Balzer + Bray

Balzer + Bray An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Balzer + Bray publishes bold, creative, and groundbreaking picture books and novels that appeal directly to kids in a fresh way.

Within our boutique imprint, authors and illustrators have the freedom to take risks and fulfill their unique visions.

Happy #bookbirthday I BELIEVE I CAN!!!.#repost @ladygracebyers 🗣TODAY. IS. THE. DAY!With the nationwide release of #IBel...
03/03/2020

Happy #bookbirthday I BELIEVE I CAN!!!
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#repost @ladygracebyers 🗣TODAY. IS. THE. DAY!

With the nationwide release of #IBelieveICan today, here is to trumpeting voices that uplift, pour into and encourage you - allowing you to feel seen, heard and empowered

Here is to bullhorning your abilities and the fact that you were meant to thrive in your purpose and fulfill your destiny

Here is to knowing who you are; therefore being able to believe in what it is you can do and what you have been designed to do

Here is to ALL of our babies - our precious, precious children: We speak LIFE over you today and with this book we say; GO FORTH and do what you’ve been called to do!

We believe in you; you can and you WILL.

GRAB YOURS TODAY. 😍

Major Congratulations to all of today’s ALA Youth Media Honor and Award Winners!!! We’re so excited for the B+B titles a...
01/27/2020

Major Congratulations to all of today’s ALA Youth Media Honor and Award Winners!!! We’re so excited for the B+B titles and their incredible authors who were recognized!!!!
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Jasmine Warga’s OTHER WORDS FOR HOME is a Newbery Honor Book!
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Abdi Nazemiam’s LIKE A LOVE STORY is a Stonewall Honor Book!
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Maulik Pancholy’s THE BEST AT IT is a Stonewall Honor Book!
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Ben Philippe’s THE FIELD GUIDE TO THE NORTH AMERICAN TEENAGER is the William C. Morris YA Debut Award Winner!
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Elizabeth Wein’s A THOUSAND SISTERS is an Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist!
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And a great big shout-out to our author @deanatta whose book THE BLACK FLAMINGO won the Stonewall Book Award! We’ll be publishing the U.S. edition this Summer!
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#alaawards #balzerandbray

Happy #bookbirthday to NOTORIOUS by Gordon Korman!!! Don’t miss this funny, suspenseful mystery and unlikely friendship ...
01/07/2020

Happy #bookbirthday to NOTORIOUS by Gordon Korman!!! Don’t miss this funny, suspenseful mystery and unlikely friendship story!!!
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#gordonkorman #notorious #balzerandbray #pubday

🤩🤩🤩🤩 .Today’s the day! You can FINALLY get your hands on paperback editions of THIS IS KIND OF AN EPIC LOVE STORY by @ka...
12/17/2019

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Today’s the day! You can FINALLY get your hands on paperback editions of THIS IS KIND OF AN EPIC LOVE STORY by @kacen.callender , PRIDE by @ibizoboi , and CIRCLE OF SHADOWS by @evelyn_skye !!!!! Happy reading!!!!
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#pubday #bookbirthday #balzerandbray #paperbacks #YA #kacencallender #ibizoboi #evelynskye

Hugest congrats to Ben Philippe and all these terrific authors! THE FIELD GUIDE TO THE NORTH AMERICAN TEENAGER is a Morr...
12/04/2019
Five Finalists Announced for William C. Morris Book Award

Hugest congrats to Ben Philippe and all these terrific authors! THE FIELD GUIDE TO THE NORTH AMERICAN TEENAGER is a Morris Finalist!

Ben Phillippe's “The Field Guide to the North American Teenager” and David Yoon's “Frankly in Love” are among the finalists for the William C. Morris Award, given for young adult books by a debut author.

