April 24, 2018

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Interlude Press Launches LGBTQ Imprint; Marvel Comics Partners with Scribd; Follett Challenge | News Bites

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EH_140211-BuildSomethingBoldSchool Library Journal’s Build Something Bold Award, sponsored by LEGO Education, is now open for submissions. Eligible nominess include elementary or middle school libraries and media centers that demonstrate exemplary and creative use of the school library and its resources to engage children with hands-on learning techniques to promote multiple literacies, from basic reading to digital skills. The winner will receive a grand prize of $2,500 and a LEGO Education Classroom Pack, and will be featured in an SLJ cover story. Apply here before April 30.

EH022114-EzraJackKeatsFoundThe Ezra Jack Keats Foundation (EJK) has issued a call for proposals for its 27th annual EJK Mini-Grant Program for Public Libraries and Public Schools. Approximately 60 grants of up to $500 each will be awarded to qualifying teachers and librarians at public schools and libraries across the United States whose projects foster creative expression, working together, and interaction with a diverse community. The deadline for grant submissions has been extended to March 31, and decisions will be emailed to all applicants by May 1.

Honors, Prizes, and Notables

ABC-CLIO Solutions, an award-winning digital curriculum resource for history and humanities, announces more than 40 educators from 26 states received the 2015 Think Out Loud Innovation Grant. Recipients will use ABC-CLIO Solutions online curriculum collections to develop and identify best teaching practices when using technology to promote authentic thinking skills in students. Educators and ABC-CLIO will share the results of best teaching practices at the conclusion of the grant on June 30.

112013alscThe Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) division of the American Library Association has announced its 2015 Notable Children’s Books.

The Bank Street College of Education’s Children’s Book Committee announced the winners of this year’s Children’s Book Committee Awards. The awards fall into three categories: The Josette Frank Award is given annually to a book (or books) of outstanding literary merit in which children or young people cope positively and realistically with life’s difficulties; the Claudia Lewis Award honors the best poetry book of the year for young readers; and the Flora Straus Award is given to an information book for young readers. The award ceremony will be held on March 12.

The winners of the 2015 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award have been announced, with author Chieri Uegaki receiving the award for new writer for Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin (Kids Can Press) and Chris Haughton winning the award for new illustrator for Shh! We Have a Plan (Candlewick). The prize includes an honorarium of $1,000 for each winner.

Follett announced the three semifinalists for the 2015 Follett Challenge. The grand-prize winner will be announced on April 30. Each semifinalist will be granted $30,000 in Follett products and services. The grand-prize winner wins an additional $30,000, plus an award celebration at their school.

Librarian Preview: Lerner Books (Spring 2014)Lerner Publishing Group announced the acquisition of nearly 100 Egmont USA titles. Following Egmont’s decision to close its U.S. office, Lerner Publishing Group purchased Egmont’s remaining U.S. assets. More information is provided in the full press release.

More Bites

Marvel-ComicsMarvel Comics today announced that it has partnered with subscription reading service Scribd to provide readers with unlimited access to hundreds of Marvel’s collected editions. This offering represents the first time Marvel Comics will be available via a subscription service alongside other content forms including ebooks and audiobooks. Learn more about the partnership and what’s available on the Scribd site.

Interlude Press announced the launch of Duet, an LGBTQ imprint for young adult readers. The imprint will launch in June with two titles: The Rules of Ever After, a fantasy/fairy tale for the modern world by author Killian B. Brewer; and Summer Love, a collection of short stories examining the discovery of both platonic and romantic love by young LGBTQ characters. Visit the Interlude Press website.

graphixScholastic has kicked off a yearlong celebration for the 10th anniversary of its Graphix imprint. The celebration includes collectible giveaways, special events, and new publishing. Plus, twelve Graphix artists have each created original art in honor of the 10th anniversary of Graphix: James BurksNathan FoxJimmy GownleyMatthew HolmKazu KibuishiMike MaihackDave Roman, Greg RuthJeff SmithRaina TelgemeierDoug TenNapel, and Craig Thompson. Prints by these illustrators will be distributed at events and online throughout 2015, including: Emerald City Comic Con (Seattle, WA), Texas Library Association (Austin, TX), BookExpo (New York City, NY), ALA Annual (San Francisco, CA), Comic-Con International (San Diego, California), Long Beach Comic Expo (Long Beach, CA), Salt Lake Comic Con (Salt Lake City, UT), and New York Comic Con (New York City, NY). Read more about it.