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Month: December 2015


  • Children’s Book Trends of 2015

    Popular kid lit trends have included: Middle grade and YA series and sequels Adult coloring books Blockbuster film adaptations Books celebrating diversity of all kinds In other news: Alice’s Adventures …

  • Julie Murphy to Create a Companion Novel for Dumplin’

    Alessandra Balzer, the co-publisher of Balzer + Bray, managed the acquisition process. Molly Jaffa, an agent at Folio Literary Management/Folio Jr., negotiated the deal on Murphy’s behalf. This project does …

  • 500+ New BISAC Codes Will Be Added in 2016

    This marks the biggest update to BISAC codes in over a decade — the bulk of which fall under the Young Adult categories. The Subject Codes Committee hopes that by separating …

  • Scholastic Reports Second Quarter Results For Fiscal 2016

    New York, NY – Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today reported financial results for the Company’s fiscal 2016 second quarter ended November 30, 2015. …

  • Study Shows Benefits of E-Books for Boys

    According to a survey of nearly 500 pupils at 40 schools across the United Kingdom, boys’ reading levels improved by an average of approximately 8 months after switching to e-readers. Research also shows that boys …

  • Trixie Dantis Named YALSA’s 2016 Board Fellow

    CHICAGO, IL — The Board of Directors of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) chose Trixie Dantis, Teen Services Librarian at Arlington …

  • Children’s Publishers Share Their Favorite Books of 2015

    Many publishing staffers shined the light on new and backlist titles featuring diverse characters and themes. Top titles included: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson The Hired Girl by Laura …

  • Litographs Creates Three ‘Cinder’-Themed Products

    This young adult book, the first installment of The Lunar Chronicles, was released back in January 2012. Altogether, Meyer wrote one prequel and four installments for this fairy tale-based series. …

  • Scholastic Sets Price Range For Previously Announced Modified Dutch Auction Tender Offer

    New York – Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized the price range for its intended …

  • Best of 2015 Book Lists Are More Diverse Than Ever

    The New York Times Book Review and others are catching on to the need for more representative reads, showcasing authors and characters of diverse race, gender, sexuality, and more.  Presumably, a decade’s worth of …

  • Dan Santat to Work On Four New Children’s Books Projects

    “The first, After the Fall, follows the aftermath of Humpty Dumpty’s accident. The second, Dude, written by Aaron Reynolds, is a single-word picture book about a surfing platypus and beaver. …

  • Happy Birthday, Avi!

    After a brief stint at a science high school, Avi discovered a passion for writing and worked hard to overcome his learning disabilities. But it wasn’t until his son Shaun was …

  • Book Riot Launches #ReadHarder Campaign for 2016

    Using the hashtag #ReadHarder, participants can share their progress reading books outside their comfort zone. We like books because they allow us to see the world from a new perspective, …

  • Holiday Storytelling

    Brightly contributor Devon Corneal encourages us to set aside some time during this hectic season to read together and celebrate our diverse world. Reading is my way of finding quiet …

  • Scholastic Announces Intent to Return Up to $200 Million to Shareholders Through Modified Dutch Auction Tender Offer

    New York, NY – Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized the repurchase of up to …

  • Noelle Stevenson on Inspiration and Comics

    Fans can look forward to a new series for HarperCollins called 4 Wizards!, cowritten by Stevenson and her friend Todd Casey.  [Nimona] was interesting to me, a shapeshifter who forgot what she …

  • BEA 2016 Children’s Breakfast Lineup

    The event will be held on Friday, May 13 at 8 a.m. at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. The emcee will be Jamie Lee Curtis, author of several picture books …

  • Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy Announces 2016 CLEL Picture Book Awards Shortlists

    Denver, CO – Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) announces the Shortlist titles for the 2016 CLEL Bell Picture Book Award. The CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards are a national award …

  • Fans Celebrate Christmas at Hogwarts

    The event featured original props from the films, music, dancing, and of course, Butterbeer.   Replica wands were waiting on tables to encourage the casting of spells and one look …

  • ‘Food for Fines’ Turns Library Late Fees into Charity

    The program — already a great success — gets kids into the holiday spirit of giving, while encouraging literacy. I decided to try [the program] because it provided students a way to …


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