April 21, 2018

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Book Buzz: Buzzy Buzzing 2018 Buzz

If are anything like me (first off, I offer my condolences) then you like to look as far off into the distance as possible, straining to see the books that will being hitting shelves in the distant future. You best check out Spring 2018 Children’s Sneak Previews. I learned a bunch of stuff while reading it: […]

Morning Notes: Equal Edition

CYBILS ANNOUNCED The Childrens and Young Adult Book Blogger Awards (CYBILS) were announced and there are some great picks in the bunch. Click here to see all the winners. THE STATS The CCBC released their Multicultural Statistics for 2016. The data tracks diversity in children’s books published last year. Some encouraging signs, and a long […]

Morning Notes: Not My Job Edition

MO PRO The New Yorker ran a profile of Mo Willems. It’s really one of the best pieces I’ve seen on a children’s book creator in a while. Consider it must-read. Click here to get going. NOT HIS JOB You ever listen to the NPR gameshow Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me? Daniel Handler recently appeared […]

A Flurry of Fresh Children’s and YA Titles Presented at the AAP Book Buzz

Librarian Robbin Friedman attends and reports back on the recent AAP Book Buzz, highlighting new and upcoming titles for children and teens.


SPONSORED: Join Macmillan Library (Adult & Griffin Teen) @ ALA Midwinter 2015!

We just finished packing up 102 boxes of galleys and posters for all you ALA Midwinter-going librarians! Visit us in booth #4613 for your complimentary copies. And don’t forget to put our lunchtime Saturday ALA Book Buzz on your calendar. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan.

Spring Fling: Teen Book Buzz

Thursday, March 21, 2013, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET From living Japanese ink drawings to the return of the nun assassins, these forthcoming spring releases are sure to appeal to every teen on your reading list. Get ahead of the curve and find out the latest and greatest hot reads for spring during SLJ’s Teen Book Buzz! Join Harlequin Teens, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, and Egmont as they present the books that will have every teen chatting at their lockers. You do not want to miss this exciting webcast! This archive is no longer available

What’s the Buzz? Nonfiction Books for Common Core

Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET What are the best nonfiction Common Core books to stock with your shelves with? DK Publishing, Teacher Created Materials, Lerner Publishing and ReferencePoint Press are here to help fill your library’s nonfiction section by presenting their upcoming titles that fit perfectly into the new standards. This is a must-see resource for Common Core, featuring forthcoming books, nonfiction trends, and answers to your questions! This archive is no longer available

What’s the Buzz? New Books in Nonfiction

Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET Need helping choosing books this fall? Check out this webcast dedicated to what’s new in nonfiction! Hear John Peters, Series Made Simple contributor and children’s literature consultant, discuss the trends in nonfiction and what the publishers have to say about the future of the genre. Scholastic Library, DK Publishing, Capstone and Black Rabbit Books will share their forthcoming titles to let you know how to stock up your library this spring! This archive is no longer available

Scholastic Launches New Multi-Platform Fantasy Series

Scholastic has announced it will release Spirit Animals, a new multi-platform, multi-author fantasy adventure series for readers ages 8–12, in September. The story arc of the seven-book series and online game will be established by New York Times bestselling author Brandon Mull, with a second title launching next year from bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

Lerner Publishing Group Spring 2013 Librarian Preview Webinar

Thursday, December 6, 2012, 3:00-4:00 PM ETGet the inside scoop and sneak peek at Lerner’s nonfiction, middle grade and YA fiction, graphic novels, and picture books for grades K-12 coming this January. Plus, learn about new digital offerings, as well as supports for Common Core State Standards, and free teaching guides, reader’s discussion guides, classroom activities, and websites that make lesson planning easy. This archive is no longer available

