Friday, December 19, 2014

The Children's Books Roundup with PW

John Green Celebrates 10 Years of
'Looking for Alaska'

Long before the success of The Fault in Our Stars and various other social media projects, Green was an aspiring writer looking for a way to channel his emotions into a story. He did just that with his first novel Looking for Alaska, which went on to win the 2006 Printz Medal. Read more on Dutton's celebration for the book’s January birthday, plus interviews with Green and his editor, Julie Strauss-Gabel, about the book and its origins. more

'One Hundred Famous Children's Books':
A Grolier Club Exhibition

This winter the Grolier Club in New York City is presenting an exhibition of 100 books and items from the canon of children’s literature, including Lewis Carroll's own copy of Alice and Maurice Sendak's private sketches to his editor. PW got a private tour of the show; read on for more details. more

From the N.Y. Daily News:
J.K. Rowling responds to fans via Twitter on diversity among the wizards at Hogwarts. Click here
From the Guardian:
The Guardian's children’s books team and site members share their favorite books from 2014. Click here
From the Guardian:
An exclusive extract from Philip Pullman's new Northern Lights story. Click here
From the Guardian:
John Corey Whaley: "I'd be very surprised if I didn't see cryogenics in my lifetime." Click here
From the Guardian:
Thanks to Hollywood, fairytales are more popular than ever, but they've had to adapt. Click here
From Time:
The 15 Most Influential Fictional Characters of 2014. Coming in at #7: Katniss Everdeen. Click here
From the Hollywood Reporter:
J.K. Rowling Dismisses Severus Snape Vampire Rumors in Latest 'Harry Potter' Revelations. Click here
From the Guardian:
In a tough market, Finnish reviewers are critical of awarding Swedish-language books over Finnish. Click here
From Time:
Winnie-the-Pooh: Britain's Favorite Bear Might Go Home for a Visit. Click here
From the Guardian:
Charlie Higson: "Kids should have nightmares, they should be scared of things." Click here
From Oregon Live:
The oldest independent children's bookstore in Portland, Ore., is moving in early 2015. Click here
From Bustle:
7 Quotes That Explain Why The Giver Was Such An Important Book To Us When We Were Kids. Click here

Kenny Brechner
Exercising Through the Holidays
A survival strategy for the holiday season. more »

Josie Leavitt
Everyone Gets Punchy This Time of Year
It's a goofy time of year - here's how to know if your local booksellers have started to fray. more »

Josie Leavitt
Second Week of December Recap
Highlights of week 2: strong sales, a surprise bestseller, shipping issues, and more! more »

Elizabeth Bluemle
Elfing the Store: Making a Book Tree
Building a tree of books at the store. more »

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