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In the News 'N.Y. Times' Announces Best Illustrated Children's Books
The New York Times has announced its 10 Best Illustrated List for books published in 2015. Maria Russo, children's books editor for the Times, convened this year's panel of three judges: illustrator Frank Viva, teacher Monica Edinger, and journalist Marjorie Ingall. more
Little, Brown and Lincoln Center
Shine New Light on Story Hour

On Halloween day, Manhattan's Lincoln Center debuts a new genre of programming, which springs from its first-ever partnership with a children's publisher – Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Called LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium, the collaborative venture offers free monthly events showcasing children’s book authors and illustrators. Headlining the inaugural program are R.L. Stine and Marc Brown, with their picture book The Little Shop of Monsters. more
Tilbury House Grows Children's List
Under New Owners

Two and a half years after Jonathan Eaton and Tristram Coburn purchased Tilbury House, the Maine-based press has begun to thrive. The co-owners, each of whom has an extensive background in publishing, began by ramping up Tilbury's list from three to four titles a year in 2013 to 24 in 2014. Read on for plans on expanding the press's reach. more
WNDB Announces Inaugural
Walter Dean Myers Grant Recipients

We Need Diverse Books has selected the first five winners of the Walter Dean Myers grants for emerging writers and illustrators that it launched last fall. The recipients, selected from 200 submissions, are all up-and-coming writers and illustrators. They will each receive $2,000 to support their efforts to create diverse works. Click through to see the winners. more

Book News YouTube Authors Storm the
Bestseller List

The ability of YouTube personalities to capture readers is writ large if you look at this week’s bestseller list. Three books by YouTube dynamos landed in the top 20 on Publishers Weekly's overall bestseller list, for the week ending October 25. The showing will not be surprising for the handful of publishers that have been steadily acquiring books by stars on the video-driven website. more
From the Regionals Diverse Books a Focal Point at SCIBA
Independent booksellers, librarians, authors and members of the publishing community gathered from October 23–24 in North Hollywood for this year's Southern California Independent Booksellers Association show. Optimism permeated the gathering, as booksellers celebrated children's books and authors, including Marla Frazee, Jennifer L. Holm, Kenneth Oppel, and more. more
On the Scene And to Think That I Saw It at Bank Street: Authors, Illustrators, and Educators Talk Kids' Books
The Bank Street Book Fair, held at Bank Street College in upper Manhattan on October 24, offered a full day of incisive, humorous, and sometimes revelatory discussions. The speakers included middle-grade, YA, and picture book authors and illustrators, whose work spans multiple genres. more
Out Next Week Hot Off the Presses:
Week of November 2, 2015

Among the titles hitting bookshelves next week are a picture book that seeks the ontological status of mommies, the latest in a mega-selling middle-grade series, a supernatural YA novel, and many more. more
In Brief
In Brief: October 29, 2015
This week, an author and performer are united against censorship; two award-winning authors share laughter and insights; authors are red carpet-ready at a gala event; authors gather round the campfire; publishing staff get in the spirit of Dia de Los Muertos; and a debut author raises her own readers. more

