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  • Hachette Unveils Children's App Pairing Text and Music

    Hachette, in partnership with startup Novel Effect, has created an app that relies on voice recognition technology to sync music and sound effects to picture book text.

  • Children's Institute 2017: Children's Institute Heads to Portland

    In just a few years, this mini Winter Institute that’s focused solely on children’s bookselling has become a key component of ABA’s educational programming and continues to grow.

  • Kids’ Subscription Services Take Off

    As indie booksellers look for ways to distinguish their stores, many turn to individualized monthly subscription services for babies through teens.

  • Cottage Door Press Expands List

    Three years after it was founded by retired Publications International president Richard Maddrell, Cottage Door Press is expanding at a rapid pace.

  • North Texas Teen Book Festival and Educator Day in Photos

    The third annual North Texas Teen Book Festival, held on March 4, featured more than 80 authors who spoke on panels, signed books, and met with young readers.

  • In Brief: March 9, 2017

    (Clockwise from top l.): This week, the VlogBrothers go live at NerdCon; E.L. Konigsburg’s From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler turns 50; Kat Yeh reads aloud on Live Stream; author Angie Thomas shares a warm moment with her mother; Kate Hosford and Gabi Swiatkowska serve up tea and reader’s theater at their book launch; and author P.J. Hoover has her King Tut cake and eats it too.

  • 2016 Children’s Sales in Review: A CBC Panel

    A librarian, bookseller, and publishing professional gathered to discuss 2016 children’s book sales and reading trends at a Children’s Book Council Forum held at Penguin Random House on March 2.

  • Aladdin’s MAX Adds Boys' Fiction to the Mix

    Middle-grade boys are the target audience for MAX, a paperback line that Simon & Schuster’s Aladdin Books will debut on April 18.

  • Movie Alert: ‘Boss Baby’

    Back in 2010, when the picture book 'The Boss Baby' was published, author-illustrator Marla Frazee had no inclination that Alec Baldwin would one day voice her character on the big screen.

  • Rights Report: Week of March 6, 2017

    New deals this week for Sally Green, Mo O'Hara, Sherri Duskey Rinker, and Jessica Brody.

  • Changes in 'New York Times' Children's Books Coverage

    'New York Times Book Review' editor Pamela Paul recently explained changes to the paper’s books coverage, including that of children’s and young adult titles.

  • 2017 Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards Finalists Announced

    The Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader have announced the finalists for its 10th annual Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards.

  • News from the North: March 2017

    In this roundup of Canadian children’s publishing news: an author who escaped the Iron Curtain writes a picture book about her journey.

  • In Brief: March 2, 2017

    This week, Daniel Handler, Chris Harris, and Matthew Forsythe get up to shenanigans at a party; Jon Agee brings Martian life to Kalamazoo; fourth graders perform Readers Theater; Matthew Van Fleet signs books; and Mary Losure reveals her alchemy powers.

  • Kristin Cashore and Tui Sutherland Discuss Fantasy Writing as Escape

    Children’s Books Boston hosted a wide-ranging discussion between fantasy authors Kristin Cashore and Tui Sutherland at a Midwinter’s Night Fantasy Panel, held at Simmons College on February 23.

  • Little Bee Spreads Its Wings

    Little Bee Books, which is rapidly expanding its publishing program, is now adding fiction to its lineup with the debut of Little Bee Chapter Books.

  • Studio Fun Is Back in Action

    Studio Fun International, now an imprint of Printers Row Publishing Group, is back in business as a frontlist publisher.

  • Rights Report: Week of February 27, 2017

    New deals this week for Tianxia Bachang, Tamara Ireland Stone, Amy Reed, and Alisha Sevigny.

  • Rights Report: Week of February 20, 2017

    New deals this week for Damien Love, Jan Eldredge, and J.J Howard.

  • Toy Fair Trends

    A walk through New York International Toy Fair 2017 highlighted some of the consolidation that has occurred in the novelty and book-plus sector in the past year.

PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Taran Matharu
Taran Matharu talks about the third book in his Summoners series, ’The Battlemage,’ about an orphan boy who discovers an ability to summon demons, and about the role that NaNoWriMo and Wattpad played in the origins of the series.
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