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March 04, 2014

The Penderwicks

Jeanne Birdsall’s beloved Penderwicks series has been refreshed in paperback!  Brimming with the magic and adventures of summertime, the books are centered on the lives of four charming sisters and their hilarious, often touching, interactions with each other and the world around them. When the first title, The Penderwicks, appeared on shelves, it was a National Book Award winner, a New York Times bestseller, and was named to countless best-of lists.  Its sequels, The Penderwicks on Gardam Street and The Penderwicks at Point Mouette, are equally beloved. (Psst–we have an Educators Guide for the series available to download!)

 Check out the revamped covers below:

A boxed set of the new cover is also available. And get excited, Penderwicks fans!  We’ll have some news in the near future that may interest you… 

January 07, 2014

Celebrating Seuss’ Caldecott Honors

There’s no doubting the impact Dr. Seuss’ wonderful stories have had on the lives of millions, enriching them with memorable characters and imaginative wordplay, but, amazingly, his award credentials often seem to play second fiddle to his commercial successes.  We’re happy to say that these three stellar titles have been given some love, and have been reissued with the shiny medals front and center.  If you haven’t read these delightful tales, or haven’t added them to your classroom and library collections, now is a great time to dive into the fun.

P.S. Did you know that your favorite Seuss titles are now available as ebooks?

October 31, 2013

Fall Conference Signing Schedules

We’re hitting the road in November!  Here’s where you can find us:


AASL in Hartford, CT (Booth #318)

Thursday, November 14

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Patricia MacLachlan and Steven Kellogg

Friday, November 15

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Kimberly Newton Fusco
Stop by and see Kimberly Newton Fusco speak on the “Overcoming Adversity” panel on Friday, from 3:15 PM to 4:30 PM, in Marriott B!

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Don’t miss the “Authors Who Skype” panel featuring Jarrett J. Krosoczka on Friday at 8:00 AM in Marriott C! Jarrett will also attend the AASL Author Breakfast on Sunday, November 17, at 9:00 AM

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Laurel Snyder
Don’t miss the “Authors Who Skype” panel featuring Laurel Snyder on Friday at 8:00 a.m. in Marriott C!

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: David Levithan
David Levithan is speaking on the “Presenting Social Issues in Teen Literature” panel on Friday at 10:15 AM in Marriott C—this session is not to be missed!

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet
Don’t miss Jen Bryant on the “Biographies through Picture Books” Common Core panel on Saturday at 10:15 AM in Marriott C!

Saturday, November 16

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm will attend the AASL Author Breakfast on Sunday, November 17 at 9:00 AM


NAEYC in Washington, DC (Booth #1204)

Wednesday, November 20

5:30 AM – 6:00 AM: Chris Raschka (signing in Scholastic’s booth)

Thursday, November 21

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Tad Hills
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Dan Yaccarino


NCTE-ALAN in Boston, MA (Booth #1204)

Friday, November 22

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Kirby Larson
2:00PM – 3:00 PM: Christina Diaz Gonzalez
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Jarrett Krosoczka
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Jennifer L. Holm

Saturday, November 23

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Judy Blume
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Matt de la Pena
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Chris Raschka
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Patricia MacLachlan
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Sandra Neil Wallace
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Pat Mora

Sunday, November 24

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Jerry Spinelli
10:00 PM – 11:00 PM: Deborah Hopkinson
11:00 PM – 12:00 PM: Maria Padian and Warren St. John
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Patricia MacLachlan
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Sandra Neil Wallace
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Pat Mora

Monday, November 25

3:15 – 3:50  Graphic Novels
Gene Yang, Boxers (Macmillan)
Gareth Hinds, Romeo and Juliet (Candlewick)
Swati Avasthi, Chasing Shadows (Random House)
Sheila Keenan, The Dogs of War (Scholastic)

Tuesday, November 26

8:35-9:10 (35 min)   Science Fiction
Alexander Gordon Smith, Escape from Furnace series (Macmillan)
Michael Grant, BZRK, BZRK Reloaded (Egmont)
Anna Jarzab Tandem (Random House)
Tom Leveen Sick (Abrams)

10:45 – 11:20  New Panel
 Paul Rudnick, Gorgeous, (Scholastic)
Tracy Richardson, The Field, (Luminis Books)
Adele Griffin,  Loud Awake and Lost, (Random House)
Mariah Fredericks, Season of the Witch (Random House)


September 23, 2013

Banned Books Week 2013

“[I]t’s not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers.”

