Canceled YA books, remembrances of a prolific children's author, and an interview with a Jeopardy! champion on his children’s book strategy were among PW’s most-clicked stories about kids’ and YA books in 2019. Here is our list of the top 10 articles, in ascending order of popularity.
Due to criticisms and concerns voiced via social media by members of the children’s book community, author Kosoko Jackson requested that Sourcebooks withdraw publication of his debut YA novel, A Place for Wolves, which had been scheduled for release in March.
These were our editors’ selections for 21 of the season’s eagerly awaited children’s and young adult books, drawn from PW’s Fall Children’s Announcements Issue.
After facing a groundswell of criticism on social media including charges of racism, Amélie Wen Zhao asked her publisher, Random House’s Delacorte imprint, to postpone the release of her debut YA fantasy novel, Blood Heir. The novel has since been revised, and was published on November 19.
Author and storyteller Tim Tingle’s middle grade book Doc and the Detective was pulled from publication prior to its October release, just weeks after allegations of inappropriate behavior were made against Tingle by two booksellers.
Arthur A. Levine, widely known as the editor who brought J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series to the U.S., left the publisher in March to start an independent publishing company, Levine Querido, with a focus on diverse voices.
K.A. Holt, middle grade author and member of the LGBTQ community, reflected on an experience with soft censorship during a school event.
We gathered a selection of some of the biggest children’s and YA titles that were released in fall 2019, including books by the Fan Brothers, Erin Entrada Kelly, Rick Riordan, Raina Telgemeier, and more.
Jeopardy! champion James Holzhauer used a secret weapon—children’s books—to become a game-show millionaire. We checked in with the quiz-show phenom about his prepping strategy and his favorite titles.
YA author Julia Watts was removed from the slate of authors participating in LitUp, a teen literary festival sponsored by the Knox County (Tenn.) Public Library, after a member of the organizing committee expressed concerns that she also writes erotica for adult readers. Watts has written 10 books for teens that feature LGBTQ characters.
Prolific children’s author Andrew Clements, best known for his popular middle-grade novel Frindle, died on November 28 in West Baldwin, Me., following an illness. He was 70. Editor Caitlyn Dlouhy said, “Andrew Clements, in innumerable ways, reminded us all the pen was mightier than the sword, quite literally.”