From Digital Book World:

Brightly (, a new online resource that encourages parents to raise lifelong readers, launches as a Penguin Random House initiative. Brightly aims to provide moms and dads with inspiration and guidance around creating a reading life for their families. This lifestyle site dedicated to reading, shares book recommendations from across the children’s publishing world for every age and stage, as well as reading tips and insights, special author and illustrator content, seasonal activities, and more. Brightly makes this information accessible to today’s mobile, connected parents on the social channels they frequent, such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Read the entire press release here


Posted by: anitanolan | April 25, 2015

Cheerios Cereal to Feature S&S Ebooks

From Digital Book World:

The ebook distribution platform BookShout partners with Cheerios to serve select Simon & Schuster titles to breakfasting children across the U.S.

Cheerios BookShout Simon & Schuster

The publisher’s “Cheer on Reading” literacy program has placed free Simon & Schuster children’s books inside Cheerios boxes since 2003. Now, instead of stuffing print titles into cereal boxes, they’ll come printed with BookShout-provided codes offering free access to one of nine popular children’s ebooks.

Each one can be downloaded and read online or through BookShout’s iOS, Android, Kindle or Nook apps.

Read the full story here.

Posted by: anitanolan | April 23, 2015

New Agent Alert!

Tanusri Prasanna has joined the Hannigan Salky Geltzler Agency.

From Publisher’s Lunch:

At Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency, Tanusri Prasanna has joined as an associate, specializing in children’s books. She will work with Carrie Hannigan on children’s and YA projects and with Josh Getzler on special projects and contracts. (With a PhD in jurisprudence from Oxford, she has worked in the office of the general counsel, and interned at Foundry Literary + Media and Knopf Children’s.) Danielle Burby has been promoted to junior agent and foreign rights manager. She represents YA, women-driven crime fiction, and women’s fiction.

HSG Agency

Posted by: anitanolan | April 23, 2015

Picture Book Agents who Sold Most in 2015

According to Darcy Pattison’s Fiction Notes blog, the 20 top-selling picture book agents in 2015 sold a total of 234 picture books.

(It should be noted that not all agents report their sales, and some report only occasionally, so the Publishers’ Marketplace data is not complete. Still, it is interesting. )

Posted by: anitanolan | April 21, 2015

Children’s Print Book Sales Buck the Trend

From Publishers Weekly:

At our Nielsen Children’s Summit in New York in December, we talked about how children’s print book sales around the world in the last couple of years have been nothing short of fantastic. Total print sales in the US rose 2%, but children’s was the key driver, with 13% growth. In the U.K. total print sales fell by 2% – children’s grew by 8%. In China (where children’s sales are a smaller proportion of the total than in the West) total unit sales were up 3%, but children’s units grew by 10%. With the exception of India, this same pattern of children’s print sales growth outstripping total market performance was apparent in the seven other international markets we monitor through Nielsen BookScan. In the last six months of 2014 in Brazil, children’s books were 28% ahead of the second half of 2013!

Read the rest here.

Posted by: anitanolan | April 13, 2015

Houston Writers House Novel Contest

This contest has Middle Grade and Young Adult categories.

Houston Writers House Novel Contest

Deadline: April 30

Posted by: anitanolan | April 11, 2015

Her Stinging Critiques Propel YA Best Sellers

An article about Julie Strauss-Gabel, publisher of Dutton Children’s Books in the New York Times.

Her Stinging Critiques Propel YA Best Sellers

Posted by: anitanolan | April 10, 2015

More News from Bologna

From Publishers Weekly:

Bologna 2015: The Hunt for Something ‘Special’

Posted by: anitanolan | April 4, 2015

Free Sample of New MG Historical

A sample of the new middle grade historical, WONDER AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD by Nicole Helget, published by Hachette, is available free on Amazon at the moment.

Here’s an excellent post by Penny Parker Klostermann that has links to a variety of blogs that deal with writing picture books.

I’ve Always Wanted to Write a Picture Book–Getting Started

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