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The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! by Mo Willems
School and Library Spotlight
Librarians Harness Instagram

Today’s librarians are typically well versed in social media, and for many, one picture-friendly platform shines brighter than the rest: Instagram. We spoke with a number of school and public librarians about how they are using "Library-stagrams" for promotion, professional development, and fun. more
In the News
2019 Carle Honors Announced
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art has revealed the recipients of the 14th annual Carle Honors. This year's honors will be presented in New York City on September 26, hosted by author-illustrator Grace Lin and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers v-p and editor-in-chief Alvina Ling more
Laughs to Spare!
Bare bear! Stop right there! Underwear! Under where? Getting a bare bear into his underwear after bath time is hard enough to make a dad pull out his hair in this silly rhyming read-aloud. ENTER HERE ►
Comics News
In Her First YA Graphic Novel, Lauren Myracle Takes On Catwoman
This spring, DC is releasing the first titles from DC Books for Young Readers, a new publishing unit composed of imprints DC Zoom, for middle grade readers, and DC Ink, for young adults. YA author Lauren Myracle spoke with us about her debut graphic novel, which is part of the launch list, Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale. more

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Kwame Alexander, Megan McDonald, Arthur Yorinks, Tomi Adeyemi, Dave Eggers, Gordon Korman, Wendy Mass, and Rebecca Stead – listen to these and other top writers and artists discuss their new books for children and teens in the PW KidsCast podcast. Click here to listen.

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Rights Report
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From the Baltimore Sun:
The mayor of Baltimore made $100,000 in 2017 after city hospitals bought 20,000 copies of her self-published children's book, Healthy Holly. Click here
From Bookweb:
The 2019 NBA judges have been announced, including those for Young People's Literature. Click here
From the Guardian:
Readers' World Book Day costumes—from the Cat in the Hat to Mr. Tickle. Click here
From BuzzFeed:
15 Popular Children's Book Covers Back in the Day vs. Now. Click here
From Brightly:
7 Thought-Provoking Books for Kid Inventors. Click here
From the New York Times:
The Bittersweet Afterlife of Be More Chill: Thanks to a viral musical, Ned Vizzini’s 2004 novel is reaching a big new audience. Click here
From Bookish:
Curiosity Voyage: Book Recommendations for Characters in Stranger Things. Click here
From Fatherly:
Peep on a Perch Is the Easter Rip-Off of Elf on the Shelf. Click here
From the Horn Book:
New for New Readers: What (Exactly) IS an Easy Reader? Click here
From Bookish:
Latinx YA Novels for Your 2019 TBR List. Click here

Kenny Brechner
When Go To Books Go Away

A method is proposed of identifying books that have been retired before their time.

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Cynthia Compton
Let the Children Read

A bookseller celebrates the value of “old fashioned” books for children in a screen-filled age.

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Elizabeth Bluemle
Not Your Kid’s Picture Book Anymore

There are so many picture books that are most loved by adults, but how do we help them reach their audience?

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Leslie Hawkins
Family Is Family

Spellbound hosts a very different kind of family celebration at the bookstore.

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You Are New
Lucy Knisley. Chronicle, $17.99 (52p) ISBN 978-1-4521-6156-3

Cartoonist Knisley makes her solo picture book debut with a hearty welcome to the new babies of the world: “Hello, you! You are new. When you’re new... what can you do?” Working in a bold graphic design style, she depicts babies of different ages and backgrounds observing and interacting with their environments. It’s a vivacious celebration of new arrivals and the many wonders to explore. more

Duckworth, the Difficult Child
Michael Sussman, illus. by Júlia Sardà. Atheneum, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-5344-0512-7

Duckworth has a problem: a scarlet serpent as big as a minivan is coiled in his closet, and his parents, immersed in their new copy of Dealing with Your Difficult Child, are unconcerned. Then the snake swallows Duckworth—neatly, so that he can still hold a conversation. Sardà creates an elegantly chilly atmosphere for Duckworth’s Treehorn Trilogy–esque drawing room comedy. more

