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February 23, 2017
YALSA announces Gene Luen Yang as 2017 Teen Tech Week™ National Spokesperson
The Young Adult Library Services Association has announced award winning young adult author Gene Luen Yang as its 2017 Teen Tech Week national spokesperson. Read More
February 23, 2017
Annual Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant Program Call for Proposals

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, which fosters children’s love of reading and creative expression in our diverse culture, calls for proposals for its Mini-Grant program, now in its 30th year.

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February 22, 2017
Books Celebrating Black History

Librarian Joy Fleishhacker curates a list of middle grade and YA books that invite readers to authentically study the lives of black men and women in US history.

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February 21, 2017
Tips for Parents of Reluctant Middle Grade Readers

Author Laura Lambert discusses strategies for engaging middle grade readers.

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February 17, 2017
Rediscovered Margaret Wise Brown Book Coming in October

HarperCollins will publish “Good Day, Good Night” posthumously in October 2017.

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February 16, 2017
How Horror Books Can Help Kids Conquer Their Fears

Curtis Jobling, author of the ‘Wereworld’ series, argues horror books can help young readers conquer their fears.

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February 15, 2017
Picture Books for Young Activists

All the Wonders curates list of 35 picture books that help children explore and understand activism.

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February 14, 2017
Author Mo Williems on Comedy and Failures in His Books

The New Yorker profiles Mo Williems, author of the Pigeon and Elephant and Piggie series.

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February 13, 2017
Building Empathy Through Reading Aloud

Reading aloud to children can help them expand their vocabulary and language skills, as well as help them practice and experience empathy.

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February 10, 2017
Books About Refugee and Immigrant Experiences

As a part of the #booksforbetter initiative, All the Wonders compiled a list of 20 books that explore immigrant and refugee experiences.  

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February 9, 2017
The 18 YA Novels Being Developed for Television and the Big Screen.

Eighteen young adult favorites are rumored to be in development for television shows or movies.

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February 3, 2017
The Benefit of Banned Books

Pediatrician and New York Times blogger Perri Klass believes challenged books can benefit both parents and children.

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February 3, 2017
First Book and Every Child a Reader Partner for Children’s Book Week’s First-ever Book Donation
Every Child a Reader, the sponsor of Children’s Book Week, and First Book, the nonprofit social enterprise that has distributed more than 160 million brand new books to children in need, today announced they will partner to donate books to underserved children as part of Children’s Book Week. Read More
February 2, 2017
Author Jason Reynolds on Writing for Middle Grade Readers

School Library Journal talks with award-winning author Jason Reynolds about writing for middle grade readers.

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February 1, 2017
The Role of Sensitivity Readers in Kid Lit and YA

An author, a reader, and a publisher discuss how sensitivity readers are making books more inclusive and accurate when it comes to representing marginalized groups.

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January 31, 2017
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Creativity in Progress Series: Part 11
Join National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang each month at Book Riot for the Creativity in Progress series, where he takes us inside the process of writing and illustrating comics. Read More
January 31, 2017
Rediscovered Mark Twain Fairy Tale Coming Soon

This fall, Doubleday Books for Young Readers will release ‘The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine,’ an expanded version of Twain’s rediscovered partial manuscript that was reimagined by the author-and-illustrator team of Philip and Erin Stead.

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January 30, 2017
Digital Book World Conference Reports Trade Book Market is Stable

At the Digital Book World conference, keynote speakers reported that the trade book market is relatively stable.

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January 27, 2017
The New Trio Behind Netflix’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’

The Netflix adaptation of ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ features the series’ author Daniel Handler, executive producer Barry Sonnenfeld, and actor Neil Patrick Harris.

