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Debunk It! Fake News Edition

Fake news, misinformation, lies, hoaxes, spin, disinformation, and falsehoods. What do these terms have in common? Read more to find out! View →


Librarians We Love: Jenny Lussier

Jenny Lussier is a PreK-4 Library Media Specialist at Brewster Elementary School in Connecticut who generously shared a few details on how she integrates technology into her school. View →


A Deep Dive into the NEW Lerner ™ Sports Database

Lerner™ Sports Database is our new offering for grades 2-5 — with 100+ articles, 2,000+ fast facts, 2,000+ photos, 1,500+ glossary definitions, and growing. View →


New Kar-Ben Publishing Titles for Fall 2019

September always feels like a new beginning—the start of the school year, the launch of a new book season, and the start of the Jewish New Year. View →


Librarian Prep List for Thanksgiving

Looking for Thanksgiving book display ideas or maybe selections for your readers advisory group? Look no further! Here’s a cornucopia of books! View →


Inclusivity that Doesn’t Pigeonhole Own Voices Writers

To improve representation in kids’ books, publishers and other gatekeepers should seek out underrepresented authors writing all kinds of content. View →


Happy Book Birthday: New Picture Books, Middle Grade, and YA

September new releases from Lerner Publishing Group View →


Melanie Gillman on Researching Stage Dreams

Melanie Gillman, the creator of Stage Dreams, gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the importance of the research process, even in fiction. View →


NoNieqa Ramos on Decolonizing YA Literature

Today, we have a guest post from NoNieqa Ramos. View →


Summer Green to Autumn Gold: Q&A with Mia Posada

Editorial Director Carol Hinz asked Mia Posada about how she wrote and created the gorgeous watercolor and collage illustrations for her recently-released nonfiction book Summer Green to Autumn Gold: Uncovering Leaves' Hidden Colors. View →


Podcast Interview with Shing Yin Khor

We talk to Shing Yin Khor in today's episode of The Lerner Podcast. Shing is the author of the graphic memoir The American Dream? A Journey on Route 66 Discovering Dinosaur Statues, Muffler Men, and the Perfect Breakfast Burrito. View →


Interview with Cardslinger Author M.G. Velasco and Agent Dawn Frederick

What's really fun and got started with a gong show? This agent/author relationship! View →


Librarians We Love – Michelle Osborne

Michelle Osborne was kind enough to share some details about a sign language project she was part of at the Gaston County Public Library. View →


Fiction and Nonfiction Pairs of Pull Ahead Readers

Jenny gave you some of the background on how to grow early literacy with our Pull Ahead Readers pairs of fiction and nonfiction titles. I thought it might be useful and fun to make a “cheat sheet” of sorts, to make it easier to see how these titles look side by side. View →


Garfield’s Guide to Creating Your Own Comic Strip

Calling all Garfield fans—and all fans of comics in general! Lerner and Paws, Inc. (the company behind everyone’s favorite orange feline) have published an exciting new book about comic strips and the elements that go into them, from characters and settings to plots and punchlines. View →


Lerner Podcast: Interview with Whitney Stewart, Author of Mindfulness and Meditation

Today on The Lerner Podcast, Mindfulness and Meditation: Handling Life with a Calm and Focused Mind author Whitney Stewart shares mindfulness exercises with us. View →


Discover Outer Space, Learn How to Code, and Bust Fake News with New Page Plus Titles

At Lerner Digital, another season means more additions to digital initiatives and programs, such as Page Plus. Here's a look at what you can expect to hit shelves this month. View →


Lerner Sports: Stay Up to Date with New Books and a Database!

In sports, things change quickly. Dynasties fall, great coaches retire, and players join new teams and alter the balance of power in their sport. That’s one reason we’re so excited about the new Lerner Sports database. View →


Happy Book Birthday: New Picture Books, Middle Grade, and Nonfiction

Check out August new releases from Lerner Publishing Group! View →


Librarian Prep List for Halloween

If Halloween is your favorite holiday (or, even if it's not) you might want to use some of these books for displays, featured reads, or anything else for the spookiest day of the year. View →


9 Books You May Have Missed from Lerner Publisher Services Partners

Here’s a roundup of some delightful titles that deserve a close look. View →


Read the True Story behind Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys in The Dozier School for Boys

