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Happy Book Birthday: New Graphic Novels, YA, and Nonfiction

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

 

Books for Africa Celebrates New Warehouse Opening In Atlanta Under the Leadership of Board President Joni Sussman

Books For Africa (BFA) dedicated its new Atlanta warehouse with a grand opening on June 26, 2021. Millions of donated books from all over the country are sorted, packed and shipped each year from the Atlanta warehouse to the Port of Savannah, where they are sent by cargo ship to students throughout Africa. Approximately 10,000 volunteers pack books at the Atlanta warehouse each year. View →

 

Paired Fiction and Nonfiction for Beginning Readers

Help young readers build literacy skills with paired nonfiction and fiction series! View →

 

12 Great Series for Middle Grade Readers

Middle grade readers love to dive into a series and spend some time with the characters. Read on to find a list of great middle grade fiction series your readers can binge! View →

 

Fall Graphic Novel Preview

July is Graphic Novel Month, which is the perfect time to share some sneak peeks of our Fall 21 graphic novels from Graphic Universe. View →

 

10 Books That Will Help Students Write Better

Writing is an art and a science . . . and we’ve got books that can help your students become better at the both sides of the craft. Read on for 10 books that help with all parts of the writing process from research to putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard)! View →

 

Unparalleled: Floyd Cooper, A Literary Remembrance

"There is no greater gift than the truth." -Floyd Cooper View →

 

Not Just for Kids: Using Picture Books with Teens and Tweens

Are you pigeonholing your picture books, limiting them to just primary grades? Gain insights from librarians and literacy luminaries Betsy Bird, Cicely Lewis, and Susannah Richards as they discuss the benefits of and strategies for using picture books with older students—including middle grade and high schoolers. View →

 

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Books

It’s deep summer in the northern hemisphere, and what better way than to cool off than with books featuring ice cream? Read on for a list of titles that cover how ice cream is made, experiments that help you make your own, or stories that include everyone’s favorite sweet treat. View →

 

Multicultural Voices in Our First Avenue Classics Line

First Avenue Classics transform unabridged editions of literary staples into compelling digital layouts, making the books accessible from any digital device. We’d like to highlight some of the multicultural voices available from the First Avenue Classics line. View →

 

Travel Around the World From Your Living Room!

This week, we’re exploring our great planet from the comfort of our homes – via books! Read on for great series and titles that will take you around the world. View →

 

Books Celebrating BIPOC Joy

So often, “diverse books” seem to mean struggle. Oppression. Pain. We’d like to highlight some books that celebrate BIPOC life or show BIPOC characters having wonderful everyday experiences. Everyone deserves to see themselves in the pages of a book! View →

 

10 Books That Will Make You Say Whoa!

Each of the books in the list below will make you say to someone else, “Did you know . . .?” Did you know the 2014 World Cup had such bright lights astronaut Reid Wiseman was able to take photos of the stadium from space? Or that there might be life on the moon, since a spacecraft full of tardigrades crashed there in 2019? Check out our book list below to find more things that will make you say WOAH! View →

 

Free Teaching Resources From Lerner: eSource

Did you know we have oodles of free resources available to download, from lesson plans to activity sheets to discussion guides? We sure do! Summer is a great time to browse through these resources and find ways to get students more engaged with the books in your library. View →

 

Fall Novel Preview

It may just be June, but we’re looking forward to curling up with a great book this fall. Check out our fall middle grade and YA novel highlights from Carolrhoda Books and Carolrhoda Lab. View →

 

19 Books for Refugee Week

Yesterday kicked off Refugee Week, culminating in Refugee Day on June 20. Here’s a summer reading book list celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary. View →

 

Fall Picture Book Review

Summer’s here and you know what that means, right? FALL PREVIEWS! Take a look inside to get the scoop on all our forthcoming illustrated and photographic picture books from Carolrhoda and Millbrook Press. View →

 

Juneteenth is Coming!

Juneteenth is this week! What are the origins of this holiday, and why do we celebrate it? View →

 

10 Books About Friendship

We’re kicking off 12 Weeks of Summer with book lists to celebrate all sorts of topics. Today’s theme is friendship. Read on for great books about friendship, making friends, and being a friend. View →

 

Spring Super Stars!

We are almost at the halfway mark for the year. Can you believe it? Before jumping into the summer season, let’s take some time to reflect on those exceptional fiction and nonfiction from the spring. We have gathered all the titles from Lerner Publishing Group and our publishing partners that have received starred reviews in the list below. Discover the best titles for your young readers and still have time to enjoy the sunshine! View →

 

Pride Round-Up

June is Pride Month! We’ve got books for your readers to educate, entertain, and acknowledge LGBTQIA+ history and rights. Check out our list below! View →

 

Brontë: An Interview with Author and Illustrator Manuela Santoni

Brontë, Manuela Santoni’s graphic telling of the lives of Emily, Charlotte, and Anne Brontë, arrived in the United States earlier this month. This sweeping work of graphic biography, originally published in Italy and translated by Matteo Benassi, explores the sisters’ tumultuous family and literary awakenings. To celebrate the occasion of its stateside release, the Lerner Blog asked Santoni about bringing the Brontës to life. View →

 

Middle Grade and YA Summer Reads

It’s been a rough school year, but summer is looming. And if ever there was a summer to keep kids well stocked with fun books to read . . . well, it was the summer of 2020, but 2021 has to be a close second. Here are some suggestions for middle-grade and young adult readers looking for a change of pace. View →

 

Unspeakable and the 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre

For almost seventy-five years the history behind the Tulsa Race Massacre was undocumented and omitted. Now with the 100th anniversary approaching on May 31st and June 1st, it’s crucial we take time to remember the victims and share their stories with readers of all ages. View →

 

Spring 21 Favorites from Lerner Publisher Services

n addition to the books that we publish, did you know that we distribute other publishers’ books too? We love finding the best books from around the world and bringing them to libraries, bookstores, classrooms, and ultimately to the readers who love them. Here are the highlights from our publishers’ Spring 2021 titles! View →

 

Celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is the time when we celebrate the rich cultural diversity, historical achievements, and traditions of Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders. This year, it holds particular importance and significance, and we are pleased to highlight books that uphold the AAPI experience, and our AAPI creators. View →

 

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY: NEW PAPERBACK, MIDDLE-GRADE, AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

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

 

It’s Outta Here! The Might and Majesty of the Home Run Chat with Author Matt Doeden

From baby animals and blooming flowers to rainstorms and galoshes, signs of spring have finally arrived after a typically long Minnesota winter. For many sports fans, spring also signals the start of Major League Baseball (MLB). With baseball on my mind, I asked Doeden a few questions about the book and what he thinks about the current state of MLB. View →

 

How To Build an Insect: An Interview with Author Roberta Gibson

See what the buzz is about in this fresh, fun look at insect anatomy. In the pages of How to Build an Insect, you’ll find a workshop filled with everything you need, including a head, a thorax, an abdomen, and much more. This wonderfully original take on insect anatomy sparks curiosity and engages even those who didn’t think they liked creepy, crawly things! View →

 

