Carle Honors Art Auction, Black Lives Matter at School Webinar, and More | News Bites

An art auction and Black Lives Matter at School webinar, as well as Chronicle in China and McGraw-Hill bringing Big Bird into the classroom all in this installment of News Bites.

An art auction and Black Lives Matter at School webinar, as well as Chronicle in China and McGraw-Hill bringing Big Bird into the classroom. It’s all in this installment of News Bites.


Chronicle to China

Chronicle Books announced a new imprint, Chronicle Bridge, which will publish and distribute Chinese-language editions of select Chronicle children’s books. Officially launched at the Beijing International Book Fair this week, Chronicle Bridge debuted with five books this month, including Sherri Duskey Rinker’s Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and Steam Train, Dream Train. The new imprint will publish approximately 20 titles in its first year and will take over the Chinese license for the chapter book series ”Ivy & Bean” by Anne Barrows.

BLM at School Webinar

Black Lives Matter at School will present a webinar on Sept. 10th at 7 p.m. for educators and organizations who want to learn about the movement’s history and mission. Several leaders of BLM at School will explain how this movement started, their objectives, and how community organizations can lend support. Organizers hope to share goals with those who are engaging in overlapping work for social justice, outline the strategy for the 2018-2019 school year, and answer questions from groups interested in partnering on the BLM week of action in February.

RSVP for the webinar by emailing

Carle Museum Art Auction

The 10th annual Carle Honors Art Auction , presented by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art , will open for online bidding on August 31. The auction will offer illustrative works from 26 artists, including R.W. Alley, Eric Carle, Catia Chien, Elisha Cooper, Diane Dillon, Terry and Eric Fan, Jules Feiffer, Will Hillenbrand, Ezra Jack Keats, Rashin Keiriyeh, Steve Light, Brian Pinkney, Jerry Pinkney, Antoinette Portis, Christian Robinson, Alex Rowe, Dan Santat, Richard Scarry, Melissa Sweet, Simms Taback, Chris Van Allsburg, Leonard Weisgard, Rosemary Wells, Brendan Wenzel, JooHee Yoon, and Paul O. Zelinsky.

The funds raised will support the Museum and celebrate “those who have played an instrumental role in making children’s books a vibrant and influential art and literary form in America,” according to the museum’s press release.

The auction funds will complement money raised at the annual gala on Sept. 27. Bids can also be placed on auction items at that event until 9 p.m. Interested bidders can register at and begin bidding August 31. Bids are accepted in real time—online or at the event.


SEL from McGraw-Hill and Sesame Workshop

McGraw-Hill Education and Sesame Workshop are partnering with Sesame Workshop to bring Sesame content and social and emotional learning skills (SEL) expertise into pre-kindergarten and elementary school classrooms. The free kindergarten to Grade 5 curricula will begin in the 2019-20 school year. The new integrated program will incorporate SEL skills such as empathy, self-awareness, and resilience into McGraw-Hill’s Wonders literacy program. It will include circle time videos of Cookie Monster, Big Bird and others connecting SEL to literacy skills, teacher resources, and weekly parent newsletters (in 10 languages) that can help extend learning into the home with family activities.


Washington State Book Awards Finalists

The Washington Center for the Book announces 35 finalists in eight categories for the 2018 Washington State Book Awards (WSBA) . The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Oct. 13.

The youth categories finalists:

Picture Books: Little Wolf's First Howling by Laura McGee Kvasnosky and Kate Harvey McGee; The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken; Shawn Loves Sharks by Curtis Manley, illustrated by Tracy Subisak; Frank the Seven-Legged Spider by Michaele Razi.

Books for Young Readers (age 6 to 8):Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro; King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats by Dori Hillestad Butler

Books for Middle Grade Readers (age 8 to 12): Outside In by Jennifer Bradbury; The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming by J. Anderson Coats; Wedgie & Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors; The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball by Dori Jones Yang

Books for Young Adult Readers (ages 13 and up):Breakfast with Neruda by Laura Moe; This Impossible Light by Lily Myers; The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes; Girls Like Me by Nina Packebush; The Girl Who Wouldn't Die by Randall Platt

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