Penguin Young Readers

The Who Was? Show, Inspired by Penguin Workshop’s New York Times Bestselling Who Was? Series, Debuts on Netflix Today

Every 11 seconds, a Who HQ book is sold somewhere in the world. Now Penguin Workshop’s wildly popular children’s biography series is coming to Netflix Kids & Family in The Who Was? Show, a laugh-out-loud original series that tells the stories of famous historical figures from across the globe through improv, sketches, impersonations, music videos and animated shorts in a show-within-a-show format that is as entertaining as it is educational.

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[caption id="attachment_112711" align="alignright" width="180"] Francesco Sedita[/caption] Francesco Sedita, president and publisher of Penguin Workshop and an executive producer of the show, describes it as “The Muppets meets SNL meets You Can’t Do That on Television.” Sedita came up with the idea of creating a TV series based on the books, and even created a pilot episode. A few years ago, the Penguin Workshop team pitched it to potential partners at the Kidscreen conference, where it was picked up by Netflix.   The Who Was? Show pairs two unlike historical figures in each episode and imagines what might happen if someone like Marie Antoinette were to meet Louis Armstrong, or if Bruce Lee met Julius Caesar. The 13-episode series, premiering on Netflix today, May 11, features a diverse teenage cast and appearances by special guest stars including Ellie Kemper, H. Jon Benjamin, Jane Krakowski, John Oliver and Andy Daly, among others. The show is helmed and written by a comedy dream team whose credits include The Daily Show, Conan O’Brien, Great Minds with Dan Harmon, and Roseanne. The Who Was? book series, the brainchild of VP and Editor-at-Large Jane O’Connor, launched in 2002 with 4 titles. Since then, it has become one of the most popular series in children’s books, known for its instantly recognizable cover art, which features historical figures illustrated as bobbleheads. In recent years, Penguin Workshop has introduced two spinoff series, Where Is? and What Was?, and collectively, the three series are known as Who HQ. By the end of 2018, the series that began with just 4 books will have become a brand encompassing some 231 titles, with more than 35 million copies in print worldwide. For an inside look at how Who Was? went from page to screen, check out Publishers Weekly’s interview with Penguin Workshop’s Francesco Sedita and Jane O’Connor.

There's a Book for That: Children's Book Week

It’s Children’s Book Week from May 1st to May 7th and do we have books to celebrate! Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country.

Considering recent raves from School Library Journal, Horn Book, Indie Next and “much love” from booksellers and librarians here are a dozen books reflecting many cultures and situations, from the silly to the serious. Whether told from a human or animal perspective, these are books to buy, borrow and relish!

