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Soar with Reading: RHCB Brings 100,000 Free Books to Kids in South Florida

Random House Children’s Books and JetBlue have launched the seventh annual Soar with Reading initiative, which provides age-appropriate books to children who need them most. This summer the program lands in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with JetBlue installing four

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custom vending machines throughout the city to distribute 100,000 books, free of charge. The vending machines include a variety of children’s books. The newest enhancements to the program are the addition of bilingual (Spanish/English) books and, given research supporting higher reading scores among students who see their parents reading, the inclusion of a selection of titles appealing to parents.   “We know that access to books is a foundational necessity for children in order for them to achieve success inside and beyond the classroom,” said Barbara Marcus, President and Publisher, Random House Children’s Books. “Books allow children and adults to explore the far reaches of their imaginations, and we are thrilled to be part of the JetBlue program, which provides young people with the opportunity to experience that adventure, regardless of where they live.” To celebrate this year’s Soar with Reading launch, actress and singer Victoria Justice and renowned Magic Tree House author Mary Pope Osborne joined JetBlue, Random House Children’s Books, and the city of Fort Lauderdale at a celebration to reveal the book vending machines and allow young residents to select their first free books. Victoria Justice, a South Florida native, and Ms. Osborne, whose bestselling series continues this August with A BIG DAY FOR BASEBALL and the new nonfiction book BASEBALLwill support the program throughout the summer by encouraging participation in the #BookBattle. Random House Children’s Books authors Judd Winick (Hilo series), R. J. Palacio (WONDER), and Chris Grabenstein (Mr. Lemoncello’s Library series) and illustrator Christian Robinson (LITTLE PENGUINS) are also active members of the campaign, helping to generate awareness for the program and spark online voting in each #BookBattle city. Last summer, JetBlue’s vending machine program visited Detroit. During that time, the annual online #BookBattle voting competition also took place, where JetBlue’s customers and crew members and the local community overwhelmingly voted for Fort Lauderdale to receive 100,000 free children’s books in 2017. This year, four cities—Boston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco—will go head-to-head in the national online #BookBattle to receive the 2018 donation. Voting is open at SoarwithReading.com through August 31. For the first time, anyone who casts a vote online will also receive a special 99¢ digital children’s book from Penguin Random House.

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR Author Nicola Yoon Wins John Steptoe Award for New Talent

At this past weekend’s 48th annual Coretta Scott King Book Awards in Chicago, Random House Children’s Books author Nicola Yoonwon the John Steptoe Award for New Talent for her book, THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR(Delacorte Press).  In her acceptance remarks, Ms. Yoon spoke of how books for young readers can (and need to) be mirrors.

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“When I was growing up, I didn’t see a lot of characters that looked like me,” she said. “I didn’t know that my interior life mattered….” It’s important to recognize that “we are more than a stereotype. We are more than the struggle. We get to have joy.”  Congratulations to Ms. Yoon, her editor and the publishing teams at Random House Children’s Books and Delacorte. The Steptoe Award was established by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee to affirm new talent and to offer visibility to excellence in writing and/or illustration at the beginning of a career as a published book creator. THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR, a #1 New York Times Bestseller, was also a National Book Award Finalist, a 2017 Michael L. Printz Honor Book, and a New York Times Notable Book of 2016.

Watch the New WONDER Movie Trailer Starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay

wonder movie tnail2Why blend in when you were born to stand out?  In the upcoming movie based on WONDER, the #1 New York Times bestseller by R. J. Palacio, August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. But that’s all about to change as Auggie enters fifth grade, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

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   Watch the new trailer from Lionsgate for #WonderTheMovie, starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay, coming to theaters nationwide on November 17. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngiK1gQKgK8&feature=youtu.be

RHCB to Publish Khizr Khan’s Debut Children’s Book This Fall

Random-House-Children-Books-Thumbnail-Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers has acquired world rights for Pakistani American Gold Star father Khizr Khan’s first book for young readers and will publish it this fall, it was announced today by Barbara Marcus, President & Publisher, Random House Children’s Books. Mr. Khan is best known for