Browseable Nonfiction Hotlist

Browseable nonfiction contains eye-catching design, lavish illustrations or photographs, and straightforward text. The books can be read from cover to cover for readers who want to know absolutely everything, but other readers have the freedom to focus on the content that really interests them. Read on for our best-selling browseable nonfiction titles! View →

 

Books about How Things Work

Life is pretty amazing when you look at it with childlike wonder. We harnessed that wonder in creating the Step by Step and Food Field Trips series, both of which focus on the amazing ways that everyday things are made, produced, or grown. View →

 

The Spy Who Raised Me: An Interview with Author Ted Anderson

The Spy Who Raised Me by Ted Anderson and illustrated by Gianna Meola is a super-spy adventure and hilarious satire about the demands parents place on children. The story follows teenager Josie Black who can infiltrate any building and move like a martial artist. But no one told her that. When she discovers her mom secretly programmed her to be a special operative, spy family drama breaks out. View →

 

Beyond: An Interview with Author Miranda Paul

Beyond: Discoveries from the Outer Reaches of Space takes readers on a profound journey beyond our solar system and explores the marvels of interstellar space. A wonder-filled poem and spectacular illustrations explore everything from dwarf planets and black holes to dark matter and brand-new stars. Today author Miranda Paul joins us to discuss her inspiration for Beyond, the picture book’s unique format, and her favorite celestial body! View →

 

Extend Learning with Picture Books

What a wonderful webinar “Not Just for Kids, How to Use Picture Books with Tweens and Teens” was!! So many interesting, diverse books for all levels of readers!! Teachers, now that you have great reading suggestions for students, what are you going to do with it? How can you maintain students’ interest and extend the learning? Read on for some suggestions that I have! View →

 

Germs Up close Q&A with Sara Levine

This book came about in a somewhat unusual way–a little over a year ago as it became clear that the COVID-19 pandemic was about to change our lives, award-winning science writer Sara Levine and I began talking making a book about the science behind not only SARS-CoV-2 but also many other infectious diseases. In this interview, Sara shares more about how Germs Up Close came together as well as some of the challenges she faced along the way. View →

 

Graphic Universe Spring 2021 Releases as Easter Candy

Easter candy—it’s the snack on everyone’s mind this month, with selections wide-ranging enough that every variety has a perfect literary counterpart. With Lerner’s Graphic Universe imprint in the process of rolling out this spring’s graphic novel releases, we’ve also found the type of Easter candy with which each new graphic novel pairs best. View →

 

Traditional Nonfiction Hotlist

Traditional nonfiction is made up of survey/”all-about” nonfiction books. They provide a general overview of a topic, are often part of a larger series, and use clean, straightforward language. They are best for an introduction to a topic, and often used early in the research process to build understanding. Keep reading for a list of our best-selling traditional nonfiction titles! View →

 

No Way, They Were Gay?: An Interview with Author Lee Wind

History has often ignored men who loved men, women who loved women, and people who lived outside gender boundaries. In No Way, They Were Gay?: Hidden Lives and Secret Loves, author Lee Wind examines primary source letters, poems, and more to rethink the lives and loves of historical figures. Today Lee joins us to give readers insight into the inspiration and purpose of this fascinating YA nonfiction! View →

 

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

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

 

The Design of Natural Satellites

f you ever wonder if a designer really looks at every single aspect of a book when designing….yes. Yes we do. For this post I asked designer Lindsey Owens to give us some insight on choices behind the design elements in our new Twenty-First Century Books title Natural Satellites: The Book of Moons by Ron Miller — here’s the scoop: View →

 

Spring Sesame Street® Roundup

Sesame Street® has always been a place of friendship and love. As we round out a full year of pandemic living, give young readers encouragement and self-care advice with everlasting friends like Elmo, Big Bird, and Cookie Monster. This spring’s Sesame Street title lists include new activities, healthy habits, and good character practices. Read on to find out more! View →

 

Expository Literature Nonfiction Hotlist

Expository literature is a form of nonfiction that uses a strong voice and rich, engaging language to creatively share information about a focused topic. It usually demonstrates carefully chosen text and an innovative presentation. Here’s an overview of expository literature, and a look at some of our best-selling expository literature titles! View →

 

Social and Emotional Learning Roundup

With Spring rolling in and the weather warming up, we better start discussing social and emotional learning before the kids (safely, of course) fill the playgrounds back up! How can we, as adults, show the youth around us the importance of friendship, kindness, and acceptance? These themes are fundamental to our daily interactions and it’s up to us to make sure that the children in our lives understand how to navigate the nuances of human interaction. View →

 

Exploring North American Biomes

Cones from a spruce tree crunch under your boots. You pause to rest on a rock covered in green moss and colorful lichens. From a nearby treetop, you hear the high-pitched song of a magnolia warbler. To an experienced explorer, the signs are obvious. You’re in a boreal forest! View →

 

Celebrating Asian Heritage and Asian American Stories

During this difficult time, it’s more important than ever to listen to and learn from diverse stories. Empathy, joy, and education are powerful forces we can use to stand up to hate. Celebrate stories of Asian and Asian American experiences with these picture books, young adult fiction, and graphic novels. Read on to find titles that raise Asian and Asian American voices and support their work. Nonfiction titles about racial violence and inequality are also listed below to help begin crucial conversations. View →

 

The Story Behind When Dogs Heal

Through powerful images and compelling narratives, explore extraordinary stories of ordinary people overcoming stigma and grief and the unwavering bond between humans and canine companions. Written by Christina Garofalo, award-winning dog photographer Jesse Freidin, adolescent HIV+ specialist Dr. Robert Garofalo, and LGBTQ advocate and journalist Zach Stafford, When Dogs Heal shows how the best medicine isn’t always found at a pharmacy or in a doctor’s office. Sometimes it comes in the form of a four-legged friend. View →

 

Into the Fire with Hothouse Earth

Climate change is not simply a problem for future generations. Hothouse Earth examines how science, politics, and social justice must all be part of the equation to counteract climate change. View →

 

Spring Fun With Crayola®!

Spring is on its way and so are all the Crayola® colors! The refreshing green of budding leaves and the joyful yellow of daffodils can all be reflected on your bookshelf with the latest titles from Crayola®! View →

 

On Artist Shortlists and The Floating Field

Making a list of possible artists for picture books is standard procedure here. We make shortlist through searching for style, through thought, through discussion, through sharing top picks with the author, through Ooohs and Aaaahs and “Wouldn’t it be great if (insert famous illustrator name) could work on this book?” We — in this case designer Viet, editor Carol, and Art Director me — spend time carefully finding and talking through the many possibilities and narrow to shortlist of artists, whom I then start reaching out to with the illustration proposal. View →

 

Earth-Shaking News: Ten Years After the Fukushima Disaster

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, Japan. Dr. Fred Bortz, author of Meltdown: The Nuclear Disaster in Japan and Our Energy Future, returns to share his thoughts regarding the event’s impact on sustainable energy resources. To learn more about the disaster and subsequent clean up, find resources and articles at the end of the post! View →

 

Active Nonfiction Hotlist

Active nonfiction teaches skills that readers can use to engage in an activity. Craft books, cookbooks, books of scientific experiments all fall into this category. Here’s an overview of Active Nonfiction and a look at some of our best-selling active nonfiction titles! View →