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  Boots on the Ground by Elizabeth PartridgeBOOTS ON THE GROUND: AMERICA'S WAR IN VIETNAM by Elizabeth Partridge First came John Lennon. Then Marching for Freedom. Now National Book Award-finalist Elizabeth Partridge takes on the ultimate 60s topic: Vietnam. The history of this era is complex; the cultural impact extraordinary. But it’s the personal stories of eight people—six   Don't Blink! by Amy Krouse RosenthalDON'T BLINK! By Amy Krouse Rosenthal, David Roberts From New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Amy Krouse Rosenthal and David Roberts comes a playful, super-duper interactive bedtime story, narrated by a cheeky stuffed owl. Kids love a challenge, and you can bet they’ll do their darndest to rise to the one set out in Don’t Blink!…especially when bedtime is on the line!   A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia AbawiA LAND OF PERMANENT GOODBYES by Atia Abawi Narrated by Destiny, this heartbreaking—and timely—story of refugees escaping from war-torn Syria is masterfully told by a foreign news correspondent who experienced the crisis firsthand. Destiny narrates this heartbreaking story of the consequences of war, showing the Syrian conflict as part of a long   Honey by David Ezra SteinHONEY by David Ezra Stein Bear is ravenous when he wakes up from his winter sleep and has one thing on his mind: honey! Alas, it is too soon for honey, so Bear tries hard to be patient. The world around him is waking up, too, and he soon remembers all the other things he loves, like warm grass, berries, and rain. He’s almost content, until, one day, he hears a welcome buzzing sound…and finally it is time for Bear to delight in the thing he relishes above all others—and it is as warm, golden, sweet, and good as he remembered.   Islandborn by Junot DíazISLANDBORN by Junot Díaz, Leo Espinosa From New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz comes a debut picture book about the magic of memory and the infinite power of the imagination. Gloriously illustrated and lyrically written, Islandborn is a celebration of creativity, diversity, and our imagination’s boundless ability to connect us—to our families, to our past and to ourselves.   Like Vanessa by Tami CharlesLIKE VANESSA by Tami Charles, Vanessa Brantley-Newton Middle graders will laugh and cry with thirteen-year-old Vanessa Martin as she tries to be like Vanessa Williams, the first black Miss America. “It’s such an honor to be the focal point of this wonderful book! Without a doubt, it will be inspiring to a new generation of young, talented girls well on their way to promising careers.” —Vanessa Williams   Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy CummingsCAN I BE YOUR DOG? by Troy Cummings This picture book shares the tale of Arfy, a homeless mutt who lives in a box in an alley. Arfy writes to every person on Butternut Street about what a great pet he’d make. His letters to prospective owners share that he’s house broken! He has his own squeaky bone! He can learn to live with cats! But, no one wants him. Won’t anyone open their heart—and home—to a lonesome dog? Readers will be happily surprised to learn just who steps up to adopt Arfy.   Natsumi! by Susan LendrothNATSUMI! By Susan Lendroth, Priscilla Burris When Natsumi’s family practices for their town’s Japanese arts festival, Natsumi tries everything. But her stirring is way too vigorous for the tea ceremony, her dancing is just too imaginative, and flower arranging doesn’t go any better. Can she find just the right way to put her exuberance to good use? Natsumi is small but full of big exuberance, and puts her girl-power to good use when she discovers a Japanese tradition as energetic as she is.   The Night Diary by Veera HiranandaniTHE NIGHT DIARY by Veera Hiranandani In the vein of Inside Out and Back Again and The War That Saved My Life comes a poignant, personal, and hopeful tale of India’s partition, and of one girl’s journey to find a new home in a divided country Told through Nisha’s letters to her mother, The Night Diary is a heartfelt story of one girl’s search for home, for her own identity…and for a hopeful future.   Love by Matt de la PeñaLOVE by Matt de la Peña, Loren Long “[A] poetic reckoning of the importance of love in a child’s life…eloquent and moving.” - People In this heartfelt celebration of love, Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña and bestselling illustrator Loren Long depict the many ways we experience this universal bond, which carries us from the day we are born throughout the years of our childhood and beyond. With a lyrical text that’s soothing and inspiring, this tender tale is a needed comfort and a new classic that will resonate with readers of every age.   Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren WolkBEYOND THE BRIGHT SEA by Lauren Wolk Crow has lived her entire life on a tiny piece of the starkly beautiful Elizabeth Islands off the coast of Massachusetts—a small spit of land caught in the long shadow of the abandoned Penikese leper colony. Her only companions are Osh, the man who rescued her from a tiny skiff as an infant and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their neighbor across the sandbar. But it isn’t until the night in 1925 when a mysterious fire appears across the water that an unspoken question of her own history forms in her heart and an unstoppable chain of events is triggered. Using her bravery and perseverance, Crow must follow clues that lead not only to personal treasures, but also to uncovering her lost identity and, ultimately, understanding the true meaning of family.   The Book of Mistakes by Corinna LuykenTHE BOOK OF MISTAKES by Corinna Luyken Zoom meets Beautiful Oops! in this memorable debut about the creative process, and the way in which “mistakes” can blossom into inspiration     For more on these and other outstanding children’s titles visit Children’s Book Week 2018
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Introducing New Penguin Random House Imprints from Around the World

