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Sneak peek: TIGER BOY by Mitali Perkins. Coming April 2015.

"One of the new tiger cubs has escaped!"

When a tiger cub escapes from a nature reserve near Neel’s island village, the rangers and villagers hurry to find her before the cub’s anxious mother follows suit and endangers them all. Mr. Gupta, a rich newcomer to the island, is also searching—he wants to sell the cub’s body parts on the black market. Neel and his sister, Rupa, resolve to find hte cub first and bring her back to the reserve.

The White House is Burning, the book trailer
“Elegant and illuminating.”
—Kirkus Reviews

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. One enemy that knew no boundaries during the time of that conflict was the influenza epidemic of 1918. There is a popular theory that the sickness started on an army base in Kansas and spread east with soldier movement, and eventually spread around the world. By the time the plague slowed in November, when the war was ending, it had killed an estimated 50 million people. More than died as a result of the armed conflict. Read more about the plague in HORRORS OF HISTORY: PEOPLE OF THE PLAGUE. Available October 14, 2014. Pre-order at

What’s on your summer reading list?

Thank you, Walter Dean Myers


Can you find the Mockingbird?

imageWe are so excited to share the joy of I Kill The Mockingbird that we are giving students in Grades 5-9 that visit our store the opportunity to win a free copy.  Over the next two weeks, we will be hiding a copy of the book in random sections throughout the entire store.  If you find the copy with a FOUND sticker on the cover, it is yours.  Just head to the register and let them know.  Then, grab a seat and enjoy the perfect book to get you in the mood for summer reading. After you read the book you will see how we got the idea of hiding the book!

Oh, to be in grades 5-9 again!



Alternative logo and/or design for new Penguin Random House hq.


Ragu House?



Alternative logo and/or design for new Penguin Random House hq.


Ragu House?

Today we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy. We thank our veterans for their service.

Sunday, June 8 is World Oceans Day. Read, read, read, about the ocean!

Meet us at ALA in Las Vegas June 27 - 30 at booth #557. Check out our author signing schedule, the awesome Book Buzz with author Anna McQuinn, and more!

When you combine 19th century Parisian history, classical music and dancing skeletons, what do you get? Saint-Saëns’s Danse Macabre, a spooky children’s pi



On May 14, CBC Diversity hosted a speed-dating-style event with six authors and illustrators known for creating inclusive literature. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons and the Horn Book and presented in partnership with Children’s Books Boston, tables of eight to nine people spent ten minutes discussing diversity in children’s books with each of the featured children’s book creators (l to r): Anne Sibley O’Brien, Nicole Tadgell, Lesléa Newman, Rich Michelson, Susan Kuklin, and Francisco X. Stork .

Librarian and diversity advocate Sam Kane developed the following questions that formed the basis of each discussion:

  1. Why is it important that children have access to inclusive literature (books featuring a range of abilities, ages, ethnicities, genders, races, religions, sexual orientations, and socio-economic classes)?
  2. What are the barriers that may prevent diversity books from getting into readers’ hands?
  3. What are some solutions, strategies, or conversations to help shift the barriers to getting these books into the hands of children? (Think about your industry or field.)
  4. Who has access to power in your industry or field? Which voices are denied access? Why?
  5. How can we educate the gatekeepers in your industry or field? What do they need to know or believe to create bookshelves that reflect our population?
  6. How can your industry or field promote or reward excellence as it pertains to inclusive literature?

What I found most inspiring about the evening was how it brought together participants from a wide variety of fields: we had teachers, principals, librarians, authors, illustrators, publishers, agents, academics, reviewers, bloggers—all united in our desire to promote and develop books that more adequately reflect the demographics and realities of the world in which we live. By providing a space for people to connect across disciplines, the event allowed new kinds of synergies to arise.

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Check out #7 on this list: FIRST DAY JITTERS
Lesson: even seasoned leaders get anxious; it signals that they care and fuels them to prepare.

(I’m riddled with anxiety. I must be an awesome leader!)