Wednesday, December 18, 2013

News from PW Children's Bookshelf

Children's Publishers Choose Their
2013 Favorites

We asked children's publishing staffers to tell us their favorite book they read this year – one published outside of their company. We received a wide variety of responses; read on for the new and vintage titles your industry colleagues devoured this year. more

'This Star Won't Go Out' Celebrates a Young Life
Esther Earl, to whom John Green dedicated The Fault in Our Stars, died of thyroid cancer in 2010 at the age of 16. She was an exceptionally bright and talented young woman who inspired many with her hopefulness, generosity, and empathy. January 28 will see the publication of This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl, which compiles the teenager's journals, letters, fiction, sketches, and many family photographs. more

From Query to Book Deal in 72 Hours
It's a true story that reads like fiction – and it's one that should raise the spirits of any aspiring author. Elise Parsley, a 27-year-old piano teacher living in Plymouth, Minn., leapt from being an unpublished, agentless author-illustrator to one with both an agent and a book contract in three days. The quick-fire timeline went like this: Parsley sent Steven Malk at Writers House an e-mail query on Tuesday, November 19; he signed her on as a client on Wednesday, and on Thursday submitted her picture book, If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't!, to multiple publishers. more

Native American Group Buys
Entire Christmas Display

It sounds like a variation of the bar joke: a customer walks into a store and.... But in this case, it was no joke. A customer representing the education department of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians walked into Barnes & Noble in Spanish Fort, Ala., and bought an entire display in the children's section. As a result, nearly 500 children in the tribe will receive at least one new book this holiday season. more


From Harvard Magazine:
A profile of Claudia Z. Bedrick of Brooklyn independent publisher Enchanted Lion. Click here

From the Boston Herald:
The coloring book featuring Sen. Ted Cruz is now in its third printing. Click here

From the Huffington Post:
What your favorite children's book series says about you. Click here

From Book Patrol:
So you want to be a librarian? An infographic. Click here

From BuzzFeed:
10 beloved book series that still inspire nostalgia. Click here
From School Library Journal:
Candlewick has launched E-Volt, a YA Tumblr page to promote new e-books and share deals. Click here

From Shaw Media:
A pop-up children's bookstore has opened in downtown Wheaton, Ill. Click here

Also from the Huffington Post:
A look at 19th-century children's books. Click here

From the Guardian:
How Beatrix Potter self-published Peter Rabbit. Click here

From the New York Post:
Hey, overachieving parents: it's time to shelve "the elf." Click here

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