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Hi readers! We’re Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos, co-authors of THE ADVENTURERS GUILD and its upcoming sequel, TWILIGHT OF THE ELVES. This series takes place in a world that’s inspired by classic fantasy properties like Dungeons & Dragons and Lord of the Rings --- it’s a setting of elves, magic, wizards and monsters. Except in our story, the monsters have won. Few cities still stand, now that the world has been totally overrun by supernatural horrors. And only the Adventurers Guild is brave enough to leave the safety of their walls and venture outside. We are best friends writing about best friends, two kids who get drafted into the most dangerous guild in the city of Freestone. And we’re both big nerds, having edited dozens of kids’ fantasy books in our careers as editors, then sitting down once a week to play tabletop RPGs together. With these books we wanted to bring the joy of collaborative storytelling to young readers.
Everyone knows there is nothing like a good old journey through your imagination. Where would you go first if you could fly? What rules would you make law if you were president? What would you do in a zombie apocalypse? In ERNESTINE, CATASTROPHE QUEEN, author Merrill Wyatt asks exactly that, through her main character, Ernestine, who is determined to raise the dead and bring on the zombie apocalypse. Merrill Wyatt is actually a middle school technology teacher and was inspired by her students to write the book. Read on to find out how they encouraged her to dive deep into her imagination --- and how kids like you might be the ones to save us from a future zombie apocalypse.
Have you ever messed up? As in, really badly? Well, the good news is that everyone fails at something at some point in their lives. Author Erik Slader, with co-author Ben Thompson, decided to document some of the greatest epic fails in history in their new series, aptly named the Epic Fails series, which kicks off with THE WRIGHT BROTHERS: Nose-Diving into History and THE RACE TO SPACE: Countdown to Liftoff. In this blog post, Slader discusses some of these grand failures, and the importance of persevering in the face of failure to then, hopefully, achieve some kind of success.
Author Jan Eldredge is a big fan of all things eldritch (ghostly, supernatural, etc.), and this fact shines through in her debut middle-grade novel EVANGELINE OF THE BAYOU, a memorable tale of adventure about a sassy huntress uncovering ghostly secrets in the Louisiana bayou. Read more about Jan Eldredge’s supernatural interests, her experience working on EVANGELINE and her writing process in this great Q&A with her publicist, Keely Platte!
Girls Who Code, the non-profit organization aimed at encouraging young girls to learn computer science and eventually pursue careers in technology, has released their first activity book for young coders! We've teamed up with other blogs to share our review, so read on for more info!
February 12, 2018

The 2018 ALA Youth Media Awards

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Today is one of the biggest days of the year for young adult and children's literature: the announcement of the ALA Youth Media Awards. Each year the American Library Association honors the books, videos and other outstanding works that have released that year for kids and teens and are recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent. We've compiled all of the children's awards announcements here, so read on to see which of your favorites made the cut and click here to see the young adult awards announcements!
Each year, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) presents several awards to recognize outstanding books written for all age levels. Earlier this month at a book awards luncheon held during their 107th Annual Convention, they announced the winners of the 2018 Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children and the 2018 Orbis Pictus Award for Nonfiction for Children. Jason Chin was named winner of the 2018 Orbis Pictus Award for his book GRAND CANYON (Roaring Brook Press), an illuminating look at one of the planet’s most fascinating features. The Orbis Pictus Award, established in 1989, is the oldest children's book award for nonfiction and it pays homage to John Amos Comenius’s Orbis Sensualium Pictus, a text from 1658 that broke new ground as the first children’s nonfiction book in to use both words and illustrations to share information. Each year, the committee selects a winner, up to five honor books, and recommended titles ideal for classroom use from K-8. 
Each year, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) presents several awards to recognize outstanding books written for all age levels. Earlier this month at a book awards luncheon held during their 107th Annual Convention, they announced the winners of the 2018 Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children and the 2018 Orbis Pictus Award for Nonfiction for Children. Dan Santat was named winner of the 2018 Charlotte Huck Award for his novel AFTER THE FALL (Roaring Brook Press),the inspiring epilogue to the beloved classic nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty. The Charlotte Huck Award was established in 2014 to promote and recognize fiction that has the potential to transform children’s lives by inviting compassion, imagination, and wonder. The award honors Dr. Charlotte Huck, a professor at Ohio State University who devoted her career to promoting the role of children’s books in young people’s academic, social, and emotional development. Each year, the committee selects a winner, up to five honor books, and recommended titles appropriate for ages 3-12.
It should come as no surprise that we love books about readers. One of our favorite book-loving characters is Ruby Starr, the star of Deborah Lytton's RUBY STARR. In this book, precocious and funny Ruby starts a lunchtime book club at school. Her club, The Unicorns, combines her best real and fictional friends for the best book club ever. But when a new girl comes to school, Ruby's happy life is up-ended and she has to figure out how books can come to the rescue. In this post, author Deborah Lytton shares some tips for young readers looking to start their own book clubs.
Musician Laurie Berkner has been called "the queen of children's music," for her contributions to Kindie rock, a genre aimed at children under the age of 10. Since appearing on "The Today Show" in 2001, Laurie has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the White House Easter Egg Roll. Now she is taking her popular songs to the page with a new series of picture books. In this post, Laurie gives Kidsreads an exclusive look at WE ARE THE DINOSAURS, which is now in stores.