Fall Books for Kids

Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET Learn about fall’s collection of new books for your young readers during this School Library Journal webcast event.  From illustrated books to chapter books, topics range from superheroes to farmers, and then some! Discover what it means to be a samurai in Benjamin Martin’s Samurai Awakening, and find out if an American teenager has what takes to save his friends.  Read about Bill Finger, the man who gave Bruce Wayne a name and made him a detective in Marc Tyler Nobleman’s picture book (illustrated by Ty Templeton) Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman. See a new take on the classic Old MacDonald nursery rhyme in Old MacDonald Had Her Farm (written by JonArno Lawson, illustrated by Tina Holdcroft) with brightly illustrated pictures and tongue-twisters to help readers learn about vowels while using the same E-I-E-I-O refrain. Register now to see what else Annick Press, Charlesbridge, and Tuttle Publishing will share from their fall book releases. This archive is no longer available.

Getting Boys to Read: Seeing Your Library Through a Guy’s Eyes

Thursday, October 4, 2012, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET Ever help a guy find food in the refrigerator? In this fun and informative webinar, you’ll discover how some everyday observations – like that time you maybe helped a guy find the mayo that was right in the front of the fridge – are really vital clues for thinking about getting boys to read in your library. In addition to the fun, the serious side of the topic will be addressed, including why the gap between boys’ and girls’ reading levels is a major concern among health experts and educators, and why the vast majority of reluctant readers are boys. Attendees will learn some tips to promote and support genres that boys like, including comic books, graphic novels, sports, and nonfiction, as well as some ideas for creating reading role models and communities for boys grades K-12. If you want ways to get books in the hands of your guys – and take a different look at how we think about getting boys to read – this session will inspire you. This archive is no longer available.

Getting to the Core: New Nonfiction

Thursday, September 27, 2012, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ETIf you think that Rudyard Kipling’s Elephant’s Child was justly spanked for his “’satiable curtiosity” do NOT tune in to this webcast—because the informational books our panelists will be featuring are far and away more likely to stimulate that “curtiosity” in today’s young pachyderms than to punish it. For striking insights into some unsolved mysteries of the past and present, stunning glimpses of the animal world’s wonders, and a walloping view of the greatest rivalry in dinosaur studies ever, join us to “talk book” about Dona Herweck Rice’s Unsolved! History’s Mysteries (Teacher Created Materials), Barbara A. Somervill’s Ancient Maya (Scholastic), Super Nature Encyclopedia (DK), and Rebecca L. Johnson’s Battle Of The Dinosaur Bones: Othniel Charles Marsh Vs. Edward Drinker Cope (Lerner/21st Century). This archive is no longer available.

SLJ Teen Book Buzz

Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET It’s going to be a spectacular fall reading season for teens! Our four participating publishers will be talking about the current hot reads, sequels and prequels on the verge, and new series and stand-alone titles that you need to know about. And you can bet on this — no genre is left unturned. Whether your readers are into romance, speculative fiction, coming of age stories, paranormal, thrillers or contemporary twists, you’re sure to find something on this fun and fast-paced Teen Book Buzz. You’ll hear about titles from new and well-loved authors, and get a sneak peek at spring 2012 lists, too. There are always galley giveaways, so sign up now and get a jump on the next must-have teen read! This archive is no longer available.

Fall Teen Book Buzz

Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET How can you not be excited about a webcast featuring these titles? Coming from the triumvirate of Stiefvater, Gratton and Yavanoff, we have the anthology The Curiosities, alongside Julie Kagawa’s latest Iron Fey installment (The Lost Prince), Son, which is Lois Lowry’s chaser to The Giver series, and Heather Burch’s Guardian. There is something for every reader here – fantasy, coming of age, and (perhaps) closure on a classic, that will captivate readers and attendees of this live webcast event! The archive is no longer available. The archive is no longer available.

Nonfiction Spring Book Buzz II

Thursday, March 1, 2012, 1:00 PM ETLooking to do some end of the school year reference buying? Come and hear about new nonfiction from ReferencePoint, ABDO, and Scholastic. The webcast will include series books, standalone titles, books for reports, and books for general-interest reading. This archive is no longer available