Choosing Exceptional Children’s Literature

So, today we are discussing what makes a children’s book good–as in truly high quality versus mediocre. Books are an unlimited investment in the human mind and spirit.

The ‘Rock Star’ Librarians Who Choose What Your Kids Read

Current and former elementary-school librarians with big social-media followings are exerting considerable sway over what kids read

The Broken Crayon Conundrum

When you have a toddler who loves to color, the life cycle of crayons can feel a bit like the movie Groundhog Day. Wake up, open a new box of crayons, watch your kid break them all, rinse, and repeat

HarperCollins Bedtime Books Sweepstakes

Everybody has bedtime...even monsters! What do you do before you go to bed at night? Try reading some of our favorite bedtime stories like Even Monsters Need to Sleep, Pete the Cat

Hopster Inks Deal with HarperCollins

UK-based SVOD provider Hopster has launched an exclusive partnership with HarperCollins Children’s Books that will bring titles like Judith Kerr’s The Tiger Who Came to Tea

#50PreciousWords Writing Challenge is OPEN

I am so very excited to read all of the #50PreciousWords entries. For those of you who are visiting here the first time, please let me give you a sentence or two or three about how this all came about.

From Idea to Book Deal to Stage Production..OH MY!

I didn’t intend to post on my blog today. I’ve been gearing up for the #50PreciousWords Writing Challenge that opens...TOMORROW! But sometimes a window of opportunity opens

Soman Chainani to pen second School for Good and Evil trilogy

Author Soman Chainani will be following up his best-selling books, with a second trilogy in the series. The new books, titled The Camelot Years, will kick off a new era in the Endless Woods,

Little Bee Spreads Its Wings

Founded in 2014 as a children’s imprint of Bonnier Publishing USA, Manhattan-based Little Bee Books is dedicated to publishing “creative and fun books for busy little bees.”

YouTuber Ali-A Goes from Gaming to Graphic Novel

YouTube gaming star Ali-A is partnering with Random House US and Penguin Random House UK on his first book, a middle-grade graphic novel entitled Game On!

Creating Bedtime Stories for Kids

Bedtime stories are great for stimulating children’s imagination before they retire to their beds. Not only that bedtime stories put kids to sleep; they also help resonate good values throughout childhood

Why are Picture Books in Prison? 2.7 Million Reasons…

The number of kids with incarcerated parents has increased nearly 80% in the last 20 years, according to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. More than 2.7 million children have a parent

Literati, a New Subscription Service for Kids’ Books, Launches

Literati, a new subscription service for children’s books based in Austin, Tex., which debuted last November, has just begun fulfilling orders. The online service, unveiled at the Texas Book Festival

What Sells Magazines? Ask Peppa Pig

Some brands can’t be reinvented. Indeed, mortality as well as vitality lie at the heart of branding. Take Playboy, which, in the space of a few months, has dropped the nude models

The 2016 Cybils Winners!

There’s not much to say in the way of an intro this year: just our thanks to all the bloggers who judged, authors who wrote, and publishers who supported us again in this year’s endeavor.

Pixar Offers Free Online Lessons in Storytelling via Khan Academy

There are few organizations in the world that can claim more expertise when it comes to storytelling than Pixar. The Disney-owned animation studio is known for its ability to consistently create world-class movies

When They Got the Call: PW Speaks with the 2017 Newbery...

Some time ago, one of Kelly Barnhill’s children changed the ringtone on her cell phone to play the theme song from a 1970s TV show

Fall 2017 Children’s Sneak Previews

Abrams double-checks the blueprints for Iggy Peck’s Big Project Book for Amazing Architects by Andrea Beaty, illus. by David Roberts

17 Picture Books Not To Be Missed In 2017

2017 boasts new offerings from bestselling authors, funny debuts, poetry collections, inspirational biographies, and much, much more. This list couldn’t possibly include all the amazing titles

Behind the Scam: What Does It Take to Be a ‘Best-Selling...

I would like to tell you about the biggest lie in book publishing. It appears in the biographies and social media profiles of almost every working “author” today. It’s the word “best seller.”

World Read Aloud Day | February 16, 2017

World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and creates a community of readers taking action to show the world that the right to literacy belongs

The 2017 Gryphon Award Winners!

The Gryphon Award of $1,000 is given annually in recognition of an English language work of fiction or non-fiction for which the primary audience is children in Kindergarten through Grade 4

Choosing and Using Kids’ Books

When it comes to deciding what books to share with the young readers in your life, there is so much to choose from! With thousands of new books for children published every year,

28 Traditional Publishers Seeking Children’s Books

All of the publishers on this list publish children’s books. Some just publish picture books, some publish only middle-grade fiction, and some publish a wide variety of genres aimed at adults as well.