—Judy Blume

This week marks the 31st annual Banned Books Week, the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. The initiative was originally launched in 1982, and, since then, over 11,300 books have been challenged in schools, bookstores, and libraries. Would it come as a surprise to know that of the ten most challenged titles of 2012, five of them are children’s books?

      1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
        Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group
      2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
        Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
      3. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
        Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
      4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.
        Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
      5. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.
        Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group
      6. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.
        Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
      7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green.
        Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
      8. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
        Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence
      9. The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
        Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
      10. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
        Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate the right to read in your classrooms and libraries, be sure to download the below poster!


August 02, 2013

Raising a Reader on Comics

Comics have come a loooong way in recent decades, not only in their overall sophistication and inventiveness, but also in public opinion. What once was (mistakenly!) seen by some as “not really reading” and/or lacking in, shall we say, traditional literary merit, the storytelling medium continues to grow and thrive. Not only because comic lovers continue to read them as they age, but because they can also serve as a fantastic entry point to a life-long love of reading in even the most reluctant of readers.

That’s the idea behind the new guide Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels can Help Your Kids Love to Read! Written by Meryl Jaffe, with an introduction by our own Jenni Holm, the publication is sponsored by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

As Jenni explains, “Comics! Not only are they fun, they’re an incredible tool for helping create a genuine love of reading. While the connection of words and pictures at first seems playful, the skills readers develop help provide a practical foundation for other kinds of learning. From verbal and visual literacy to critical thinking and memory, comics are a great tool to give young readers a head start.”  We couldn’t agree more.

The guide goes back to the basics in an incredibly helpful way, teaching readers the right way to read the panels, what the different text/sound effect balloons mean, as well as touching on how educators can use them to work with a student on their sequencing, language, and critical thinking skills!

Click here to download the guide!


We also have a guide of our fan-favorite graphic novel series—including Babymouse!—here.  It’s no exaggeration to say that there’s a graphic novel out there for every reader.

Now you tell us: how do you use graphic novels and comics in your classrooms and libraries?

July 26, 2013

Things We Love This Week!

  • Some of us (ahem, me) may have spent one too many hours staring at the double doors of the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital, waiting for the Royal Baby to make his debut. Our Publicity department has helpfully rounded up a section of books Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge—and your own little princes and princesses may enjoy!
  • MentalFloss has 16 great quotes about writing for children. Steven Kellogg, illustrator of our upcoming picture book Snowflakes Fall, said about his decision to become an author/illustrator: “When I was a kid, I was very aware of the fact that a lot of the adults in my neighborhood hated their jobs … Knowing that one day I would be an adult, I really didn’t want to lose the fun of childhood by going into this dark period where every day started off with resignation and gloom or worse. And so I was determined to get to know myself very well and choose a job that I thought would be just right for me.”
  • 19 Quintessential Books of the ‘90s for adults.  How many have you read?
  • Whether you agree or not, Salon’s piece Here’s How Amazon Self-Destructs raises a few interesting points about how we use brick-and-mortar stores to browse and discover titles, and what it would mean for publishing as a whole if these spaces were to one day disappear.
  • How cool is this? New Yorkers, be sure to check out the amazing new exhibit at the NYPL about the history of children’s books. Here’s more information for you.
  • Need a laugh to carry you into the weekend? Check out Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee!

Have a wonderful weekend!