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Month: February 2017


  • Four Debuts on The New York Times Children’s Bestseller Lists

    The following books made the list:Picture Book: Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day is Cool by James Dean and Kimberly Dean (HarperFestival) Middle Grade Hardcover: Dragon Captives by Lisa McMann (Aladdin) …

  • Overcoming Bias: Authors and Editors Discuss Sensitivity Readers

    Panelists included author Kate Milford (Greenglass House); Jordan Brown, executive editor, HarperCollins; and Jennifer Baker, editor and sensitivity reader. Justina Ireland, author and owner of Writing in the Margins, an organization …

  • International Exchanges: Apply for Sponsored Publishing Trips to Turkey and Germany

    For those who want to experience publishing cultures in other countries, there are a number of sponsored trips organized just for this purpose, two of which are The Istanbul Tanpinar Literature …

  • 2017 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award Winners Announced

    2017 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award Winners Announced 31st Annual Awards for New Writer and New Illustrator Ezra jack Keats Foundation and De Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University …

  • YALSA announces Gene Luen Yang as 2017 Teen Tech Week™ National Spokesperson

    Tuesday, February 21, 2017 CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association has announced award winning young adult author Gene Luen Yang as its 2017 Teen Tech Week national spokesperson. …

  • Annual Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant Program Call for Proposals

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEW YORK—February 2, 2017—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 …

  • Books Celebrating Black History

    The list contains biographies, narrative nonfiction, and historical narrative poetry.      Thoughtfully written and handsomely presented, these recently published books for middle grade and high school students invite readers …

  • Tips for Parents of Reluctant Middle Grade Readers

    Lambert talks with Karina Yan Glaser, contributing editor at Book Riot, about the task of getting middle graders excited about independent reading. Armed with a few new-to-me titles and a …

  • Rediscovered Margaret Wise Brown Book Coming in October

    The book can be read as a variation and expansion of classic children’s book ‘Goodnight Moon’ and will be illustrated by Loren Long. The story will follow a young-bunny protagonist …

  • How Horror Books Can Help Kids Conquer Their Fears

    Reading books with deal with childhood fears can help children develop the confidence to be bold and courageous in the world. Additionally, the adrenaline of reading scary books can entice …

  • Picture Books for Young Activists

    A part of their #booksforbetter campaign, the list, compiled by librarian Carter Higgins, includes titles that deal with immigrant and refugee rights, women’s rights, and broader human rights. At All …

  • Author Mo Williems on Comedy and Failures in His Books

    Williems has written and illustrated over fifty books, more than half of which have appeared on the Times best-seller list for months at a time. He hopes his books will …

  • Building Empathy Through Reading Aloud

    Executive Director and Founder of LitWorld Pam Allyn believes reading aloud together and discussing characters, themes, and ideas creates an important sense of community and belonging. A 2013 study at …

  • Books About Refugee and Immigrant Experiences

    All the Wonders blogger Lauren Davis believes the stories in these books can help give children an age appropriate lens through which they can see and understand the challenges facing today’s …

  • The 18 YA Novels Being Developed for Television and the Big Screen.

    Buzzfeed reveals the titles of popular young adult novels that will be adapted onto the screen, including John Green’s Looking for Alaska, Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen, Kiera Cass’s The Selection, and Scott …

  • The Benefit of Banned Books

    In the United States, books are frequently challenged when adults fear their possible corrupting influence. Klass argues, though, that challenged or banned books can be a resource for parents to teach …

  • First Book and Every Child a Reader Partner for Children’s Book Week’s First-ever Book Donation

    NEW YORK CITY, February 3, 2017 —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 …

  • Author Jason Reynolds on Writing for Middle Grade Readers

    Reynolds was recently awarded the Coretta Scott King–John Steptoe Award for New Talent, and his critically acclaimed middle grade books, As Brave as You and Ghost, are currently topping many …

  • The Role of Sensitivity Readers in Kid Lit and YA

    Authors concerned about the accuracy of their cultural representations are beginning to work with sensitivity readers in order to reduce stereotypes. A sensitivity reader might have a specific sexual orientation, …


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