 

Librarian Prep Post for April

We’ve put together our reader’s advisory and booklists for April! Again focused on bringing you as many solutions as possible to the dilemma of providing online book displays for your children, we hope that you can find something that inspires you to inspire them! View →

 

Resource Roundup: The Secret Life of Kitty Granger

Make your own invisible ink or learn Morse code! Read on to find amazing free resources for the classroom, and your students can become super spies just like Kitty Granger! View →

 

Classified: an Interview with Author Traci Sorell

In Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer, Cherokee author Traci Sorell and Métis illustrator Natasha Donovan trace Ross’s journey from being the only girl in a high school math class to becoming a teacher. Ross continued onward to earn an engineering degree, join the top-secret Skunk Works division of Lockheed, and become a mentor for Native Americans and young women interested in engineering. Find out how Ross’s passion for math and the Cherokee values she was raised with shaped her life and work. View →

 

Rissy No Kissies: An Interview with Author Katey Howes

A lovebird who doesn’t like kisses? Rissy’s friends and family wonder if she’s sick, confused, or rude. But kisses make Rissy uncomfortable. Can one little lovebird show everyone that there’s no one right way to show you care? View →

 

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY: NEW PICTURE BOOKS, GRAPHIC NOVELS, YA, AND NONFICTION

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

 

Narrative Nonfiction Hotlist

Narrative nonfiction reads like a novel, but the stories are true. It’s a great way for kids to learn about the world, and appeals to to lovers of fiction and whatever topic a given book covers. Here’s an overview of Narrative Nonfiction and a look at some of our best-selling narrative nonfiction titles! View →

 

Wait…Pigeons were Spies? Enter the Secret World of Spying

You’re moving through a dense crowd as counterintelligence agents follow you. If you cannot escape, you will be arrested. So what do you do? In Lerner’s new nonfiction series Spy Secrets, readers will get a glimpse into the world of spying, uncovering true fascinating stories of spies, the people they worked for, and the methods they used to complete their missions. View →

 

The Secret Life of Kitty Granger: An Interview with Author G. D. Falksen

The Secret Life of Kitty Granger is a suspenseful thriller and a nuanced portrayal of neurodivergence set in 1967 London. Sixteen-year-old Kitty Granger hates noise and crowds, tends to fixate on patterns, and often feels acutely aware of her surroundings even as she struggles to interpret the behavior of people around her. When Kitty’s keen observation and quick thinking help her survive a dangerous encounter, two secret agents working for Her Majesty’s government offer her a job in their espionage operation. On her very first mission, she must foil a fascist plot and save the country! Today author G.D. Falksen discusses his writing process, research strategies, and creative life. View →

 

Creating the Perfect Reading Nook for Kids

Editor’s Note: We shared some tips from How to Do It Now Because It’s Not Going Away about how to create great reading spaces with Redfin, the real estate website. They’ve allowed us to republish the post on our site, and we hope you’ll share these great ideas with your patrons! View →

 

A Closer Look: What’s the Deal with Back Matter?

Last summer as we were making the final tweaks to our Spring 2021 picture books before they went off to the printer, I was struck by the fascinating range of back matter found in these six books. But what exactly is back matter and why does it, well, matter? View →

 

Paired Fiction and Nonfiction for Literacy

Paired fiction and nonfiction can help students learn to think critically while comparing text types – and enjoying fun stories! View →

 

Join Lerner and Zoobean for a Nonfiction Reading Challenge in March!

For the month of March we’re partnering with Beanstack to bring you the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction Reading Challenge! This challenge is designed to encourage PreK-12 readers to explore their favorite nonfiction topics and themes all month long. All U.S. libraries and schools are eligible to join the challenge with their communities and read to win some amazing prizes, including a selection of Lerner books. View →

 

Mission to Mars: Books for the Landing of NASA’s Perseverance

NASA’s Perseverance rover is scheduled to land on Mars in one week. Get your readers ready for this momentous occasion with our Mars booklist! View →

 

Hack Your Kitchen with Science Buddies: Free Activity!

Earlier this month, we released our latest book in partnership with Science Buddies, Hack Your Kitchen: Discover a World of Food Fun with Science Buddies. Young scientists will learn all about many different scientific principles and properties using everyday tools and ingredients from their own kitchens – and today you can get a sneak peek at one of the projects right here! View →

 

Updating Into the Streets

Lerner Publishing Group is based out of downtown Minneapolis, in the North Loop neighborhood. The murder of George Floyd just a few miles from our headquarters hit very close to home, and to our hearts, last summer. We immediately moved up the publication date of Into the Streets: A Young Person’s Visual History of Protest in the United States. We also began planning an addition for the next printing that would cover the protests that broke out across the country in response. That addition is now available in print copies, as well as for download here for those who bought the first edition. View →

 

Books to Know for March

Below is our reader’s advisory and collection of booklists for March, complete with quick descriptions of how our titles can work in your library and how you might be able to get those kids invested in reading again (along with some additional resources)! View →

 

#MeToo and You: An Interview with Author Halley Bondy

The #MeToo movement has changed the way many people view the world, but how well do tweens understand it? #MeToo and You: Everything You Need to Know about Consent, Boundaries, and More explores the nuances of emotions, comfort, and discomfort in sexually charged and emotionally abusive situations. Tween readers will learn about consent, harassment, abuse, and healthy boundaries in all types of relationships. View →

 

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

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

 

Biographies for a New Year

Give readers crucial context for current events with must-have biographies. Dive into the stories behind important leaders and the experiences that defined them, from politicians making headlines today to under-celebrated historical figures. View →

 

Kar-Ben Publishing Receives Sydney Taylor Honor and Notable Commendation by the Association of Jewish Libraries

The virtual American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter concludes with the Youth Media Awards, and Kar-Ben has received two commendations from the Sydney Taylor Book Awards! Awarded annually by the Association of Jewish Libraries, a division of the ALA, these awards are given to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. View →

 

Coronavirus Round Up

New books and key backlist explaining the coronavirus for all ages. View →

 

Picture Books about Trauma and Recovery

How do we prepare our children for hard times? And how do we help them recover from trauma? As a parent, I don’t like to think about my children–or any children–experiencing bad things. Many of the picture books in our home prompt smiles, spark curiosity, and inspire empathy. Yet children also need books that gently, respectfully tell them the truth about difficult experiences and offer them tools that might help as they navigate their own difficult times. And honestly, these books do not speak only to children. The following books have something to offer us all. View →

 

Audisee eBooks with Audio Continue to Delight and Educate

As many schools continue to meet virtually in 2021, Lerner Digital products are prepared to encourage learning in multiple formats and multiple locations. The latest additions to our Audisee list cover a wide range of curricular and high-interest topics; combined with the flexibility of digital formats, they’re sure to fit your needs at home, school, and in-between. Let’s take a look! View →

 

Civics Round-Up

With the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States scheduled for next week, as well as the unprecedented events we’ve seen in our country in 2021, we’ve rounded up some important social studies titles on civics, government, and history to help you provide context to your students. View →

 

Introducing: The Fight for Black Rights

Examine the struggle for justice for Black Americans, from voter suppression and the controversy over Confederate monuments to the protests against police brutality and racially motivated violence. Gain historical and current context to understand why the fight for Black rights continues today, through our brand-new series The Fight for Black Rights (Alternator Books®) View →

 

How To Do It Now Because It’s Not Going Away: On-Demand Study Skills Webinar for Educators

Whether your students are learning remotely or in-person, their study skills almost certainly need help. Learning to overcome procrastination is not just a study skill, it’s a life skill – and Leslie Josel is here to help. View →

 

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

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

 

5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Karen Latchana Kenney

On the final stop of this year’s 5 Kinds of Nonfiction tour, we visit Karen Latchana Kenney and her latest YA title Folding Tech: Using Origami and Nature to Revolutionize Technology. Researchers use folding technologies to create everything from nanobots to telescope lenses that unfold to the size of a soccer field. The engineers behind these inventions take inspiration from an unusual source—origami! This book examines how the ancient art intersects with STEM. Keep reading to learn more about Karen’s writing process, Expository Literature, and the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction. View →

 

5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Blake Hoena

Graphic novels are some of the most popular stories for young readers, and graphic nonfiction is no exception. Today we visit the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction with author Blake Hoena. His most recent graphic novel series, Athletes Who Made a Difference, follows four legendary sports heroes from their early years to pro careers. Through grit, leadership, and resistance these individuals were able to change the world around them. Read on to discover how the graphic novel format is perfect for these athletes’ stories and to learn more about Narrative Nonfiction. View →

 

The Stars of the Show: Top Titles of 2020

Studded with starred reviews and awards, this list of books from Lerner Publishing Group is the cream of the crop! Check out our best titles from 2020. View →

 

A World of Hands-On STEM Discovery: Active Nonfiction

What can kids learn by dropping bouncy balls into a container filled with flour? This simple activity brings the formation of craters to life for kids. As they try balls of different sizes, they see science in action and add to the information they know about the world around them. View →

 

Guest Post: Patricia Newman

By Patricia Newman, Sibert Honor-winning author of Sea Otter Heroes, Plastic Ahoy!, Eavesdropping on Elephants, Planet Ocean, and many other books View →

 

Bionic Beasts Author Interview with Jolene Gutiérrez

By Carol Hinz, editorial director of Millbrook Press and Carolrhoda Books I still recall how excited I was when I read Jolene Gutiérrez’s initial idea for the book Bionic Beasts. I don’t often see middle grade nonfiction that brings together engineering and biology in this way. Bionic Beasts highlights the innovation and problem-solving skills people around the globe are using to build prosthetic body parts for animals including a sea turtle, an elephant, and a goose. Jolene was kind enough to answer several questions about her book. View →

 

5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Candice Ransom

Candice Ransom writes series nonfiction for Lerner, including the Bumba Books Discover Your Senses series. These fall into the Traditional Nonfiction category in Melissa Stewart’s 5 Kinds of Nonfiction framework. Read on to learn about how Candice does her research and writing, and more about Traditional Nonfiction and the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction. View →

 

Librarian Prep Post for February

December is here, which means 2020 is on its way out the door. Discover books for February now! View →

 

Taking Readers on a Science Adventure: Narrative Nonfiction

Today we explore Narrative Nonfiction with Kate Messner, author of Tracking Pythons: The Quest to Catch an Invasive Predator and Save an Ecosystem. This engaging middle-grade nonfiction takes a deep dive into the science of pythons and their role as invasive predators. Keep reading to learn more about how Kate began her adventure in the Florida wetlands, and about Narrative Nonfiction and the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction. View →

 

Titles You Might Have Missed This Fall

Here’s a roundup of some delightful titles that we don’t want you to miss! View →

 

Animals Eat What?: Disgusting Meals in Bite-Size Pieces (Browseable Nonfiction)

This spring, Lerner Publications launched the browseable nonfiction series Animals Eat What? This series takes a look at the nasty and unusual elements of animal diets, and fits into the browseable category of Melissa Stewart’s Five Kinds of Nonfiction. Read on to learn more about these awesomely disgusting books, and the just-plain-awesomeness of browseable nonfiction. View →

 

Unspeakable: A Visit to Tulsa’s Black Wall Street

In April 2019, editorial director Carol Hinz and art director Danielle Carnito traveled to Oklahoma to gather information related to several books they were working on. One of them was Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Floyd Cooper, which will release on February 2, 2021. We asked Carol and Danielle to share a little about how their trip shaped their work on this book. View →

 

Active Coding for Sports Fans

What does sports have to do with coding? As it turns out, a lot. Because once you learn about coding concepts, you can see them everywhere. A play on the soccer pitch, for example—players passing the ball to one another—is just like an algorithm, or lines of code put together to tell a computer what to do. A repeated part of that play, like passing the ball back and forth, is a loop. Perhaps one player passes the ball only if the other has a clear shot at the goal—that’s a conditional. And if something goes wrong, say the ball is intercepted by the opposing team, that’s a bug in the code! View →

 

Ready for Summer Reading?

Here in Minnesota, winter is starting to set in – which is the perfect time to begin planning summer reading 2021! We have perfect picks for your library’s summer reading theme below – keep reading for title preview videos, book lists, and more. View →

 

Top 5 Things for Grads to Do Now That COVID-19 Has Tanked Their Plans

The coronavirus has changed plans for high school students across the country, and what will happen when they graduate? Genevieve Morgan’s new book Undecided, 2nd Edition: Navigating Life and Learning after High School, has the information to help teens navigate the difficult process of deciding among a gap year, college, enlisting in the military, and more. View →

 

Librarian Prep Post for January

There’s a lot going on right now; we’re here to help! This holiday season, don’t forget to sit down, take a deep breath, and center yourself. It’s easy to forget about our own needs in these unprecedented times, but don’t forget – you matter! Hopefully, we can help you weather the storm with our January booklists and reader advisory. View →

 

Happy Book Birthday: New Picture Books, Young Adult, and Non-Fiction

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

 

5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Jeff Fleischer

In preparation for election day, we explore Traditional Nonfiction with Jeff Fleischer, author of Votes of Confidence 2nd Edition: A Young Person’s Guide to American Elections. This updated edition provides the next generation of voters with essential guidance about the past, present, and future of American elections. Continue reading to learn more about Jeff’s research process, Traditional Nonfiction, and the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction. View →

 

5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Nonfiction Writers Dig Deep

Many teachers and students seem to think that writing nonfiction requires nothing more than doing some research and cobbling together a bunch of facts, but nothing could be further from the truth. To dispel this alarming myth, fifty of today’s most celebrated authors for children have come together to share a critical part of the nonfiction writing process that often goes unseen. The result is the illuminating anthology Nonfiction Writers Dig Deep: 50 Award-winning Children’s Book Authors Share the Secret of Engaging Writing View →

 

New Audisee and Audiobook Titles Bring The Natural World to Life

Here at Lerner, our Digital imprint is always looking for ways to deliver our award-winning educational content to audiences in all formats. Our enhanced eBooks are a great way to keep your students reading in the classroom and at home. Read on for a quick overview of new Audisee eBook with Audio and Audiobook titles out this fall. View →

 

A Bowl Full of Peace: An Illustration Timeline

Picture books aren’t that quick to make. Sure, there can be exceptions, but mostly they involve a lot of time and love and work. It can be years from start of a project to the book release, when you hope that thing you worked on for so long gets a good reception when it finally makes out into the world. I took a look back at events in the timeline of one of our new Fall picture books; A Bowl Full of Peace by Caren Stelson, illustrated by Akira Kusaka. View →

 

5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Sara Levine

We explore Expository Literature with Sara Levine, author of Eye by Eye: Comparing How Animals See. The playful picture book keeps readers guessing as they learn wonderfully weird and gross facts and find out how different animal’s eyes are like—and unlike—those of starfish, owls, slugs, and more! Keep reading to learn more about Sara’s process, and about Expository Literature and the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction. View →

 

Genomics and Covid-19, Emerging Research

This is a guest post by Whitney Stewart and Hans C. Andersson MD, co-authors of Genomics: A Revolution in Healthcare and Disease Discovery. To listen to Whitney and Dr. Andersson discuss Genomics and the importance of genetics and genomics to our modern lives, listen to their episode on The Lerner Podcast. View →

 

Q&A with Dan Jolley and Jacques Khouri, Creators of Mega-Dogs of New Kansas

We’re thrilled to introduce author Dan Jolley and cartoonist Jacques Khouri, the brilliant team behind the middle-grade graphic novel Mega-Dogs of New Kansas! View →

 

Librarian Prep Post for December

Leaves are falling off the trees, the air is crisp, and sweater season is in full swing. With winter right around the corner and the snow soon to fall, it’s high time for us to give you all the books you need to survive the ice. Grab a cup of cocoa, curl up by the fire, and check out our booklists and reader advisory for December! View →

 

5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Kao Kalia Yang

We begin our tour of the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction with Kao Kalia Yang. Her most recent picture book, The Most Beautiful Thing, draws from her childhood experiences as a Hmong refugee and offers a window into the life of a family with little money and a great deal of love. Read on to find out how important storytelling is to sharing the truth of nonfiction, and learn more about Narrative Nonfiction. View →

 

In Praise of Untidy Endings

One question I consider when I’m deciding whether I want to publish a book is “Does it have a satisfying resolution?” Satisfying can have many different meanings, but in general I want readers to walk away from a book feeling that they had a complete experience—that they weren’t left hanging or cheated out of the climactic moments they anticipated. View →

 

Creating a Garden : An Interview with Masha d’yans

Your belly is full of tiny creatures! A Garden in Your Belly: Meet the Microbes in Your Gut by Masha D’yans uses striking watercolors and lively text teach kids about the garden of microscopic flora growing inside them, how it keeps them healthy, and how they can help it thrive. View →

 

Ever After: The Perfect October Read

Full of vivid, colorful artwork, Olivia Vieweg’s YA horror graphic novel Ever After is a poetic take on an enduring genre. View →

 

Teaching Study Skills Webinar + Book Sweepstakes

Register for an educators-only interactive webinar from award-winning time management coach Leslie Josel and be entered to win copies of her new book for your school. View →

 

Introducing: 5 Kinds of Nonfiction with Melissa Stewart!

A guest post by Melissa Stewart Back in 2017, I proposed a five-category system for classifying children’s nonfiction on my blog, and the response was incredible. Teachers loved it. So did librarians and children’s book authors and editors. View →

 

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

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

 

Monkey with a Tool Belt: Interview with a Young Fan

The original Monkey with a Tool Belt book by Chris Monroe came out in 2008, and I don’t think anyone who worked on that first book ever dreamed that twelve years later, we’d be on book #6 in the series and that there would be a show streaming on Netflix! View →

 

Librarian Prep Post for November

Whether returning to school, working from home, or anything in between, everyone is faced with the uncertainty of today’s world. We hope that, amid the craziness of this year, you have all kept good health and taken time to take care of the person that matters most: you! Hopefully, we can appease a little of the uncertainty with our booklists and reader advisory for November. View →

 

An Interview with Barbara Lowell, Author of “Behind the Bookcase”

Today we welcome Barbara Lowell to the blog to share her inspiration and hopes for her new picture book Behind the Bookcase: Miep Gies, Anne Frank, and the Hiding Place in which the story of Anne Frank is retold from the unique perspective of her protector, Miep Geis. View →

 

A Chat with She Represents Author Caitlin Donohue

In a complicated political era when the United States feels divided, women are being elected at record rates and government is beginning to more accurately reflect the people it represents. View →

 

Just For You! Coding Infographic

Did you know? Learning to code has other benefits for students beyond the technology aspect. Even if students don’t grow up to be programmers, learning to code also teaches them how to collaborate, communicate, think critically and logically, problem solve, edit, and pay attention to details. View →

 

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month!

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15 because it is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico’s independence day is September 16 and Chile’s is September 18. It’s a time to celebrate and learn about Americans with ancestral roots in Spain, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. View →

 

New Articles Available NOW on Lerner Sports!

We’ve added even more of your readers’ favorite athletes to our ever-growing collection of profiles on the Lerner Sports Database! Plus, reading activities to get students engaged. View →

 

Q&A with Author Ginger Garrett

We spoke with Ginger Garrett about the inspiration for her new middle-grade novel, Name Tags and Other Sixth-Grade Disasters, which follows twelve-year-old Lizbeth’s quest to make friends, thwart nemeses, and figure out how to express herself through art in time to participate in a mandatory school talent show. View →

 

Help at Home, Back to School Edition

Whether you’re back to school online, in real life, or a hybrid, we’re still collecting resources to help you and your learners. First of all, we’ve extended our read-aloud permissions through the end of the year... View →

 

Coding Is Definitely a Literacy

“School librarians are especially pivotal in coding literacy because, as with any other language, the age of acquisition for any language matters. Librarians are uniquely placed in schools with students from their early years, long before children have access to computer science electives,” writes IdaMae Craddock, a librarian at the Albemarle (VA) Lab Schools. View →

 

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

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

 

Lizard in a Zoot Suit: A Graphic Novel For Our Time

This diverse sci-fi graphic novel reimagines a lesser-known moment in history, and takes young adult readers on the adventure of a lifetime! Discover what others have to say about Lizard in a Zoot Suit and enjoy an excerpt. View →

 

How to Live on the Edge of Past, Present, and Future

...why I find Sarah Scheerger’s young adult novel How to Live on the Edge so compelling. Cayenne, the eighteen-year-old protagonist, is nothing like Teen Me (and nothing like Teen Sarah, she’ll be quick to tell you). She deals with her fear of dying young—as her mother did—by courting danger and making light of risks. View →

 

Librarian Prep Post for September & October

Welcome to the end of summer, and in some areas of the country, back to school time. Whatever your location is deciding or struggling with, we wish you all health, safety, and as little upheaval as possible. To help with your planning, here are some booklists and readers advisory for September and October. View →

 

What Would You Put in a Bowl Full of Peace?

