In the NewsRandom House, Penguin May Merge
Responding to persistent media reports, mostly from European outlets, that Pearson and Bertelsmann are discussing a possible merger of Penguin and Random House, Pearson issued the following statement Thursday confirming talks. “Pearson confirms that it is discussing with Bertelsmann a possible combination of Penguin and Random House. The two companies have not reached agreement and there is no certainty that the discussions will lead to a transaction. A further announcement will be made if and when appropriate.” more
Strong Sales of Kids' Books and Other Titles Energizes NEIBA
The New England Booksellers Association’s 39th annual fall conference, held Oct. 3–5 at the Rhode Island Convention Center, opened with high energy, which it largely sustained throughout the three-day show. Macmillan CEO John Sargent delivered a free-ranging keynote/off-the-record industry conversation. NEIBA president Annie Philbrick, owner of Bank Square Books in Mystic, Ct., noted in her introduction that "[Sargent] is someone with a strong enough backbone to stand up to Amazon and the DoJ, a long history in publishing, a little Midwestern twang, and an appreciation of why indies matter." more
Children's Sales Soar in the First Half of 2012, Says AAP
For all of the industry handwringing, children's book sales remain strong, as the AAP StatShot for the first half of 2012 shows. According to the 21 publishers reporting, overall sales from January to June are up 40.7% over the same period last year. more
Brain Hive Adds New Publishers to Lending Service
Brain Hive, a pay-as-you-go e-book lending service for K-12 school libraries that launched in August, is adding new publishers' titles to its e-books lending library collection. The Minneapolis service is adding e-book titles from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Annick Press, and August House, and now offers a collection of more than 3,000 titles. more
Book NewsThe 39 Clues Launches 'Unstoppable'
New Story Arc
Scholastic broke new ground when it corralled a stable of boldface names to author The 39 Clues – a multi-platform series involving books, collectible cards, and an online game – which launched with Rick Riordan's The Maze of Bones in fall 2008. The final novel in that six-volume series, David Baldacci's Day of Doom, whose newly revealed cover appears here, is due March 5. And 2013 will also bring the debut book of a new, four-installment story arc, The 39 Clues: Unstoppable, which starts in the fall with a still untitled novel by Jude Watson. more
Sourcebooks Rolls Out
'Get Real' YA Campaign
Tapping into recent buzz that realistic, contemporary fiction is of growing interest to YA readers, and into the prominence of this genre on its fall list, Sourcebooks Fire is debuting a Get Real promotional campaign, whose slogan is "Telling It Like It Is. Real Issues. Real Drama. Real Stories." The initiative kicks off on November 11 with a 10-city tour featuring four of its YA novelists: Miranda Kenneally, Janet Gurtler, and the sibling writing duo of Lisa and Laura Roecker. more
The Face on the E-Book:
A Janie Electronic Sampler
Caroline B. Cooney's bestselling thriller series, which began back in 1990 with The Face on the Milk Carton, is set to come to an end with the arrival of the fifth and final book, Janie Face to Face, in January 2013. In preparation for this milestone, fans can revisit – and new readers can acquaint themselves with – the first four volumes about Janie Johnson, the teenage girl whose life is turned upside down when she sees her own picture on the back of the milk carton, via the Janie Series Ebook Sampler. more
In BriefIn Brief: October 25
This week, California tots get a drawing lesson from a pro; an author-illustrator provides service with a smile; a paper engineer pops up on the West Coast; a debut novelist says "konnichiwa"; and a book's characters leap off the page and onto the big screen. more
Rights ReportLiz Szabla at Feiwel & Friends has bought a new picture book by Taye Diggs, illustrated by Shane W. Evans, about a day in the life of a biracial child. The duo previously collaborated on another F&F picture book, Chocolate Me. Publication is scheduled for fall 2014. The deal was done by Tina Wexler at ICM for Diggs and Rebecca Sherman at Writers House for Evans.
Andrea Pinkney at Scholastic has acquired the tentatively titled The Way to Stay in Destiny by Augusta Scattergood, author of Glory B. In her new story, 12-year-old Theo comes to a small Florida town in 1974 with Uncle Chester, his new guardian whom he doesn't really know, to take up residence in Miss Sister Grandersoles's Rest Easy Rooming House and Dance Academy; there he discovers piano, baseball lore, friendship and a renewed sense of family. Publication is scheduled for 2014. Linda Pratt at Wernick & Pratt Agency did the deal for North American rights.
Elizabeth Bewley at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has acquired We Should Hang Out Sometime by Paralympian ski racer, cancer survivor, motivational speaker, and Just Don't Fall author Josh Sundquist. A memoir of "looking for love in all the wrong places," the author shares such personal moments such as his first "deep conversation" with a girl, and the story of a disastrous putt-putt date involving a backwards prosthetic foot. Publication is set for spring 2014; Lucy Carson at the Friedrich Agency sold world rights at auction.
Marilyn Brigham of Amazon Children's Publishing has bought the first two books in a debut series by Meredith McCardle, called The Annum Guard. Pitched as Jason Bourne meets The Gallagher Girls, this time-travel series features a 17-year-old girl, a top-secret government organization that is keeping dangerous secrets, and the ability to travel back in time to affect the present. The first book in the series, The Eighth Guardian, will be published in spring 2014, and the untitled sequel will follow in fall 2014. Rubin Pfeffer of the East West Literary Agency brokered the deal for world English rights.
IN THE MEDIA
Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad
Here Where the Sunbeams Are Green
TALES FROM THE SLUSH PILE
October 25, 2012
PeopleChrissy Noh has been promoted to associate marketing director for Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Atheneum, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Paula Wiseman Books and Beach Lane Books. She was previously senior marketing manager.
App WatchThis Week in Children's Apps
This week in children's apps features Dr. Seuss's Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!, a story about a guest who has overstayed his welcome. Also this week is Animal SnApp: Farm, a storybook from illustrator Axel Scheffler. more
In the Winners' CircleFrank Cottrell Boyce has won the 2012 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize for The Unforgotten Coat (Walker). The other shortlisted titles were: A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle, Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos, and The Abominables by Eva Ibbotson. Inspired by a true story, The Unforgotten Coat tells of two brothers from Mongolia who go to school in England but are forced to return to their homeland. Candlewick published the book in the U.S. in September 2011, the same month it came out in the U.K. For more information, click here. The Jane Addams Children's Book Award has been given to two books with historical ties to the World War II internment of Japanese Americans: The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, illus. by Roth (Lee & Low), won in the books for younger children category, and Sylvia & Aki by Winifred Conkling (Tricycle Press) won in the books for older children category. For the complete list of honorees, click here.
Mark Your Calendar
On view at the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators in New York through December 22, The Original Art: Celebrating the Fine Art of Children’s Book Illustration showcases 139 of the year's best children's books as chosen by jury from entries submitted nationwide. Laëtitia Devernay won the gold medal for The Conductor (Chronicle); a partial image from the book is shown above. For more information on the exhibit and the honorees, click here.
In Case You Missed ItSelf-Styled Successes: Four Self-Published Authors
Catching Up with William Joyce
New York Comic Con:
A Photo Essay
Feeling Upbeat in the Bay Area About Kids' Books
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