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the powerful speech he delivered during last summer’s Democratic National Convention. THIS IS OUR CONSTITUTION, a middle-grade nonfiction hardcover, will release simultaneously with Khan’s adult memoir, AN AMERICAN FAMILY (Random House), on November 14, 2017. Michelle Frey, Executive Editor for Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, will edit. “I was so deeply moved by my first meeting with Khizr Khan—by his incredibly admirable personal journey, and also by the stories he shared about connecting with our nation’s youth at various events across the country,” says Ms. Marcus. “THIS IS OUR CONSTITUTION is an important book for young readers, families, and educators, and I am honored that Random House Children’s Books will be its home.” 9781524770914-198x300Mr. Khan says, “This book is my humble effort to pay tribute to our future leaders, the true custodians of our Constitution, and to all of the human dignities enshrined in our Bill of Rights, as the making of our republic continues.” THIS IS OUR CONSTITUTION will extend Mr. Khan’s message to young readers, introducing them to the history and contents of the Constitution and Bill of Rights—what these documents say, and why they still matter. Mr. Khan will share his highly personal perspective on the relevance and importance of the Constitution, including a history of how it was drafted, passed, and amended, and highlighting some of the key turning points in its interpretation that he considers essential to understanding our country. Khizr Khan grew up in Pakistan with few of the fundamental rights that are enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and his personal experiences and education inspired THIS IS OUR CONSTITUTION. Khan is deeply passionate about raising awareness of the rights and protections that the Constitution provides for every American, and calling attention to the symbol of hope it represents throughout the world. Khizr and his wife, Ghazala, immigrated to America in 1980, and subsequently became citizens. Their middle son, Captain Humayun Khan, was killed in 2004 in a suicide attack near Baqubah, Iraq, and was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. In 2016, Khizr and Ghazala attended the Democratic National Convention, where he delivered a speech honoring his son’s sacrifice and stressing the importance of an inclusive America with liberty for all citizens. After the extraordinary response his speech received, he has taken this message on the road, delivering talks throughout the country.

First Literary Landmark in Arizona Honors Junie B. Jones Author Barbara Park

junie b jones2The first Literary Landmark in Arizona was presented in honor of the late Junie B. Jones author Barbara Park, in partnership with the Arizona Center for the Book at Arizona State Library and Random House Children’s Books. The landmark designation was Cherokee Elementary School in Paradise Valley, AZ, which served as the inspiration for Junie B. Jones.

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Ms. Park wrote JUNIE B. JONES AND THE STUPID SMELLY BUS (Random House Children’s Books), the first book in her bestselling series, after she found a young Cherokee student walking home after he missed the school bus. junie b jonesThe entire school took part in the dedication and celebration on Friday, May 5. There were many special guests on hand, including Ms. Park’s family and friends, the Arizona Secretary of State, the Superintendent of the Scottsdale Unified School District, as well as local Girl and Boy Scout troops. Many of the children were dressed as Junie B. Jones, and the entire school was decorated with artwork that students created from the series.  Part of the inscription on the commemorative plaque reads: “Cherokee Elementary will always consider itself to be Barbara Park’s home school.” The Literary Landmark program is administered by United for Libraries. More than 150 Literary Landmarks across the United States have been dedicated since the program began in 1986.  Any library or group may apply for a Literary Landmark through United for Libraries. For more information, click here.
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Delacorte Press to Publish Sophie Kinsella’s Debut Chapter Book Series

sophie kinsella1Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, has acquired a new chapter book series from the New York Times and global bestselling author Sophie Kinsella, it was announced by Beverly Horowitz, Senior Vice President, Publisher, Delacorte Press.  U.S. and Open Market rights for the series were acquired by Ms. Horowitz from agent Kim