August 9, 2020, marks the 75th anniversary of the extraordinary survival of Sachiko Yasui in Nagasaki. Caren Stelson, author of two books featuring Sachiko, shares her thoughts about how Sachiko’s story is relevant as students begin returning to school (in whatever form it may take) in the midst of a global pandemic. View →

 

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

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

 

Six Books You Don’t Want to Miss

Here’s a roundup of some delightful titles that we don’t want you to miss! View →

 

HELP AT HOME, 07/16/2020

It might be summer, but we’re still helping students learn at home! Here are resources ranging from math and science, reading and writing to anti-racism resources and projects to document this strange time for future generations. View →

 

More Hands-on Books for Fun at Home

These books are great for Elementary-school-aged kids. All of the projects (and snacks!) are super fun to make! Some may need help from an adult. View →

 

Calling All Hamilton Fans!

Hamilton has been out on Disney+ for a whole week now! Have you watched it? If you or someone you know are looking for more of a Hamilton fix, well….we’ve got some books for you! Check out books about Alexander Hamilton himself, “Dear Theodosia” in her own words, and Hamilton’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda. View →

 

Escapist Middle-Grade Reads

by Amy Fitzgerald, Editorial Director, Carolrhoda Books I always tell people that my mission is to publish stories that reflect the real world honestly for young readers, and that’s true. But sometimes, leaving the world as we know it has its upsides. Here are a few books that offer readers alternate universes to explore. View →

 

PODCAST INTERVIEW WITH JEFF FLEISCHER, AUTHOR OF VOTES OF CONFIDENCE, 2ND EDITION

Listen in as Votes of Confidence author Jeff Fleischer covers what teens, young adults, and voters in need of a civics refresher ought to know about government, politics and elections. From the importance of primaries and mid-term elections to how student council can prepare participants for a life in politics to why teens should care about local politics even if they think they’re not interested, Jeff presents a compelling portrait of politics in everyday life. View →

 

PODCAST INTERVIEW WITH HANNAH BATSEL, AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR OF A IS FOR ANOTHER RABBIT

Today on The Lerner Podcast, we’re joined by Hannah Batsel, author and illustrator of A Is for Another Rabbit, a hilarious picture book in which a rabbit-obsessed narrator makes an owl increasingly irate by refusing to play by the rules of a conventional alphabet book. View →

 

K-3 Book Design: Deceptively Easy?

In our Millbrook imprint, we recently started publishing highly visual expository nonfiction specifically geared toward young readers in grades K-3. Anytime we start a new type of book, working through the design aspects to figure out what we really need to communicate visually is always a fun exercise. View →

 

Four Faves for Mysterious Fun

Do you like a little mystery on your bookshelf? Check out these four titles for the little sleuths in your life! View →

 

19 Books for a Better World for Elementary Readers

Everyone wants to build a good life for their children. It's clear that the work needed to complete that goal for all people by eliminating racism has not been finished. We've put together a list of books for younger kids that may help to start and continue talking about the road ahead. View →

 

18 Books to Celebrate LGBTQIA+ Pride Month

June is celebrated as Pride Month by the LGBTQIA+ community, and many Pride events occur on the last Sunday in June to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in New York City on June 28, 1969. View →

 

Five Books for Father’s Day

Father's Day was first celebrated in the United States in 1910, but it only became a nationally-recognized holiday in 1972. This year, it falls on Sunday, June 21. Some families might be spending more time than usual with their dads right now. Others are giving up some time with their fathers to help slow the spread of coronavirus. We have put together a list of titles to help celebrate the day. View →

 

Sample Chapters to Help Make Sense of Troubling Times

Many might be struggling to explain current events to teens. Or, maybe teens are looking to help explain the situation! We hope this list of titles might help. We've also created sample chapters with relevant information that you can download and use immediately. View →

 

Guest Post from Lois Ruby, Author of Red Menace

We're excited to share this guest post from Lois Ruby, with a peek at what it was like to grow up in the 1950s and how it influenced her new book! View →

 

Help at Home, 5/27/20

In this installment of Help at Home, we have drawing Totoro, music resources, and the art of building forts with your furniture! View →

 

Six Books for Stay-At-Home Fun

Sara Hoffmann, School & Library Series Managing Editor, created a list of books to keep kids busy as we officially enter summer! Ideal ages for these books are from preschool through sixth grade. View →

 

Six Books for When You Need Pet Therapy

Our School & Library Series Managing Editor, Sara Hoffmann, put together this list of books to help younger kids celebrate pets or just enjoy reading about them! View →

 

Sesame Street Goes Green

The weather is getting warmer and everything is about to be green—or, in the case of our friends on Sesame Street, go green. View →

 

A Map into the World: Saying Goodbye to Bob

In A Map into the World, the character of Bob was based on author Kao Kalia Yang's real-life neighbor Bob, an unassuming man in his early 90s who certainly never imagined he'd one day be in the pages of a children's book. It is with much sadness that Carol Hinz shares the following remembrance, in which Kao Kalia Yang says a final goodbye to Bob. View →

 

A Book Trailer, Podcast, and Mia Siegert’s Playlist for Somebody Told Me

Today we welcome Mia Siegert to the blog to share their playlist for their new YA novel Somebody Told Me. We also have a podcast featuring Mia and a book trailer! View →

 

Fly Back, Agnes and the Gift of an Imperfect Protagonist

Editorial Director Amy Fitzgerald shares her thoughts on Agnes as a character. She loves her partly because she probably wouldn’t have liked her in real life! View →

 

Six Books for Hands-On Activities and Kitchen Fun

These books are great for kids from preschool age up through 5th grade. All of the projects (and snacks!) are super fun! Some may need help from an adult. View →

 

A House Divided Book Trailer, Buzz, and a Podcast

The exciting new graphic novel, A House Divided, has a book trailer and has been getting a lot of attention! View →

 

Help at Home, 5/6/20

This week, we have resources for a DIY city, out-of-this-world coloring with NASA, bedtime stories, and more! View →

 

Seven YA Books for Music Lovers

If your pile of books to read is getting low, check out our list of music-minded novels! View →

 

Help at Home, 4/29/20

This week, we've got resources about history, art, and a little help in the kitchen! View →

 

Podcast Interview with Chris Monroe on Monkey with a Toolbelt – And a Netflix Trailer!

Don't miss this podcast interview with Chris Monroe, the author and illustrator of the Monkey with a Toolbelt book series. The series has been turned into a Netflix original animated show, and today the trailer was released! View →

 

Help at Home, 4/22/20

This week, we have a call for kid illustrators, financial literacy games, STEM, and more! View →

 

More: What We’re Reading Right Now

We asked a few more members of our editorial team about what they’re reading to relax, escape, or just rest! View →

 

Podcast Interview with MariNaomi

In this edition of The Lerner Podcast, editor Greg Hunter interviews cartoonist MariNaomi, creator of the Life on Earth graphic novel series. The most recent book, Distant Stars, came out this spring. View →

 

Help at Home, 4/15/20

This week, we have a lot of online art resources, STEM, dance classes, and more! View →

 

What We’re Reading Right Now

It's no surprise that we're book people. We love books. We love reading books. In uncertain times, a lot of us are leaning on our books. Here's a short list of what's in some of our hands and minds to give our hearts a rest. View →

 

Help at Home, 4/9/20

We're continuing to gather up free resources for distance learning and social distancing. Our new roundup includes a coloring book to help explain coronavirus to kids, celebrity read-alouds, history projects, and more. View →

