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Nana Loves You More by Jimmy Fallon, illustrated by Miguel Ordóñez, is the #4 book in the country. It’s the duo’s fourth...
04/11/2022

Nana Loves You More by Jimmy Fallon, illustrated by Miguel Ordóñez, is the #4 book in the country. It’s the duo’s fourth book together, after books whose titles namecheck dada, mama, and baby; in firstweek sales as in life, nana rules the roost.

Books hitting shelves this week include a picture book featuring a feathered friend determined to be in first place, a m...
04/11/2022
New Kids' and YA Books: Week of April 11, 2022

Books hitting shelves this week include a picture book featuring a feathered friend determined to be in first place, a middle grade graphic novel on living with ADHD, a YA novel in which a high school prank war leads to romance, and more.

Herald Press is no longer publishing, printing, or distributing books by Canadian pastor and author Bruxy Cavey amid an ...
04/10/2022
Herald Pulls Canadian Pastor's Books

Herald Press is no longer publishing, printing, or distributing books by Canadian pastor and author Bruxy Cavey amid an investigation related to allegations against him of sexual misconduct and following his resignation from Ontario’s The Meeting House church.

04/10/2022
Brown Joins R&L as Senior Executive Editor of Religion

Veteran university press and religion publisher Richard Brown will join Rowman & Littlefield as senior executive editor of religion. His tasks include reviving the company's Sheed & Ward Catholic book imprint.

Shannon Hale, the bestselling author of 40 books for early readers, middle graders, teens, and adults, writes about the ...
04/10/2022
Soapbox: Have We Solved the Problem of Boy Books and Girl Books?

Shannon Hale, the bestselling author of 40 books for early readers, middle graders, teens, and adults, writes about the need to overcome our own gender biases when sharing books with children.

Author Shannon Hale discusses the need to overcome our own gender biases when sharing books with young readers.

Warm Welcome Back at London Book Fair | CCC's Velocity of Content Podcast
04/09/2022
Warm Welcome Back at London Book Fair

Warm Welcome Back at London Book Fair | CCC's Velocity of Content Podcast

Book fair attendees debated whether a blanket ban on all Russian publishing in the face of that country’s February invasion of neighboring Ukraine was appropriate.

Following a week of harsh criticism, Follett School Solutions has scrapped any plans for a potential parental control mo...
04/09/2022
Follett Reverses Course on Parental Controls for Customers Facing Censorship Legislation

Following a week of harsh criticism, Follett School Solutions has scrapped any plans for a potential parental control module for its Destiny Library Manager software, which would have apprised parents of their child’s book selections.

Following a week of harsh criticism, Follett School Solutions has scrapped any plans for a potential parental control module for its Destiny Library Manager software, which would have enabled parents to limit student access to materials they deemed inappropriate.

A Zoom of One's Own: Five poets with spring collections discuss the experience of writing during the pandemic.
04/09/2022
A Zoom of One's Own: Poetry 2022

A Zoom of One's Own: Five poets with spring collections discuss the experience of writing during the pandemic.

Five poets with collections forthcoming in spring discuss the experience of writing during the pandemic.

Barnes & Noble, which has been revamping its digital audiobook offerings, has announced the launch of B&N Audiobooks. Th...
04/09/2022
B&N Adds New Audiobook Capability

Barnes & Noble, which has been revamping its digital audiobook offerings, has announced the launch of B&N Audiobooks. The new service has a catalog of more than 300,000 titles, and customers can buy audiobooks individually or enroll in a new subscription service for $14.99 per month.

This month, authors made their return to the book events arena; launched debuts in their beloved hometowns; and brought ...
04/08/2022
In Brief: April 7, 2022

This month, authors made their return to the book events arena; launched debuts in their beloved hometowns; and brought music to their literary festivities; and a new children's book exhibition opens.

A.F. Steadman’s debut, SKANDAR AND THE UNICORN THIEF, is a fresh middle grade series opener featuring “resourceful, resi...
04/08/2022
Skandar and the Unicorn Thief (Skandar #1) by A F Steadman

A.F. Steadman’s debut, SKANDAR AND THE UNICORN THIEF, is a fresh middle grade series opener featuring “resourceful, resilient” characters and a magical school in crisis:

Skandar Smith, 13 and white, dreams of becoming a unicorn rider and competing in the prestigious Chaos Cup. The annual event mak...

