need for Resources to Support Educational Equality for Students from Low-Income Families. Read More
January 14, 2016
Matt de la Peña Reflects on his Newbery Win
The Newbery-winning author of Last Stop on Market Street shares his immediate reactions to the award announcement, and his commitment to diversity. Read More
January 14, 2016
Emma Watson Launches Feminist Book Club
The Harry Potter actor and goodwill ambassador for UN Women plans to host a feminist book group via Twitter. Read More
January 14, 2016
The American Library Association to Support National Readathon Day 2016 on May 21 in Partnership with Penguin Random House

It is a day dedicated to the joy of reading and giving, when readers everywhere can join together in their local library, school, bookstore, and on social media (#Readathon2016) to read and raise funds in support of literacy.
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January 13, 2016
#DrawingDiversity: ‘Boats for Papa’ by Jessixa Bagley Visit CBC Diversity each week for #DrawingDiversity: favorite illustrations from representative reads! Read More
January 13, 2016
Penguin Young Readers Receives Sixteen 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards
Last Stop on Market Street written by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson (Putnam Books for Young Readers) has received the Newbery Medal for its outstanding contribution to children's literature, a Caldecott honor as one of the most distinguished American picture books for children, and a Coretta Scott King illustrator award for demonstrating an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. Read More
January 12, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang to Write a New Nonfiction Book on Basketball
Where did "reading without walls" lead our new National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang? For Yang, reading more about a subject outside of his comfort zone allowed him to find inspiration for a new nonfiction project. Read More
January 11, 2016
Gene Luen Yang’s Speech at the National Ambassador Inauguration Ceremony
This speech was delivered by Gene Luen Yang, the fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, during the inauguration ceremony held on January 07, 2016 at the Library of Congress. Read More
January 11, 2016
Matt de la Peña, Sophie Blackall win Newbery, Caldecott Medals
The Newbery and Caldecott Medals honor outstanding writing and illustration of works published in the United States during the previous year. Read More
January 8, 2016
Jenny Han Gives Advice to Her Younger Self
For Jenny Han, being present, even in the face of adversities, is very important. Read More
January 7, 2016
Barnes & Noble Holds ‘My Favorite Teachers’ Contest
Barnes & Noble is now accepting nominations from students for the My Favorite Teacher Contest. Read More
January 7, 2016
Bill Gates on the Value of Reading
The co-founder of Microsoft shares why reading matters. Read More
January 7, 2016
Jon Klassen Has Created the We Found a Hat Picture Book
Jon Klassen plans to write and illustrate a new picture book entitled 'We Found a Hat.' This book will be a follow-up to two of Klassen's previous bestsellers, 'I Want My Hat Back' and 'This is Not My Hat.' The new story stars two turtles who discover one hat. Candlewick Press will publish the book on October 11, 2016. Read More
January 6, 2016
Diversifying Comics
Actions that comic book readers can take to promote diversity. Read More
January 6, 2016
2015 Middle East Book Award Winners
The Middle East Outreach Council (MEOC) announces its 2015 awards and honorable mentions in Picture Book, Youth Literature, and Youth Non-Fiction categories. Read More
January 5, 2016
National Book Award Winner Neal Shusterman on His Inspiration
The 2015 winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature shares the inspiration behind 'Challenger Deep.' Read More
January 5, 2016
Reading Resolutions for Kids
Ideas for helping young readers set goals for the new year. Read More
January 5, 2016
Veronica Roth Reveals the Storyline For Her New Science Fiction Book
Last year, HarperCollins Children's Books announced Veronica Roth's intention to write two new young adult novels. Recently, the author behind the popular Divergent trilogy shared a description in a blog post for her forthcoming science-fiction fantasy story. Read More
January 4, 2016
Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture Grant