Over the last year our publishing groups worldwide announced or launched exciting new imprints. The imprints’ goals and mission range from giving more diverse voices a platform and publishing home to providing tailored content for digital devices and offering ancillary products that leverage the power and impact of our greatest authors. Here is a roundup of some of our new imprints:

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  KOKILA Penguin Young Readers (U.S.) [caption id="attachment_10180" align="alignright" width="170"] Namrata Tripathi[/caption] KOKILA (pronounced KO-ki-la), the new Penguin Young Readers imprint, will bring together an inclusive community of authors and illustrators, publishing professionals, and readers to examine and celebrate stories that reflect the richness of our world. Kokila will be helmed by VP and Publisher Namrata Tripathi, former Associate Publisher and Editorial Director of Dial Books for Young Readers. The name Kokila comes from the Sanskrit name for the koel bird. The kokila has great significance in Indian poetry and myth, and is celebrated as a harbinger of new beginnings. In the spirit of its name, Kokila aims to center stories from the margins and to make space for storytellers to explore the full range of their experiences adding nuance and depth to the way children and young adults see the world and their place in it. Kokila will publish works by Pablo Cartaya, Sherine Hamdy and Myra El-Mir, Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña, and Nilah Magruder. The imprint's first list of books will be released in the Summer of 2019. “The idea exchange resulting from mixing cultures and languages has shaped the way I see the world,” says Namrata Tripathi. “At Kokila, we hope to build a community around authors, illustrators, and readers who believe in the power of sharing stories from across the full spectrum of experiences. And they will be supported by publishing professionals with a deep commitment to that mission.”   ONE WORLD Random House (U.S.)

Last year, Random House relaunched ONE WORLD under Chris Jackson as Publisher and Editor-in-Chief. His mandate is to revitalize and expand the historic publishing program—originally established in 1991 as the first multicultural imprint at a major publishing house.

