Announcing the Relaunch of “Get Caught Reading” with Free Posters for Teachers First new 2019 classroom poster features Olympic gold medalist and author Laurie Hernandez

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New York, NY – October 12, 2018 – Launched in 1999 by the AAP and now managed by Every Child a Reader, Get Caught Reading provides teachers and librarians with small posters of TV stars, famous athletes, authors, and beloved book characters reading a book.

The first new poster for 2019 features Olympic gold medalist and author Laurie Hernandez, and will be available starting Oct. 22 for free, thanks to a sponsorship by KPMG, whose citizenship mission is to encourage lifelong learning through literacy.

Teachers and librarians can sign up for 10 free posters using the online form at Get Caught Reading.

Laurie Hernandez’s new book, She’s Got This, illustrated by Nina Mata, is a picture book about chasing your dreams and never giving up, and is being published October 9 by HarperCollins Children’s Books.

The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation also provides funding for Get Caught Reading.

About Every Child a Reader 
Every Child a Reader is a 501(c)(3) literacy organization whose popular national programs include Children’s Book Week, the Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards, Get Caught Reading, and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature program.

About Laurie Hernandez 

Laurie Hernandez is an Olympic gold medalist and the youngest-ever champion on Dancing with the Stars. At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Laurie won silver in the individual balance beam competition and secured gold in the team all-around competition. She speaks regularly to children and teens about her life story and the power of reading.

About KPMG LLP

KPMG is one of the world’s leading professional services firms, providing innovative business solutions and audit, tax, and advisory services to many of the world’s largest and most prestigious organizations. KPMG is widely recognized for being a great place to work and build a career. Our people share a sense of purpose in the work we do, and a strong commitment to community service, inclusion and diversity, and eradicating childhood illiteracy. KPMG LLP is the independent U.S. member firm of KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”). KPMG International’s independent member firms have 197,000 professionals working in 154 countries. Learn more at https://home.kpmg.com/us/en/home.htmlor follow us @KPMGUS_News.

About the Lois Lenski Covey Foundation

Lois Lenski, celebrated author and illustrator of over one hundred children’s books and the 1946 Newbery medalist for Strawberry Girl, established the Foundation as a charitable institute 50 years ago. Since then the Foundation has assisted over 400 organizations in their efforts to advance literacy and foster a love of reading among underserved and at-risk children and youth.

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Media Contact: Shifa Kapadwala, Publicity Manager, CBC/Every Child a Reader, 917-890-7416, shifa.kapadwala@cbcboks.org

 

Announcing the New National Ambassador Reading = HOPE x CHANGE Activity Kit

As part of Jacqueline Woodson’s tenure as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, we have created a fun and jam-packed activity kit for teachers, librarians, booksellers, and parents to use with kids!

The theme of the kit is based on Jacqueline’s motto as ambassador – Reading = HOPE x CHANGE (What’s your equation?) – and these pages will help everyone create a variety of activities and discussion opportunities to engage kids and teens in the joy of reading and empowerment.

Downloadable here, the kit contains: games, an “Equation Creator” and “Equation Designer,” Jacqueline’s own list of recommended reading and more.

Shaina Birkhead, programming and strategic partnerships director at the CBC and Every Child a Reader: “This beautiful Reading = HOPE x CHANGE kit will be available for the entirety of Jacqueline’s ambassadorship, continuing the strong personal engagement with kids of all ages that is central to the National Ambassador program and all the ambassadors.” She added, “This will mark more than a decade of promoting the love of reading across the country and in every community, benefiting kids and teens, those who read with them and teach them, and the wide and wonderful publishing community and society as a whole.”

Learn more here!

Winners of the 11th Annual 2018 Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards Announced

New York, NY – May 30, 2018Every Child a Reader, a nonprofit charity dedicated to inspiring a love of reading in children and teens, is proud to announce the winners of the 11th Annual Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards.

The award finalists were chosen as follows: As supervised by the International Literacy Association, children in five regional school systems read and discussed books in the picture book and middle-grade categories; books for teens were nominated online at TeenReads.com.

The 5 finalists in each of the four categories were then voted on nationwide via a COPA-compliant online voting site, as well as by voting ballots submitted by groups organized by teachers and librarians. Voting ended on May 6, 2018, the last day of Children’s Book Week, celebrating its 99th year with over 2,500 library, school, and bookstore events nationwide this year.

