- 2014 Apr 17
RH to Adapt 'Unbroken' for YA Readers
Barbara Marcus, president and publisher of Random House Children's Books, said the adaption of Laura Hillenbrand's bestselling survival saga will be published on Veteran's Day, November 11, with a first printing of 200,000 copies.
- 2014 Apr 08
Children's Book Morals for Adults
It turns out, a lot of the lessons in children's books are still relevant throughout adulthood — and they're even clearer when you don't have to pause to sound out the words.
The Return of Paddington Bear
Michael Bond, the 88-year-old creator of Paddington, has written a new book about the bear from Darkest Peru.
- 2014 Apr 07
Books, and Compassion, From Birth
Some experts on early education say efforts focused on 4- and even 3-year-olds come too late.
Frankel to Pen Children's Book
Former reality star Bethenny Frankel is taking a break from showbiz to focus on writing her first kids' book with the help of her 3-year-old daughter, Bryn.
- 2014 Apr 03
Children's Book Quotes
A list of 10 familiar children's book quotes.
A Look at 'The Little Bookroom'
A look at the first recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Award, Eleanor Farjeon, and 'The Little Bookroom.'
A Few Good Celebrities...
Celebrities that we wouldn't mind seeing write children's books.
Weighing In On Gender Debate
The author of 'The Daring Book For Girls' weighs in on the debate over gender-labeling of children's books.
SLJ speaks with the co-editors of 'Dear Nobody.'
A Long-Ago Collaboration
'Winston and George,' a picture book by John Miller and Giuliano Cucco, is being published 50 years after its creation.
'Real Girl's Kitchen' Heads to TV
Haylie Duff's 'Real Girl's Kitchen' blog and cookbook will be adapted to a Cooking Channel show.
Laurie Halse Anderson 'Speaks'
Laurie Halse Anderson on Ask Me Anything.
An article about adapting YA books into movies.
In Memory of John Rowe Townsend
An obituary for John Rowe Townsend.
Russell Brand Fairy Tale Series
Russell Brand will be releasing the first in a series of children's books based on fairy tales.
'Eleanor & Park' Heads to Screen
DreamWorks obtains rights to 'Eleanor & Park.'
- 2014 Apr 02
Brand to Write Children's Book
The actor and comedian Russell Brand has a deal with Atria Books for a series called Russell Brand's Trickster Tales, retellings of classic fairy tales. The publisher announced Wednesday that the first of three planned books, "The Pied Piper of Hamelin," will be out November 11.
- 2014 Mar 31
This iPad Dad Won't Let Kid Read Books
Alborz Fallah doesn’t want his son Ari to have any books. It’s not that the Sydney father doesn’t want his two-and-a-half-year-old son to read at all, he feels books are so 20th Century and that reading on an iPad is better.
- 2014 Mar 27
Lies Children's Books Told Me
A list of 52 (harmless) 'lies' from children's books.
Harry Potter Surprise Facts
A list of 57 facts about Harry Potter.
A Look at the Moomin Series
An analysis of Tove Jansson's 'The Book About Moomin, Mymble, and Little My'.
45th Anniversary for 'Caterpillar'
An interview with Eric Carle on 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'.
A Visit to the American Girl Cafe
Two diners recount eating at the American Girl Cafe.
Roth Snuck Into Theater
Veronica Roth secretly attended the film's L.A. premiere.
The Trouble With Modern Medicine
Modern medicine has cured many of the ailments featured in classic children's books.
A translator shares her picks for the 10 best children's books in translation.
When Books Become TV
Kass Morgan discusses the good, bad, and ugly of having your book adapted for television.
Winnie-the-Pooh Is Bad For You
A study suggests that books with realistic over anthropomorphized animals are more beneficial for kids' development.
Zoobean Launches Recommendation Service
The 'Netflix for children's books' is debuting a recommendation service.
'Eleanor & Park' Challenge
In the aftermath of a challenge to 'Eleanor & Park,' a Minnesota school revises policies.
- 2014 Mar 20
YA Dysfunctional Relationships
A look at the dysfunctional relationships at the center of much YA and Teen TV.
Innovative Reading Aloud
A blog post offering ideas for enhancing reading with kids.
Tumblr Book Fandoms
A list of seven books with hearty fan bases on Tumblr.
'Outliers' Trilogy Heads to Screen
Lionsgate acquires film rights to Kimberly McCreight's 'The Outliers.'
Classic International Children's Books
Eighteen children's book classics from around the world.
New Formats For McCloskey Art
Robert McCloskey's artwork will appear in new product line.
'The Gruffalo' Heads to Playground
'The Gruffalo' property teams with Playground Basics for series of outdoor signs.
Children's Book Parodies
'Bi-Curious George' and other picture book parodies.
Chatting With Cecil Castellucci
An interview with YA author Cecil Castellucci.
Meg Wolitzer's 'Belzhar'
An interview with Meg Wolitzer.
What's Your Faction?
A quiz to determine your 'Divergent' faction.
YA Movie Flops
A look at YA movie franchises that fell flat.
The Dystopian Appeal
An article speculates why dystopian stories are so popular.
The Perils of Adaptation
A discussion of the challenges in adapting 'Divergent' for screen.
High Stakes for 'Divergent'
An article speculates on whether 'Divergent' film can revive YA screen adaptations.
'Fault In Our Stars' Just Like the Book?
Speculation on how closely the film adaptation of John Green's novel will follow the book.
Common Core and Publishing
Opportunities for publishers created through Common Core.
Neil Gaiman on Scary Stories
Neil Gaiman talks about fear and ghost stories at TED 2014.