🤩🤩COVER REVEAL🤩🤩.#repost @deanatta SO👏🏾HERE👏🏾IT👏🏾IS👏🏾 The fierce new cover for the North America edition of #TheBlackFla...
11/04/2019

🤩🤩COVER REVEAL🤩🤩
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#repost @deanatta SO👏🏾HERE👏🏾IT👏🏾IS👏🏾 The fierce new cover for the North America edition of #TheBlackFlamingo with @balzerandbray 🖤 🦩 🏳️‍🌈 Art by @jeezvanilla, design and lettering by @jstempellobell
Publication date: 5/26/2020
Available for pre-order now via @EpicReads

Happy #bookbirthday to SNOW MUCH FUN! written by Nancy Siscoe, and illustrated by Sabina Gibson! .Get ready to squeal wi...
10/29/2019

Happy #bookbirthday to SNOW MUCH FUN! written by Nancy Siscoe, and illustrated by Sabina Gibson!
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Get ready to squeal with delight over this charming picture book about the joys of a snowy day! The perfect cozy treat for young readers!!! #snowmuchfun #nancysiscoe #sabinagibson #balzerandbray #pubday #bookstagram

🔥⚔️COVER REVEAL⚔️🔥.The cover for SET FIRE TO THE GODS by Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons is here! We’re so excited for y...
10/09/2019

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The cover for SET FIRE TO THE GODS by Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons is here! We’re so excited for you to meet Ash and Madoc—these two elemental gladiators must decide where their loyalties lie as an ancient war between immortals and humans looms on the horizon!!!
🔥⚔️🔥⚔️ #setfiretothegods #stepintothearena #sararaasch #kristensimmons #balzerandbray #coverreveal

Happy #bookbirthday to HOMEROOMS & HALL PASSES by Tom O’Donnell!!! .Dungeons and Dragons meets JUMANJI in this new, laug...
10/08/2019

Happy #bookbirthday to HOMEROOMS & HALL PASSES by Tom O’Donnell!!!
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Dungeons and Dragons meets JUMANJI in this new, laugh-out-loud adventure series!!!
#pubday #middlegrade #fantasy #D&D #jumanji #balzerandbray

Don’t miss the chance to be part of this epic cover reveal with Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons!!!!!!! • #repost via @sa...
10/08/2019

Don’t miss the chance to be part of this epic cover reveal with Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons!!!!!!!

#repost via @sara_raasch
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Calling all gladiators! @kris10writes and I seek the strongest, the bravest, the most badass of fighters to help us reveal the cover for SET FIRE TO THE GODS!

Interested? Send us your email (you can hit me up at [email protected]), and on Tuesday, 10/8 at 5PM EST, you will receive Special Instructions to help us take over the internet on Wednesday.

There is no limit to how many people we’ll accept, no matter how big or small your account. Everyone is a gladiator! The only requirement is that you are able to post the cover on Wednesday, 10/9, at 10AM EST.

Are you ready to step into the arena? Let’s do this thing!

#setfiretothegods #bookstagram #authorsofinstagram #stepintothearena #coverreveal #cover #books #gladiator

Happy #bookbirthday to THE BEST AT IT by Maulik Pancholy!!! This is a funny and charming debut about a gay Indian Americ...
10/08/2019

Happy #bookbirthday to THE BEST AT IT by Maulik Pancholy!!! This is a funny and charming debut about a gay Indian American boy coming into his own!
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We had such a great book launch last night @booksofwonder , with Maulik in conversation with Tina Fey!!!!

Major congrats to Laura Ruby on THIRTEEN DOORWAYS, WOLVES BEHIND THEM ALL being named a 2019 National Book Award Finalis...
10/08/2019
Finalists Announced: 2019 National Book Awards

Major congrats to Laura Ruby on THIRTEEN DOORWAYS, WOLVES BEHIND THEM ALL being named a 2019 National Book Award Finalist!!!

Finalistsfor the 2019 National Book Awards were revealedinfive categories:fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature, and young people's literature.

We have some SUPER exciting book news from Julie Murphy!!!!!
10/03/2019
Julie Murphy

We have some SUPER exciting book news from Julie Murphy!!!!!

