November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Scholastic Authors Reveal What’s Coming for Fall

Scholastic’s unique video publisher preview is full of fun and surprises, as well as plenty of collection-worthy titles for the upcoming school year.

Macmillan Fall 2016 Preview Puts Back-to-Cool Creativity on Display

From global permutations of the story of creation to a clandestine romance during the Russian revolution, this autumn’s Macmillan’s frontlist will have it all.

S. & S.’s Preview Yields a Bountiful Crop of Summer 2016 Books

From a touching, unique perspective of 9-11, to the dangers of little white lies, this group of entries from Simon & Schuster’s Summer 2016 list plumbs the depths of tough emotions. But you’ll find books that are funny and memorable, too.

Little, Brown Trots Out Fresh Faces and Themes at Fall 2016 Preview

Here a debut, there a debut, everywhere a debut! The Little Brown Fall 2016 Preview showcased a promising crop of first-timers, with standouts for middle grade and YA readers alike.

Candlewick Press Fall Preview Full of Drama, Dark Fairy Tales—and Octopi

Oliver Jeffers’s A Child of Books stole the spotlight among a deep field of other worthy upcoming titles, including hotly anticipated picture books and fairy tales with a film noir feel.

A Lineup of Presidential Proportions from Random’s Summer 2016 List| Preview Peek

Rounding out the patriotic pack at the Random House Summer 2016 Preview was an easy-to-read biography, Hillary Clinton: The Life of a Leader by Shana Corey and Adam Gustavson. (An ode to Donald Trump was conspicuously absent.)

Teen Tales, History, and Puns Round Out Penguin’s 2016 Summer List | Preview Peek

The Penguin Young Readers Group summer 2016 review provided a sneak peek at the fun and thrills just around the corner.

Disney-Hyperion Spring 2016 List Has Broad Appeal | Preview Peek

The season’s preview blossomed with fresh picks featuring old friends, every-day dilemmas, and fantasy worlds, as well as serious issues.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.