Colson Whitehead’s new novel, The Nickel Boys, came out this month. It's a fictional story based on the Dozier School for Boys in Florida. Check out this Twenty-First Century Books title for the true story. View →


Millbrook’s New STEM-themed K-3 Photo Books: Author Interview, Part 2

Part two of authors Jenna Grodzicki and Marcie Flinchum Atkins interviewing each other is focused on I See Sea Food: Sea Creatures That Look Like Food. View →


Millbrook’s New STEM-themed K-3 Photo Books: Author Interview, Part 1

Rather than me telling you about Wait, Rest, Pause and I See Sea Food, I thought it would be more fun to have the authors interview each other. So without any further they are! View →


Librarians We Love: Regina Bell

Regina Bell, a Library Media Specialist at Murch Elementary in Washington DC, shared a little information about a friendly reading competition she works on with Holly Hope, ELL teacher. View →


Real-World Anchors in A Time Traveler’s Theory of Relativity

We asked author Nicole Valentine to talk about her love for “Easter eggs” and reveal a few from her debut middle-grade novel A Time Traveler’s Theory of Relativity. View →


NoNieqa Ramos on Writing Diverse Characters and Resisting the Status Quo

Last month at an ALA Annual librarian dinner, author NoNieqa Ramos talked about her YA novels, diversity, and resisting the status quo. She shared a version of her speech on our blog this week. View →


Interview with The American Dream? author Shing Yin Khor

Which came first, the plan for the road trip or the idea to make a road-trip book? And what surprised you most during the course of this project? View →


Grow Early Literacy with Pull Ahead and Early Bird Readers

This season we have two exciting early literacy offerings: our new Pull Ahead Readers and an addition to our popular Early Bird Readers. Both programs are perfect for use in classrooms, guided reading groups, and in libraries. View →


Librarian Prep List for September

September is Hispanic Heritage Month and Rosh Hashanah begins on September 29. To help you get ready for either (or both!) of those, here’s a list of books you may want to consider for displays, featured reads, or anything else! View →


Video: Authors Say “Happy 60th, Lerner!”

Some of our authors have been generous enough to share their thoughts on our milestone 60-year anniversary. Check out the video! View →


Listening Is Reading: The Power of Audiobooks

Digital Products Coordinator Kate Schefer discusses the benefits of listening to audiobooks. View →


Introducing Zest Books

Have you heard the news? Lerner recently acquired a new YA nonfiction imprint called Zest Books. View →


Podcast Interview with Mélina Mangal, Author of The Vast Wonder of the World

Today on The Lerner Podcast we talk about researching, picture book biographies, summer reading, and more with The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just author Mélina Mangal. View →


Happy 50th, CSK Awards!

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Awards. Here are the Lerner titles that have been honored. View →


Librarians We Love: Dawn M. Rivers

The second installment of our Librarians We Love series features Dawn M. Rivers. She is a School Library Media Specialist at Onaway and Mercer Elementary Schools for Shaker Heights City Schools and the owner of Daybreak Yoga! View →


Three Amazing Things about Aly Raisman

As a big gymnastics fan, I was thrilled to edit Lerner’s Gateway Biography on Aly Raisman. But even more impressive to me than Raisman’s gymnastics talent is her status as an activist for victims of abuse and a spokesperson for body positivity. View →


Podcast Interview with John Coy, Author of Their Great Gift and Hoop Genius

In this edition of The Lerner Podcast, we talk to author John Coy about school visits, writing picture books about basketball, and what he’s working on now. View →


Q&A with The Manic Pixie Dream Boy Improvement Project Author Lenore Appelhans

Today we talk with the author about her latest YA novel, The Manic Pixie Dream Boy Improvement Project. View →


Something for Everyone in Alternator Books

What do JavaScript, aliens, and space robots have in common? They’re all part of our new season in Alternator Books! View →


Librarian Prep List for August

I know it may seem a little early for it, but this list of books looks forward to August and getting back to school! View →


Librarians We Love: Robbie Reasoner

This week, we are kicking off a new feature on our blog: Librarians We Love. View →


Happy 60th Anniversary, Lerner!

2019 marks the 60th anniversary of Lerner Publishing Group. Harry Lerner founded the company in 1959, and it's been going strong ever since! View →


Throwback Thursday: The Illustrator with Four Names

A little secret shared by George Overlie, Mark Springer, Rov Andre, and Joseph Folger. View →


Reflections: Teen Lit Con 2019

On April 27th, Lerner headed to the sixth annual Teen Lit Con, a yearly event put on by Minneapolis/St. Paul area libraries to promote literature, reading and writing, and to connect readers and authors. View →


Cover Reveal: Owl’s Outstanding Donuts by Robin Yardi

Designer Emily Harris and illustrator Kelsey King talk about their creative process for Owl’s Outstanding Donuts, coming this Fall! View →


Build Comprehension and Confidence with New Audisee eBooks with Audio

A new season means new Audisee eBooks with Audio titles are on the way! Check out this rundown by Digital Products Coordinator Kate Schefer. View →


Notes on a Cover: Fugly

Claire Waller’s debut YA novel, Fugly, explores that weird space between the online and real world, and what happens when they collide. Emily Harris, Senior Graphic Designer, shares a few notes on the cover design. View →


Video: Be a Maker Author Katey Howes

Who can be a maker? We all can! Author Katey Howes shares more about her wonderful new picture book Be a Maker in this video clip. View →


Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds Excerpt

Jeremy Lachlan’s Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds is a twisting adventure of a middle-grade fantasy novel. Read on for an excerpt! View →


Who’s a Good Dog?

Each title in this series answers the question posted in the series title: Labrador retrievers, Yorkshire terriers, German shepherds, pugs, golden retrievers, and Pembroke Welsh corgis are all good—nay, fantastic!—dogs. View →


Happy Book Birthday: New Picture Books, Middle Grade, and YA

Check out May new releases from Lerner Publishing Group! View →


A Colorful Spring with Crayola®

In the spirit of the spring season, we are announcing new releases in our popular Crayola® brand. This season includes three new exciting series, including one in Spanish. View →


Little Monsters of the Ocean: Book Design

Trade Art Director Danielle Carnito shares some of the design details behind Monsters of the Ocean. View →


Podcast Interview with Joshua S. Levy, Author of Seventh Grade vs. the Galaxy

Our second episode of The Lerner Podcast features author Joshua S. Levy, whose middle-grade debut novel, Seventh Grade vs. the Galaxy, came out in March. We talk about hamsters in space, Supreme Court cases, and more! View →


NIU STEM Read Presents Quarantine: The Summer Camp

The STEM Read program at Northern Illinois University has created a “Quarantine: The Summer Camp,” program based on the popular young adult novel by Lex Thomas. I checked in with STEM Read director Gillian King-Cargile for more details. View →


Halloween in April: 5 Books Featuring Animals in Disguise

Libby Stille gives us the rundown on some fun books about hiding in plain sight. View →


Schedule a School Visit with a Lerner Author

Planning your 2019-2020 school year? Head to Lerner’s new author school visit map to discover authors and illustrators around the world. View →


Q&A with Edgar® Awards Nominee Sasha Dawn

Sasha Dawn’s latest YA novel, Blink, is a 2019 Edgar® Award nominee! View →


Darby Creek High/Low Fiction Imprint Meets Teens Where They Are

We understand that not every reader is voracious. But there is a way to reach every type of reader! View →


Scientist Katie Bouman Featured in Sara Latta’s Black Holes

In honor of this week's reveal of the first ever image of a black hole, we're posting the profile of scientist Dr. Katie Bouman from Sara Latta's Twenty-First Century Books title Black Holes: The Weird Science of the Most Mysterious Objects in the Universe. View →


A Common Thread Between the Guthrie Theater and Lerner

If you visit the office spaces at Lerner, you might notice that we have a few quilts hanging up on our walls. View →


Saying a Fond Farewell

After twenty seven years with Lerner Publishing Group, Domenica Di Piazza bids us adieu as she retires. View →


Resources for No More Excuses: Dismantling Rape Culture + Podcast Interview

For the first episode of The Lerner Podcast, we interviewed Amber J. Keyser, author of No More Excuses: Dismantling Rape Culture, about what teachers, librarians, and everyone else can do to dismantle rape culture. View →


Librarian Prep List for June

To help you get ready for LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, we’ve put together a list of books that include characters and nonfiction accounts of people along the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. View →


Happy Book Birthday: New Picture Books, Middle Grade, and Graphic Novels

Check out April new releases from Lerner Publishing Group! View →


Gravity's Pull

MariNaomi Introduces book two in Her Life on Earth YA graphic novel series. View →


Flower Talk Q&A with Author Sara Levine

Author Sara Levine was kind enough to answer a few questions about how this book came to be—and how she hopes it will be used. View →


Interview with Castle of Lies Author Kiersi Burkhart

Where did the idea for this epic tale start? View →


Books for Africa

Kar-Ben Publisher Joni Sussman shares some fun details about Lerner Publishing Group book donations and Books for Africa. View →


Take Learning Off the Page with Science Buddies

Our newest digital feature, Page Plus, launched last Fall, and we expanded it further this Spring, including a partnership with Science Buddies. View →


One Step Forward…

Domenica Di Piazza shares some of the sources of ideas for her timely titles. View →


Librarian Prep List for May

April showers bring May flowers, so here are some spring-time books for your displays or featured reads. Also, the 14th annual Endangered Species Day is May 17, 2019, so we've got some recommendations for that! View →


Happy Book Birthday: New Picture Books, Middle Grade, and YA

Check out March new releases from Lerner Publishing Group! View →


Friend or Foe?

As Americans contemplate the fictions and facts, and pros and cons of a wall along our southern border, we rethink our national heritage and values. View →


Introduce Young Readers to the Green Book with Ruth and the Green Book

Last night, Green Book won the 2019 Academy Award for Best Picture at the Oscars. The movie’s title comes from The Negro Motorist Green Book travel guides that were printed to help black people travel safely during the Jim Crow era. View →


Guest Post by Rosanne Parry, author of Last of the Name

We talked to Rosanne Parry, author of Last of the Name, which is scheduled to come out on April 2, 2019, about her process. She was also kind enough to build a very detailed timeline for us, for context. View →


Coding in the Real World

We’re constantly applying the basic principles of coding in everything we do. Let’s take examples of professions and see how people doing them put coding concepts into practice every day. View →


The Story of the Parkland Activists Who Inspired a Nation (And This Editor)

Editing Eric Braun’s Never Again: The Parkland Shooting and the Teen Activists Leading a Movement hit extremely close to home and brought up some difficult feelings. View →


Prompts, Notes, and Sketches for Seventh Grade vs. the Galaxy

Seventh Grade vs. the Galaxy is scheduled to come out on March 5. I talked the designer of the cover, Kimberly Morales, into opening her files to share some notes and sketches! View →


Librarian Prep List for April

April is Poetry Month and April 22 is Earth Day this year, so we’ve made a list to help you get ready for both of them! View →


Happy Book Birthday: New Picture Books, Graphic Novels, and YA

Check out February new releases from Lerner Publishing Group! View →


Think Spring with Disney Learning

It certainly doesn’t feel like spring in Minneapolis, but we’re excited to announce the release of our Spring 2019 titles in our partnership with Disney Learning! View →


I Am Farmer: An Illustrator’s Journey

Today’s post comes courtesy of illustrator Elizabeth Zunon, who shares her process for creating the magnificent collage artwork in the new picture book I Am Farmer: Growing an Environmental Movement in Cameroon. View →


Lerner Receives a Printz Honor and a Batchelder Honor at ALA Midwinter

This morning at ALA Midwinter in Seattle, Lerner received two ALA awards! I, Claudia by Mary McCoy was awarded a Michael L. Printz Honor, and My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder by Nie Jun picked up a Mildred L. Batchelder Honor. View →


In the News with TFCB: Speaking Up for What Is Fair and Right

Over the years, TFCB has tackled some extraordinarily tough topics for YA readers. Our Spring 2019 list is no exception, with Fake News and Exposing Hate coming out from Mike Miller. View →


Q&A with Flight of a Starling Author Lisa Heathfield

Lisa Heathfield's latest YA novel, Flight of a Starling, will be available in the US on February 5 and was called a “gem of a novel, one that is sure to be savored” in a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. View →


New Year, New Audisee eBooks with Audio

Every season we work to expand our current collection of Audisee® ebooks with Audio. Read on to see a few of our highlighted titles, and what makes Audisee eBooks with Audio so special. View →


Makerspace Roundup

Today is a red-letter day in the world of STEAM! It’s Ben Franklin Day and Kid Inventors’ Day. Libraries can celebrate these days today—and all year through!—by encouraging kids to try their hand at their own inventing and/or creative projects. View →


Flight of a Starling: Cover Thoughts

Danielle Carnito, Trade Art Director, shares some of the thoughts that went into Flight of a Starling's cover. View →


Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and Gordon C. James Discuss Their New Picture Book, Let ‘Er Buck!