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American Library Association is seeking a Science & Technology Editor, Choice.
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Rights Report T.S. Ferguson at Harlequin Teen has acquired Adi Alsaid's untitled third YA novel, the story of Carlos, a wealthy Mexican teen who is struggling to come to terms with his older brother's death – and unbeknownst to his family, is hearing and seeing messages from that brother. Convinced by his brother's spirit to risk everything to pursue his dreams, Carlos runs away from his sheltered life in Mexico City and apprentices himself to a famous American chef, finding love and a sense of purpose along the way. Publication is slated for 2017; Annie Stone at Alloy Entertainment brokered the deal for world English rights.
Jenny Bak at Jimmy Patterson Books has bought a YA novel called Of Blood and Shadow by Kerri Maniscalco. The debut gothic thriller, inspired by the Ripper murders, is about a Victorian-era lord's daughter who defies society expectations by secretly apprenticing as a forensics examiner, and soon finds herself embroiled in the investigation of a serial killer who is stalking London's East End. The book is scheduled for fall 2016; Barbara Poelle at Irene Goodman Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world English rights.
Aimee Friedman at Scholastic has bought Keep Me in Mind, a contemporary YA novel from Jaime Reed, about a girl who doesn't remember and the boy who can't forget her. Publication is planned for April 2016; Kathleen Ortiz and Danielle Barthel of New Leaf Literary & Media negotiated the deal for world rights.
Kate Farrell at Henry Holt has acquired Heather Demetrios's new YA novel, Bad Romance, about a 16-year-old girl who tries to reclaim her life from bad relationships with three men: her father, an alcoholic ex-Marine; her stepfather, who would rather she didn't exist; and her dangerously abusive boyfriend. A publication date has not yet been set; Brenda Bowen at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates did the deal for world English rights.
Susan Van Metre at Abrams has bought Eisner-nominated author-illustrator Dylan Meconis's debut Queen of the Sea, a hybrid graphic novel/historical fantasy inspired by the early life of Queen Elizabeth I, about a girl raised in a convent on a small island, whose happy life is shattered when she discovers the convent is actually a political prison... and she herself one of its most dangerous prisoners. Publication is scheduled for fall 2018; Barry Goldblatt at Barry Goldblatt Literary brokered the deal for world English rights.
Jennifer M. Brown at Knopf has acquired Ben Costa and James Parks's graphic novel series, Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo, about a walking, talking, singing skeleton bard who embarks on an epic quest with his gelatin sidekick to discover his origins in a world of ogres, gnomes, haunted woods, and a kick-butt knight who is not all she seems; Stephen Brown will edit. Publication will start in summer 2017; Daniel Lazar at Writers House negotiated the three-book deal for North American rights.
Diane Landolf at Random House has bought a debut middle-grade novel from TV producer/director Doreen Spicer-Dannelly. For the Love of Double Dutch tells the story of a girl who must salvage her double-dutch dreams after her parents' rocky relationship takes her away from Brooklyn – and her beloved team – to spend the summer with her cousin in North Carolina. Publication is slated for fall 2017; Regina Brooks at Serendipity Literary brokered the deal for North American rights.
Christian Trimmer at Simon & Schuster has preempted picture-book author Susan Hood's debut middle-grade novel, Lifeboat 12. The story, based on true events, follows six boys who survived a major naval disaster in September 1940. Publication is planned for fall 2017; Brenda Bowen at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates did the deal for world English rights.
Sylvie Frank at S&S /Paula Wiseman has acquired Wesley King's The Sun Race, a middle-grade novel told in three voices about a school field trip to the Carlsbad Caverns that goes horribly wrong. Publication is set for fall 2017; Brianne Johnson at Writers House negotiated the deal for world rights.
Rotem Moscovich at Disney-Hyperion has bought a debut middle-grade novel by Mary Winn Heider. In The Mortification of Fovea Munson, a 13-year-old girl is forced to spend her summer vacation working at her parents' cadaver lab, where friendships form under the most unlikely circumstances. Publication is scheduled for summer 2018; Tina Wexler at ICM brokered the two-book deal for world English rights.
Alessandra Balzer at HarperCollins imprint Balzer + Bray has acquired author-illustrator Kelly Light's The Smiley Family Album, a picture book about a discovered photo album which tells one family's story, generation to generation, from snapshots in sepia to Kodachrome to Polaroid to selfie. Publication is planned for fall 2017; Elizabeth Harding at Curtis Brown Ltd. negotiated the deal for world rights.
Michael Joosten at Doubleday has bought author-illustrator Jonathan Bentley's Where Is Bear? The picture book tells the story of a boy and his best friend – an actual bear – and their search to find Bear's missing stuffed animal... a teddy bear. Publication is slated for summer 2017; Charlotte Bodman of Hardie Grant Egmont did the deal for North American rights.
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IN THE MEDIA
From the Wrap:
Selena Gomez's 13 Reasons Why Given Series Order at Netflix. Click here
From Forbes:
Author Jeff Kinney Has Sold a Lot of Wimpy Kid Books – Can He Run a Bookstore?
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From Publishing Perspectives:
The Latest Trends in YA Publishing.
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From the Toast:
A Harry Potter Where Hermione Doesn’t Do Anyone’s Homework for Them. Click here
From NPR:
Rinse, Spin, Read to Kids: A Mashup of Laundromat and Library.
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From the Houston Chronicle:
Why Americans Love Little Golden Books.
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From NPR:
A New Alcott Emerges From The Annotated Little Women.
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From Brightly:
Inspiring Books on Autism for Kids, Tweens, and Teens.
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From the Irish News:
Irish children's authors pair up in new friendship tale.


