Book News for December 21, 2016

Here’s what’s making news in the book world this week:

From the Houston Chronicle: Houston’s newest bookstore: a Latino ‘cultural hub’ Nuestra Palabra Arts & Books is dedicated to promoting Latino literature and culture. 

Anne of Green Gables is catnip to television producers. Read Read Shoshana Flax’s review over at Horn Book Magazine on this latest incarnation. (Spoiler: there are better versions out there, or read the books instead.)


The Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts celebrated its namesake’s 186th birthday with poetry readings and coconut cake. Read more on the Fine Books Blog.

photo credit: Nicholas A. Basbanes 

(Children’s) BookNotes, Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Alice in Wonderland, Soviet fairy tales, and even Simon Cowell make news this week in the world of children’s books.

The Guardian ran this story on how the Soviets rewrote children’s stories while also sparking a new wave of illustration.

A New Chapter for First Edition of Alice in Wonderland, over on The Fine Books Blog.

The Bookseller staff reports that Simon Cowell says children’s books are ‘quite boring’ as he reveals plan to write his own:

(Children’s) BookNotes, May 4, 2016

Below, a sampling of this week’s news in the world of children’s books.

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It’s the 97th annual Children’s Book Week! 

ALA and The Harry Potter Alliance Launch ‘Spark’ Advocacy Video Series

The American Library Association (ALA) joined the Harry Potter Alliance in launching “Spark,”
an eight-part video series developed to support and guide first-time
advocates who are interested in advocating at the federal level for
issues that matter to them. The series, targeted to viewers aged 13–22,
will be hosted on the YouTube page of the Harry Potter Alliance, while
librarians and educators are encouraged to use the videos to engage
young people or first time advocates. The video series was launched
today during the 42nd annual National Library Legislative Day in Washington, D.C.


Watch the first “Spark” video below:

(Children’s) BookNotes, April 27, 2016

Find out what’s happening in the world of children’s books this week!

May 2-8 is CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK. Check out the bi-coastal events at the Children’s Book Council’s official website. Free posters and bookmarks available while supplies last.

Captain Underpants author Dav Pilkey gives out a new book to every student in one school in each state as part of a summer reading campaign contest co-sponsored by Scholastic. (Check out the winning schools here.)

(Children’s) BookNotes, March 30, 2016

Children’s Choice Book Awards still need your vote, Tuck Everlasting becomes a musical, and a sneak peek at the latest “Archie” comic are making news this week.

Voting Is Still Open for the 9th Annual Children’s Choice Book Awards!
       Voting for the Children’s Choice Book Award is open at from March 8 through April 25, 2016.

Tuck Everlasting: The Musical!

School Library Journal has a sneak peek at “Archie Double Digest #267″ on sale today: