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Six Promotions at Scholastic

Scholastic has made six promotions within its trade publishing division.

In the editorial department, Maria Dominguez has been named executive editor and manager and David Levithan has been promoted to VP, publisher and editorial director.

Dominguez has been with the imprint Scholastic en español since 2004. Levithan began his career at Scholastic with an internship and has since gone on to work with several bestselling authors including Suzanne Collins and Maggie Stiefvater.

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Real Magic School Bus Coming to New York City

Have you ever wished you could ride the Magic School Bus? To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the popular children’s book series, a real “Magic School Bus” will hit New York City on October 20th.

A group of second graders from the United Nations International School will ride the bus along with host “Scuba Sam,” series writer Joanna Cole, series illustrator Bruce Degen, Ms. Frizzle and marine biologist Dr. Merryl Kafka.

Here’s more from the release: “Scholastic’s ‘The Magic School Bus,’ popularized in the internationally successful children’s books and television series, makes a special trip down the Hudson River to celebrate its 25th Anniversary next week. The full-size school bus makes a stop at Manhattan’s Pier 84 before a victory lap on the river to Liberty Island and back.”

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Scholastic Teams Up with Ruckus Media Group to Launch New Transmedia Imprint

Scholastic is teaming up with Ruckus Media Group to launch a new children’s transmedia imprint–utilizing different platforms to tell stories. The new imprint will also explore backlist titles with these new tools.

The Scholastic Ruckus imprint will publish books for all ages (from infants to teens) in a variety of platforms including print, eBooks and enhanced eBooks. The imprint has several projects in the works and has titles slated for release in 2012. What Scholastic authors would you like to see enhanced eBooks from?

Here’s more from the release: “In addition to intellectual property from titles in the Ruckus library and new projects developed for both digital and print, Ruckus Media is aggressively acquiring rights to out-of-print backlist titles to publish in print or in e-book formats to be distributed by Scholastic under the Ruckus imprint.” What do you think?

This Week on the mediabistro.com Job Board: Quirk Books, Henry Holt, Random House

This week, Quirk Books is hiring not one, but two new staff members — an adult trade acquisitions editor and a children’s book editor. Meanwhile, Henry Holt is on the hunt for a senior publicist, and Random House has an opening for a senior designer in its children’s book department. Get more information on these jobs below, and check out additional publishing opportunities on mediabistro.com.

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Amar’e Stoudemire Inks Book Deal with Scholastic

New York Knicks captain Amar’e Stoudemire has inked a deal with Scholastic to pen a middle-grade series called STAT: Standing Tall And Talented. The first book in the series is slated for release in August 2012 with the second and third books to follow in October 2012 and January 2013.

STAT #1: Home Court, will star 11-year-old Amar’e Stoudemire, dealing with sports, bullying and discovering one’s passion. Publisher Debra Dorfman negotiated the deal with Happy Walters from Rogue Sports Agency, Aaron Spiewak from Designers Management Agency and Cathy Hemming from McCormick & Williams Agency.

Stoudemire (pictured, via) had this statement in the release: ”I decided to write for children because although I am an avid reader now, I wish I had read more as a child. I hope that together with Scholastic, we can creatively inspire a new generation to read.”

This Week on the mediabistro.com Job Board: Macmillan, Bedford/St. Martin’s, Scholastic

Are you artistic? This week, Macmillan is hiring an associate designer, and Scholastic is actively seeing an art director. Meanwhile, Bedford/St. Martin’s has launched a search for a new marketing manager, and Oxford University Press is looking for music and art editor. Get all the details on these great jobs and more below, and check out additional publishing gigs on mediabistro.com.

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12 Children’s Illustrators Donate Original Artwork for Charity Auction

Scholastic has opened an auction to benefit its global literacy campaign, “Read Every Day. Lead A Better Life.”

The auction features pieces created by twelve celebrated children’s illustrators: Norman Bridwell, Bruce Degen, Edwin Fotheringham, Mary GrandPré, Barbara McClintock, Jon J. Muth, Sean Qualls, Stephen Savage, David Shannon, Jeff Smith, Mark Teague, and Raina Telgemeier.

USA Today posted a slideshow with all twelve pieces of art. The money generated by the auction will go to two children’s literacy organizations, Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) and Reach Out and Read. The auction will close on June 5th.

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Scholastic Launches ‘this is teen’ Virtual Book Club

Scholastic has partnered with SCVNGR, a location-based mobile gaming application platform, to create this is teen, a smartphone and Facebook-focused program to connect teens with some of their favorite teen fiction writers and books.

SCVNGR will develop book-related challenges at participating bookstores for this is teen users to solve with their smartphones; users will win points  and also enter prize sweepstakes. The Facebook page will launch on April 26th along with Meg Cabot‘s new paranormal trilogy, Abandon. The ‘this is teen Live‘ tour will hit New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, and Miami with authors Meg CabotLibba Bray, and Maggie Stiefvater starting May 24th.

Vice president of marketing Stacy Lellos had explained: “Our goal with ‘this is teen‘ is to create a destination and a community for readers—a virtual book club experience where the conversation starts with books. ‘this is teen‘ is about going where teens are and harnessing the connectivity of Facebook, the in-world exploration of SCVNGR, and the intensity that exists between readers and their favorite authors in order to create a fully interactive, reader-driven experience.”

Suzanne Collins Writing ‘Most Autobiographical Work to Date’

Bestselling author Suzanne Collins (pictured, via) is writing a new picture book. According to The New York Times, the untitled project will be her “most autobiographical work to date,” using  family members’ names and illustrations inspired by family photos.

This new project will focus on war, a theme present in her two series, The Underland Chronicles and The Hunger Games. Collins’ grandfather, uncle, and father all served in military careers, and the novelist will write about war for teenage audiences.

Collins explained: “I specifically want to do this book, one as a sort of memory piece kind of honoring that year for my family, and two, because I know so many children are experiencing it right now — having deployed parents. And it’s a way I would like to try and communicate my own experience to them.”

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Harry Potter the Exhibition Opens in New York City

Harry Potter the Exhibition” opened today at New York City’s Discovery Times Square. The video embedded above offers a sneak peek at the show that displays eight movies’ worth of props, costumes, and settings.

Featured costumes include Hermione Granger‘s yule ball gown, Cedric Diggory‘s quidditch uniform, and Professor Albus Dumbledore‘s wizard robes. We spotted three horcruxes, including Salazar Slytherin‘s locket, Helga Hufflepuff‘s cup, and Tom Riddle‘s diary (basilisk fang included). Dobby the house elf, Fawkes the phoenix, and the Hungarian Horn Tail dragon also appear.

The exhibition  includes interactive segments as well. A few lucky volunteers can draw a Hogwarts house assignment from a sorting hat. Everyone can pull out Professor Sprout‘s shrieking mandrake plants and sit in the half-giant’s leather chair inside Hagrid‘s Hut.

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