Author and retired children’s librarian Vaunda Micheaux Nelson loves telling stories from forgotten moments in history. View →


#ReadWoke Pin Giveaway

There's still time to enter for a chance to win! View →


Librarian Prep List for March

This list will get you geared up for March! We’ve got a little history, a little St. Patrick’s Day, and a robust group of Purim titles. View →


Blending Nonfiction and Fiction: 4 Recent Picture Books

Carol Hinz shares some thoughts on 4 recent picture books that are fiction-y nonfiction. Or is it nonfiction-y fiction? View →


Enjoy the Classics in a Modern Format

Every Spring we release a handful of classic works in the public domain. These range from novels, to essays, poems, short stories, and plays for use in any kind of classroom. View →


Are You Looking Forward to Summer Reading?

It’s never too soon to start getting ready for summer reading! If you’re still developing your plans, check out two webinars from Lerner that can help you prepare. View →


Patrons Interested in Publishing? Suggest an Informational Interview!

Perhaps you have patrons who would love the idea of working in publishing but don’t know where to start. Read on for some tips to share! View →


Celebrating With 60 Throwback Thursdays!

Lerner Publishing Group will celebrate 60 years of publishing in 2019, but we’re starting early online so that we can have 60 Throwback Thursday posts on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook! View →


9 Books You May Have Missed from Lerner Publisher Services Partners

I shared a list of maybe-new-to-you books last summer. Here’s a short roundup of a few more delightful titles that deserve a close look. View →


Librarian Prep List for February

To help you get ready for February, we have some Valentine treats and also history to go along with Presidents’ Day. View →


Sign Up for Our Email Newsletters!

Like a lot of blogs, we have had a link to sign up for email newsletters on the sidebar of our site for a while. But, if you haven’t clicked it recently, you may be missing out on more than you think. View →


Seeing Stars (and Awards): Top Titles from 2018

Today we share this year’s best and brightest books from Lerner Publishing Group. View →


The Art (Award) of the Vast Wonder of the World

I was so happy to help celebrate the opening reception of the Society of Illustrators 2018 Original Art show with this year’s Dilys Evans Founder’s Award winner Luisa Uribe, who won that award for her illustrations in our Millbrook Press title The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just. View →


Quick Tips for a Successful PledgeCents and Lerner Fundraiser!

Lerner Publishing Group is excited to be part of the PledgeCents marketplace, which makes it easy for educators to raise money for school and library purchases through PTAs or community fundraisers! View →


The Ebola Outbreak in DRC: What You Need to Know

With a new outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in central Africa, Domenica Di Piazza asked TFCB medical writer Connie Goldsmith to investigate and share more with us about what’s happening there. View →


High/Low Titles – What Does That Mean?

Those of us who publish books can sometimes be (accurately!) accused of developing our own language, of sorts. One example is the term “high/low.” Roughly, we use it to mean books that are highly engaging, but are still easy to read. Fast-paced stories on high-interest themes draw in kids and keep them reading, even if they’ve previously been reluctant readers. View →


Some of Our Most Talked-About Titles in 2018: Part 2

Carol Hinz, Editorial Director of Millbrook Press and Carolrhoda Books, shares a few of the titles she’s been involved with in 2018. View →


Some of Our Most Talked-About Titles in 2018: Part 1

Greg Hunter, the Associate Editorial Director for Graphic Universe, and Amy Fitzgerald, the Associate Editorial Director for Carolrhoda Novels, have stopped by the blog to share a few notes about some of their most talked-about titles for this year. So, without further ado, here they are! View →


A Valentine for Frankenstein Creators Leslie Kimmelman and Timothy Banks in Conversation

Earlier this month, we released A Valentine for Frankenstein, written by Leslie Kimmelman and illustrated by Timothy Banks. This adorable picture book follows Frank as he attends the monsters’ Valentine’s Day Bash and receives a mysterious valentine from another monster. View →


A Few Thanksgiving Faves!

Turkey Day is coming soon! (Better known as Mashed Potatoes and Pumpkin Pie Day in my world … my two personal Thanksgiving favorites.) In preparation for the big celebration, here’s a fun list of Lerner books to get young ones in the Thanksgiving spirit. View →


Librarian List Prep for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History Month

This list will help you get ready for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 21 and Black History Month in February. Simply use it to quickly pull together displays, featured reads or anything else you need! View →


Happy Book Birthday: New Picture Books, Middle Grade, and YA

Check out November 1 new releases from Lerner Publishing Group! View →


Lerner Remembers: Our Favorite Halloween Memories

Halloween is almost here, so I thought I’d ask my co-workers what they enjoy most about Halloween! View →


Cover Design for Girls on the Line

Senior graphic designer Emily Harris discusses the cover design for Jennie Liu's debut YA novel, Girls on the Line. View →


Attitude of Gratitude Journals

#attitudeofgratitude is a trend I’ve seen going around social media over the past months. The idea was that gratitude is a sentiment that we can (and should) express more often. View →


Behind the Scenes of Making a Picture Book: The Vast Wonder of the World

To celebrate the upcoming release of The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just, I wanted to share a behind-the-scenes peek at how the book came together. View →


The Three Stages of Editing a Novel

There’s no one right way to edit a book, but when I tackle a middle-grade or YA novel, I usually divide my editorial process into three stages. View →


Meet the Authors: Christy Mihaly and Sue Heavenrich

It’s not every day that you meet someone who says, “How about publishing this manuscript about eating bugs?” The book is complete with recipes and interviews with chefs and ordinary people who love getting creative with unusual sources of food. View →


Q&A with Graphic Novelist Manuela Santoni

Meet Manuela Santoni, Italian graphic novelist and author of YA graphic novel Jane Austen: Her Heart Did Whisper, an imagining of Jane Austen’s young life. View →


Roundup: Our Favorite YA Titles for Teen Read Week

Every year, YALSA promotes teen literacy and engagement with a week celebrating books for teens. This year, as you may know, the theme is “It’s Written in the Stars: READ,” which puts the focus on sci-fi, fantasy, and other extraordinary books. View →


Postcards from an Octopus

It's International Octopus day! To celebrate, Libby Stille shares a few of the postcards from Love, Agnes: Postcards from an Octopus which did not make it into the book. View →


Librarian List Prep for December

We’re posting this list in October so that you can get ready for December! Use it to quickly pull together displays, featured reads or anything else you need. View →


Happy Book Birthday: New Graphic Novels, Middle Grade, and YA

Check out new releases from Lerner Publishing Group! View →


Can I Touch Your Hair? and the N-Bomb: What is appropriate for children?

Coauthors Charles Waters and Irene Latham and editor Carol Hinz share their thoughts about the poem, the word, and tackling difficult topics with children. View →


Happy 60th Anniversary, NASA!

Next week, the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) will be 60 years old. To help celebrate, here's a top five list of unexpected challenges, surprises, and delights in making books related to space. View →


Guest Post: Allyssa Loya

Elementary librarian Allyssa Loya created a technology-forward library that includes a makerspace and coding club. Read on for her tips on how to follow her lead! View →


Cover Design, Eating, and Leaving Your Comfort Zone (To Save Our Planet!)

While for most teens (and adults!) the idea of eating bugs sounds like an episode of Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods or a horror movie, the fact is that these creatures are a part of an ecologically sound idea of how to sustain humans. View →


Sketches and Photos from My Beijing

Earlier this fall, we released My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder by Nie Jun, his English-language debut. Today we’re sharing sketches and photos that inspired this graphic novel. View →


Yep, I’m a Fan!

Editorial Director Domenica Di Piazza gives us the skinny on Fandom: Fic Writers, Vidders, Gamers, Artists, and Cosplayers. This YA book is devoted to the big, shall we say huge, world of fandom. View →


Book Trailer Premiere: Foul Play at Elm Tree Park

Check out the book trailer for Q & Ray Case 3, Foul Play at Elm Tree Park to get ready for next month's World Series! View →


5 Ways to Get Involved in Banned Books Week 2018

The theme for 2018’s Banned Books Week (which is next week!) is “Banning books silences stories. Speak out!” View →


Author Spotlight: Allyssa Loya

I met Disney Coding Adventures author Allyssa Loya at the 2017 TLA (Texas Library Association) conference when she presented to a packed house about how she got a coding club up and running in her library. View →


Lerner Digital Launches Page Plus Feature This Fall

Our newest digital feature, Page Plus, launched this season. It includes 15 new titles to enjoy and explore. But what does Page Plus even mean? View →


Mary Amato’s Inspiration for Open Mic Night at Westminster Cemetery

Today YA author Mary Amato shares her inspiration for Open Mic Night at Westminster Cemetery. View →


Carol's 5-Year-Old Asks Calef Brown Questions about The Ghostly Carousel

As I mentioned in yesterday’s interview on the blog, my 5-year-old is a bit obsessed with Calef Brown’s new poetry collection, The Ghostly Carousel: Delightfully Frightful Poems. View →


Meet PW Star Watch Honoree Carol Hinz

Meet Editorial Director Carol Hinz, one of Publishers Weekly‘s 2018 Star Watch Honorees! Carol’s list includes National Book Award Longlist selection Sachiko, Sibert Honoree Sea Otter Heroes, and Orbis Pictus Honoree Dazzle Ships. View →


Happy Book Birthday: New Picture Books, Nonfiction, and YA

Check out September 1 new releases from Lerner Publishing Group! View →


Of Fall and Frankenstein

Today is Frankenstein Day! August 30 was Mary Shelley‘s birthday in 1797, so it has become the day to unofficially celebrate her most famous character. View →


Meet A Lerner: Lara Neel

Meet Lara Neel, Lerner’s Trade Marketing Manager! View →


Shark Talk

It's really “Talking about Sharks,” because that’s exactly what science writer Karen Romano Young will be doing tomorrow on New England Public Radio’s Back-to-School Book Series program! View →


Meet The Magic of Melwick Orchard Author Rebecca Caprara

Rebecca Caprara’s debut middle-grade novel, The Magic of Melwick Orchard, centers on 12-year-old Isa, whose family fractures after her little sister Junie is diagnosed with cancer. View →


Open Mic Night: Cover Design Auditions

It is generally creative law that a best idea is either your very first idea or your very last idea, the one that you almost didn’t pursue. View →


Nevertheless, They Persisted

If you're interested in political resistance, you may want to pick up our brand-new Alternator BooksTM series, Movements That Matter, along with a few other titles. View →


How to Get the Most Out of Interactive Books

Every season, there are more ways to enjoy and learn from Lerner books! In the Digital Department, we create enhanced eBooks like Interactive Books. Let’s take a walk through one of our newest titles, Discover Cryobiology, and look at each aspect of it. View →



Have you been watching women’s soccer’s 2018 Tournament of Nations? Who will kick the winning goal tonight? Australia? Brazil? Or our very own US team? View →


Radiolab, Obama, and an Out-of-This World Picture Book: Guest Post by David Zeltser + Book Trailer Reveal

Today we welcome author David Zeltser to discuss what inspired him to write his new picture book, The Universe Ate My Homework. Plus, watch the book trailer created by illustrator Ayesha L. Rubio and narrated by Radiolab‘s Robert Krulwich! View →


August New Releases

Check out today’s new releases from Lerner Publishing Group! View →


Remembering Biologist Lincoln Brower, Advocate for the Monarch Butterfly

Author Rebecca E. Hirsch remembers Dr. Lincoln Brower, an influential biologist who devoted his life to the study and conservation of monarch butterflies. Hirsch talked with Dr. Brower while researching The Monarchs Are Missing: A Butterfly Mystery. View →


Flying Your Way this August: The Epic Origin of Super Potato

The history of superhero comics is full of stories that tease—or even appear to implement—drastic changes to a character’s status quo. What happens when the change sticks? View →


6 Books You May Have Missed from Lerner Publisher Services Partners

It’s impossible for us to choose the “best” book for any reader, but it’s always fun to check out new books. Here’s a short list of some that you may want to look at more closely. View →


3 Right Things that Look Wrong

One thing about editing is that, no matter how many books you’ve edited, you still find yourself consulting the dictionary All. The. Time. throughout your workday to make sure that you’re spelling certain words correctly. View →


On (Some) Girl Stereotypes in Picture Books

I’m currently in the midst of organizing a presentation about “keeping your eyes open” when creating illustrations for kids’ books. So I'm revisiting various projects, noting times when we have specifically directed art to avoid certain stereotypical representations. View →


3 Great Tips for Sharing Seeing into Tomorrow: Haiku by Richard Wright

A collection of haiku poetry might sound a bit sophisticated for the youngest readers, but each time I have read the book with this age group, they’ve been completely engaged. View →