According to Mr. Jackson, “The fundamental mission of One World is to provide a home for writers—including novelists, essayists, memoirists, journalists, and thinkers and writers unconstrained by genre—who want to tell stories and explore ideas that help us reimagine our politics, culture, and interior lives, without the filter of the dominant culture. Twenty-five years ago One World was launched as an imprint that would tell stories for and from and about all of us—and that kind of vision remains a radical and vital one today. I’m thrilled we’ll be reanimating that idea and expanding its possibilities to capture the world in its fullness for this moment.” The imprint’s first two titles, BONES by Joe Tone and WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER by Ta-Nehisi Coates, were published to much critical acclaim.   POP PRESS Penguin Random House UK (Ebury) Ebury, one of the UK’s leading non-fiction publishers, launched a new imprint – Pop Press – dedicated to creative gift publishing last fall. Headed up by Laura Higginson, Editorial Director, and Elen Jones, Senior Commissioning Editor, Pop Press will publish 18 titles a year focused on trend-led, beautifully designed, impulse-price-point gift books. Recent and upcoming publications include: THE PERIODIC TABLE OF FEMINISM, which navigates the history of feminism through some of its most prominent advocates; HOW TO BE A PRINCESS, a collection of inspirational fairy tales for modern heroines to mark the upcoming Royal Wedding in May; STOP LOOKING AT YOUR PHONE, an illustrated manual that reminds us we can survive without our smartphones; and for some Christmas entertainment there's WHERE'S THE MERMAID?, a fun WHERE'S WALLY-style book for mermaid fans of all ages! With books increasingly sharing the same space in retailers as luxury greetings cards, mugs, t-shirts and stationery, Pop is Ebury’s way to focus its collective, creative energy to ensure its books are the gifts that shoppers choose.   PENGUIN LIFE Penguin Random House Australia In January of this year, Penguin Random House Australia launched Penguin Life, an imprint focused on personal development and healthy living. Penguin Life will publish six books this year, debuting with THE LONGEVITY DIET by Valter Longo, director of the University of Southern California’s Longevity Institute. Longo’s book has sold more than 300,000 copies to date in Italy. Other authors on the list are The Body Image Movement founder Taryn Brumfitt, the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center director Martin Seligman, and founder of the SugarByHalf campaign and former team doctor for the Australian cricket team, Dr Peter Brukner. “Penguin Life enables us, as a business, to better connect with communities and social issues, and take more responsibility for how we influence and contribute to readers’ lives,” says Nikki Christer, PRH Australia’s group publishing director.   PETIT Penguin Random House India Penguin Random House India will launch a digital imprint Penguin Petit.  Featuring a carefully curated selection from Penguin Random House India’s extensive list of titles, Penguin Petits are short reads, approximately 50 pages each, designed for ease of reading across digital devices.  Readers will now be able to enjoy the writings by some of their favourite authors in short, low priced and highly accessible digital formats, including works by Premchand, Gulzar, Devdutt Pattanaik, Ramachandra Guha, Sudha Murty and Anita Nair. Penguin Petits will provide great, quality content to suit a broad range of interests, from fiction, nonfiction, children’s literature, mythology to self-help, history and current affairs, and will be available in an e-book format. Rukun Kaul, Associate Vice President, Digital and Business Initiatives, Penguin Random House India, said “With Penguin Petit, Penguin Random House India makes a foray into the world of accessible short-form reading. It’s designed for an increasingly mobile India that might want to be able to read anywhere and at any time. With its easy downloadability, wide range of content and accessible pricing, Penguin Petit should appeal to many readers. Our books and authors will also benefit from the easy discoverability and increased visibility that comes with making great reads available in a shorter and more affordable format.”   ORIGEN Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial  Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial USA launched Origen (Origin), a new religious imprint for Spanish-language books, which will feature titles on self-help, relationships, and a Christian-based lifestyle. The imprint will also publish titles for children and young adults under the Origen Kids label. “For many years, we have observed that a large number of Spanish-speaking readers are interested in religious books,” says Silvia Matute, president of PRHGE USA. “It just made sense for PRHGE to create a religious book imprint and start catering to the religious [Spanish-language] reader.” The new imprint will publish approximately 20 titles per year, among them works by prominent Hispanics, such as Pope Francis and evangelical pastor Samuel Rodriguez. The first four titles were released in October, including Pope Francis’s QUIÉN SOY YO PARA JUZGAR? Sister companies in Mexico, Colombia, and the rest of Latin America will publish additional titles that will be distributed as part of the Origen list.

Our Books on the 2018 Rainbow List

The Rainbow Book List Committee has announced its 2018 Rainbow Book List, recognizing books with significant gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning content, for youth and children 18 and under.  This year’s Rainbow Book List includes five titles published by Penguin Random House imprints, and one title published by a Penguin Random House Publisher Services client: 

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Middle Grade Fiction FELIX YZ by Lisa Bunker (Viking Books for Young Readers) Young Adult Fiction ASHES TO ASHEVILLE by Sarah Dooley (Putnam Books for Young Readers) WE ARE OKAY by Nina LaCour (Dutton Books for Young Readers) 10 THINGS I CAN SEE FROM HERE by Carrie Mac (Knopf Books for Young Readers) PERFECT TEN by L. Phillips (Viking Books for Young Readers) HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME by Adam Silvera (Soho Teen, a PRHPS client publisher) View the complete 2018 Rainbow List here.

Penguin Young Readers to Launch New Imprint Kokila

Jen Loja, President, Penguin Young Readers, announced today the launch of Kokila (pronounced KO-ki-la), a new imprint which will be dedicated to centering stories from the margins with books that add nuance and depth to the way children and young adults see the world and their place in it. Kokila will be

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helmed by Vice President and Publisher Namrata Tripathi, former Associate Publisher and Editorial Director of Dial Books for Young Readers, a Penguin Young Readers imprint. Joining Kokila are Jasmin Rubero, currently Associate Art Director, Dial Books for Young Readers, and Joanna Cárdenas, presently Editor, Viking Children’s Books. Kokila will debut its first list of books in Summer 2019.  The name Kokila comes from the Sanskrit name for the koel bird. The kokila has great significance in Indian poetry and myth, and is celebrated as a harbinger of new beginnings. In the spirit of its name, Kokila aims to make space for storytellers to explore the full range of their experiences in books for young readers. Upcoming Kokila lists will include works by Pablo Cartaya, Sherine Hamdy and Myra El-Mir, Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña, John Corey Whaley, and Calista Brill and Nilah Magruder. Additional authors will be announced later this year. [caption id="attachment_9431" align="alignright" width="286"] Namrata Tripathi[/caption] Namrata Tripathi was born in the USSR, and lived in Afghanistan, India, Canada, Pakistan, Germany, and Poland before moving to New York in 1997. At Dial Books for Young Readers, Tripathi edited many critically acclaimed, award-winning, and bestselling books, including Junot Díaz’s forthcoming debut picture book Islandborn,illustrated by Leo Espinosa; Mama’s Nightingale by Edwidge Danticat; John Corey Whaley’s Highly Illogical Behavior; The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani; and the upcoming picture book Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, illustrated by New York Times bestselling author/illustrator Vashti Harrison. Prior to joining Penguin, Ms. Tripathi was Executive Editor at Atheneum Books for Young Readers (S&S), where she edited John Corey Whaley’s Printz- and Morris Award-winning Where Things Come Back, as well as works by Ian Falconer, James Howe, Lita Judge, and Judith Viorst. Tripathi is co-chair of the diversity-hiring committee at Penguin Young Readers, started the Penguin Stories program, which aims to build a community conversation around diversity and inclusion through the power of story, serves as a mentor in the Representation Matters Mentorship Program, and was a founding member of the CBC Diversity Committee. Jen Loja says, “Namrata is a spectacular editor, visionary, and connector, and this is the perfect moment for her to launch Kokila and move these very important conversations forward.  She has such an incredible ability to not only find terrific storytellers, but also to bring together talents to create stories in a completely different way.  And her mission and determination to reach as many children as possible is one we both admire and share here at Penguin Young Readers.  Hers is a much-needed voice, and we can’t wait to see where she and Kokila take us all.” Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz adds, “Namrata’s profoundly intelligent, supremely elegant editing, and her extraordinary commitment to my book were absolutely transformational.  The best editors are alchemists — Namrata took my raw materials and helped me make gold.” “The idea exchange resulting from mixing cultures and languages has shaped the way I see the world,” says Namrata Tripathi. “At Kokila, we hope to build a community around authors, illustrators, and readers who believe in the power of sharing stories from across the full spectrum of experiences. And they will be supported by publishing professionals with a deep commitment to that mission.” [caption id="attachment_9435" align="alignright" width="215"] Jasmin Rubero[/caption] Jasmin Rubero started her career teaching art to children in districts without robust arts curricula. In her 17 years at Dial Books for Young Readers, Rubero has designed books by critically-acclaimed and bestselling artists and authors, including the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series by Jacky Davis and David Soman; Pura Belpré Award winner Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes by Juan Felipe Herrera, illustrated by Raul Colón; and Junot Díaz’s debut picture book Islandborn, illustrated by Leo Espinosa. Jasmin is currently working on the newly announced, Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, illustrated by New York Times bestselling author/illustrator Vashti Harrison, and Hands Up! by Brianna McDaniel, illustrated by Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award winner, Shane Evans. [caption id="attachment_9436" align="alignleft" width="300"] Joanna Cardenas[/caption] In her time at Viking Books for Young Readers, Joanna Cárdenas has edited such critically-acclaimed award-winning books as The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez and The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya, both PW Flying Starts. She is on the steering committee for Latinx in Publishing, a nonprofit organization committed to supporting and increasing the number of Latino/a/x in the publishing industry, as well as promoting literature by, for, and about Latino/a/x people. Joanna is co-founder of the Representation Matters Mentorship Program, a program that connects people of color interested in editorial with editors across publishing houses. In 2015, Joanna was an honoree at Publishers Weekly’s Star Watch, which celebrates up-and-coming talent in the publishing industry.
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Penguin Young Readers and Framebridge Announce Exclusive Custom Framed Art Collection

Framebridge , the simple way to custom frame everything you love, and Penguin Young Readers, are bringing book illustrations off the pages and onto your wall for the first time with the launch of Penguin Print House, a new collection of limited edition framed artwork from beloved children’s books. Featuring vibrant art from timeless classics, celebrated award-winners and current bestsellers, the collection offers bright, fun and playful décor options for every nursery and children’s bedroom.

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Starting today, customers can choose from ten different Penguin Young Readers art prints on Framebridge.com/penguin to have custom framed by the experts at Framebridge. The Penguin Print House collection features framed art from childhood favorites, including CORDUROY by Don Freeman, LLAMA LLAMA RED PAJAMA by Anna Dewdney, DRAGONS LOVE TACOS written by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri, MITFORD AT THE FASHION ZOO by Donald Robertson, THE NOT SO QUIET LIBRARY by Zachariah OHora, WONDER BEAR by Tao Nyeu, and MY ABC BOOK and THE ANIMALS' VACATION from the Grosset & Dunlap Vintage line. The art prints are available in four different frame styles and will be fully custom framed and shipped nationwide, arriving within days. Each custom framed limited edition print will arrive completely ready to hang with a signed certificate of authenticity from the illustrator. “We were excited to work with Penguin Young Readers and their amazing artists because the stories and imagery from these iconic books provide such lasting, magical and happy experiences for young kids and their families,” says Susan Tynan, Framebridge founder and CEO. “It’s a natural fit to take these cherished artist works and place them on the wall where they can inspire fun and creativity in a new generation of readers while bringing back special memories for so many of us.” “We are delighted to partner with Framebridge on this unique line of collectible prints,” says Jen Loja, President, Penguin Young Readers, “and we look forward to introducing new books and illustrators to the collection over the next year. In just over two years, Framebridge has redefined the traditional custom framing experience by making it easy and affordable for consumers to custom frame their favorite art, mementos and photos. The experts at the Framebridge factories in Maryland and Kentucky have custom framed hundreds of thousands of items from customers around the U.S. Each frame is handcrafted in the United States using the highest quality materials, and with a serious attention to detail. Prices for these limited edition framed works range from $150 to $300. Consumers can visit www.framebridge.com/penguin for more information and to view the collection. Framebridge launched in late 2014 to make it easy and affordable for consumers to custom frame the things they love. Customers can choose from a curated selection of on-trend frame styles, then upload their photos on the Framebridge website, or ship their items directly to Framebridge in prepaid packaging. The expert team at Framebridge will receive their items and handcraft beautiful custom frames to the customer’s exact specifications. The finished pieces ship directly to consumers, arriving in days. Framebridge’s transparent pricing, which is determined by the size of each item, begins at $39 and includes free shipping. Framebridge is based in Washington D.C. Read our related Igloo feature: Q&A with PYR’s Sara Dayton on the Launch of Penguin Print House

Q&A with PYR’s Sara Dayton on the Launch of Penguin Print House

This week, Penguin Young Readers and Framebridge are bringing book illustrations off the pages and onto your wall for the first time with the launch of Penguin Print House, a new collection of limited edition framed artwork from beloved children’s books. Featuring vibrant art from timeless classics, celebrated award-winners, and current bestsellers, the collection offers bright, fun, and playful décor options for every nursery and children’s bedroom. Visit Framebridge for more information and to view the collection.

