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April 21, 2015
New Edition of Teaching Resource for K–8 Math Answers Questions Teachers Are Asking
About Teaching Mathematics, Fourth Edition by Marilyn Burns Gives K–8 Teachers Actionable Strategies to Help Students Become Confident Learners in Math. Read More
April 20, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Louise Fitzhugh
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
April 20, 2015
Winners Announced For The 2015 Indies Choice and E.B. White Award Winners
The American Booksellers Association has unveiled the winners of the 2015 Indies Choice Book Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards. Read More
April 19, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: David Levithan
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
April 18, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Jenny Han
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
April 17, 2015
Announcing the Inaugural Mathical List
The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and the Children's Book Council have announced the inaugural Mathical list. Read More
April 17, 2015
Founder of TOON Books Françoise Mouly on Comics and Visual Literacy
Art editor of the New Yorker and founder and publisher of TOON Books Françoise Mouly on the literary value of comics. Read More
April 17, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: E.B. White
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
April 17, 2015
‘The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian’ Was The Most Frequently Challeneged Book of 2014
The American Library Association (ALA) has released the new State of America’s Libraries Report. It contains the list of the "Top 10 Most Frequently Challeneged Books of 2014." Read More
April 16, 2015
How I Got into Publishing Contributed to CBC Diversity by Faye Bi, Publicist at Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing and Saga PressWhen I was looking for my first job, I’d ask as many people as I could how they got their start in publishing. I would collect storie... Read More
April 16, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: E. Lockhart
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
April 16, 2015
Five Questions with Kids’ Comics Authors
In honor of Children’s Book Week 2015 (May 4-10) and Free Comic Book Day (May 2), creators of children's comics will participate in Q&As at various blogs. Read More
April 16, 2015
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Convenes Key Stakeholders to Advance National Dialogue on Early Education; Launches Conversations on Early Learning Symposium Series
Quarterly events will foster discussion, collaboration and action around a unified framework for success. Read More
April 15, 2015
Television Personality Ty Pennington Teams Up with Scholastic to Give Mathematics an Extreme Makeover
“MATH@WORK™: Math Meets Homebuilding,” a Free Video Resource, Engages Students in Grades 4 and Up by Connecting Learning to 21st Century Careers. Read More
April 15, 2015
Librarians Who’ve Created “Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library”
In honor of National Library Week (April 12-18), a round-up of influential and inspiring librarians. Read More
April 15, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Neil Gaiman
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
April 14, 2015
The CBC and We Need Diverse Books™ to Partner on Resources and Programming for Publishing Internship Program
The Children’s Book Council (CBC), the non-profit trade association for children’s book publishers in North America, and grassroots nonprofit We Need Diverse Books™ (WNDB) today announced their partnership on educational programming and resources for interns selected for the WNDB Internship Program, launching this summer. Read More
April 14, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Malala Yousafzai
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
April 14, 2015
HarperCollins Children’s Books to Publish Final ‘Discworld’ Novel From Sir Terry Pratchett
Sir Terry Pratchett completed THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN in the summer of 2014, and it's scheduled for publication on September 15, 2015. Read More
April 13, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: John Green
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
April 13, 2015
National Student Poets Lead the Way for Youth Writers During National Poetry Month
Youth Poetry Ambassadors Selected by White House Committee Will Connect with Their Peers and Empower Diverse Audiences Through the Literary Arts. Read More
April 12, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Katherine Rundell
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
April 11, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: A.A. Milne
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
April 10, 2015
LBYR Polls Fans to Decide On a Cover For a Libba Bray Short Story
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (LBYR) will publish a digital edition of Libba Bray's short story, "It's Just a Jump to the Left." The company is currently conducting a poll on The Novl website to select a cover. Read More
April 10, 2015
We Need Diverse Books Gains 501-c-3 Nonprofit Status
We Need Diverse Books has officially become a 501-c-3 nonprofit. Read More
April 10, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Sharon Draper
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
April 10, 2015
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Unveils David Wiesner’s Spot – A Unique Digital Storytelling App from Three-Time Caldecott Medalist
Visionary iPad® app for young learners encourages imagination and discovery within five fantastical worlds. Read More
April 9, 2015
J.K. Rowling Lights Up the Empire State Building to Launch Her Children’s Non-Profit Organization, Lumos USA
The world famous author came to America this week with the messages at the heart of Lumos’ work – that 80% of children in orphanages are not orphans but have been separated from their families due to poverty, disability, conflict and disasters; and that families are the best place for them to grow up. Read More
April 9, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Norton Juster
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
April 9, 2015
Discover Children’s Book Week Activities and Event Ideas!
