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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 →