 

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

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

 

Librarian Prep List of Free Digital Books for Summer Reading or Distance Learning

June may seem far away. However, just in case you can't reach your local librarian for help with a summer reading program, we've made a quick list of some of our favorite digital resources. These are available for free through June 30, 2020. Of course, you don't have to wait until June. You could use any of these books right now as distance learning sources! View →

 

Help at Home, 4/1/20

This week, we have art lessons, several read-alouds, craft ideas, and much more! View →

 

Sheltering in Place: My Kids on Their Lives Now & Books They Recommend

Editorial Director Carol Hinz interviewed her kids, ages 6 and 9, about sheltering in place (and got some book recommendations.) View →

 

Help At Home, 3/25/20

We are continuing to use this space to share resources. This week, we have several read-alouds, DIY makerspace ideas, virtual field trips, and much more! View →

 

Help at Home, 3/18/20

As lifelong learners, we know we don't know everything. We are planning on using this space to share online resources that could help keep everyone learning and engaged as we navigate this unprecedented time. View →

 

The Design Behind Follow Those Zebras (and Online Zoo Visits)

We at Lerner recognize that the spread of COVID-19 and the need to practice social distancing during this time have made many routines, such as visiting a zoo or even going to school, unsafe. We plan on continuing to use this space to talk about books, but also share online resources that could help keep everyone learning and engaged. View →

 

A Spark of Inspiration: How Flash and Gleam Came to Be

For those who are stuck at home, I wanted to try to shed a little light on your day with this new book. I enjoy editing picture books because each one is different. And each one also comes about in a unique way, which makes it fun to ask, “Where did the idea for this book come from?” View →

 

If We Were Gone: Students Lead the Way

John Coy and Natalie Capannelli's new picture book, If We Were Gone: Imagining the World without People, is not your average picture book. In a review, Publishers Weekly called it a "disturbingly beautiful dystopian meditation." When John, Natalie, and those of us at Lerner were working on the book, we certainly didn't imagine that it would be released just as a global pandemic was spreading. View →

 

Lerner Digital Can Help You Plan for and Respond to School Closures

School districts facing closures due to coronavirus or other epidemics may have to look for ways to help their students continue to learn even during a relatively lengthy time away from their school building. Lerner Digital has elearning resources that could help. View →

 

Jeff Fleischer on Electability, Voter Suppression, Electronic Voting, and More

To celebrate the March release of the Zest Books YA nonfiction title Votes of Confidence, 2nd Edition: A Young Person’s Guide to American Elections, Ashley Kuehl asked Jeff Fleischer to explain some terms and trends we’re seeing in the news. View →

 

Tracking Pythons: Science Up Close

For her new middle-grade nonfiction book, Kate Messner made several trips to Florida and shadowed scientists as they worked. This enabled her to include lots of great sensory details as well as photos and videos of the scenes she describes. View →

 

Librarian Prep List for Jewish American Heritage Month

May is Jewish American Heritage Month! Here’s a list of book display ideas or selections for your readers advisory group. View →

 

All of a Sudden and Forever

Trade Art Director Danielle Carnito shares some details of illustrator Nicole Xu’s visit to better understand the site of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. In fact, for the new nonfiction picture book, the author, illustrator, art director, and editor all visited the memorial, the museum, and the site. View →

 

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

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

 

New Digital Formats Deliver Your Favorites in Science, Sports, and Social Studies

From print to digital and beyond, we're working to reach readers of every skill level, ability, and interest. Let's take a look at what's now on offer in Audisee ebook with audio and audiobook formats. View →

 

Elizabeth Wein and Amber Lough on Women Soldiers In World Wars I and II

Young adult authors Elizabeth Wein and Amber Lough are here to talk to you about their research trip to Russia and about the role of women soldiers in World War I and II. View →

 

What IS a Pandemic?

Have you been asked about the possibility of a coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic? We pulled together some resources to help you talk to kids, reduce the risk of transmission, and brush up on a little vocab. View →

 

Podcast Interview with Nina Crews

Today on The Lerner Podcast, we talk with Nina Crews, illustrator of A Girl Like Me, about how the book came to be, her hopes for young readers to continue making the world a better place, and artists whose children’s books she loves. View →

 

Picture Books + Social and Emotional Learning

CASEL concisely defines social and emotional learning as, “the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.” View →

 

Red Menace and the Historical Fiction Sweet Spot

Amy Fitzgerald, the Editorial Director of Carolrhoda Books, shares that she looks "for historical fiction that resonates with the present on more than a fashion level — making me feel simultaneously transported to foreign territory and more deeply connected to the problems, questions, and feelings of my own time." View →

 

Garfield’s Taking STEM by Storm

STEM, with its four branches—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—has been a mainstay topic at Lerner for decades. Our customers and readers can’t get enough, so it was a no-brainer for us to add more STEM-related books to our Spring 2020 season. With an irreverent, orange cat. And a few of his friends. View →

 

Where Have All the Bees Gone?

We may all be busy bees, but it may be time to take a break and read Rebecca Hirsch’s new book, Where Have All the Bees Gone? Why should we care? View →

 

Earth Day Books to Read and Discuss

Is the Earth better off without us? If you're checking your calendar and see that April 22, 2020 is Earth Day, these books might help start or continue conversations about conservation. View →

 

A Girl Like Me: Creating Photocollage Illustrations

In today's blog post, Carol Hinz shares some of the process behind the wonderful photocollage illustrations Nina Crews created for A Girl Like Me. View →

 

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

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

 

Author Karen Cherro Quiñones on Theodosia Burr: Teen Eyewitness to the Founding of the New Nation

Theodosia Burr is the daughter of Aaron Burr, a former vice-president, lawyer, colonel, and controversial killer of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. View →

 

Two Kar-Ben Publishing Titles Commended by Association of Jewish Libraries’ Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee

The Key from Spain: Flory Jagoda and Her Music, a picture book written by Debbie Levy and illustrated by Sonja Wimmer, and A Scarf for Keiko, a picture book written by Ann Malaspina and illustrated by Merrilee Liddiard, were named a Sydney Taylor Honor Book and Notable Book, respectively. View →

 

Author Chris Barton on All of a Sudden and Forever and Healing After Tragedy

Today we're sharing a guest post by Chris Barton, author of All of a Sudden and Forever: Help and Healing after the Oklahoma City Bombing, illustrated by Nicole Xu and available February 4, 2020. View →

 

Get Ready for the Super Bowl with the Lerner Sports Database

For sports fans, part of the thrill of watching the National Football League (NFL) playoffs is trying to guess what’s going to happen next. View →

 

The Art of Dictionary for a Better World

Every book has its own mix of creators bringing their voice to the process, making the project the best it can be. With Dictionary for a Better World, we had an amazing team. View →

 

Try Augmented Reality with Lerner AR and Space in Action

We're kicking off the New Year (and new decade) with some really snazzy tech! Officially announcing our brand new augmented reality app Lerner AR and companion print book series Space in Action! View →

 

Introducing Lerner’s Spring 2020 Diverse Books Catalog

In the 60 years that Lerner Publishing Group has been creating children’s books, inclusion and diversity have been important considerations for our company. Our latest blog post introduces a new resource we've created to help readers find what they want, need, and love to read. View →

 

Happy Book Birthday: New Series and Nonfiction Books!