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Witherspoon at Inkwell Management in association with Araminta Whitley and Philippa Milnes-Smith at Lucas Alexander Whitley Ltd. The first book in the series, FAIRY MOM AND ME, will be published on January 2, 2018, and will be edited by Delacorte Press Associate Editor Kelsey Horton. FAIRY MOM AND ME will be simultaneously published in both the U.K. and Canada. fairy“We are so excited to bring Sophie Kinsella’s signature humor and heartwarming stories to a younger audience for the first time,” Ms. Horowitz said. “FAIRY MOM AND ME has all the ingredients for a magical reading experience for young book lovers and their families, and we are happy to have the opportunity to introduce Sophie to them.” “As a mother of five, I’ve always told stories to children,” Ms. Kinsella said. “I invented Fairy Mom, Ella, and the Computawand for my youngest two children, and now I’m thrilled that they will find a wider audience. Marta Kissi’s illustrations bring the stories to life perfectly with tremendous wit and charm. I think the publication will be a lot of fun. I can’t wait!” FAIRY MOM AND ME tells the story of Ella and her family’s special secret: Ella’s mom is a fairy! With the help of her new-tech wand (dubbed Computawand), she can cast amazing spells to make delicious cupcakes, create the perfect birthday, party, and cause chaos at the supermarket. But sometimes the spells go wrong, and that’s when Ella, the fairy-in-waiting, must assist to return everything to normal. Family, friendship, and magic abound in this sweet and funny debut chapter book, complete with illustrations by Marta Kissi.

Wendy Lamb and Tanya Lee Stone Talk About the Importance of GIRL RISING

girl rising book buzzThis week’s Igloo Book Buzz selection is GIRL RISING, by award-winning author Tanya Lee Stone, published by Random House Children’s Books imprint Wendy Lamb Books. Created in collaboration with the makers of the film, Girl Rising, this is a stunning and important nonfiction work. The film chronicled the stories of nine girls in the developing world,

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allowing viewers the opportunity to witness how education can break the cycle of poverty. The book shows how educating girls in developing countries can vastly improve their quality of life in just one generation. “I had to publish this book—the topic is so important, and the stories of the girls in the stunning film by Girl Rising that inspired it are so powerful and affecting,” said Wendy Lamb, Vice President and Publishing Director, Wendy Lamb Books. “I knew that Tanya Lee Stone would find just the right approach to take the stories in the film in a new direction in her book. GIRL RISING is a call to action for America’s young people. This book has the potential to inspire readers to become a force for lasting change.” Tanya Lee Stone said, “Working on GIRL RISING changed me. It expanded my scope of the world and inspired both deep compassion and extreme awe. I was continually conscious of the comforts I take for granted while I work from my warm house, with plenty of food, clean water, and free school for my children. I am eternally grateful for the education I gained from discovering these girls and women who persevered through the darkest and direst of conditions.” In conjunction with the team behind the Girl Rising film and Ms. Stone, Random House Children’s Books launched the #MyGirlRising social media campaign last week. The goal of the campaign is to find and highlight women around the world who are making positive changes in their communities.  It’s easy to join the #MyGirlRising conversation:
  • Post a photo on Twitter and/or Instagram and nominate the inspiring girl or woman in your life.
  • For each picture posted using #MyGirlRising, @RandomHouseKids will donate $5 to @GirlRising (up to $5,000) in celebration of the new Girl Rising book and women everywhere.
  • Follow the hashtag #MyGirlRising on Twitter and Instagram.

Join the #ChooseKindValentine Kindness Chain

choosekind tnailIn honor of the fifth anniversary of R. J. Palacio’s WONDER, Random House Children’s Books, together with our author, launched #ChooseKindValentine, a campaign that encourages everyone on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to contribute to a Kindness Chain by posting an act of kindness with a tag to someone else.

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With over five million copies sold around the world, Palacio’s WONDER, with its message to Choose Kind, has inspired global kindness and anti-bullying campaigns and has become part curricula in schools across the country. WONDER has demonstrated the power of a book to spark a cultural dialogue, and to inspire children and adults to think differently about the world around them. Random House Children’s Books encourages everyone at Penguin Random House to take part in this initiative by spreading kindness around your own community beginning this Valentine’s Day. It wonder_2017_valentine_s_day_ecardcan be as simple as:
  • Write a friend or family member a nice note to tell them something you love about them.
 
  • Treat a stranger in the coffee line to a free beverage.
 
  • Shovel a neighbor’s snow, clear their car, or leave a basket of treats at their door.
 