“This Award Has Undone Me”: Patricia Newman’s Sibert Honor Speech

Today we share the speech author Patricia Newman gave last month at the Sibert Committee lunch at ALA. She received the Sibert Honor for Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem. View →


On Volunteering, Good Apples, and Bad Apples

We recently had the opportunity to volunteer at Second Harvest Heartland. This organization collects food from farmers, manufacturers, and retailers around our home state of Minnesota. View →


NEW Audisee® eBooks with Audio Coming this Fall

Great news for teachers and librarians trying to reach reluctant and struggling readers! This fall we’re expanding our award-winning Audisee® collection to include 905 eBooks with audio. Audisee eBooks with Audio help readers build key literary skills by pairing voice narration with sentence highlighting, making it easier to engage students with high quality stories. View →


4 “Quiet” Books for the Sensory-Sensitive Student

For some kids, “loud” books with lots of bright colors and action-packed plot lines work great. They pull kids right into their pages and keep them there in an exciting, brand-new world from cover to cover. For other kids, such books may be overwhelming. View →


Domenica’s Summer Reading List

You don't have to stick to just one book at a time! Instead, let yourself roam a little bit. You may find you enjoy your summer reading more when it turns into a longer list! View →


Visit Lerner at ALA!

Headed to ALA Annual this weekend? In between jockeying for a seat at Michelle Obama’s keynote and stargazing at Emilio Estevez’s film screening, visit Lerner in booth 3522 to learn more about our books and to meet some of our authors and illustrators! View →


Notes on Cover Design

There is a lot resting on how the covers of our books look at first glance. For that reason, there are quite a few people involved in the cover design approval process. And the process is different depending on what kind of product we’re looking at. View →


3 New Series for Makers

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but makerspaces are kind of a big deal these days. Because we always like to supply our customers with what their young readers need and want, here’s a quick roundup of our new series for makers. View →


Reading Like a Writer: What Authors Read for Inspiration [Part Two]

Recently, Laura Purdie Salas, Chris Barton, and Sara Levine talked a little about their reading habits. Today I’m pleased to share three more contributions to this series! View →


Combating 5 Common Excuses Not to Read This Summer

The end of the school year is imminent, and most students can’t wait to trade their backpacks for bathing suits. But don’t despair! Summer vacation can be full of educational experiences: traveling to new places, learning a hobby or sport, or interacting with nature at camp. But no matter their plans, there is always time to squeeze in some reading. Read on for our creative responses to some typical excuses to skip summer reading. View →


Makerspace Takeaways from a Library Field Trip

Who doesn’t love a good field trip? We at Lerner recently had a great one thanks to librarians Anna Jacobson at Falcon Heights Elementary and Anna Zbacnik at nearby Brimhall Elementary. View →


Books on Ramadan for Young Readers

Last week, the Muslim holy month of Ramadan began with the sighting of the new moon. The holiday will last 29 or 30 days, depending on visibility of the next new moon. Muslims will fast and pray from sunrise to sunset. At the end of Ramadan, a multi-day festival called Eid al-Fitr begins. View →


The Evolution of the Prom

April, May, and June are the months of prom every year in the United States. The season can be a time of excitement, fun, and dressing up (or down), and inviting a cool person to be your date. At least that’s what it’s meant to be. View →


Meet A Lerner: Kjersten Piper

Meet Kjersten Piper, Lerner’s Sales Coordinator! View →


Meet Graphic Novel Author Marinaomi

Meet cartoonist MariNaomi! She’s the author of Losing the Girl, the first title in the Life on Earth YA graphic novel series. View →


Make Every Day Earth Day With “Plarn” Crafts For Kids

Earth Day was, of course, April 22, but this year’s message really translates into something you can do every day: reduce plastic waste. The best way to deal with plastic waste is to use less plastic in your daily life. However, for plastic bags that have already entered your home, there are some ways to put it to good use. Many of those ways use plarn. View →


5 Things I Learned at TLA

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of attending my first Texas Library Association (TLA) conference in Dallas. What an amazing experience! From wandering the exhibit hall to sitting in on sessions to talking with librarians from all over the state, I learned so much in the three days I was there. It was an excellent reminder of why I wanted to get into the publishing industry in the first place. View →