The announcement of the winners took place late this afternoon at BookExpo, the national trade show held at the Javits Center, in a ceremony hosted by children’s book creators Selina Alko and Sean Qualls. A Silent Art Auction of 150 original works of art followed the ceremony, with Ashley Bryan as this year’s honoree.

The 2018 winners are:

K 2nd Grade Book of the Year: POOR LOUIE, written and illustrated by Tony Fucile (Candlewick Press)

3rd 4th Grade Book of the Year: 50 WACKY THINGS ANIMALS DO, by Tricia Martineau Wagner; illustrated by Carles Ballesteros (Quarto/ Walter Foster Jr)

5th 6th Grade Book of the Year: THE LOSERS CLUB, by Andrew Clements (Random House Children’s Books)

Teen Book of the Year: THE HATE U GIVE, by Angie Thomas (HarperCollins/Blazer + Bray)

 Read more about the winners and finalists here.

About Every Child a Reader

Every Child a Reader is a 501(c)(3) literacy charity dedicated to inspiring a lifelong love of reading in children and teens across America. Every Child a Reader’s major national programs include: Children’s Book Week, celebrating 100 years in 2019; the Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards; Get Caught Reading ; and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature program, in partnership with the Library of Congress. The 2018-2019 National Ambassador is Jacqueline Woodson.

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Media Contacts:
Audra Boltion, The Boltion Group Public Relations, audra@thebgpr.com

Shifa Kapadwala, Publicity Manager, Every Child a Reader/Children’s Book Council, Shifa.kapadwala@cbcbooks.org

 

Second Annual Anna Dewdney Read Together Award Winner and Honor Books Announced

Vroman’s Bookstore to Host Reading and Award Event May 5

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New York, NY – May 2, 2018 – Penguin Young Readers, the Children’s Book Council, and Every Child a Reader are proud to announce that After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again), by Dan Santat (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group/Roaring Brook Press) is the winner of the Second Annual Anna Dewdney Read Together Award.

This award is given annually to a picture book that is both a superb read-aloud and also sparks compassion, empathy, and connection. The award commemorates the life and work of author/illustrator Anna Dewdney, and celebrates her commitment to reading with young children and putting books into as many little hands as possible.

A book launch and award event for Dan Santat at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena, California at 10 AM on Saturday, May 5 is a cornerstone of events taking place across the U.S. from April 30 to May 6 at 800 schools, libraries and bookstores as part of the 99th annual Children’s Book Week.

Dan Santat is the Caldecott Medal–winning and New York Times–bestselling author and illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend and the road trip/time travel adventure Are We There Yet? His artwork is also featured in numerous picture books, chapter books, and middle-grade novels, including Dav Pilkey’s Ricky Ricotta series. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and many, many pets. His newest picture book is Dude! by Aaron Reynolds.

Santat will be awarded a prize of $1,000 from the Children’s Book Council, and Penguin will purchase and donate 250 copies of After the Fall to a school, library, or literacy organization of his choice.

The winner was chosen by voting on a list of five finalists by: Berol Dewdney (Early Childhood Educator, Baltimore, MD; Earl Dizon (a bookseller at Green Bean Books, OR); Mia Wenjen (Pragmatic Mom blogger); Rocco Staino (contributing editor, School Library Journal); Rita Meade (2017 Anna Dewdney Award winner and Brooklyn Public librarian); Christine Pyles (Youth Services Manager, Euclid Public Library, OH); and Lisa Von Drasek (Curator, Kerlan Children’s Literature Research Collections, University of Minnesota).

The 2018 Honor Books, selected after a two-month-long nomination process open to the public are: Be a Friend, written and illustrated by Salina Yoon (Bloomsbury USA Children’s); Bunny Slopes, written and illustrated by Claudia Rueda (Chronicle Books); Come With Me, by Holly M. McGhee; illustrated by Pascal Lemâitre (Penguin / G.P. Putnam’s); and Grandmother Thorn, by Katey Howes; illustrated by Rebecca Hahn (Ripple Grove Press).

About Anna Dewdney
Anna Dewdney was the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of Llama Llama Red Pajama. Other award-winning books in the Llama Llama series include Llama Lama and the Bully Goat, Llama Lama Time to Share, Llama Llama Misses Mama, Llama Llama Holiday Drama, and Llama Llama Mad at Mama. Llama Llama Loves to Read will release in May 2018. She was also the author/illustrator of Little Excavator, Nobunny’s Perfect, Roly Poly Pangolin, and Grumpy Gloria. Anna worked as a rural mail carrier and taught at a boys’ boarding school for many years before becoming a full-time author and illustrator. Anna was a committed advocate of literacy, speaking regularly on this topic and publishing articles in the Wall Street Journal and other national outlets.

