Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Children's Book News from PW

Penguin Random House Rules the Children's Book Market
The publisher has a 20-point lead in market share over its closest competitor, HarperCollins. According to data released by Nielsen BookScan, PRH had a 31% share of the children’s print book market for the July 1, 2015–June 30, 2016 period, while HC had an 11% share. Among the keys to PRH’s success is its ownership of a number of bestselling franchises, including Dr. Seuss and Golden Books. more

Frankfurt Diary

A Week at the Frankfurt Book Fair
Andrew Harwell (r.), senior editor at HarperCollins Children's Books, won PW's second annual Star Watch award, which includes an all-expenses-paid trip to the Frankfurt Book Fair. He took notes and photos throughout his week; click through to see all the highlights. more


On the Scene

The Booming Business of Children's Graphic Novels and Comics
Kids' publishing folks, comic book enthusiasts, and members of the Children's Book Council gathered at the CBC's Manhattan headquarters on November 4, for a panel discussion on the changing market for children's comics and graphic novels. The speakers were Gina Gagliano, publicist, First Second Books; Terence Irvins, assistant manager, comics and graphic novels buyer, Kinokuniya Bookstores of America Co.; Charles Kochman, editorial director, Abrams; and Tony Shenton, freelance sales professional. Calvin Reid, senior news editor at PW, moderated the conversation. more

Book News

Randi Zuckerberg Self-Publishes an Election Book
Randi Zuckerberg, the entrepreneur, investor, and sister of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, has self-published a children's book called Missy President that she hopes is the first in a new series. more


From the Guardian:
Leading U.K. authors protest cuts to cultural services.
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From the Guardian:
Harry Potter and Beatrix Potter face off on an eclectic shortlist for the Waterstones book of the year.
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From PBS NewsHour:
A Mexican-American artist on why more brown faces are needed in children's books.
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From the Washington Post:
Roald Dahl was fascinated by medicine and The BFG is proof.
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From the Guardian:
Karin Nyman: My mother Astrid Lindgren, and the night I named Pippi Longstocking.
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From the Boston Globe:
Jan Slepian, children's author who turned to essays and poetry, dies at 95.
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From the Telegraph:
Barry Cunningham will auction off a presentation copy of Beedle the Bard given to him by J.K. Rowling.
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From Brightly:
An Attitude of Gratitude: 11 Books That Show Kids What It Means to Be Thankful.
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From Poets & Writers:
A Great Good: An Interview with Author Jacqueline Woodson.
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From Bookish:
Five YA Books Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Think You Should Read.
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