Pie in the Sky
Remy Lai. Holt, $21.99 (384p) ISBN 978-1-250-31410-9

Lai centers her incisive illustrated debut novel on Jingwen, who moves from his unspecified home country to Australia with his mother and younger brother Yanghao after his father’s death. The boy mourns the loss of his father and feels like an alien among his fifth-grade classmates. Summoning memories of baking with Papa, Jingwen imagines the cakes they’d anticipated selling at Pie in the Sky, the bakery they planned to open upon moving. more

The Moon Within
Aida Salazar. Scholastic/Levine, $17.99 (240p) ISBN 978-1-338-28337-2

Writing in clear, lyrical first-person verse, debut author Salazar gives voice to 11-year-old dance enthusiast, Oakland-based Celi Rivera, as she grapples with her changing body and a first crush, as well as familial and cultural expectations about growing into womanhood. Celi describes her heritage as “Black-Puerto Rican-Mexican-ness,” and she is particularly dreading the start of her period, because her mother insists that she celebrate with a “moon ceremony,” an ancestral Mexica tradition. more

The Line Tender
Kate Allen. Dutton, $17.99 (384p) ISBN 978-0-7352-3160-3

In Rockport, Mass., budding artist and narrator Lucy, 12, does everything with her best friend Fred, a keen scientist, including writing an extra credit field guide to local wildlife. When family friend and fisherman Sookie accidentally catches a great white shark, TV stations broadcast old footage of Lucy’s marine biologist mother, a shark expert who died suddenly when Lucy was seven, dredging up old feelings for the girl. more

I Wish You All the Best
Mason Deaver. Push, $17.99 (336p) ISBN 978-1-338-30612-5

In an emotionally complex story about finding acceptance and redefining family, 18-year-old Ben is rejected by their parents when they come out as nonbinary. They’re taken in by their older sister, Hannah, who was also driven out by their conservative and judgmental parents 10 years earlier. A powerful illustration of the ways that compassion and love can overcome intolerance. more



March 19, 2019
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Underwear! by Jenn Harney
Jacob's Room To Choose
PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Hafsah Faizal
Random House Children's Books has several promotions. Maria Modugno has been promoted executive editorial director at Random House Books for Young Readers, from editorial director. Erin Clarke has been promoted to editorial director at Knopf Books for Young Readers, from senior executive editor. Katherine Harrison has been promoted to senior editor of Knopf Books for Young Readers, from editor. Kelly Delaney has been promoted to editor at Knopf Books for Young Readers, from associate editor. Karen Greenberg has been promoted to associate editor at Knopf Books for Young Readers, from assistant editor. Marisa Dinovis has been promoted to associate editor at Knopf Books for Young Readers, from assistant editor. Dana Carey has been promoted to associate editor at Wendy Lamb Books, from assistant editor.
Ellen Kokontis has joined Cottage Door Press as art director; previously she was associate art director at Albert Whitman & Company.

Oona Patrick has been promoted to senior production editor at Bloomsbury Children's Books, from production editor.
In the Winners' Circle

Philip Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials series, is the recipient of this year’s J.M. Barrie Award, given annually by Action for Children’s Arts in recognition of a lifetime’s achievement in delighting children. The award will be presented at a ceremony in London in the fall. For more information, click here.

Lee & Low Books’s Tu imprint has announced the winner of its sixth annual New Visions Award for new authors of color. Monica Zepeda has won for her contemporary YA manuscript, Boys of the Beast, and Michelle Jones Coles’s YA historical fiction manuscript Woke has received the New Visions Award Honor. Zepeda will receive a cash prize of $2,000 and a publishing contract with Lee & Low; publication of Boys of the Beast is planned for fall 2020. For the complete list of this year’s finalists, click here.
Levine Leaving Scholastic to Launch Publishing Venture
The Kerlan Collection Tweaks Exhibit in Response to Concerns About Racist Content
'Green Book' Movie Lifts Up Sales for Backlist Picture Book
Capstone Brings Children's Book Bundles to Alexa Subscribers
Sneak Previews

Take a look ahead at some of the big titles for children and teens due out this fall, from picture books to YA novels, in our exclusive roundup.
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