April 15, 2014

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Penguin Spring Books 2014 | Spring Preview


Diversity, bears, ninjas, and celebrities all characterized the rich array of new titles at a recent Penguin preview.

Hyperion Books Spring 2014 | Preview Peek


Tomorrowland, mermaids, World War II, and a killer chicken figure among the themes in Spring 2014 releases from Disney Hyperion.

Highlighting Boyds Mills Press Spring 2014 | Preview Peek


Boyds Mill Press, a division of Highlights, showcased their Spring 2014 nonfiction offerings for young readers at a librarian preview event at the recent Midwinter Meeting, held in Philadelphia, PA earlier this year.

Lerner Spring Kids 2014 | Preview Peek


Contributing editor and former school librarian Rocco Staino spent a snowy afternoon getting reacquainted with Lerner Books and its high-interest nonfiction titles via the publisher’s spring 2014 webcast preview, “and I am glad I did,” he says. The 54-year-old publisher remains a “go-to” resource for librarians working with kids.

Penguin Spring Kids 2014 | Preview Peek


The Penguin Young Readers Group celebrated the holidays with good cheer, a host of spring titles to get excited about, and the launch of a new imprint, Kathy Dawson Books. Dawson, a publishing veteran of more than 20 years, was most recently vice president and editorial director for Dial Books.

The Debut: SLJ Chats with Mary Miller, author of ‘The Last Days of California’

The Last Days of California

Gas stations, fast food, and low-budget motels blur together with the coming Rapture in Mary Miller’s debut novel, The Last Days of California. “Adult Books for Teens” blogger Angela Carstensen makes her final contribution to SLJTeen after speaking with the author, who was inspired by a newspaper article to write the book.

Holiday House Spring Kids 2014 | Preview Peek


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.

Scholastic Spring Kids 2014 | Preview Peek


For the sixth time, Scholastic is offering librarians—and the nation—a sneak peak of its upcoming titles via an online video. The publisher’s spring preview for 2014 presents “38 Books in 38 Minutes” with appearances by more than a dozen authors, illustrators, and editors.

Behind the Scenes: Filming Scholastic’s Spring Books Preview Video


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.

Random House Spring Kids 2014 | Preview Peek


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.

Pictures of the Week: Librarians React to Smith’s ‘Grasshopper Jungle’; Walkup’s ‘Second Verse’ Book Launch

Librarians Jennifer Thompson of Brooklyn Public Library (l.) and Jeanne Lamb of New York Public Library (r.) chat with author Andrew Smith (c.)

Librarians Jennifer Thompson of Brooklyn Public Library (l.) and Jeanne Lamb of New York Public Library (r.) chat with author Andrew Smith (c.) about his upcoming Grasshopper Jungle. Debut author Jennifer Walkup presents her young adult mystery, Second Verse at WORDS Bookstore in Maplewood, New Jersey.

Candlewick Spring Kids 2014 | Preview Peek


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 Spring Kids 2014 | Preview Peek

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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 Publishers Reveal Spring Lists at AAP Book Buzz Event | Preview Peek


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 Spring Kids | Preview Peek


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.

Little, Brown Spring Kids 2014 | Preview Peek


Little, Brown Books for Young Readers always offers interesting programs at its book previews in New York City, courtesy of Victoria Stapleton, director of school and library marketing, who builds the excitement at each event with the tease of a special guest appearance. Who was it this time?

Simon & Schuster Spring Kids 2014 | Preview Peek


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.

HarperCollins Spring Kids 2014 | Preview Peek

Jennifer Thompson Brooklyn public & orange aardvark fun picture book Harper

You know the smell of autumn is in the air when librarians gather again at publishers’ preview events, gearing up for insider peeks at what’s in store for 2014. This year’s season kicked off with HarperCollins this week, where the retelling of familiar stories was a hot theme.

Style or Substance? One Teen Makes the Point | YA Underground

From Crack to College

Amy Cheney is constantly on the look-out for books that will engage her incarcerated teens, but estimates that only about one in five that she encounters will pass muster. That’s why she is so excited about a new self-published title, From Crack to College & Vice Versa.

Simon & Schuster Fall Kids | Preview Peek


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.