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1. Best Selling Middle Grade Books | October 2015

This month, Connect the Thoughts (Chronicle Books), a guided journal for young thinkers, is back again as The Children's Book Review's best selling middle grade book.

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2. Best Selling Middle Grade Books | September 2015

This month, Girl to Girl: Honest Talk About Growing Up and Your Changing Body (Chronicle Books), a must-have for every girl navigating her way through the preteen years, is The Children's Book Review's best selling middle grade book.

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3. Blizzard

A Junior Library Guild Selection 2014

One winter day it started to snow,
and it did
At first it was fun, 
But four days later, the snowplows still hadn’t come, 
cabin fever was setting in, 
and rations were running low. 
Someone had to take action. 
Will one intrepid boy be able to triumph over a fearsome BLIZZARD? 

“We dug tunnels and secret rooms under the snow.”


Blizzard by John Rocco -a book trailer from John Rocco on Vimeo.

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4. Caldecott Honor-Winning John Rocco Talks About Blizzard

John Rocco discusses his newest picture book, Blizzard, the companion to your Caldecott Honor-winning Blackout.

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5. Best New Kids Stories | August 2015

For many kids, August is back-to-school month. The stories in this month's hot new release kids books will make back-to-school (and anytime) reading a breeze.

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6. Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes

Grab your spear, polish your shield, and go back about 4,000 years with the funny and irreverent Percy Jackson as he describes ancient Greek heroes in this highly entertaining and informative companion to Percy Jackson's Greek Gods. Fantastic Illustrations by Caldecott honoree John Rocco immerse you right in the middle of the adventure. Books mentioned [...]

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7. Video Sunday: More Glitter

Somewhere along the way I completely missed this Percy Jackson video in which everyone from Brian Selznick to a moustachioed Eoin Colfer (when did that happen?) chat it up.  Video #2 contains a bit of advice  that John Rocco actually had to contend with when he made the jacket for The Lightening Thief: “Green covers don’t sell.”  I love mistaken common publishing wisdom.

Thanks to Bookmaker’s Dozen for the links.

Kids these days.  I dunno what to do with them.  With their electronic thingymajigs and their Facebook whozaz and their cries to not ban books  . . .

Thanks to Marjorie Ingall (who discovered this on her iPhone).

Full credit to Travis Jonker for finding this one.  He’s right.  Orrin Hatch totally whipped out a Harry Potter reference (psst. . . . nobody tell him which HP character Scalia actually resembles).

Now here’s an idea.  Book trailer as music video.  Surely this has been done before, right?  Surely?  In any case, here’ A Train With Wings for the book Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver.  Harper Collins hired transmedia firm Radiator to create the trailer.  I think the visuals are great.  The song could have benefited if it had made the song less pop rock/Glee-ish and more haunting, but it’s still okay.

Thanks to Stephen Barbara for the link.

Finally I’ll get off-topicy with you but I will at least say that I could see these creatures as characters in a book for kids.  Easily.  Make sure you watch until they start walking.

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8. All About The New Full Day Illustrator's Marketing Intensive on January 27, 2012

I got to sit down with Lin Oliver, SCBWI's Executive Director, and learn why the new Illustrator's Marketing Intensive coming up on the Friday before the full 2012 SCBWI Winter Conference isn't just going to be great - it's going to be essential.

You can register now for the Illustrator's Marketing Intensive and the whole Lucky 13th Annual SCBWI Winter Conference!

Hope to see you there,

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9. Caldecott Medal, 2012

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: January 23, 2012

Medal Winner

Honor Book

Honor Book

Honor Book

“The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.” ~ALSC

©2012 The Childrens Book Review. All Rights Reserved.


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10. Back to book reviews: Blackout

For several uninteresting reasons, I've been unable to visit our libraries regularly. Today, I was finally able to get my hands on some newer library books. Yay!
The above book trailer is interesting in that you just see snippets of the book itself, mixed with interviews from New Yorkers remembering a blackout.
My son picked Blackout over a few other choices and I can't wait to share it with him. The harmony between the words and images is amazing. The unwritten story is deep, but even the broader topic of losing power will strike a chord with little ones. We live in quiet suburbia, so a city tale won't resonate like it will with children who know more about that world, but it's still a way to broaden horizons.
For more information about Blackout, or the author/illustrator John Rocco, visit HERE.