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January 27, 2017
National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang Announces the Launch of Nationwide Reading Without Walls Month
The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang, in partnership with the Children’s Book Council, the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, Every Child a Reader, and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, announces the launch of Reading Without Walls Month, which will take place annually starting April 2017. Read More
January 26, 2017
Bethlehem Elementary School Takes on the Reading Without Walls Challenge
Students at Bethlehem Elementary School in Connecticut have adopted National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang's Reading Without Walls Challenge. Read More
January 25, 2017
Three Debuts on the Indie Bestsellers List
Three children's titles debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list for the week of January 25, 2017. Read More
January 23, 2017
Four Debuts on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers Lists
Four children's titles debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers lists the week of January 22, 2017. Read More
January 23, 2017
Hartman and Huff Awarded YALSA’s 2017 National Library Legislative Day Travel Stipend
The travel stipend, worth up to $1,000 each and funded by Friends of YALSA, will allow both recipients to attend National Library Legislative Day, which takes place May 1-2, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Read More
January 20, 2017
2017 Children’s Book Week Poster Revealed; Event Location Online Sign-up Now Open
Every Child a Reader has revealed the official Children’s Book Week poster designed by Christian Robinson. Read More
January 20, 2017
New Intellectual Freedom Bloggers For 2017
Founded in 2007, the blog has a history of top-notch, quality writers, and the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) plans to continue the tradition. Read More
January 19, 2017
Utilizing Senstivity Readers: A Conversation with Becky Albertalli Contributed by Becky Albertalli, AuthorTell us about your upcoming (and hotly anticipated!) novel.My second novel, The  Upside of Unrequited (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins, April 2017), is a  loose companion to my debut, Simon vs. the  Homo Sapien... Read More
January 19, 2017
Three Debuts on the Indie Bestseller List
Three children's titles debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list for the week of January 18, 2017. Read More
January 19, 2017
Barnes & Noble Launches Seventh Annual “My Favorite Teacher Contest”
Once Again, Middle & High School Students Can Nominate Their Teachers for National, Regional and Local Awards. Read More
January 18, 2017
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang on Honing His Craft
The National Ambassador for Young People's Literature on his journey to becoming an acclaimed graphic novelist. Read More
January 18, 2017
The Children’s Book Council Partners with Educators to Present the Best STEM Books
The Children’s Book Council (CBC) has announced the first-ever educator-vetted Best STEM Books list, a joint project of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA), the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the Society of Elementary Presidential Awardees (SEPA), and the CBC. Read More
January 18, 2017
New Workshop: Creating Inclusive Storytimes For All Children
This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Thursday, February 23, 2017. Read More
January 17, 2017
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Announces the Spark Award Winners
The SCBWI is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Spark Award, an annual award that recognizes excellence in children’s books published through non-traditional publishing platforms. Read More
January 17, 2017
Debut on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers Lists
One children's title debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers lists the week of January 15, 2017. Read More
January 17, 2017
Celebrate Multicultural Children’s Books on January 27
This year marks the 4th annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day, (MCBD) and the program continues to grow. Read More
January 17, 2017
Library of Congress Launches New Software to Simplify Download of Braille and Audio Reading Material
Software Donated by Developer Whose Wife and Son Use NLS BARD Service. Read More
January 16, 2017
ALA Nepal Library Relief Fund Donates $2,500 to a Community Library in the Himalayas
A community library and resource center, the READ Center is being rebuilt after sustaining significant damage during the 2015 earthquakes. Read More
January 13, 2017
First Book and the Guru Krupa Foundation Provided More Than 20,000 Books to Kids in Need in 2016
First Book and the Guru Krupa Foundation distributed new books to 213 programs and schools serving children in need in Nassau County, New York; New York City; and the greater Los Angeles area. Read More
January 12, 2017
Applications Sought For 2017 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants
Awarded by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee, the grant program provides books submitted for consideration for the Coretta Scott King Book Awards to libraries and other organizations to expand their collections. Read More
January 11, 2017
Three Debuts on the Indie Bestsellers List
Three children's titles debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list for the week of January 11, 2017. Read More
January 11, 2017
Disney and ABC Invite Families to Read Together During Fifth Annual “Magic of Storytelling” Campaign and Second Annual Disney Reads Day
Disney to Donate up to One Million Books in 2017 through First Book; More than 57 Million Books Distributed To Date. Read More
January 10, 2017