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Penguin Print House evolved from a pitch by Sara Dayton, Digital Product Manager, Penguin Young Readers, in an early cohort of InkTank (see below for  details). Here Sara offers insights into how Penguin Print House went from idea to reality. How did the idea of Penguin Print House come about? I worked at the Museum of Modern Art before starting at Penguin—I was surrounded by beautiful artwork in both offices, and always wondered why Penguin didn’t sell high quality prints of their artwork the way MoMA does. My pitch was inspired by that observation, and over the twelve weeks of InkTank I refined the idea to work within the constraints of our business. Why partner with Framebridge? We have incredible art, but to make this idea happen we definitely needed help with the logistics of selling prints. I identified Framebridge as a potential partner early in the process, and when I reached out to them they were immediately enthusiastic about the idea. We took a trip to their offices in Washington, D.C. late last year, and after meeting the team and seeing their products in person it felt like a very natural fit. They’ve been able to facilitate many elements that would’ve been problematic for us, and have been the perfect partner to get our illustrators’ art out into the world in a very different way. When did you know Penguin Print House was going to become a reality? It took a long time to feel like it would definitely happen! There was a lot to figure out, from big picture questions like the structure of contracts and how we would process payments, to small details like working with the illustrators and Framebridge to have the prints color-matched perfectly to the books. But as soon as we started getting the illustrators’ signed certificates (each print includes a signed Certificate of Authenticity in a custom pocket on the back of the frame), it felt like the real deal. What prints will be available as part of the Penguin Print House Launch collection? The launch collection includes 12 prints with art from CORDUROY by Don Freeman, LLAMA LLAMA RED PAJAMA by Anna Dewdney, DRAGONS LOVE TACOS written by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri, MITFORD AT THE FASHION ZOO by Donald Robertson, MAX AND MARLA by Alexandra Boiger, THE NOT SO QUIET LIBRARY by Zachariah OHora, WONDER BEAR by Tao Nyeu, and MY ABC BOOK and THE ANIMALS' VACATION from the Grosset & Dunlap Vintage line. We plan to introduce new books and illustrators to the collection, so stay tuned to see what we add next. What are others saying about Penguin Print House? “We were excited to work with Penguin Young Readers and their amazing artists because the stories and imagery from these iconic books provide such lasting, magical and happy experiences for young kids and their families. It’s a natural fit to take these cherished artist works and place them on the wall where they can inspire fun and creativity in a new generation of readers while bringing back special memories for so many of us.” Susan Tynan, Framebridge founder and CEO “I am very proud Penguin Young Readers is the first to launch a project like this. It was an awesome idea we knew we needed to make a reality. Each time Sara presented Penguin Print House to internal stakeholders, the typical response was either “this is a no-brainer” or “why didn’t I think of this?” This is very special and a truly unique way to showcase the work of our many talented illustrators. I can’t wait for the prints to be out in the world. Adam Royce, VP Digital Content, Penguin Young Readers “We are so excited we’ve been able to bring this idea to life and we look forward to introducing new books and illustrators to the collection over the next year. Our goal is always to extend the Penguin brand and the life of our books, whether that be on the page or off. Penguin Print House allows us to do exactly that in an exciting and innovative way, while also giving our illustrators the opportunity to earn additional revenue from their beautiful work.” Jen Loja, President, Penguin Young Readers “Penguin Print House embodies the spirit of InkTank, which was designed to harness the creativity, ingenuity and passion of our employees to develop new ways to drive reach and revenue for our books and authors. Sara participated in a three-month pilot program last year and has worked tirelessly with the support of PYR since then to make this concept a reality. It’s so exciting to be bringing these iconic illustrations off the page and into readers’ homes to be experienced in an entirely new way.” Alison Rich, VP, Publishing Innovation Development, Penguin Random House Read the Penguin Print House Launch Announcement.

PYR To Publish Debut Picture Book By Bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Junot Díaz

Junot Díaz, the New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer prize winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and This is How You Lose Herwill publish his debut picture book with Penguin Young Readers on March 13, 2018. Illustrated by Leo EspinosaIslandborn celebrates cultural diversity in America and our imagination’s

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boundless ability to connect us–to our families, to our past and to ourselves. Nicole Aragi at Aragi, Inc. brokered the deal for World rights with Namrata Tripathi, Editorial Director, Dial Books for Young Readers. Islandborn will have a first printing of 150,000.

