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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.

Children’s Book Week Poster Unveiled

childrensbookweekThe Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader released the official 2014 Children’s Book Week poster.

Illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser created the poster which celebrates the 95th annual event for young readers. Glasser won the Children’s Choice Illustrator of the Year Award last year for Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet. Glasser has drawn the covers of many classic children’s books including: EloiseGoodnight MoonThe TwitsThe Purple Crayon,Call of the Wild, and Charlotte’s Web.

Every year, the Children’s Book Council tasks a talented children’s book illustrator to create an official Children’s Book Week poster. Past participants have included: Brian Selznick, Ian Falconer, Jon J Muth, Maurice Sendak, Ezra Jack Keats, Richard Scarry, Ellen Raskin, Laurent deBrunhoff, Tomie dePaola, Rosemary Wells, Garth Williams, Marc Brown, and Jerry Pinkney.

The organization will release 175,000 copies of the poster nationwide. Educators can request posters online. We’ve embedded the entire poster after the jump. Read more

‘Great Adaptations’ Picture Book Featured On Kickstarter

Tiffany Taylor, an author who holds a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology, hopes to raise $25,000 on Kickstarter for her picture book project, Great Adaptations. The finished book will contain ten stories, written in verse, that talk about evolution.

Taylor describes her book as a mash-up between Charles Darwin and Dr. Seuss. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“Each story is written in close collaboration with esteemed and up-and-coming scientists who have conducted extensive research on the topic at hand, and illustrated by an artist who shares an interest in the topic. For readers who want to learn more on the subject, the scientists are also providing a short commentary.”

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Pixar Artist Josh Cooley Parodies ‘Pulp Fiction’ for Children’s Book

Josh Cooley, a story supervisor at Pixar Animation Studios, has created a children’s picture book parody for an adult audience. Movies R Fun!: A Collection of Cinematic Classics for the Pre-(Film) School Cinephile contains children’s book-style illustrations that re-create scenes from famous films including Pulp Fiction, The Graduate, and Jaws.

Chronicle Books will release the book on February 25, 2014. The book trailer embedded above offers viewers glimpses of illustrations inspired by Alien, The Exorcist, and Se7en.

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