CBC Announces Winners of Publishing Staff Scholarships for ABA Institutes
2017 CBC Diversity Scholarship and Early Career Scholarship winners announced. Read More
January 10, 2017
Thousands to View ALA Youth Media Awards Results Live
A complete list of award winners will post to the ALA Youth Media Awards webcast page immediately following the live broadcast. Read More
January 9, 2017
Solebury School Takes on the Reading Without Walls Challenge
Students and teachers at the Pennsylvania school have adopted National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang's Reading Without Walls Challenge. Read More
January 9, 2017
Scholastic to Publish Updated Edition of J.K. Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ By Newt Scamander
The book will be published simultaneously with Bloomsbury UK and the Pottermore eBook edition. Read More
January 6, 2017
Remembering Author Marilyn Sachs
The beloved children's and young adult author has passed away at 89. Read More
January 6, 2017
It’s Me Eloise: The Voice of Kay Thompson and the Art of Hilary Knight
The first major retrospective of Hilary Knight’s work showcases more than 90 objects, from numerous Eloise illustrations to art from the rest of his prodigious career as a children’s book artist, poster designer, magazine illustrator, and painter. Read More
January 5, 2017
Scholastic Corporation Continues Leadership Role in Sustainable Paper Procurement Practices
Scholastic is dedicated to responsible stewardship of the environment in all of its paper procurement practices and endeavors to produce quality products in a responsible manner from design to material specification to finished goods. Read More
January 4, 2017
Barnes & Noble Makes Major Donation to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation in New York City and Reno, NV
$450,000 Worth of Products Donated Including Books, Puzzles, Plush Toys, Board Games, Electronic Games, Infant Toys and More. Read More
January 3, 2017
The Children’s Book Council Welcomes New Member Publishers in 2016
The CBC gained 18 new members in 2016, including graphic novel publishers, Spanish language publishers, educational presses, and more. Read More
January 3, 2017
PLA Offers Post-Election Resources For Public Libraries
As we invite our communities to have critical conversations, we must be committed to ensuring a safe place for all that reflects and serves the diversity of our nation. Read More
January 2, 2017
Debut on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers Lists
One children's title debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers lists the week of January 1, 2017. Read More
January 2, 2017
Anansesem: December 2016 Issue
Presenting the December 2016 issue of Anansesem, the Caribbean children's literature ezine. Read More
January 2, 2017
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 2, 2017
PBS Newshour Features National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang
The National Ambassador for Young People's Literature discusses his platform, Reading Without Walls. Read More
January 2, 2017
Finnish Fantasy Saga ‘Maresi’s’ Film Rights Optioned By Film4
Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS, will publish the US edition of Maresi in January 2017. Read More
December 30, 2016
Libraries Retain More Than $1.3 Billion in Federal Funding in Massive Spending Bill Passed By Congress
The continuing resolution will allow spending by all arms of the federal government to continue at or near FY2016 levels through April 28, 2017. Read More
December 29, 2016
Jimmy Fallon and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group to Donate $1,000,000 of Books to First Book This Holiday Season for Kids in Need
The books donated to First Book by Macmillan and Jimmy Fallon will be provided to children in need through First Book’s network of more than 275,000 educators and program leaders nationwide. Read More
December 28, 2016
The New York Public Library Transforms Vacant Former Custodial Apartment At Washington Heights Branch Into A Teen and Adult Education Center
Nearly 4,000-square-foot spaces receives $4.4 million renovation to further support community’s diverse needs. Read More
December 27, 2016
Kids’ Book Trends in 2017: Scholastic Reading Club Editors Predict Next Year’s “Must Reads”
Curated by Scholastic Reading Club editors, this list aims to help more kids discover the power and joy of reading and encourage parents to build home libraries with books guaranteed to engage even the most reluctant reader. Read More
December 26, 2016
Amazon Announces Best-Selling Books of 2016
Harry Potter & The Cursed Child is the best-selling book of 2016 overall and in the Kids & Teens category. Harry Potter & The Cursed Child is also this year’s Most Wished For and Most Gifted book. Read More
December 22, 2016
Holidays in Kid Lit
Authors share how they'd celebrate their dream holidays with children's book families. Read More
December 22, 2016
2017 Teens’ Top Ten Book Groups Announced
The Teens’ Top Ten is a booklist created entirely by and for teens. Read More
December 21, 2016
Candlewick Press Acquires New YA Novel From National Book Award-Winning Author M. T. Anderson
Scheduled for publication in fall 2017, Landscape with Invisible Hand weaves themes of truth, art, romance, commerce, and capitalism. Read More
December 20, 2016
Debut on the Indie Bestsellers List
One children's title debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list, for the week of December 21, 2016. Read More
December 20, 2016
Children’s Book Editors on Working with their Heroes
Children's book editors on the experience of working with their favorite authors from childhood. Read More
December 20, 2016
2017 Morris Award Finalists Announced
YALSA will name the 2017 award winner at the Youth Media Awards at 8 a.m. on Jan. 23 in Atlanta during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting. Read More
December 19, 2016
Expanding Library Outreach Services

