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October 19, 2014

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Holiday House Presents a Menagerie of New Animal Characters | Fall Preview 2014

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The Holiday House’s Fall 2014 Preview showcased titles that featured animals as their superstars, including: Pants for Chuck, Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster, and There’s a Pig in My Class.

‘Druthers’ Meets ‘Leroy Ninker’ at Candlewick| Fall 2014 Preview

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SLJ visits the Candlewick Fall Preview where Kate DiCamillo talks about spinoff character from her “Mercy Watson” series for her upcoming August title Leroy Ninker Saddles Up—and books about bears and dads get some love.

Chronicle | 2014 Preview

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SLJ was in San Francisco for Chronicle’s Fall 2014 Preview where illustrated children’s books with vibrant visuals were the showstopping hits.

Authors Take the Spotlight | Scholastic Online Fall Preview

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The Scholastic Fall 2014 Online Preview is the ideal way to introduce books to readers, from picture books to titles for young adults.

SLJ Goes Behind the Scenes| Scholastic Fall 2014 Preview Peek

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SLJ goes behind the scenes at Scholastic headquarters in New York City to watch the filming of Scholastic’s Fall 2014 Online Preview, available May 14, where editors and authors meet to discuss upcoming titles.

Upcoming Titles from Macmillan | Fall 2014 Preview

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At Macmillan’s fall 2014 book preview, editors discussed a wide range of titles featuring man-eating sharks, baby animals, gritty urban fiction, middle-grade animal stories, and more.

Upcoming Titles From Egmont USA |2014 Fall Preview

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SLJ previews the upcoming fall 2014 titles from Egmont USA, which include stories about bullies, a zombie hamster, and a guinea pig that behaves like a dog, as well as a book based on the immensely popular Temple Run app and which were presented on April 3 at Sarabeth’s restaurant in New York City.

Spring Burst: Upcoming Titles from Little Brown Fall | 2014 Preview

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On April 1, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers presented its Fall 2014 list of titles to librarians. Director of School and Library Marketing Victoria Stapleton kicked off the event by highlighting Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones who has written an autobiographical picture book, Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar, coming out this September. Richards’s daughter Theodora Richards, did the artwork.

Penguin Spring Books 2014 | Spring Preview

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

Hyperion Books Spring 2014 | Preview Peek

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.