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May 22, 2015

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Mathical: A New Book Award Honors the Magic of Mathematics

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Last month a new prize was announced: Mathical Books for Kids from Tots to Teens. The prize is sponsored by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI)—a non-profit that focuses on research and works to deepen appreciation of mathematics across all age levels—and the Children’s Book Council (CBC).

Charged! From Atoms to Electricity | Touch and Go

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Today’s app reviews cover introductions to foundational science topics studied at one point during every student’s career.

SLJ’s Guide to 2015 BookExpo America ARCs and Galleys

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Sign up for SLJ’s guide to advanced readers copies and author signings at BookExpo America 2015, May 27-29.

SPONSORED: Score Advance Reader’s Copies of Marie Marquardt’s “Dream Things True”

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If you’re an active librarian in the United States, you can request a complimentary advance reader’s copy of Marie Marquardt Dream Things True, a YA novel about a wealthy Southern boy and an undocumented Mexican girl who fall in love in their hostile Georgia town. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan.

First Book to Publish 60,000 Copies of Diverse Children’s Titles

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As part of its Stories for All Project aimed at increasing diversity and inclusivity in children’s literature, First Book has launched a project to offer 60,000 copies of six titles, each reflecting diversity in characters and lifestyle, at a discounted price.

S. & S. Presents a Mischievous Canine, Some Star-Studded Collaborations, and a Can’t-Miss Dystopia | Fall Preview

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The S. & S. Fall Preview highlighted a picture book featuring a pampered French bulldog, a concept book that finds alphabet letters in everyday objects, and a Coraline-esque novel from two children’s lit giants, author Kenneth Oppel and illustrator Jon Klassen.

Oneworld to Launch U.S. YA Imprint in July

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The UK publisher Oneworld Publications will officially launch its young adult and children’s imprint, Rock the Boat, on June 2 in the UK and July 14 in the United States. The publisher’s first U.S. title, written for a middle school audience, is Minus Me by Norwegian bestselling YA author Ingelin Røssland.

Bold New Worlds | Fantasy Titles for Middle Grade Readers, Spring 2015

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Three new middle grade titles offer exciting twists on familiar fantasy tropes and world-building.

A Penguin Kind of Circus | Summer Preview

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A circus-themed event at Penguin’s Preview in New York City underlined its featured book Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley—and other titles with animals of the possum-kind.

Evaluating Transgender Picture Books; Calling for Better Ones

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A school librarian reviews some of the transgender-themed picture books out there—and challenges authors and publishers to produce ones that share the high literary quality of great books on any other topic.

Three-Time Caldecott Winner Marcia Brown Dies at 96

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Celebrated author and illustrator Marcia Brown, whose illustrious career was marked by three Caldecott wins and six Caldecott Honors, died on April 28 at her home in Laguna Hills, CA, due to complications from congestive heart failure. She was 96.

Q & A with Author Deborah Jiang-Stein: Bringing Libraries to Prison Nurseries

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Author and founder of the unPrison Project, Deborah Jiang-Stein, has teamed up with the Children’s Book Council to bring libraries to prison nurseries in honor of Mother’s Day, May 10, the last day of Children’s Book Week.

SPONSORED: Get Advance Reader’s Copies of Simon P. Clark’s “Tell the Story to Its End”

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If you’re an active librarian in the United States, you can request an advance reader’s copy of Simon P. Clark’s haunting debut, Tell the Story to Its End from St. Martin’s Press. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan.

Sixth Grader to Interview President Obama About Reading on April 30

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Maryland student Osman Yaya will talk to the president about his favorite books at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library in Washington, DC on April 30 at 10:40 a.m. ET. The President will also discuss new initiatives to bring books to underprivileged children.

Scholastic Sells Ed Tech Business to Focus on Publishing

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Scholastic announced on April 24 that it will sell its education technology and services division to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for $575 million to focus on its thriving publishing business.

Page to Stage: Gary Ghislain on the German Theater Adaptation of His YA Debut

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YA author Gary Ghislain recounts the unique experience of seeing his first book for teens, How I Stole Johnny Depp’s Alien Girlfriend, performed live in a theater in Germany.

The 2015 Irma Black Award & Cook Prize Winners Announced

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New York’s Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature named Mac Barnett’s Sam and Dave Dig a Hole the winner of its Irma Black Award and Jean Craighead George’s Galápagos George the winner of its Cook Prize.

Famous Chef, Chickens with Superpowers, and Hurricane Katrina Lead the Pack at Random House Preview | 2015 Spring Preview

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Bullying leads to an ecological disaster in Newbery winner Louis Sachar’s Fuzzy Mud, and world-famous chef Marcus Samuelsson shares a young adult version of his autobiography Make It Messy: My Perfectly Imperfect Life.

2015 Banned Books Week to Focus on YA Lit

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This year’s Banned Books Week (BBW, September 27 to October 3) will celebrate books written for the teen audience, the BBW National Committee announced on April 22.

What Does “Excellence” in Nonfiction Mean to YALSA? | Consider the Source

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A look at YALSA’s Nonfiction Award for Excellence leaves the author with some questions about the award’s criteria.