Library services and programs for underserved and underrepresented populations.

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December 19, 2016
The Kids of America Have Made Their Voices Heard! Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat Presidential Campaign Concludes!
Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Random House Children’s Books Announce First Book as Election Winner! Read More
December 16, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang to Deliver Keynote at the 2017 One Book Two Book Festival
Acclaimed graphic novelist and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang will give the keynote for the 2017 One Book Two Book Children’s Literature Festival in Iowa City. Read More
December 16, 2016
Engineering and Kid Lit

Tufts University has developed a program that integrates reading with STEM learning. 

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December 16, 2016
New York Public Library and Macmillan to Launch a Publishing Partnership
Publisher Jean Feiwel and Henry Holt Books for Young Readers Editorial Director Christian Trimmer are overseeing the children's book program. Read More
December 15, 2016
Scholastic Reports Fiscal 2017 Second Quarter Results

Scholastic Corporation reported financial results for the Company’s fiscal 2017 second quarter ended November 30, 2016.

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December 15, 2016
First Book’s Citizen Power Project

First Book’s Citizen Power Project gathered proposals for how educators can show their students that they have a voice and the ability to make positive changes happen.

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December 15, 2016
Writer and Actor B.J. Novak to Publish Companion to His #1 New York Times Bestselling Children’s Book, ‘The Book With No Pictures’
Penguin Young Readers to publish The Alphabet Book With No Pictures in Fall 2017. Read More
December 14, 2016
Debut on the Indie Bestsellers List
One children's title debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list, for the week of December 14, 2016. Read More
December 14, 2016
Two Debuts on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers Lists
Two children's and young adult titles debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers lists the week of December 11, 2016. Read More
December 14, 2016
Screen-Free Week to Partner with Children’s Book Week for May 1 – 7, 2017
Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, sponsor of Screen-Free Week, announces its partnership with Every Child a Reader, sponsor of Children’s Book Week. Read More
December 14, 2016
Global Kids Connect Surveys China, Latin America, and Brexit

A recap of the second annual Global Kids Connect conference.

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December 14, 2016
Random House Children’s Books and Dr. Seuss Enterprises Celebrate How the Grinch Stole Christmas! With Nationwide Grinch-mas “Grow Your Heart Three Sizes” Community and Good Deeds Initiative
Celebrate the true spirit of the holiday season with Grinch-mas and the annual national Grinch “Grow Your Heart Three Sizes” costume tour coming to a bookstore near you! Read More
December 13, 2016
First Book and Penguin Random House Partner to Bring Brand New Books and Red Mittens to Kids in Need Through Red Mitten Campaign
Campaign marks release of “A Poem for Peter,” a new children’s book based on the life of beloved children’s author Ezra Jack Keats. Read More
December 12, 2016
Young Readers Prefer Paper Books to E-Books for Pleasure Reading

A recent Scholastic survey revealed that 65% of young people prefer to read in print, which is up from 60% who preferred print in 2012.

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December 12, 2016
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Launches New Social Studies Program For Grades 6-12
Cutting-edge curriculum builds civic awareness through engaging and rigorous content, investigative resources and exclusive partnerships. Read More
December 9, 2016
Penguin Young Readers Together with the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader to Establish the Anna Dewdney Read Together Award in Memory of the Late Author and Illustrator
Penguin Young Readers, the Children’s Book Council, and Every Child a Reader have partnered to launch a picture book prize in honor of the late Anna Dewdney (1965-2016), author and illustrator of the beloved Llama Llama series. Read More
December 9, 2016
The Rise of the New Adult Genre
The emergence of the New Adult genre has created more options for readers transitioning between childhood and adulthood. Read More
December 9, 2016
2017 Teen Tech Week™ Site Now Live
The celebration will take place March 5-11, 2017 with the theme “Be the Source of Change.” Read More
December 8, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Creativity in Progress Series: Part 10
Yang takes us inside the process of writing and illustrating comics. Read More
December 8, 2016
Presenting the 2017 Best STEM Books Preview List
A joint project of the American Society for Engineering EducationTechnology and Engineering Educators AssociationNational Science Teachers Association, Society of Elementary Presidential Awardees, and the Children’s Book Council. Read More
December 8, 2016
Debut on the Indie Bestsellers List
One children's title debuted on the Indie Bestsellers list, for the week of December 7, 2016. Read More
December 8, 2016
In Partnership with First Book, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation Announces a Toy and Book Relief Effort for North Carolina Flood Victims
In partnership with First Book, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundations Announces a Toy and Book Relief Effort for North Carolina Flood Victims Resulting From Hurricane Matthew. Read More
December 7, 2016
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang Gives TEDx Talk on Bringing Comics into the Classroom
The graphic novelist and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature on his experience integrating comic books in the classroom. Read More
December 7, 2016
Three Debuts on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers Lists
Three children's and young adult titles debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers lists the week of December 4, 2016. Read More
December 7, 2016
Every Child a Reader Announces Expanded Plans for Children’s Book Week (May 1-7, 2017)
Major new plans for the longest-running national reading initiative in the U.S. Read More
December 7, 2016
Barnes & Noble Invites Customers to Experience Its First-Ever Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball On December 9
Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide will feature dancing, music, Harry Potter-themed activities, and a special giveaway. Read More
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