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11. The Publishing Perspectives Profile (In anticipation of the Children's Book Conference)

Poor Dennis Abrams of Publishing Perspectives!  He was given the task of interviewing me, and it was one of those days when I was talking too fast about, well, everything.  That Dennis was able to create this beautiful profile for Publishing Perspectives says much about his talent for deep listening and fine cohesion. I am grateful, and I am so looking forward to the Publishing Perspectives Children's Book Conference, to be held on May 31st at the Scholastic Headquarters in New York City, where I'll be joining Peter Brown, John Rocco, and Raina Telgemeier on a panel Dennis moderates.  Earlier in the day, conference participants will meet Pamela Paul, Jenny Brown, Roger Sutton, David Levithan, Ken Wright, Rosemary Stimola, and Erica Rand Silverman, among others.

I hope to find some of you there.  And, again, thank you, Dennis.

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12. Caldecott - Past, Present, and Future


With all the Newbery and Caldecott talk and predictions out there I thought it would be nice to take a look at not only what may be the next winner, but what has won in the past. If you have a favorite title you are rooting for post it in a comment. I would love to hear about it! Next week I will post my favorite book of the year that I think is Caldecott deserving in every facet of picture book brilliance.



From Publishers Weekly, with great interviews of winners from the past 5 years.
The Call That Changes Everything- or Not.

From The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) a look at the past.

Newbery Honor and Medal Books, 1922- Present
Caldecott Medal & Honor Books, 1938-Present
2012 Newbery-Caldecott Awards Banquet

From Through the Studio door, an interesting look at what PW dubbed in 1963 "...a pointless and confusing story."
Before They Were Classics



For predictions for this years award winners check out:
A Fuse #8 Production
100 Scope Notes
The Horn Book- Calling Caldecott 
Country Bookshelf
Random Acts of Reading


75th Anniversary Logo by Brian Selznick

Mark your calendar for the Caldecott Medal 75th Anniversary!

The ALA will announce all the awards at 8 a.m. PT on Jan. 28 from the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. The awards include the esteemed John Newbery Medal, Randolph Caldecott Medal, Coretta Scott King Book Awards and Michael L. Printz Award.

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced that John Rocco will participate in a Caldecott 75th Anniversary Facebook Forum at 1 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Rocco won a Caldecott Honor in 2012 for his picture book Blackout.

Caldecott 75th Anniversary eBadgeWant to learn more about the logo 2008 Caldecott Medal winner Brian Selznick created especially for the 75th Anniversary celebration and the characters in it? Just click here.

And for a little more fun, read Brian's acceptance speech for The Invention of Hugo Cabret  here and watch the illustrated sequence that played on huge video screens during the speech here.


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13. John Rocco’s ‘Blackout’ Optioned for Live-Action Adaptation

Fox 2000 has optioned the film rights to John Rocco‘s Caldecott Honor-winning picture book, Blackout. The movie studio plans to adapt this work into a live-action movie.

According to Deadline, Rocco will serve as an executive producer along with Ivana Schecter-GarciaHow To Train Your Dragon screenwriter Will Davies will write the script.

Here’s more from the article: ”Rocco’s bestselling book follows a young New York City family, disconnected from each other by their obsessive everyday use of technology, who are separated during a New York City blackout and must find their way back to each other–literally and figuratively–in order to reconnect as a family.”


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14. Paulo Coelho, Daniel J. Levitin, Rick Riordan, & John Rocco Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending August 24, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #5 in Hardcover Fiction) Adultery by Paulo Coelho: “Linda knows she’s lucky. Yet every morning when she opens her eyes to a so-called new day, she feels like closing them again. Her friends recommend medication. But Linda wants to feel more, not less.” (August 2014)


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15. Book Expo America: a book-stravaganza

A Book Today, A Friend Forever - BEA 2009

When I came to work at First Book, I heard a lot about Book Expo America (BEA) - a weekend-long event for publishers, booksellers, educators and anyone who loves books and reading.

But it wasn’t until the following year when I experienced the show for myself that I truly understood what my colleagues were talking about. So many authors and books all under one roof! And did I mention that the galley copies of the books are free? Oh yes, my suitcase was twice as heavy when I came back from BEA that year.

This year, First Book is celebrating the books that made us readers for life with our “A Book Today, A Friend Forever” campaign, thanks to the support of our partners Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing and Book Expo America.

If you’re going to be at BEA in New York this weekend (May 29-31), look for us at booth #734 in the Javits Center. We’ll donate a new book in your honor just for stopping by!

We’ll also have great authors signing copies of their latest books at our booth - including James Patterson, Mo Willems, Kate DiCamillo and many more - you won’t want to miss it! Check out the full schedule of authors signing at the First Book booth after the jump and find out more about Book Expo America by visiting www.firstbook.org/bea and www.bookexpoamerica.com.