General Motors, Candlewick Press, and the ABA are teaming up to encourage young readers to develop an interest in STEM s...
04/08/2022
GM, Candlewick, ABA Partner to Bring STEM Titles to Underserved Communities

General Motors, Candlewick Press, and the ABA are teaming up to encourage young readers to develop an interest in STEM subjects through engagement with SF and fantasy novels. As part of the #STEMReads initiative, 20,000 copies of Christina Soontornvat's 'The Last Mapmaker' will be given away.

The #STEMReads initiative will give away 20,000 copies of Christina Soontornvat's novel 'The Last Mapmaker' to encourage young readers to develop an interest in STEM subjects.

★ Meg Grehan (@megcathwrites) “freshens an old trope” in the “hopeful, layered” YA novel in verse, BABY TEETH, about a l...
04/08/2022
Baby Teeth by Meg Grehan

★ Meg Grehan (@megcathwrites) “freshens an old trope” in the “hopeful, layered” YA novel in verse, BABY TEETH, about a lonely vampire falling for a compassionate human:

A lonely vampire named Immy falls for compassionate flower shop employee Claudia, a human, in Grehan’s (The Deepest Breath) laye...

After a long and winding road through the book business, the Macmillan imprint's executive editor found her way to Flati...
04/08/2022
Nadxieli Nieto Is Reforging Flatiron Books

After a long and winding road through the book business, the Macmillan imprint's executive editor found her way to Flatiron, where she's building a highly curated list that focuses on, and celebrates, writers of color.

As part of the #STEMReads initiative, 20,000 copies of Christina Soontornvat's novel ‘The Last Mapmaker’ will be given a...
04/08/2022
GM, Candlewick, ABA Partner to Bring STEM Titles to Underserved Communities

As part of the #STEMReads initiative, 20,000 copies of Christina Soontornvat's novel ‘The Last Mapmaker’ will be given away to kids in underserved communities.

The #STEMReads initiative will give away 20,000 copies of Christina Soontornvat's novel 'The Last Mapmaker' to encourage young readers to develop an interest in STEM subjects.

★ A “wide-eyed, floppy-eared, and utterly adorable” pup, portrayed in “fluid multimedia cartoons,” is celebrated for his...
04/08/2022
Don’t Worry, Murray by David Ezra Stein

★ A “wide-eyed, floppy-eared, and utterly adorable” pup, portrayed in “fluid multimedia cartoons,” is celebrated for his bravery in @_DavidEzraStein’s picture book, DON’T WORRY, MURRAY:

Stein’s (The Worm Family Has Its Picture Taken) wide-eyed, floppy-eared, and utterly adorable protagonist is a small pup in an o...

At a three-hour hearing on April 7, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties ...
04/08/2022
Congress Investigates Book Banning in Schools

At a three-hour hearing on April 7, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties investigated the jump in book bans in schools and the danger these bans mean for the protection of the First Amendment.

Bookshop.org, Penguin Young Readers, and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman have partnered up on an initiative to...
04/08/2022
Bookshop: Buy books online. Support local bookstores.

Bookshop.org, Penguin Young Readers, and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman have partnered up on an initiative to donate copies of Gorman’s books to schools and community organizations nationwide in honor of National Poetry Month. https://bit.ly/3KA9AoB

An online bookstore that financially supports local independent bookstores and gives back to the book community.

The shortlist for this year's International Booker Prize includes two titles from Fitzcarraldo Editions and two titles f...
04/08/2022
2022 International Booker Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for this year's International Booker Prize includes two titles from Fitzcarraldo Editions and two titles from publishers new to the prize, Tilted Axis Press and Honford Star.

Bestselling fantasy novelist Brandon Sanderson is having a banner year—with another taking shape.
04/07/2022
Brandon Sanderson Looks 'Skyward' with New Books for Young Readers

Bestselling fantasy novelist Brandon Sanderson is having a banner year—with another taking shape.

Bestselling fantasy novelist Brandon Sanderson is having a banner year—with another taking shape; we spoke with Sanderson about his numerous forthcoming books for young readers.

Megan Labrise has been elected president of the National Book Critics Circle, succeeding 'PW' fiction reviews editor Dav...
04/07/2022
Labrise Succeeds Varno as NBCC President

Megan Labrise has been elected president of the National Book Critics Circle, succeeding 'PW' fiction reviews editor David Varno, among other changes to the board.

