February 20, 2018

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Día Multicultural Book Grants; MyON Adds National Geographic Kids | News Bites


El Dia imageThe Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature announced grants for the 2015 Día program El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), with an African American focus. Grant winners will be awarded $500 in selected multicultural children’s books for their library. The Día event must be held on (or around) April 30, with applications due March 9. For more information on how to apply, email Center4MulticulturalChildrensLit@aol.com.

Penguin is now accepting submissions for its Out of the Easy (Philomel, 2013) scholarship contest. To compete, students must write a three-page essay using a prompt based on the novel, and the competition is open to all high school juniors and seniors, with a prize of $5,000 toward the college of the winner’s choice and 25 free books to the winning student’s teacher or librarian. The deadline is May 2015. Click here for more information.

This year the National Book Foundation’s Innovations in Reading Prize, which recognizes visionary literature programs that promote reading across the country, will offer a $10,000 award. The winner will be invited to present his or her work to an audience of literary professionals. There will also be four honorable mentions. Applications for this prize will be accepted until midnight PT on February 28, 2015. Learn more about how to apply.

Education themed shoot for Baker & Taylor in Commerce, Ga Friday, August 15, 2014.PBS KIDS recently announced its annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest. The contest is open to children in grades K−3 and encourages creative thinking and original storytelling. Story ideas and activity sheets, along with the previous winning entries, are available on the contest website to inspire children during the brainstorming process. PBS LearningMedia is also offering a collection of online teacher resources for use in classrooms nationwide.  National winners will be announced during the summer of 2015, and the winning stories will be featured on pbskids.org/writerscontest.


La Casa Azul Bookstore was announced as one of 20 small business recipients of a Mission Main Street Grant from Chase bank. Watch the bookstore’s story as told by its owner, Aurora Anaya-Cerda, and learn how she’ll use her grant.

Sydney_Taylor_Book_Award_Medal_gold_jpgWinners of the Sydney Taylor Book Awards have been announced. Jim Aylesworth and Barbara McClintock, author and illustrator of My Grandfather’s Coat (Scholastic), Loic Dauvillier, Marc Lizano, and Greg Salsedo, authors and illustrators of Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust (First Second), and Donna Jo Napoli, author of Storm (S. & S.), are the 2015 winners of the Sydney Taylor Book Award. The Sydney Taylor Book Award honors new books for children and teens that exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience. Find a list of the winners here.

In This Together MediaEducation themed shoot for Baker & Taylor in Commerce, Ga Friday, August 15, 2014. announced the winner of their Kids Create Kat McGee Writing Contest. Students were asked to come up with an original title and plot synopsis for Kat McGee’s next adventure. From a total of 85 submissions, ten-year old London Stephens of Harvest Elementary in Utah submitted this year’s winning entry, suggesting Earth Day as the plot for the next “Kat McGee” novel. Says its author Kristin Riddick of the contest:

“All of the ideas submitted for #KidsCreateKatMcGee were creative, fun, and wonderfully imaginative, so thank you to all the students, teachers, and parents who participated! Congratulations to the Kat-astic winning submission—we’re so excited to take on the grand, topical, adventurous allure of Earth Day! Kat is ready to save the world!”

The winning entry will be available as a book in time for Earth Day 2016.


Digital ebooks library myON announced the addition of ebooks from National Geographic Kids to its online platform. The 30 titles are geared toward further engaging middle school students in reading and will contribute to myON’s collection of over 8,000 enhanced digital books. For a full list of the titles that will be available from National Geographic Kids, visit http://www.thefutureinreading.myon.com and search “National Geographic.”

Education themed shoot for Baker & Taylor in Commerce, Ga Friday, August 15, 2014.

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Baker & Taylor, a worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announced a partnership with Cricket Media. Schools using Baker & Taylor’s K−12 digital education platform, KnowledgePoint, will now be able to order selections from Cricket Media’s content library, including articles and texts from Cricket’s children’s publications Ladybug, Cricket, Cobblestone, Odyssey, Appleseeds, and Ask. School administrators, teachers, and students can read the articles as PDFs on computers, tablets, or mobile devices. Read the full press release.

Baker & Taylor also announced the incorporation of a reservation feature into its lending platform that will enable teachers to reserve digital titles for students in advance.

Five San Francisco teacher librarians created a libguide to offer educational tools about Ferguson, MO, and #BlackLivesMatter. The resources include grand jury documents, poetry, videos and graphics, readings, and lesson plans and activities for elementary, middle, and high school students.

Capstone announced the addition of more than 700 titles to the Capstone Interactive Ebooks collection, expanding the publisher’s digital offerings to over 4,000 titles. Pricing is a one-time fee, which includes all students in a school with unlimited circulation and simultaneous usage by multiple students. Students can access the interactive ebooks directly from their library or at home, 24/7.


The Association for Library Service to Children has released new Building STEAM with Día booklists for children from birth to 8th grade. Intended to accompany El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día) programming, the four book lists include multicultural titles that showcase STEAM topics. PDFs of the reading lists are available online in full color and are free to download, copy, and distribute. For more information, read the full press release. 

Egmont Publishing (based in Denmark) has announced its decision to close Egmont USA as part of a new strategic focus on investing in books and magazine businesses. Read the press release here.