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  • Middle Grade Snapshot: Spring 2021

    We asked a number of editors to tell us more about the kinds of middle grade projects they are seeing and to share their insights on any shifts they perceive in the category.

  • LGBTQ Kids’ Books 2021: YA Rom-Coms Celebrate Queer Joy

    Several forthcoming novels for teens spotlight uplifting queer love stories featuring BIPOC characters.

  • In Brief: April 8

    This week, Broadway stars reunite for a Crowdcast chat; Chana Stiefel cheers for liberty; two bestselling authors have a "storied" talk; and Brittney Morris launches her novel with a little assistance.

  • Jacqueline Woodson Named Kennedy Center's Next Education Artist-in-Residence

    Starting January 2022, acclaimed author Jacqueline Woodson, whose works range from picture books to adult novels, will begin a residency at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

  • Sourcebooks Transforms Vloggers into Authors

    Sourcebooks continues to actively build its children's list, most recently by signing with two popular tween/teen vloggers who will each write a series of illustrated middle grade novels inspired by their online personae.

  • Children's Publishers' Pandemic Pastimes: April 6, 2021

    We asked children's book professionals to tell us about some of their surprising quarantine pastimes, in our ongoing series.

  • 2021 Children's Book Week Gets a Jump on Festivities

    This year's Children's Book Week, which will take place May 3–9. is unveiling a host of activities and resources now available online for participants.

  • Macmillan Children's to Add Neon Squid Nonfiction Imprint

    Macmillan will dive into new waters next winter with the launch of London-based Neon Squid Books, dedicated to publishing gift nonfiction books that make complex topics accessible and intriguing to young readers.

  • Children's Job Moves: March 2021

    Job moves in children's publishing during March 2021.

  • In Brief: April 1, 2021

    This week, Christopher Paul Curtis has a heart-to-heart with Jason Reynolds; Anton Treuer takes a journey for a good cause; Nic Stone and Ta-Nehisi Coates have a "beautiful" talk; and Cleo Wade has a star-studded tour.

  • 2020 YA Bestsellers: Familiar Franchises, Young Readers' Editions, and More

    Our 2020 Facts and Figures compilation of young adult bestsellers includes a wide variety of titles, dominated by mega-selling franchises and their sequels and prequels, as well as time-tested classics for teens.

  • First Book Launches 'Give Learning a Shot'

    First Book, the nonprofit social enterprise devoted to education equity, has created a suite of resources that provides teachers and families with trusted, accessible information about the Covid-19 vaccine.

  • Full STEAM Ahead: Activity Books Encourage Hands-On Learning Surge

    As educators and their students faced a variety of school-day scenarios that included virtual learning, one thing was constant—the need for engaging lessons tackling STEM and STEAM concepts.

  • Soapbox: Supporting Children's Editors and Agents in the Effort to Diversify

    Agent Erin Murphy reflects on the need to provide more resources and mentorship for editors and agents who are working toward a more inclusive and equitable publishing landscape.

  • Scholastic Enters 'Karma’s World'

    Scholastic has secured the global publishing rights for 'Karma's World,' a CG-animated series for viewers ages six to nine, based on the property created by rapper Chris "Ludacris" Bridges.

  • In Brief: March 25, 2021

    This week, Julie Rowan-Zoch and Beth Anderson celebrate new books at an "old" location; Jessica Rinker has a fiery launch; Hena Khan and Aisha Saeed have an event worth singing about; and two bestselling authors team up for a killer conversation.

  • #DVPit Founder Launches Nonprofit to Better Serve Diverse Authors, Illustrators

    Five years after founding #DVPit, literary agent Beth Phelan has announced the formation of DiverseVoices Inc., a nonprofit with the mission of "empowering and advocating for book creators from marginalized communities."

  • Lerner Partners with Read Woke to Launch Book Series

    Lerner Publishing Group and Read Woke nonprofit founder Cicely Lewis are partnering on a new line of books to help librarians and educators lead teens in thoughtful conversations about timely and difficult topics.

  • Licensing Hotline: March 2021

    Read on for news about Ninja Life Hacks' licensing debut, a new brand-licensing agent for 75-year-old Highlights, a Moomin licensing and publishing initiative, a partnership between the Girl Scouts and Michelle Obama's 'Becoming,' and more.

  • 2021 North Texas Teen Book Festival: Exploring Identity and Finding Community in Food, Fantasy, and More

    On March 5–6, thousands of virtual attendees flocked to YouTube for the seventh annual North Texas Teen Book Festival.

PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Jimmy Dunne
Songwriter-turned-author Jimmy Dunne shares his debut picture book, 'The Shepherd's Story,' a new take on the nativity tale, illustrated by Ivan Kravets.
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