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Spring Picture Book Announcements

SPONSORED BY: OwlKids Books, NorthSouth, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group, Candlewick Press with School Library Journal
EVENT DATE: Thursday, March 8, 2012– 1:00 PM ET

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Interested in picture books? Attend SLJ’s Spring Picture Books webcast to learn about the season’s line up from OwlKids Books, NorthSouth, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group and Candlewick Press.

Learn about OwlKids Books’ exciting answer book How? The most awesome question and answer book about nature, animals, people, places—and you! By Catherine Ripley and illustrated by Scot Ritchie. One of NorthSouth’s highlighted books comes from the author and illustrator duo Carol Roth and Sean Julian with a story about a sleepy kitty who can’t find her mommy in Where’s My Mommy? Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group presents the beautifully illustrated More, the story of a hoarding magpie and a few well-intentioned mice. Candlewick Press celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and is still going strong with publishing enjoyable books like I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen.

Presenters:

Jennifer Canham, Group Publisher, Owlkids Books
Jennifer Canham is the publisher of Owlkids, an award-winning family of children’s books and magazines that has been in business for more than 35 years. She spearheaded the development of the book publishing program and led the acquisition of Maple Tree Press in 2008. Jennifer is a member of the steering committee for the National Reading Campaign focused on developing a reading strategy for Canada.

Karen Boersma, Publisher, Owlkids Books
Karen is a new addition to the OwlKids Books team. Boersmaʼs experience is extensive, with a focus in childrenʼs publishing for the past 16 years. In her most recent position, as Vice-President and Publisher of Kids Can Press,she has led the development of the publishing program, oversaw the international sales and licensing programs for much of her tenure, and was a member of the executive committee.

Heather Lennon, Publishing Director , NorthSouth Books
Heather Lennon has worked for NorthSouth Books for the past four years, focusing on expanding their distribution to schools and libraries in the United States and Canada. Before that, she worked for Random House Children’s Book Publishing and HarperCollins Children’s Book Publishing.
She lives in New Jersey.

Lisa DiSarro, Director of School & Library Marketing, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group
Lisa DiSarro is the Director of School & Library Marketing for the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group. After being an elementary school teacher and a bookseller she received her master’s degree in Children’s Literature from Simmons College. She thinks that the best part of her job is sharing great books with as many people as possible.

Anne Irza-Leggat, Educational Marketing Supervisor, Candlewick Press
Anne Irza-Leggat is the Educational Marketing Supervisor for Candlewick Press where she has worked for 15 years. Previously a preschool teacher attracted to Candlewick by its wonderful picture books she is very proud of the fact that the company has grown to include just as many wonderful books for young adults.

Moderator:

Luann Toth, Managing Editor, Book Review, School Library Journal

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