[caption id="attachment_7150" align="alignright" width="233"] ISLANDBORN scheduled for publication March 13, 2018[/caption]

“Every kid in Lola’s school was from somewhere else. Hers was a school of faraway places.” So when Lola’s teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited. Except Lola. She can’t remember The Island–she left when she was just a baby. But with the help of her family and friends, and their memories –joyous, fantastical, heartbreaking, and frightening–Lola’s imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island.  As she draws closer to the heart of her family’s story, Lola comes to understand the truth of her abuela’s words: “Just because you don’t remember a place doesn’t mean it’s not in you.”

“When my goddaughters were young, they asked me to write a book about kids like them,” said Junot Díaz, “by which I took to mean super-curious kids who loved to read and draw and ask questions, and whose families had crossed continents to get where they are at.  ISLANDBORN is the book promised all those years ago – for my goddaughters and anyone who has ever wondered about their family’s ‘faraway place’.”

Namrata Tripathi added, “All readers deserve to see their stories reflected on the page. Junot Díaz’s debut picture book is a gift to the many readers whose lives cross borders and Leo Espinosa’s exuberant art reflects how ISLANDBORN is truly a celebration of their stories. Dial is incredibly proud to publish this book and I hope it will be cherished across many generations in many families.”

Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed DrownThe Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Timesbestseller and National Book Award finalist. A graduate of Rutgers University, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Leo Espinosa is an award winning illustrator and designer from Bogotá, Colombia, whose work has been featured in The New YorkerWiredEsquire, The New York TimesThe Atlantic, and more. Leo’s illustrations have been recognized by American Illustration, Communication Arts, Pictoplasma, 3×3, and the Society of Illustrators. Leo lives with his family in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Ruta Sepetys’ SALT TO THE SEA Wins CILIP Carnegie Medal for Best Children’s Writing

salt to the seaPenguin Young Readers author Ruta Sepetys has won the 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal, one of the UK’s most prestigious children’s literary awards, for her novel SALT TO THE SEA (Philomel Books/Puffin), a fictionalized account of the sinking of German ocean liner the Wilhelm Gustloff in 1945.  

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Of SALT TO THE SEA, the judges said that “not one of us knew about this real-life disaster and it shows how history is skewed towards the victor.” They added: “[The book] has been selected because of the powerful, crafted language, the tight, carefully shaped plot and the range of moods evoked throughout.” Ms. Sepetys told The Guardian: “When I interviewed people during my research, some told me not to bother with the book, that the world had forgotten them. The interest in the novel confirms that through characters and story, historical statistics become human and suddenly we care for those we’ve never met. My work sits on the shoulders of nonfiction, memoir and testimony. If a reader is interested in my novels, it’s my hope that they will feel compelled to research the facts behind the fiction.” The CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) Carnegie Medal is annually awarded by UK children’s librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people and published in the prior year, Congratulations to Ms. Sepetys as well as her editor and publisher.

New FERDINAND Movie Trailer and Poster Revealed

ferndinandTHE STORY OF FERDINAND by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson, has inspired, enchanted, and provoked readers ever since it was first published in 1936. This timeless classic book, published by Puffin, has been adapted for big screen, with the animated feature film to be released this fall.  20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios have revealed the first official trailer and movie poster. 

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Ferdinand is a giant bull with a big heart.  While all of the other bulls run, jump, and butt their heads together in fights, Ferdinand would rather sit and smell the flowers. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover. Watch the trailer: During World War II, Adolf Hitler ordered the book burned in Nazi Germany, while Joseph Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union, granted it privileged status as the only non-communist children’s book allowed in Poland. The preeminent leader of Indian nationalism and civil rights, Mahatma Gandhi once called THE STORY OF FERDINAND his favorite book. In 1938, the book was first adapted by Walt Disney into a short animated film called Ferdinand the Bull that won an Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoons). The upcoming movie, Ferdinand, will be released by 20th Century Fox in theaters nationwide on December 15.