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

 

Librarian Prep List for March: Purim and St. Patrick’s Day

This list will get you geared up for March! We've got a robust group of Purim titles and a few books about St. Patrick's Day, including one in Spanish. View →

 

2019’s Best and Brightest: Top Titles from Lerner

Check out this year's Lerner titles that have garnered the most stars and awards! View →

 

New Titles from Darby Creek

These Darby Creek books are full of action and suspense, with dashes of humor and emotional depth to further engage reluctant readers. View →

 

14 Books You May Have Missed from Lerner Publisher Services Partners

Here’s a roundup of some delightful titles that we don’t want you to miss! View →

 

Librarians We Love: Craig Dunlap

This installment of Librarians We Love started out with a very interesting question: How can children who are just learning to read choose a book they will want to read? View →

 

A Chat with Sometimes You Barf Author Nancy Carlson

Everybody barfs. Dogs, cats, chickens, alligators, and even you. It happens to everyone, and sometimes it even happens . . . at school. In Sometimes You Barf, Nancy Carlson helps young readers through what is often a scary and embarrassing rite of passage. Sometimes you barf. But it’s OK. You get better! View →

 

Get ready for Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day with our Librarian Prep List!

Our Librarian Prep List for Black History Month came out in November, so this month, let’s focus on Valentine’s Day (February 14, 2020) and Presidents’ Day (February 17, 2020). View →

 

Ella McQueen, Kickball Queen: Q&A with Beth Mills

Editorial Director Carol Hinz lets us all take a peek at how Beth Mills' Ella McQueen, Kickball Queen came to be. View →

 

Podcast Interview with Beth Mills

Today on The Lerner Podcast we talk to Beth Mills, creator of Ella McKeen, Kickball Queen. View →

 

“Who Needs A Story Like This?” An Editor’s Take on Fugly by Claire Waller

Editorial Director Amy Fitzgerald shares how she realized she needed this story...and suspected that many teen readers did too. View →

 

Librarians We Love: Tamara Cox

Tamara Cox is a high school librarian at Wren High School in South Carolina. She was nominated to be a Librarian We Love through our web form. We're very excited to share some details about her advocacy! View →

 

It’s Raining STEM!

New STEM books for Spring 2020 include Space in Action: Augmented Reality, Discover Your Senses, Sports Coding Concepts, Celebrating Failure, and Cutting-Edge STEM series! View →

 

Editor’s Notes on Topside

Let the art do the talking. That’s usually sound advice for a graphic novel creator—embrace the visual nature of the form. View →

 

Cicely Lewis, Kao Kalia Yang, Melanie Gillman, and NoNieqa Ramos on #ReadWoke, #OwnVoices and Diversifying Library Collections

In mid-October, Lerner and SLJ hosted an enlightening #ReadWoke webinar with librarian, SLJ columnist, and #ReadWoke founder Cicely Lewis and three #OwnVoices authors, Kao Kalia Yang, Melanie Gillman, and NoNieqa Ramos. In this post, they answer more questions about #ReadWoke, #OwnVoices, and diversifying library collections. View →

 

Podcast List from You Do You: Figuring Out Your Body, Dating, and Sexuality and Websites from Body 2.0 The Engineering Revolution in Medicine

We published two very different nonfiction titles earlier this month. They both feature the human body, but that's about where the similarities end! View →

 

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

Book ideas for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 20, 2020, and Black History Month in February. View →

 

Get Your Summer Reading in Shape with Lerner's Summer Reading Webinars

Mark your calendar for our two upcoming summer reading webinars, featuring the iREAD® and Collaborative Summer Library Program™ summer reading themes. View →

 

Happy Book Birthday! New YA from Lerner

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

 

A Map into the World: The Story Behind the Book

Carol Hinz, Editorial Director of Millbrook Press and Carolrhoda Books, shares a fun story about A Map into the World by Kao Kalia Yang. View →

 

Audiobooks Directly from Lerner!

Here's how you can listen to your favorite Lerner titles as multi-user audiobooks through Lerner Bookshelf on the web, and on your mobile devices using our Lerner Digital eReader apps for iOS and Android. View →

 

Art Director Notes: A Map into the World

Associate Art Director Emily Harris shares some notes on finding the perfect cover illustrator for Kao Kalia Yang's A Map into the World. View →

 

Diversity, Audits, and Choosing Books

We are excited to see more and more people becoming educated, excited, and involved in creating collections of books that help encourage all students to read books that challenge social norms and build understanding of disenfranchised groups. View →

 

Podcast Interview with Nicole Valentine

In this episode of The Lerner Podcast, listen in on a conversation between author Nicole Valentine and her editor, Amy Fitzgerald. View →

 

Q&A with Kathy Belge and Marke Bieschke, the authors of Queer, 2nd Edition: The Ultimate LGBTQ Guide for Teens

Mark Bieschke and Kathy Belge are the authors of Queer, 2nd Edition: The Ultimate LGBTQ Guide for Teens. We asked them about the inspiration behind their book, coming out, how things have changed since they were teens, and how best to encourage and help queer teens today. View →

 

Video: Author Kao Kalia Yang Discusses A Map into the World

Kao Kalia Yang shares some of the history of Hmong story cloths, how A Map into the World was inspired by a true story, and a little more background of both Hmong and her personal history. View →

 

Pets In Books: A Lerner Retrospective

Cat and dog people will agree that this roundup of Lerner pets that have made it into books we published over the years is super cute! View →

 

Librarians We Love: Anna Zbacnik

This edition of Librarians We Love features Anna Zbacnik, who shares the details of a podcasting project she did – with 3rd graders! View →

 

NoNieqa Ramos on Coming Out in YA Literature

In honor of National Coming Out Day on October 11, Editorial Director Amy Fitzgerald talked with author NoNieqa Ramos about LGBTQA+ advocacy and representation in YA literature. View →

 

Librarian Prep List for December: Hanukkah, Hour of Code, and Christmas

The end of the year is quickly approaching! Here's a list of book display ideas or selections for your readers advisory group for December, to help you bring 2019 to a close. View →

 

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

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

 

Listen to Sasha Dawn Read a Chapter from Panic

In today’s episode of The Lerner Podcast, author Sasha Dawn reads the first chapter of her latest YA novel, Panic, available October 1, 2019. View →

 

Link List from Vote!: Women’s Fight for Access to the Ballot Box

Backmatter is always an important part of our nonfiction books. Vote! has so much backmatter that it's broken into six sections. To help you get a jump-start on your web browsing, here’s the list of websites and links from one of them. View →

 

Fall Sesame Street Books: A Peek Behind the Curtain

With the Sesame Street Welcoming Words series, children can learn simple words and phrases in Spanish, French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Hebrew, and Arabic. View →

 

Podcast Interview with Carlyn Beccia

In this episode of The Lerner Podcast, we talk to Carlyn Beccia, author of Monstrous: The Lore, Gore, and Science behind Your Favorite Monsters. View →

 

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 ado...here 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 →

 

Gooooooooaaaaaaaal!!!

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 →