The European Union's Economic and Financial Affairs Council has adopted a new directive on value-added tax rates. Under ...
04/07/2022
E.U. Reduces, and in Some Cases Eliminates, VAT on Books

The European Union's Economic and Financial Affairs Council has adopted a new directive on value-added tax rates. Under the directive, VAT on books and e-books, as well as on some other goods and services, will be reduced or eliminated in the union.

The 10 winners of the 37th Whiting Awards, each of which comes with a $50,000 prize, were announced on April 6 in a cere...
04/07/2022
2022 Whiting Award Winners Announced

The 10 winners of the 37th Whiting Awards, each of which comes with a $50,000 prize, were announced on April 6 in a ceremony at the New-York Historical Society.

★ THE MARVELLERS, Dhonielle Clayton’s (@brownbookworm) series-opening middle grade debut “imaginatively combines myriad ...
04/07/2022
The Marvellers (The Marvellers #1) by Dhonielle Clayton

★ THE MARVELLERS, Dhonielle Clayton’s (@brownbookworm) series-opening middle grade debut “imaginatively combines myriad global cultural traditions with an intersectionally inclusive, fantastical adventure” involving a magical school in the sky:

In Clayton’s (The Rumor Game) atmospherically told middle grade debut, Ella Durand, a Black 11-year-old from New Orleans, is the...

Sherrod, the v-p and editorial director of Amistad, will leave the HarperCollins imprint after nearly a decade to "pursu...
04/07/2022
Tracy Sherrod to Leave Amistad

Sherrod, the v-p and editorial director of Amistad, will leave the HarperCollins imprint after nearly a decade to "pursue a new endeavor."

Sherrod, the v-p and editorial director of Amistad, will leave the HarperCollins imprint after nearly a decade to pursue a new endeavor.

Interlacing “romance and ghost story with an exploration of cultural identity, folklore, and history,” R.M. Romero’s imm...
04/07/2022
The Ghosts of Rose Hill by R M Romero

Interlacing “romance and ghost story with an exploration of cultural identity, folklore, and history,” R.M. Romero’s immersive YA verse novel, THE GHOSTS OF ROSE HILL, is “an intoxicating blend of the contemporary and otherworldly”:

An intoxicating blend of the contemporary and otherworldly, Romero’s (The Dollmaker of Krakow) layered novel in verse interlaces...

A quieter but no less buzzy day three at the London Book Fair saw publishers begin to look ahead to Frankfurt, continue ...
04/07/2022
London Book Fair 2022: Day Three Shows No Slowdown

A quieter but no less buzzy day three at the London Book Fair saw publishers begin to look ahead to Frankfurt, continue the debate about Ukraine, and celebrate strong book sales in the U.K. and reduced VAT in Europe.

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Publishers waited three years to reconvene in London, and the level of enthusiasm for a near-normal book fair was high.
Sales of print books dipped 8.9% in the first quarter of 2022, putting an end to a long sales surge.
Nana Loves You More by Jimmy Fallon, illustrated by Miguel Ordóñez, is the #4 book in the country. It’s the duo’s fourth book together, after books whose titles namecheck dada, mama, and baby; in firstweek sales as in life, nana rules the roost.
Books hitting shelves this week include a picture book featuring a feathered friend determined to be in first place, a middle grade graphic novel on living with ADHD, a YA novel in which a high school prank war leads to romance, and more.
The books we love coming out this week include new titles by Melissa Chadburn, Lisa Hsiao Chen, and Séamas O’Reilly.
Herald Press is no longer publishing, printing, or distributing books by Canadian pastor and author Bruxy Cavey amid an investigation related to allegations against him of sexual misconduct and following his resignation from Ontario’s The Meeting House church.
Veteran university press and religion publisher Richard Brown will join Rowman & Littlefield as senior executive editor of religion. His tasks include reviving the company's Sheed & Ward Catholic book imprint.
Shannon Hale, the bestselling author of 40 books for early readers, middle graders, teens, and adults, writes about the need to overcome our own gender biases when sharing books with children.
Warm Welcome Back at London Book Fair | CCC's Velocity of Content Podcast
Following a week of harsh criticism, Follett School Solutions has scrapped any plans for a potential parental control module for its Destiny Library Manager software, which would have apprised parents of their child’s book selections.
A Zoom of One's Own: Five poets with spring collections discuss the experience of writing during the pandemic.
Barnes & Noble, which has been revamping its digital audiobook offerings, has announced the launch of B&N Audiobooks. The new service has a catalog of more than 300,000 titles, and customers can buy audiobooks individually or enroll in a new subscription service for $14.99 per month.