At Holiday House’s preview of its spring 2014 titles, librarians were treated to special guest author Bruce Degen and a tour of the publisher’s offices to view original book art by such legendary illustrators as Glen Rounds, Leonard Everett Fisher, and Trina Schart Hyman.
Rocco Staino, SLJ’s contributing editor, offers an insider’s look of the filming of Scholastic’s spring 2014 preview video, which will reveal “38 Books in 38 Minutes” from more than a dozen authors on November 13. Staino also had a few moments to chat with Sharon Robinson, picture book author and daughter of legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson, and her mother, Rachel.
Defying the windy fall weather in New York City, librarians instead dreamed of warmer days, tucked inside Random House’s recent spring 2014 preview, where ducks and geese and rabbits figuratively scurried about and young love was in the air. Those in attendance also enjoyed an appearance by author E. Lockhart.
You know that it is time for another Candlewick book preview when librarians and other industry insiders head for the hills of New York City’s Morningside Heights neighborhood, flocking to The Bank Street School for a glimpse at the hottest new titles. This year’s spring preview had someone special in store planned as its guest speaker: one of our own, New York Public Library’s Betsy Bird, SLJ blogger and author.
Chronicle Children’s Books recently welcomed librarians and booksellers to its spring preview in San Francisco, where it celebrated its 25th anniversary and the roaring success—star reviews or bestseller status—of many of its 2013 titles. But the focus remained on spring 2014, and the exciting slate of new titles that the publisher has in store. Here are some of the highlights.
Kid lit offerings from niche publishers had a chance to shine recently, thanks to the Association of American Publishers and its Children’s Libraries Committee’s recent Book Buzz event in New York City. Librarians hailing from across the eastern seaboard gathered to preview spring 2014 titles from 14 different publishers plus various smaller imprints.
Egmont USA celebrated its fifth anniversary with a gathering of librarians in New York City, where they previewed the publisher’s spring titles and enjoyed afternoon tea. The publisher’s list is short, but it has plenty of interesting books to keep young readers and librarians busy, especially for the middle grades.
Simon & Schuster’s spring book preview this week in New York City featured both rising and long-shining stars. Jason Reynolds, poet and debut author of the urban teen tale When I Was the Greatest, charmed the audience with stories of his upbringing in Brooklyn, while collage artist and picture book author Lois Ehlert closed the program by speaking about her own childhood in Wisconsin.
Simon & Schuster’s recent preview of its fall children’s books in New York City was a unique, and unprecedented, opportunity for celebration this year, as librarians and teachers gathered during the event to help celebrate award-winning author/illustrator Ashley Bryan’s 90th birthday. Bryan was in attendance to present his newest book Can’t Scare Me, which debuts next month.
Among the hoopla at the American Library Association’s annual conference, one may have missed the number of exciting publisher previews that occur. Disney’s Hyperion preview was no exception. Although it only offered only a peek at seven titles that will be released in the coming year, it was heavy on star power and theatrics.
The heat of summer may be upon us but children’s book publishers are now looking toward the glorious days of fall, and the Penguin Young Readers Group is no exception. Forty titles from Penguin’s varied kid imprints were highlighted recently at the publisher’s recent school and library preview, which included surprise guest appearances from authors John Bemelmans Marciano and Julie Berry.
Early on the morning of May 23 in the Louis L’Amour Room of the Random House building on Broadway in New York City, there was a magical gathering of librarians, reviewers, and publishers. Attendees consumed a delicious breakfast as editors from each imprint shared upcoming titles. Here are some of the highlights.