NEW BOOK NEWS: Today I’m excited to share that I’ve partnered w Valiant Comics & Balzer + Bray for FAITH: TAKING FLIGHT, a YA novel about the iconic plus size super hero, Faith. Basically: I WROTE A BOOK ABOUT A FAT GIRL WHO CAN FLY. Head to Bustle for the cover reveal & an excerpt!

The INCREDIBLE cover for FAITH: TAKING FLIGHT was designed by Jenna Stempel-Lobell with art by Kat Goodloe. I can’t even begin to explain to how moved I was to see this cover with this girl in this body kicking ass. Thank you so much, Jenna and Kat. Valiant & Balzer & Bray let me put all my fave things in a book. Badass fat girls. Queer romance. Animal rescue. I’m so thankful to have the opportunity to write something like this & I get to do this bc of my readers who believe that fat ppl deserve to exist in every story. So thank YOU. And if you have never heard of Faith or haven’t read her comics yet, it’s time to check out Valiant Comics and stock up on all things Faith!

It's #PubDay for These Divided Shores by Sara Raasch!!! Don't miss the exciting finale of this action-packed series--ful...
08/27/2019

It's #PubDay for These Divided Shores by Sara Raasch!!! Don't miss the exciting finale of this action-packed series--full of pirates, dangerous magic, double crosses, spies, and secrets--that started with These Rebel Waves!!!!

“One summer, two new aunts, three pets, a ton of new friends, and one thousand pies.” Don’t miss this sweet and satisfyi...
04/16/2019

“One summer, two new aunts, three pets, a ton of new friends, and one thousand pies.”

Don’t miss this sweet and satisfying treat of a novel by Margaret Dilloway, Author, on shelves today!!!

Happy #Pubday to WHEN A TIGER COMES TO DINNER by Jessica Olien Illustration!!! This hilariously interactive picture book...
04/09/2019

Happy #Pubday to WHEN A TIGER COMES TO DINNER by Jessica Olien Illustration!!! This hilariously interactive picture book is the perfect read aloud!!!

PAX by Sara Pennypacker is finally available in paperback!!!!
04/02/2019

PAX by Sara Pennypacker is finally available in paperback!!!!

We can't wait for you to read Lisa Moore Ramee - Author's  funny and big-hearted debut middle grade novel about friendsh...
03/12/2019

We can't wait for you to read Lisa Moore Ramee - Author's funny and big-hearted debut middle grade novel about friendship, family, and standing up for what’s right! Out today!!!! #pubday

This is for fans of Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give and the novels of Renée Watson and Jason Reynolds!!!

Don't miss the cover reveal for Sarah Dessen's new novel #TheRestofTheStory on Entertainment Weekly! You can read an exc...
03/07/2019
Get a first look at Sarah Dessen's sweeping new novel 'The Rest of the Story'

Don't miss the cover reveal for Sarah Dessen's new novel #TheRestofTheStory on Entertainment Weekly!

You can read an exclusive excerpt of the story! Start counting down until June 4!!!

Sarah Dessen is moving into new territory for her next book, The Rest of the Story. The best-selling YA author (Keeping…

Happiest of book birthdays to three titles that we can't wait for you to read!!!IF YOU'RE OUT THERE by Katy Loutzenhiser...
03/05/2019

Happiest of book birthdays to three titles that we can't wait for you to read!!!

IF YOU'RE OUT THERE by Katy Loutzenhiser, CELEBRATE YOU! by Sherri Duskey Rinker, and THE MISSING PIECE OF CHARLIE O'REILLY by Rebecca Ansari!

Happy Pub Day to three exciting novels that we can't wait for you to dive into!THE BLOOD SPELL, the fourth book in the N...
02/12/2019

Happy Pub Day to three exciting novels that we can't wait for you to dive into!

THE BLOOD SPELL, the fourth book in the New York Times bestselling Ravenspire series by C.J. Redwine, Author.

THE LOST GIRL, a story of the power of fantasy, the limits of love, and the struggles inherent in growing up, from National Book Award nominee Anne Ursu.

THE SHORES BEYOND TIME, the conclusion of the highly acclaimed Chronicle of the Dark Star trilogy by Kevin Emerson.