The American Indian Library Association and the Asian Pacific American Librarian Association are now accepting applications for the 'Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture' Grant. Read More
January 4, 2016
Gene Luen Yang Named 5th National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, 2016–2017
Yang Champions Diversity in All Forms and Reading for Non-Readers with his Platform, “Reading Without Walls” Read More
January 4, 2016
Scholastic Corporation Announces Commencement of Tender Offer to Purchase Up to $200 Million of Common Stock
The number of shares proposed to be purchased in the tender offer (at a minimum purchase price of $37.00 per share) represents approximately 16.5% of Scholastic’s currently outstanding common shares. Read More
December 31, 2015
Children’s Book Trends of 2015
A look back at the biggest children's book trends and events of 2015. Read More
December 31, 2015
Julie Murphy to Create a Companion Novel for Dumplin’
Julie Murphy intends to write a companion novel to her hit young adult book, Dumplin'. Read More
December 30, 2015
500+ New BISAC Codes Will Be Added in 2016
Book Industry Study Group to add 512 new categories to the BISAC Subject Headings List, including Young Adult Fiction. Read More
December 30, 2015
Scholastic Reports Second Quarter Results For Fiscal 2016
Strong Trade Publishing Sales in Children’s Books Globally. 2016 Sales and EPS Guidance Revised on Foreign Currency Headwinds. Read More
December 29, 2015
Study Shows Benefits of E-Books for Boys
Research finds that boys' reading ability improves with e-books. Read More
December 29, 2015
Trixie Dantis Named YALSA’s 2016 Board Fellow
Trixie Dantis will start serving as Board Fellow on June 27, 2016. Read More
December 28, 2015
Children’s Publishers Share Their Favorite Books of 2015
Kid lit pros share favorite reads, classic and contemporary, from 2015. Read More
December 28, 2015
Litographs Creates Three ‘Cinder’-Themed Products
The team at Litographs has created three new products with a design inspired by Marissa Meyer's Cinder. The image is being featured on a t-shirt, a poster, and a tote bag. Read More
December 24, 2015
Scholastic Sets Price Range For Previously Announced Modified Dutch Auction Tender Offer
Under the terms of the proposed tender offer, holders of shares of Scholastic common stock will have the opportunity to tender some or all of their shares at a price within the range of $37 to $40 per share. Read More
December 24, 2015
Best of 2015 Book Lists Are More Diverse Than Ever
A survey of the year's "Best of" book lists shows greater diversity. Read More
December 23, 2015
Dan Santat to Work On Four New Children’s Books Projects
Dan Santat, a Caldecott Medal winner, has landed a deal with the Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. Read More
December 23, 2015
Happy Birthday, Avi!
Celebrating the birthday of Newbery Medal-winning children's and young adult author Avi. Read More
December 22, 2015
Book Riot Launches #ReadHarder Campaign for 2016
The team at Book Riot encourages readers to expand their book lists for 2016 and explore new perspectives. Read More
December 22, 2015
Holiday Storytelling
On the joy of holiday storytelling traditions. Read More
December 22, 2015
Scholastic Announces Intent to Return Up to $200 Million to Shareholders Through Modified Dutch Auction Tender Offer
Company Will Retain Ownership and Future Value of Headquarters Property; Increased Leasing of Retail Space Expected to Boost Operating Income. Read More
December 21, 2015
Noelle Stevenson on Inspiration and Comics
The National Book Award finalist on her path to becoming a graphic novelist, and the inspiration for Nimona. Read More
December 21, 2015
BEA 2016 Children’s Breakfast Lineup
Announcing the speaker lineup for the BEA 2016 Children's Breakfast. Read More
December 21, 2015
Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy Announces 2016 CLEL Picture Book Awards Shortlists
The CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards are a national award designed to recognize picture books that provide excellent support of early literacy development in young children. Read More
December 18, 2015
Fans Celebrate Christmas at Hogwarts
A few Harry Potter fans got the ultimate holiday treat: Christmas dinner at Hogwarts at Warner Bros Studio. Read More
December 18, 2015
‘Food for Fines’ Turns Library Late Fees into Charity
A school librarian in Cedar Rapids, Iowa launches the Food for Fines program, which encourages students with late fees to donate food for those in need. Read More
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