Visit bookweekonline.com for great activity and event ideas for your Children's Book Week celebration. Read More
April 9, 2015
Scholastic Announces Nonfiction Holocaust Reader for Classrooms
Book for Grades 7-10 Includes Primary-Source Materials, Activities, Lesson Plans, and More for Students and Teachers. Read More
April 9, 2015
Mo Willems & Tony DiTerlizzi Collaborate On a Picture Book
Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi have joined together as collaborators. They created a picture book entitled The Story of Diva and Flea. Read More
April 8, 2015
Celebrate Free Comic Book Day, Kicking Off Children’s Book Week on May 2
On May 2, comic book stores across the country will kick off Children's Book Week (May 4-10, 2015) by giving away over two million comics to younger readers on Free Comic Book Day. Read More
April 8, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Cece Bell
The countdown to the 96th annual Children’s Book Week continues with the CBC's #storylines series: memorable quotations from children’s literature new and old.
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April 8, 2015
Neil Gaiman on Influencing His Kids to Become Avid Readers
Neil Gaiman is a champion of books, libraries, and literacy. As a parent, he did his best to promote a love of reading towards his three children. He was successful in turning Mike, Holly, and Maddy into avid readers. Read More
April 7, 2015
Progress! The “D” Word in Bologna Contributed to CBC Diversity by Daniel Ehrenhaft, Editorial Director of Soho Teen. First, a disclaimer. This post is only meant to be representative of my own personal experience—that of an editor of a small YA list at an indie press—working t... Read More
April 7, 2015
Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Frances Hodgson Burnett
In celebration of Children’s Book Week (May 4-10, 2015) and the joy of reading, the CBC has launched #storylines, a series of inspiring and uplifting quotations from children’s literature new and old. Read More
April 7, 2015
HarperCollins Publishers Refurbishes Library For Students of P.S. 81 in Brooklyn, NY
Publisher Teams Up with Change for Kids to Support Story Pirates Creative Writing and Literacy Tutoring Programs at P.S. 81. Read More
April 6, 2015
Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge Student Registration Opens Today as Educators Help Stop the “Summer Slide”
Scholastic launches student pre-registration (K-8th grade) for the 2015 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Now in its ninth year, this free, global reading program motivates children to read for fun throughout the summer months by logging their reading minutes, earning rewards and helping to break the world record of 304,749,681 minutes read (set in summer 2014). Read More
April 3, 2015
Nelvana Partners with Mother Daughter Team Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton to Develop Very Fairy Princess TV Series
Based on their #1 New York Times bestselling picture books; new girls preschool TV series slated to air in 2016. Read More
April 2, 2015
Happy Birthday, Hans Christian Andersen!
Celebrating the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), creator of more than 160 classic fairy tales. Read More
April 2, 2015
‘Fancy Nancy,’ The New York Times Bestselling Series, Optioned For Original Animated TV Movie And Series Slated For Premiere In 2017 On Disney Junior
The stories, geared towards kids age 2-7, have an underlying theme of self-expression and love of family as they follow the adventures of a girl who likes to be fancy in everything from her creative, elaborate attire to her advanced vocabulary. Read More
April 1, 2015
Scholastic Acquires Book By YouTube Star Jenn McAllister (JennXPenn)
Really Professional Internet Person to Be Published in September 2015. Read More
March 31, 2015
Enter the Children’s Choice Book Awards Finalist Giveaway!
In celebration of the Children's Choice Book Awards, the CBC is giving away finalist books on Twitter. Read More
March 31, 2015
It’s My Privilege Contributed to CBC Diversity by Isaiah Campbell “I remember the day that I became colored,” Zora Neale Hurston wrote in How it Feels to be Colored Me. In that essay, she related how she’d never thought much about her own skin color until she tur... Read More
March 31, 2015
Apply for the 2015-2016 Children’s Writer-in-Residence Fellowship Program
The Associates of the Boston Public Library is currently accepting applications for its 12th annual Children’s Writer-in-Residence fellowship program. Read More
March 31, 2015
HarperCollins Children’s Books Acquires Fan Fiction Minecraft-Inspired Trilogy by Teen Author Sean Fay Wolfe
The Elementia Chronicles Book 1: Quest For Justice will publish in the US on July 28th 2015. Read More
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
Voting Is Now Open for the 8th Annual Children’s Choice Book Awards!
Voting for the Children's Choice Book Awards is open through May 3, 2015 at ccbookawards.com. 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
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
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 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
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