Miami Library Cuts
The Miami library system is facing budget cuts.
- 2014 Mar 19
They're No 'Divergent'
Eight young-adult movie franchises that died untimely deaths.
- 2014 Mar 18
A list of 10 of the most annoying teenagers from books.
Green Picks Underrated Books
John Green selects 10 underrated books.
Catching Up With Oliver Jeffers
An interview with Oliver Jeffers.
'Wake' Film Gains Screenwriter
James Ward Byrkit to write screenplay for 'Wake,' based on Lisa McMann's book.
Dessen = Kristen Bell's Date
Sarah Dessen wins contest to be Kristen Bell's date for 'Veronica Mars' LA premiere.
Coppola to Direct 'Little Mermaid'
Sofia Coppola will direct live action adaptation of "The Little Mermaid.'
First reviews for 'Divergent' trickle in.
'Maze Runner' Trailer
The first of 'The Maze Runner' trailers is released.
Anne Frank Vandal Suspect Arrested
A suspect has been arrested in the vandalism of Anne Frank books.
Remembering Timothy D. Kehoe
An obituary for Timothy D. Kehoe.
Philip Pullman On Islamic Extremism
Philip Pullman condemns the actions of some Islamic extremists against young girls.
More V.C. Andrews Coming to 'Lifetime'
Following success of 'Flowers in the Attic,' 'Lifetime' will develop more V.C. Andrews' novels.
Rowling Quidditch World Cup
"Geeking Out" on the new Quidditch World Cup history.
LGBTQ YA Crossover Appeal?
A discussion of LGBTQ themed YA novels and whether they are gaining a broad readership.
Young People Not Buying E-Readers
A study finds that only 5% of young people plan to buy an e-reader in the next year.
Rowling Publishes Quidditch History
J.K. Rowling posts online history of the Quidditch World Cup.
No Reviews for Gender-Specific Books
The 'Independent' to no longer review books marketed specifically to boys or girls.
Ending Gender-Specific Books For Kids
Multiple U.K. authors are supporting campaign to stop children's books from being labeled by gender.
More on Children's Books and Diversity
Christopher Myers weighs in on the question of diversity in children's literature.
Diversity and Children's Books
Walter Dean Myers discusses the dearth of people of color in children's literature.
- 2014 Mar 17
Campaign Against Gender Specificity
A national campaign in the U.K. to stop children's books being labeled as "for boys" or "for girls" has won the support of Britain's largest specialist bookseller Waterstones, as well as children's laureate Malorie Blackman, poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Philip Pullman and a handful of publishers.
Where Are People of Color in Kid's Books
Of 3,200 children’s books published in 2013, just 93 were about black people, according to a study by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin.
- 2014 Mar 13
Starbucks Picks Frederator E-book
The children's e-book "Letters From Catbug" will be one of the Seattle coffee chain's "picks of the week" next month, which should help sales percolate.
- 2014 Mar 12
Memorable Childhood Books
A list of 12 influential books from childhood.
The End of a Spelling Bee
A two-week spelling bee draws to a close.
Roald Dahl In Brief
Concise Roald Dahl plots.
Bill Gates and Common Core
An infographic traces money funding Common Core to Bill Gates.
'Ernest & Celestine' Film
The French film 'Ernest & Celestine' will be available to view in the U.S. in French and English.
'Grasshopper Jungle' to Become Film
Sony pictures acquires rights to Andrew Smith's 'Grasshopper Jungle.'
Children's Book Authors Play Dress-up
British authors dress as their favorite fictional characters for exhibit at England's Story Museum.
Purim Book Sparks Controversy
'The Purim Superhero' written by Elisabeth Kushner and illustrated by Mike Byrne, causes controversy for featuring LGBT characters.
- 2014 Mar 11
Interview With Sally Green
An interview with Sally Green, author of 'Half Bad.'
Sarah Harrison Smith Interview
An interview with the Children's Book Editor for the New York Times.
'Gender-Specific' Children's Books?
Michael O'Mara reacts to demands to stop marketing books by gender.
Let Books Be Books
The Let Books Be Books campaign pushes to end gender division in children's books.
- 2014 Feb 20
Are You Reading Too Much YA?
Signs you are reading too many YA books.
Remembering Favorite Books
A writer reflects on her favorite childhood books.
YA Books That Should Be Movies
Fifteen YA books that ought to be adapted to film.
Twelve Fantasy Finales
A list of 12 YA fantasy finales.
Picture Books as Color Wheels
Classic picture books imagined as color wheels.
One Hat Two Hat Red Hat Blue Hat
Dr. Seuss's hat collection is on tour.
Revealing Carroll Letter to be Auctioned
A letter written by Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), reveals how much he hated fame.
'The Borribles' Are Back
Michael de Larrabeiti's The Borribles series to be reissued through Tor.
George Clooney Loved Being Mr. Fox
A clip of George Clooney providing the voice for Mr. Fox in 'Fantastic Mr. Fox.'
Self publisher Lulu expands Lulu Jr. with a program for kids to write and illustrate their own books.
R-Rated Films as Picture Books
A Pixar artist recreates classic R-rated movie scenes in a children's book.
Nine-Year-Old Reader Wows
A nine-year-old girl reads 364 books in seven months.
Pullman's Tweets 'Fly'
Philip Pullman is telling a story through Twitter about a fly named Jeffrey.
L.A. Times Book Prize Finalists
Rainbow Rowell, Jonathan Stroud, and Joyce Sidman are among the L.A. Times Book Prize finalists.