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  • James Patterson Donates Books to NYC Middle Graders

    Reaffirming his advocacy of children's literacy, James Patterson announced on Monday that he is offering every sixth grader in the New York City public school system a free copy of "Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life."

  • Great Expectations: An Interactive Workshop with Richard Peck

    Veteran children's book author Richard Peck offered candid insight into the writing process during a workshop held June 10 at the Anthroposophical Society in New York City.

  • Q & A with Ashley Bryan

    At 90, Ashley Bryan is as full of energy as the groups of schoolchildren who throng through his studio.

  • R.J. Palacio Fulfills Michigan Girl's Make-a-Wish Dream

    Through Make-a-Wish Michigan, R.J. Palacio visited nine-year-old Hailey Bretzius at her school so that the "Wonder" author could teach her fellow students about kindness and caring.

  • BEA 2014: The Illustrators' Studio Crawl: A Photo Essay

    With booksellers from all over the country gathering in New York City for BEA, what better time for the ABA and the CBC to organize a tour of the studios of children's book illustrators?

  • Charlotte Zolotow Remembered

    Family, friends, and colleagues of Charlotte Zolotow gathered to celebrate the author and editor's lifetime of contributions to the children's literary world.

  • BEA 2014: Booksellers and Illustrators Connect During Studio Crawl

    On Wednesday, May 28, booksellers toured 21 children's book illustrators' studios in Manhattan and Brooklyn, in the second annual such crawl.

  • BEA 2014: Rachel Renée Russell: Tales from a Not-So-Glam Author

    “We’re working really hard to keep Nikki the girl next door,” Rachel Renée Russell insists, while describing the middle schooler’s latest dorky adventure in Dork Diaries 7: Tales from a Not-So-Glam TV Star.

  • BEA 2014: John Green: Book to Screen

    All that hard work promoting The Fault in Our Stars—which started three years ago with John Green signing pages to be bound into the 150,000 copies of the novel’s first print run from Dutton—has paid off.

  • BEA 2014: Stan Lee: From Comic Book Legend To Children’s Author

    With X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man 2 taking top box-office this month, one might presume that the co-creator of all these classic superheros is sitting by a pool somewhere sipping mai tais.

  • BEA 2014: Carl Hiaasen: Never Be Boring

    This morning at BookCon, 10–11 a.m., Room 1E07, two literary stars from south of the Mason-Dixon line, Carl Hiaasen and John Grisham, are in conversation with each other for the first time.

  • BEA 2014: R.L. Stine Is in the House!!!

    The world’s bestselling children’s author, R.L. Stine, is here today to sign books in the Autographing Area.

  • BEA 2014: Paul O. Zelinsky: More Moose Shenanigans

    In Moose’s debut outing, Z Is for Moose, written by Kelly Bingham and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky, the impatient title character is not pleased when his friend Zebra selects Mouse—rather than the obvious (to him) choice of Moose—to represent the letter “M” in the alphabet.

  • BEA 2014: Jacqueline Woodson: Remembering a Brown Girl’s Childhood

    Even though Jacqueline Woodson’s latest release, Brown Girl Dreaming (Penguin/Paulsen, Aug.), is set during the 1960s and ’70s, its themes are still relevant today, especially after a controversy erupted last month over the lack of diversity in BookCon’s initial lineup of authors.

  • BEA 2014: Meg Wolitzer: Venturing into YA Territory

    Author of The Interestings, The Uncoupling, The Ten-Year Nap, and other acclaimed adult novels, as well as The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman for middle-graders, Meg Wolitzer makes her initial foray into YA fiction with Belzhar (Dutton, Sept.), which is set at a Vermont boarding school for emotionally fragile and highly intelligent teenagers.

  • BEA 2014: Bruce Degen: Lessons on Friendship

    For more than 35 years, Bruce Degen has successfully explored an impressive range of children’s book turf.

  • BEA 2014: Hale’s Whirlwind Year

    Shannon Hale would probably feel right at home in a superhero costume right about now.

  • BEA 2014: Magic Up Her Sleeve: Annie Barrows

    After meeting in the past in 2007’s The Magic Half, Miri and Molly land safely in the present—but not for long.

  • BEA 2014: More Interactive Fun Ahead: Matthew Van Fleet

    Author-artist Matthew Van Fleet has spent some two decades putting innovative spins on novelty elements in picture and board books.

  • Q & A with Valorie Fisher

    Valorie FIsher's new book, "I Can Do It Myself," shows tiny toys tracing letters, setting the table, and making the bed, and pictures actual children mastering tasks like tying their shoes, using safety scissors, and pouring lemonade.

PW KidsCast: A Conversation with John Rocco
John Rocco talks about the autobiographical origins of his new picture book, 'Blizzard,' as well as what it's been like to be involved with the Percy Jackson franchise and to get a call from the Caldecott committee.
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