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Children’s Books

Children’s Books Illustrators Contribute Pieces to ‘Imaginary Friends’ Art Show

BeekleSeveral children’s books illustrators will contribute pieces for the “Imaginary Friends” art show hosted at Gallery Nucleus.

The participating artists include Chu’s Day illustrator Adam RexThe Shabbat Puppy illustrator Jaime ZollarsAstronaut Academy graphic novelist Dave Roman, and more. The show will open on April 19th and run until May 11th.

The theme of this exhibition celebrates the main character of Dan Santat’s latest picture book, The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. Santat announced on Facebook that he will share limited prints, unpublished art, and design sketches from the book for the display.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Pubslush’s Little Reader Snapshot Contest

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Book crowdfunding site Pubslush is running a contest to support Children’s Book Week, encouraging parents to submit photos of their children reading their favorite books.

Entrants can post the photos on the Pubslush Facebook page or share them on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #littlereader and #CBW14. Viewers can vote on their favorite photos on the site.

The photos will be categorized as Newborn to 4, 5-9, 10-12 and group classroom. The winning photos, which will be announced on May 20th, will earn prizes.

Paddington Bear Returns in New Book

paddingtonbearMichael Bond is bringing back the children’s book character Paddington Bear in a new collection of letters written from the bear to his Aunt Lucy.

Love from Paddington is slated for publication by HarperCollins in November. In the book, the Peruvian bear will recount his world travels and tell how he arrived at Paddington Station in London. In the book, he will also reveal how he met the Brown family and came to live with them.

The new book comes as a film adaptation of the book is also in the works. The film, directed by Paul King and starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth, is slated for release in December.

Capstone Young Readers to Launch ‘Craft It Yourself’ Lifestyle Brand

capstone youngCapstone Young Readers will initiate a new lifestyle brand called Craft It Yourself (CIY)™.

According to the press release, the crafting and lifestyle books that will be published through this venture target tween and teen female readers. CIY launches with the release of seven books that have been previously published by Capstone Young Readers including Planning Perfect Parties, Dessert Designer, and Paper Artist.

Group publisher Ashley Andersen Zantop had this statement in the release: “Our readers amaze us with their creativity, skill, and appetite for new and innovative crafts. Craft It Yourself is a brand readers can count on for inspiration and unique, contemporary projects they can make their own.”

Harriet the Spy Celebrates 50 Year Anniversary With Art Exhibition

coverLouise Fitzhugh’s classic children’s book Harriet the Spy turns 50 this year and to celebrate The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is hosting an exhibit.

The Amherst, Massachusetts-based museum will be showcasing original art from the book from May 20 through November 30, 2014. The exhibition, which is currently on display at The Forbes Galleries in New York through May 3rd, includes original illustrations from the books Harriet the Spy, as well as the sequel The Long Secret. The exhibit will also showcase a watercolor painting of Harriet’s favorite tomato sandwich, as well as letters between Fitzhugh and her publisher Ursula Nordstrom at Harper Collins.

Random House Children’s Books released a 50th anniversary edition of Harriet the Spy on February 25th to celebrate as well.

Humans of New York Blogger Brandon Stanton to Publish New Book On Kids

honyBrandon Stanton, the creator of the “Humans of New York” (HONY) blog, has been working on a new book called Little Humans.

Little Humans exclusively focuses on children that Stanton has photographed and interviewed while wandering around New York City. Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers will release the book on October 07, 2014.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Stanton (pictured, via) talks about his process for photographing kids: “I never even make eye contact with the child until I’ve asked the parent’s permission. But once I’ve gotten the go ahead, I sit on the ground and try to be as playful as possible. I think it’s important to try to get on a kid’s level when taking their photo.”

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‘Q is for Queens’ Children’s Book Featured on Kickstarter

LICNYC.com blogger Amol Sarva hopes to raise $8,000 on Kickstarter for his ABC children’s book, Q is for Queens. Most of the funds will be used to cover the cost of printing.

With this book, Sarva hopes to educate the world on all of the various landmarks and activities within New York City’s biggest borough. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“I’ve got the art part figured out and most of the icons sorted – so that part is well on its way. I still need to find the right printer to partner with here in Queens, so hopefully that part goes well. A is for Arthur Ashe, B is for Bayside, C is for Cyndi Lauper…R is for Ramones or maybe Rockaway or maybe both! Lots to do as you can see.”

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Artist Re-Imagines Manga Series as Little Golden Books

little golden death noteArtist Matt Reedy designed Little Golden Books-style covers and interior art inspired by popular Japanese comics.

Comic Book Resources reports that Reedy’s “Little Golden Manga” pieces features re-imaginings based on the Attack on Titan, Death Note, and FLCL manga series.

Which manga series, TV shows, or movies do you think deserve the “Little Golden Book” treatment? (via Observation Deck)

Picture Book On Kickstarter Features ‘The Three Little Pigs’ Translated Into Pittsburghese

Cartoonist Joe Wos has raised $3,185 for his picture book, The Three Little Pigsburghers. Wos’ project is a retelling of the “The Three Little Pigs” story that has been translated into “Pittsburghese.”

Filmmaker Rick Sebak wrote the the foreword and comedian Jimmy Krenn narrated the audiobook. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“Pittsburghese is a dialect and language unique to the Pittsburgh and Pittsburghers, locally known as Yinzers because of their frequent use of the term ‘Yinz.’ ‘Yinz’ is the equivalent of the southern Ya’all. “Yinz Guys” is equivalent to ‘All Y’all!’ The New York Times once referred to Pittsburghese as the Galapagos Islands of the English language.”

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Sylvan Dell Publishing is Now Arbordale Publishing

arbordaleChildren’s book publisher Sylvan Dell Publishing has changed its name to Arbordale Publishing.

The company has changed the name over the use of the name “Sylvan,” which caused the publisher legal issues. Here is more from the press release:

The original name was closely associated with co-owner Donna German’s family. Her grandfather purchased a farmhouse in a wooded valley outside Wilmington, Delaware shortly after his return from serving in WWI. He hailed from Williamsport, Pennsylvania where there had been a Sylvan Dell Park (closed in the late 1930s). Named after the park, a hand-carved, wooden sign saying “Sylvan Dell” hung at the property’s driveway entrance for decades. Family still lives on the property.

“Sylvan Dell” means wooded valley in Latin. Arbordale also means wooded valley, which is why they chose it.

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