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Month: August 2013

  • Cassandra Clare to Make a Cameo in ‘City of Bones’ Movie

    Constantin Film has already given the green light for a film adaptation of the second Mortal Instruments book, City of Ashes. Director Harald Zwart will return to oversee this project. …

  • The Horn Book Poses Five Questions For Mitali Perkins

    In an exclusive interview with The Horn Book, Mitali Perkins discusses mining the “funny fields” that emerge when you “grow up in between cultures,” humor’s community-building potential, and her three …

  • Penguin Young Readers Group To Publish Children’s Book Series By 13-Year-Old Debut Novelist Jake Marcionette

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 13-year-old Jake Marcionette will publish his debut middle grade series, JUST JAKE with Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. JUST JAKE introduces readers to sixth-grader Jake Ali …

  • Veronica Roth Writes New ‘Divergent’ Short Stories

    The titles for the story are as follows: “The Transfer,” “The Initiate,” “The Son,” and “The Traitor.” HarperCollins will release a digital edition of the first story, “The Transfer,” on …

  • This Week on Girls Scouts’ The Studio: ‘Miss Maple’s Seeds’ Creator Eliza Wheeler

    “The best way to cope with negative emotions in hard times is to channel them through creative activities: drawing, reading, writing, music, gardening, cooking, crafts, physical activity—the list is endless. …

  • NCALL Calls for Empowering and Addressing Black Male Readers

    “The problem is more than just covers showing females, or books written by female authors, or boys preferring non-fiction. It’s about kids who almost never see themselves in a book …

  • New York Magazine Profiles Samantha Shannon, Possible “Next J.K. Rowling.”

    Samantha Shannon, author of the much-hyped upcoming Bloomsbury release The Bone Season, has garnered raves, a movie deal, and comparisons to the Harry Potter scribe—all before the age of 21. …

  • Scholastic to Publish The Finisher by David Baldacci


  • Christopher Myers On Trayvon Martin & His Responsibilities as a Children’s Storyteller

    “So here, then, is my responsibility. To make images, to tell stories, to trouble the narratives that pervade so many people’s secret hearts and minds. To make books in which …

  • Penguin Young Readers Group Teams With barrettSF On Mad Libs

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY – Penguin Young Readers Group will partner with San Francisco-based advertising agency barrettSF on an innovative advertising campaign for Mad Libs. Mad Libs is the classic fill-in-the-blank …

  • NYC Middle School Eliminates ‘The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian’ From Summer Reading List

    “Alexie, after a banning of his book unrelated to the Queens controversy, also said recently in an interview on the National Coalition Against Censorship blog that, ‘I have no objection …

  • Sanibel Public Library Donates More Than 500 Books to the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida

    “New books are needed every year because worn out copies are discarded and books given to children staying at the hospital can’t be returned because of the possibility of spreading …

  • Diversity in the News

    August 2nd – August 9th, 2013




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  • Two More Actors Join ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Film Cast

    It has already been announced that Ansel Elgort will play Augustus Waters and Shailene Woodley will play Hazel Grace Lancaster. The movie comes out in 2014. more at Entertainment Weekly▸▸ …

  • Jarrett J. Krosoczka Creates the Tenth ‘Lunch Lady’ Graphic Novel

    Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, will release the book on January 28, 2014. The story will feature Lunch Lady, Betty, and nine villains! …

  • This Week on Girls Scouts’ The Studio: Artist Michel Rodrigue

    “For drawing, I’d suggest that you study at a good art school that will give you sound basic skills. You should draw all the time and draw all sorts of …

  • Farrar, Straus and Giroux to Publish ‘Speak’ as a Graphic Novel

    “The novel centers on Melinda, a teen who retreats into isolation and silence after she is raped, finding solace only in her art. It was a National Book Award finalist …

  • Industry Q&A with Robin Smith, children’s book reviewer

    When you were a child or young adult, what book first opened your eyes to the diversity of the world?

    I think the first book I remember really opening my eyes was The Soul Brothers and Sister Lou. I have no idea how well it holds up over time.

    What is your favorite diverse book that you recently read?

    Since I am currently serving on a committee which looks at books from all over the globe, I have many books with diverse characters from all countries. I couldn't possible pick a "favorite," but a new book I think everyone should read is I Have the Right to Be a Child which is an illustrated book about UN Convention on the rights of the child. It is stunning.

    If you could participate in a story time with any children’s book author or illustrator (alive or dead) who would it be?

    I would love to have met and heard John Steptoe--I would love to hear him tell and talk about Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters, one of my favorite books of all time.

    How do you introduce books featuring characters of color to parents and kids?

    I really don't do anything different when I share books with characters of color to children, to tell you the truth.
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  • Scholastic Announces Major Redesign of Iconic School Book Club Flyers

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Each Grade-Specific Flyer Offers Books with Varied Reading Levels Found in Each Grade to Help Pre-K to Middle School Students Find Just Right Books and Prepare to …

  • Talking to Teens

    Over the past few weeks, I got to spend time with a diverse group of teenagers from the Leave Out Violence organization and Writopia Lab, and in doing so I realized how little I interact with teenagers on a regular basis. Yet, my job and career revolve around making books for them. How can I possibly be making the best books for today’s teenagers when I don’t even know them?

    Well, this was my chance to get to know them and find out what they loved, hated, made them passionate, and totally turned them off about books. And what I learned really surprised me and made me re-think the way I imagine the readers for my books and YA novels in general.
    With both groups, I spread out a whole bunch of YA galleys to get their takes on covers. The galleys ranged from fantasy to historical to contemporary, from photographic to iconic to illustrated, from type driven to image driven. Almost unanimously, no one liked photographic faces on the cover – they all wanted to picture the characters in their own ways and didn’t want to be told right from the start what someone looked like. Fantasy fans told me our fantasy covers looked too much like everything else out there and didn’t tell them anything about what the story was actually about. Romance readers were put off by images of single girls in pretty dresses – again, this was something they’d seen too much already. They were put off by the New York Times bestseller headline because every book they see has that. If a book was trying too hard to appeal to a teen girl, they wanted nothing to do with it.

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