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Join the #DadsRead Campaign

dadsreadWhat books did you read with your dad?

My dad introduced me to J. R. R. TolkienSir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain and other classic authors. My grandpa had a bookshelf loaded with Reader’s Digest Condensed Books and National Geographics.

I inherited my life-long love of reading, but I was lucky. The organizers of the #DadsRead Campaign shared some startling statistics:

There are studies suggesting that only 19 percent of 16-24 year-old fathers say they enjoy reading at bedtime with their children. What’s more, data from Pew Research and other sources demonstrate that fathers are significantly less involved than mothers when it comes to the reading lives of their children.

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Reggae Singer Shaggy Read Audio Edition of ‘Go de Rass to Sleep’

goderasstosleepReggae singer Shaggy has recorded the audiobook edition of the Jamaican translation of Akashic Books’ popular children’s book Go the F*** to Sleep by Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortes.

Translated by Kwame Dawes & Kellie Magnus, the print edition  of Go de Rass to Sleep came out last week and the audiobook edition came out this week. Here is an excerpt from the text:

Modda puss a hug up har pickney,
Young sheep a lay down wid big sheep.
Yuh wrap up an warm inna yuh bed, putoos,
Beg yuh, go de rass to sleep.

Actor Samuel L. Jackson read the audiobook for the english edition of the book, which became a viral success.

Bonnier Publishing Launches Children’s Imprint in U.S.

png_base644339bea98ad71d76Bonnier Publishing, a UK-based publishing house, has introduced a new imprint in the U.S. dedicated to children’s books. ”The name little bee books symbolizes the playful busyness and insatiable curiosity of children, who tirelessly buzz from one activity to the next,” explains a press release.

Little bee books, which will be based in New York. Shimul Tolia will serve as president of the operation. The imprint will publish books for readers 0-12 years old. Titles will range from board books and picture books to activity books and novelty books. The publisher will publish its first titles in spring 2015. Simon & Schuster will distribute the titles in the U.S. and Canada.

Bonnier also owned Autumn Children’s Books, a UK-based children’s book publisher.

 

Scholastic Acquires Baseball-Themed Book Series

Scholastic LogoScholastic has acquired the worldwide rights to publish a new baseball-themed book series by a Major League baseball player and his wife, a former teacher.

Ryan Howard and Krystle Howard will work together on the chapter book series which is aimed at readers aged 7-10 years old. ”We have a passion for education and understand the importance of engaging children to read,” explained the writers in a statement. “In this series, we’re bringing to life the excitement of baseball and pairing it with the challenges and life lessons our children face on a daily basis. We are truly excited for the readers to go with us, on this amazing journey, as they get to know and love Little Rhino.”

The first book in the collection Little Rhino and is slated for publication next spring.

‘A Cape!’ Picture Book Featured on Kickstarter

Marty Kelley hopes to raise $7,500 for his picture book project, A Cape!. The story follows a young boy who dons a cape and learns all about what it means to have super powers.

The funds will be used to cover the cost of printing 1,000 books. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“This project is much more than a picture book, however. I’m a former second grade teacher and I love visiting schools. I get to talk to tens of thousands of kids at 50-75 schools each year to talk about how I create my books. I have developed a new presentation called ‘Imagination Is A Superpower’ based on A Cape!. I am working hard to promote the idea that imagination is as important as knowledge to young learners. If this project is funded, I will be able to promote the ‘Imagination Is A Superpower’ program at all the schools I visit.”

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YouTube star Toby Turner Inks Three-Book Deal

Toby TurnerYouTube star Toby Turner (pictured, via) has landed a deal with HarperCollins Children’s Books. Turner plans to create a trilogy of journal-style books based on his cartoon series, Tobuscus Animated Adventures.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show is an “illustrated pseudo-anime and follows two characters: the clueless but cheerful peter pan Tobuscus and his mature, long-suffering companion Gabuscus. Launched in late 2011, the eight-episode series averages 10 million viewers per episode.”

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Steven Spielberg to Direct a Live-Action Adaptation of ‘The BFG’

Roald Dahl BFGOscar-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg will direct a live-action adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved novel, The BFG.

Variety reports that DreamWorks had acquired the film rights back in 2010. E.T. screenwriter Melissa Mathison will pen the script. The finished movie will be released some time in 2016.

According to an announcement posted on the RoaldDahl.com blog, “The BFG tells the tale of a lovable, dream-hunting giant and Sophie, the little girl who first spots him through the window of the orphanage where she lives. It has continued to delight audiences ever since its release, and was one of Roald’s own favourites. In 1989, the story was adapted as an animated TV film.”

Disney to Publish Four New Star Wars Books

Disney Publishing Worldwide has four new books coming out based on the original Star Wars film trilogy to support the upcoming movie release of Star Wars: Episode VII in December 2015.

The new series will kick off with The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight written by Tony DiTerlizzi and illustrated by Ralph McQuarrie. This title is slated for publication in October.

This book will be followed up with Star Wars: A New Hope by R.J. Palacio, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back by Adam Gidwitz and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi by Tom Angleberger, all of which Star Wars concept artist Iain McCaig will illustrate. The collection will be published in the United States under Disney-Lucasfilm Press, an imprint of the Disney Book Group.

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.

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.

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