  • Leave a nice note or gift for your mail carrier as a token of gratitude.
  Then post your act of kindness on social media with #ChooseKindValentine. Tag someone, and continue the kindness chain. Happy Valentine’s Day! Yours in Wonder, Random House Children’s Books

#MyGirlRising Social Media Campaign Launched in Advance of GIRL RISING Book Publication

my girl risingCreated in collaboration with the makers of the film, Girl Rising, Random House Children’s Books is releasing a stunning nonfiction book, also titled GIRL RISING, by award-winning author Tanya Lee Stone, on sale from Wendy Lamb Books on February 14. The film chronicled the stories of nine girls in the developing world, allowing viewers the

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opportunity to witness how education can break the cycle of poverty. The book shows how educating girls in developing countries can vastly improve their quality of life in just one generation. “I had to publish this book—the topic is so important, and the stories of the girls in the stunning film by Girl Rising that inspired it are so powerful and affecting,” said Wendy Lamb, Vice President and Publishing Director, Wendy Lamb Books. “I knew that Tanya Lee Stone would find just the right approach to take the stories in the film in a new direction in her book. GIRL RISING is a call to action for America’s young people. This book has the potential to inspire readers to become a force for lasting change.” In conjunction with the team behind the Girl Rising film and Ms. Stone, Random House Children’s Books launched the #MyGirlRising social media campaign this week. The goal of the campaign is to find and highlight women around the world who are making positive changes in their communities.  It’s easy to join the #MyGirlRising conversation:
  • Post a photo on Twitter and/or Instagram and nominate the inspiring girl or woman in your life.
  • For each picture posted using #MyGirlRising, @RandomHouseKids will donate $5 to @GirlRising (up to $5,000) in celebration of the new Girl Rising book and women everywhere.
  • Follow the hashtag #MyGirlRising on Twitter and Instagram.

Random House Children’s Books to Release Never-Before-Published Mark Twain Children’s Story

New RHCB logoDoubleday Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, has acquired a never-before-published Mark Twain children’s story, it was announced today by Mallory Loehr, Senior Vice President & Publisher of the Random House/Golden Books, Doubleday, and Crown Books for Young Readers Group. The story, a fairy tale left

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unfinished by Twain, will be brought to life by author Philip Stead and illustrator Erin Stead, the creators of the Caldecott Medal–winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee. The book, THE PURLOINING OF PRINCE OLEOMARGARINE, was acquired and edited by Frances Gilbert, Associate Publishing Director, Random House Books for Young Readers, from Tina Wexler at ICM, representing the Mark Twain House & Museum, and Emily van Beek at Folio Jr., representing the author/illustrator team. The New York Times heralded the news in this major feature article: A Rediscovered Mark Twain Fairy Tale Is Coming Soon. Twain approved cover copyTHE PURLOINING OF PRINCE OLEOMARGARINE, an eleven-chapter, 152-page illustrated storybook for all ages, will be published on September 26, 2017, with a first printing of 250,000 copies. The basis of this new work is sixteen pages of Twain’s handwritten notes after telling his young daughters a fairy tale one night in 1879 while the family was staying in Paris, an event he documented in his journal. In 2011, a visiting scholar at the Mark Twain Papers & Project at the University of California at Berkeley spotted the notes in the archives while conducting his own research and recognized their significance. Although Twain told his young daughters countless bedtime stories, made up on the spot as they requested them, these notes are believed to be the only ones he ever jotted down from those sessions. “To publish a new Twain story is an incredible literary event,” says Frances Gilbert. “When I first got the chance to read this unpublished Twain story, I couldn’t believe what I was holding. I’ve admired Erin and Philip Stead’s work since their first book and couldn’t think of a more ideal match for this project. It’s an American dream team.” [caption id="attachment_4724" align="alignleft" width="300"]Philip and Erin Stead Philip and Erin Stead[/caption] Philip and Erin Stead, two of today’s most notable names in children’s literature, have completed the text and illustrated the book, framing the narrative as a story “told to me by my friend, Mr. Mark Twain,” and even including occasional interruptions by an imagined meeting over tea between Philip and Twain. Exploring themes of charity, kindness, and bravery in the face of tyranny, with sharply drawn satire and tear-inducing pathos, this extraordinary combination of talent both classic and contemporary reaches its full potential as an old-fashioned—yet thoroughly modern—fully illustrated storybook that readers of every age will treasure. A monumental event not only in the world of children’s literature, but for literature overall, the publication of THE PURLOINING OF PRINCE OLEOMARGARINE will take place during the 150th anniversary of Mark Twain’s very first book, a collection of twenty-seven previously published stories titledThe Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, and Other Sketches.