Happy book birthday to three incredible titles!!! Run to grab your copies of ON THE COME UP by Angie Thomas, LOVE SUGAR ...
02/05/2019

Happy book birthday to three incredible titles!!! Run to grab your copies of ON THE COME UP by Angie Thomas, LOVE SUGAR MAGIC: A SPRINKLE OF SPIRITS by Anna Meriano, and ANIMAL BABIES LIKE TO PLAY by Jennifer Adams!!!

It's finally ON THE COME UP week! Help us celebrate the book's release by dropping in on any one of Angie Thomas's 15(!!...
02/04/2019
Angie Thomas headed on 15-city tour for 'On the Come Up': See details

It's finally ON THE COME UP week! Help us celebrate the book's release by dropping in on any one of Angie Thomas's 15(!!) North American tour stops, starting this Wednesday, February 6th in New York!

See here for the complete list of stops and how to get tickets: https://bit.ly/2rnlbjC

Angie Thomas is headed back out on the road. The wait for the author's follow-up to The Hate U Give is almost…

Hurray! Congrats to Corey R. Tabor for winning the Geisel Award for FOX THE TIGER and Elana K Arnold for being named a M...
01/28/2019

Hurray! Congrats to Corey R. Tabor for winning the Geisel Award for FOX THE TIGER and Elana K Arnold for being named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book for DAMSEL!!!
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#alayma #ala #youthmediaawards #americanlibraryassociation #printzaward #geiselaward #balzerandbray #bookstagram

Don't miss these two fantastic giveaways from Balzer + Bray author C.J. Redwine! Details below!!!
01/24/2019

Don't miss these two fantastic giveaways from Balzer + Bray author C.J. Redwine! Details below!!!

ETA: We have a winner! Congrats to @Shery Werbelo for winning the tote and swag!

The Blood Spell Pre-Order Giveaway!

Are you ready to return to Ravenspire? We've got an exciting giveaway for you as we get close to the 2/12/19 release date! See below for info on how to claim your pre-order prize AND how to enter to win the swag pack giveaway. Two separate contests!

THE BLOOD SPELL:

Blue de la Cour has her life planned: hide the magic in her blood and continue trying to turn metal into gold so she can help her city’s homeless. But when her father is murdered and a cruel but powerful woman claims custody of Blue and her property, one wrong move could expose her—and doom her once and for all. The only one who can help? The boy she’s loathed since childhood: Prince Kellan.

Kellan Renard, crown prince of Balavata, is walking a thin line between political success and devastating violence. Newly returned from boarding school, he must find a bride among the kingdom’s head families and announce his betrothal—but escalating violence among the families makes the search nearly impossible. He’s surprised to discover that the one person who makes him feel like he can breathe is Blue, the girl who once ruined all his best adventures.
When mysterious forces lead to disappearances throughout Balavata, Blue and Kellan must work together to find the truth. What they discover will lead them to the darkest reaches of the kingdom, and to the most painful moments of their pasts.

When romance is forbidden and evil is rising, can Blue save those she loves, even if it costs her everything?

THE PRE-ORDER GOODIES:

Pre-order The Blood Spell by 2/12/19 and receive a Ravenspire bookmark, a signed bookplate (no bookplate included if you order a signed, personalized book from Parnassus Books as your book will already be signed), a protection potion sticker, your name in the acknowledgements of C.J.'s next YA novel, and a chance to have a character named after you in C.J.'s next YA novel!

Get your signed, personalized copy of The Blood Spell from Parnassus and also receive a recipe card from Blue's alchemy shop PLUS your book will be stamped with the official Ravenspire series seal. Any other Ravenspire books you order at that time from Parnassus will also bear the seal. Go here: https://www.parnassusbooks.net/bloodspell

Email [email protected] for international orders.