From Deadline:
YA Novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Bought by Fox 2000.
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From the Associated Press:
Laura Bush and Her Daughter Jenna Are Co-Writing a Children's Book. Click here
From Time:
The 30 Most Influential Teens of 2015.
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From the Guardian:
Frances Hardinge's Cuckoo Song casts a spell over the British Fantasy awards.
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From Slate:
R.L. Stine: How Horror for Adults Is Different from Horror for Kids.
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From Quill & Quire:
The golden age of Canadian picture books.
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From the Los Angeles Times:
A Winnie the Pooh and Piglet illustration comes up for auction.
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From Kidscreen:
DC Super Hero Girls novels line up author, launch date.
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From BookRiot:
Incredible Literary Jack O'Lanterns.
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Tiger and Badger love each other, but they argue a lot – loudly. Each wears a dramatic dress-up hat, and they play in a flowered meadow furnished with assorted chairs and a dresser. When Badger's stuffed toy Bad Monkey gets stuck in a tree, the two become allies. more

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As the title makes clear, Snappsy, a skinny alligator who wears a pink tie, is not a happy camper. He is being trailed by an unseen narrator who alternates between drumming up drama (at one point accusing Snappsy of liking to "eat tiny, defenseless birds and soft, fuzzy bunnies," even when it's clear that mild-mannered Snappsy shops at the supermarket like everyone else) and falling down on the job. more

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The Cat Who Came in Off the Roof
Annie M.G. Schmidt, trans. from the Dutch by David Colmer. Delacorte, $14.99 (160p) ISBN 978-0-553-53500-6
In this delightfully quirky story from the late Dutch author Schmidt (1911–1995), which was originally published in the Netherlands in 1970, a timid, feline-obsessed reporter is about to lose his job for filing stories on cats instead of more newsworthy fare. Mr. Tibble leaves his editor's office knowing that he'll be fired if he doesn't produce better stories, only to rescue a woman named Miss Minou from a tree. more

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Roland Smith. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99 (240p) ISBN 978-0-544-34122-7
Eight years have passed since readers met Peak Marcello, the 15-year-old son of famous mountaineers, in Peak, about the Manhattan teen's quest to become the youngest person to scale Mount Everest. In this equally action-packed (but more violent) sequel, Peak has been home from Tibet for just a few months when he joins an even riskier expedition. more

TALES FROM THE SLUSH PILE

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PeopleScholastic Trade has several promotions and one new hire. Rachael Hicks has been promoted to senior production director; she was previously managing editor. Elizabeth Krych has been promoted to senior production editor; she was previously production editor. Walter Olalekan has been promoted to associate director, finance and inventory management; he was previously business manager, finance. Jennifer Buno has been promoted to assistant manager, sales planning; she was previously senior sales analyst. And Sophia Pestun is re-joining the division as senior financial analyst.
In the Winners' CircleThe Library of Congress awarded the 2015 David M. Rubenstein Prize, one of three Library of Congress Literacy Awards presented annually, to First Book. The award is given to an organization that has made "outstanding and measurable contributions in increasing literacy levels and has demonstrated exceptional and sustained depth and breadth in its commitment to the advancement of literacy." This award comes at a notable time in First Book's history, as the group recently hit a big milestone, serving more than 200,000 educators supporting children in need, a 500% increase in the last four years, according to the group. Read more about the award here.The English-language winners were announced for Canada's Governor General's 2015 Literary Awards. The prize for children's literature, text category, went to Caroline Pignat for The Gospel Truth (Red Deer Press). The prize in the illustrated books category went to JonArno Lawson and Sydney Smith's Sidewalk Flowers (Groundwood).
Mark Your CalendarThe National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature in Abilene, Tex., is hosting an exhibition of the work of Martin and Alice Provensen, entitled "Glorious Flights." Opening November 12, and on display until January 30, 2016, is artwork from the Provensens' Caldecott-winning book, The Glorious Flight, and Caldecott Honor book, A Visit to William Blake's Inn. Following its debut at the NCCIL, this exhibition will tour nationwide. Leonard S. Marcus will give a talk on the Provensens’ work on November 17, at 5:30 p.m. For more details, click here.
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