Friday, May 29

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Lucy Hawking, George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Mo Willems, Elephants Cannot Dance! (Hyperion Books for Children)

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Michael Winerip, Adam Canfield: The Last Reporter (Candlewick Press)

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Linda Sue Park, Keeping Score (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

4:00PM – 4:30 PM
John Rocco, Moonpowder (Disney-Hyperion)

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Jon Agee, Orangutan Tongs (Disney-Hyperion)

Saturday, May 30

9:00 AM – 9:45 PM
Kate DiCamillo, Tale of Despereaux (Candlewick Press)

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
James Patterson, Maximum Ride #4: The Final Warning (Little, Brown & Co.)

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Brandon Mull, Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)

1:00PM – 2:00 PM
John Carter Cash, Momma Loves Her Little Son (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)

Sunday, May 31

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Erica Perl, Chicken Bedtime is Really Early (Abrams Books for Young Readers)

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Matthew Reinhart, Pop Up Book of Nursery Rhymes (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)

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16. John Rocco Art Exhibition- Sparkhouse Studio, Nov 14th

On Sunday November 14th there will be an art exhibition and reception at Sparkhouse Studio in South Orange, NJ from 7-9pm

Limited edition prints from all the Percy Jackson books, as well as The Kane Chronicles and Heroes of Olympus will be available.

Here is all the information from the fine folks at Sparkhouse:
Please join us as we welcome John Rocco to Sparkhouse Studio.

Mr. Rocco is the illustrator of the Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles & The Heroes of Olympus series as well as the illustrator & author of several other books for children. He lives in Brooklyn & his will be the inaugural show at Sparkhouse Studio.

Please note that this is an adult event and wine will be served. There are two child friendly events earlier in the day with Mr. Rocco

You can RSVP to the event here: http://www.pingg.com/rsvp/cc4z7zhqvm86mj8rj

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17. SLJ’s 2011 Day of Dialog: “The best thing about being a writer is that you have readers” – Katherine Paterson

So let’s get a grasp on what exactly it is I’m talking about here.  Day of Dialog.  A day when School Library Journal and roughly 1.5 billion children’s book publishers (read: 16, give or take) get together and attendees (who are mostly children’s librarians and children’s booksellers) get to witness a variety of interesting panels and previews of upcoming children’s books for the Fall season.  It tends to be held on the Monday before BookExpo so that it doesn’t conflict with anything going on at that time.  And since my library was closed that day for it’s big time Centennial celebration, I thought to myself, “Why not go?  I could report on what went on and have some fun along the way.”

Of course I had forgotten that I would be typing all that occurred on Dead-Eye the Wonder Laptop: Capable of carrying at least two hours of charge in its battery . . . and then dying altogether.  So it was that I spent much of the day seeking out outlets and either parking myself next to them or watching my charging laptop warily across a crowded room.  Hi-ho the glamorous life.

I was hardly the only person reporting on the day.  Swift like the bunnies are the SLJ posts on the matter including the article BEA 2011: Paterson, Handler, Gidwitz a Huge Hit at SLJ’s Day of Dialog.

Day of Dialog is useful in other ways as well.  It means getting galleys you might otherwise not have access to.  It means sitting in a nice auditorium with a belly full of muffin.  Interestingly the only problem with sitting in the audience when you are pretty much nine months pregnant (aside from the whole theoretical “lap” part of “laptop computer”) is that you start eyeing the panelists’ water bottles with great envy.  I brought my own, quickly went through it, and then found myself wondering at strategic points of the day and with great seriousness “If I snuck onto the stage between speakers, do you think anyone would notice if I downed the remains of Meghan McCarthy’s bottled water?”  I wish I could say I was joking about this.

Brian Kenney, me boss o’ me blog and editor of SLJ, started us off with a greeting.  He noted that he had placed himself in charge of keeping everything on track and on schedule.  This seemed like a hazardous job because much of the day was dedicated to previews of upcoming books, and there is no good way to gently usher a sponsor off of a stage.  Nonetheless, Brian came equipped with a small bell.  Throughout the day that little bell managed to have a near Pavlovian influence on the panelists.  Only, rather than make them drool, it caused them to get this look of abject fear that only comes when you face the terror of the unknown.  For some of them, anyway.  Others didn’t give a flying hoot.

“It wasn’t wallpapering.”
Keynote Speaker Katherine Paterson

Luann Toth came after Brian to introduce our keynote speaker though, as she pointed out, “Does anyone really need to introduce Katherine Paterson?”  Point taken.  Now upon entering the auditorium this day, each attendee had been handed a signed copy of a new novel by Ms. Paterson and her h

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