Easy link to other book vendors: https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062653017/the-blood-spell/

Rules:

1. A pre-order from any retailer will qualify for the contest.

2. All entrants must submit a pre-order receipt to [email protected] AND fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc-QryHWfDwCh6Qw3sY0BVHOtu1Rg6Q4btMBRzWBgl4b9V_bg/viewform?usp=sf_link

3. Orders must be placed, proof received, and form completed by 9:00 p.m. EST 2/12/19.

4. Contest is open internationally. Every pre-order placed with proof of purchase will receive swag (so feel free to order gifts!), but form must be filled out for each individual purchase.

5. Must be at least 14-years-old to enter.

6. Not affiliated with Facebook.

THE SWAG PACK GIVEAWAY:

One lucky person will win The Blood Spell swag pack featured below! Includes a branded tote bag, mug, magnet, and rubber bracelet, plus a pair of fingerless mitts (knit by Susan Burdorf), a fairy tale charm bracelet, a Bookshop candle from FlicktheWick, and a rosemary mint sugar scrub from Naked Lemon.

Rules:

1. Open until 9:00 p.m. EST 2/12/19

2. Open internationally

3. Must be at least 14-years-old to enter.

4. Not affiliated with Facebook.

5. Enter by using this Rafflecopter form: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/634d814b2427/?

We're so excited to celebrate the release of four amazing titles!!!CIRCLE OF SHADOWS by Evelyn SkyeA THOUSAND SISTERS by...
01/22/2019

We're so excited to celebrate the release of four amazing titles!!!

CIRCLE OF SHADOWS by Evelyn Skye
A THOUSAND SISTERS by Elizabeth Wein
OUT OF THIS WORLD by Michelle Markel, illustrated by Amanda Hall
HUSH, LITTLE BUNNY by David Ezra Stein

Happy pub day to MARY WEARS WHAT SHE WANTS by Keith Negley! This charming picture book is inspired by the true story of ...
01/15/2019

Happy pub day to MARY WEARS WHAT SHE WANTS by Keith Negley! This charming picture book is inspired by the true story of Mary Edwards Walker, a trailblazing 19th-century doctor who was arrested many times for wearing pants!

Epic Reads
01/09/2019
Epic Reads

Epic Reads

Get a sneak peek into amazing anthology about culture, tradition, and identity.

Happy pub day! Three incredible novels are on sale today: BLACK ENOUGH edited by Ibi Zoboi, THE FIELD GUIDE TO THE NORTH...
01/08/2019

Happy pub day! Three incredible novels are on sale today: BLACK ENOUGH edited by Ibi Zoboi, THE FIELD GUIDE TO THE NORTH AMERICAN TEENAGER by Ben Philippe, and THE UNTEACHABLES by Gordon Korman!

12/12/2018
Epic Reads

We can't wait until BLACK ENOUGH is out in the world on 1/8/19!

Edited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi, and featuring some of the most acclaimed bestselling Black authors writing for teens today—Black Enough is an essential collection of captivating stories about what it’s like to be young and Black in America.

Black is…whatever you want it to be. bit.ly/BlkEnough

12/07/2018
Dumplin' | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Happy DUMPLIN' movie day!

The movie starring Jennifer Aniston, Danielle Macdonald, and featuring music from THE Dolly Parton is now streaming on Netflix.

If you can't watch it right this second, here is the trailer to tide you over: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k86KDFh_q6E

Directed by Anne Fletcher, DUMPLIN’ follows an outspoken plus-sized teenage girl named Willowdean (Danielle Macdonald), who’s known as Will to her friends an...

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Hello Balzer + Bray! You need Diverse Books, well I believe I may have a manuscript you would be interested in reading. I stumbled upon a book entitled Guy in Real Life and it jumped out at me. I saw some similarities in the synopsis with my own novel. (Which was amazing because I had never heard of this book before) There are also many differences that make my story quite unique in its own sense, but, I realized I needed to find the publisher and reach out. Please check your Messages for a query of my manuscript. I would love to work with you all to get this manuscript published. I believe it would be a great influence to teens and young adults worldwide.
Is anyone else's copy of The Hate U Give missing pages? Mine skips from page 90 to 123?