About Penguin Young Readers
Penguin Young Readers is one of the leading children’s book publishers in the United States. The company owns a wide range of imprints and trademarks including Dial Books, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Kathy Dawson Books, Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin Workshop, Philomel, Puffin, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Viking, Razorbill, Speak, and Frederick Warne. These imprints are home to such award-winning, New York Times- bestselling authors as, Laurie Halse Anderson, Judy Blume, Jan Brett, Eric Carle, Ally Condie, Roald Dahl, Tomie dePaola, Sarah Dessen, Anna Dewdney, John Flanagan, John Green, Oliver Jeffers, Marie Lu, Mike Lupica, Richelle Mead, Richard Peck, Ruta Sepetys, Jacqueline Woodson and dozens of other popular authors. Penguin Young Readers Group is also the proud publisher of perennial brand franchises such as the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series, Peter Rabbit, Spot, the Classic Winnie the Pooh, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Madeline, Mad Libs, the Rangers Apprentice, Skippyjon Jones, Who Was?, and Flower Fairies among many others. Penguin Young Readers Group is a division of Penguin Group LLC, a Penguin Random House company.

About Every Child a Reader
Every Child a Reader is a 501(c)(3) literacy charity dedicated to inspiring a lifelong love of reading in children and teens across America. Every Child a Reader’s major national programs include: Children’s Book Week, celebrating 99 years this April 30-May 6, 2018; the Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards; Get Caught Reading ; and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature program, in partnership with the Library of Congress. The 2018-2019 National Ambassador is Jacqueline Woodson.

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Macmillan Contact:
Morgan Dubin, Publicity Manager
646-307-5704
morgan.dubin@macmillan.com

Penguin Contact:
Marisa Russell, Director of Publicity
212-414-3467
mrussell@penguinrandomhouse.com

CBC/Every Child a Reader Contact:
Shifa Kapadwala, Publicity Manager
The Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader
shifa.kapadwala@cbcbooks.org

Over 50 Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators To Feature in Children’s Book Week Spotlight Events

Download a full list of Spotlight events here!
Download the US map of events here!
Download the Northeast map of events here!
Download the Pacific Northwest map of events here!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New York, NY – April 27, 2018 – From the Library of Congress in DC to Children’s Book World in LA, over fifty children’s book authors and illustrators will participate in Children’s Book Week “Spotlight” events, a new aspect of next week’s 2018 coast-to-coast celebration. Popular book creators such as Megan McDonald, Danica McKellar, Bill Nye, Jewell Parker Rhodes, Peter Brown, Hena Khan, Dan Santat, Jessica Day George, and Ginger Zee will be appearing at bookstores and libraries from April 28 through May 7. For maps of these Spotlight events, see above.

The 99th annual Children’s Book Week includes over 800 participating libraries, schools, and bookstores in all 50 states, with many holding two to five events throughout the week, from story times to activity hours. Locations and details for events can be found on a searchable online map.

The 2018 CBW “Spotlight” event children’s book authors and Illustrators, in alphabetical order, are: Heather Alexander, Katherine Applegate, Blue Balliet, Aaron Becker, Jennifer Chambliss Bertman, Vera Brosgol, Peter Brown, Lynn Brunelle, Miriam Busch, Nancy Castaldo, Tami Charles, Alison Cherry, Dr. Eric Chudler, Nina Crews, Larry Day, Eko, Jessica Day George, John Patrick Green, Katherine Hannigan, Charise Harper, Rachel Hawkins, Will Hobbs, Mark Holtzen, Maira Kalman, Hena Khan, Laura McGee Kvasnosky, Nina Laden, Lester Laminack, Hope Larson, Steve Light, Mike Maihack, Juana Martinez-Neal, Stacy McAnulty, Shanda McClosky, Megan McDonald, Danica McKellar, John Miller, Michelle Nelson-Schmidt, Paul Noth, Bill Nye, Dianne Ochiltree, George O’Connor, Jewell Parker Rhodes, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Lindsay Ribar, Dan Santat, Arshia Sattar, Michelle Schusterman, Suzanne Selfors, Linda Skeers, Philip Stead, Gideon Sterer, Dasha Tolstikova, Kevin Waldron, Andrew Weiner, Liz Wong, Ru Xu, Toni Yuly, and Ginger Zee.


Children’s Book Week is run by Every Child a Reader, a 501(c)(3) literacy organization dedicated to inspiring a lifelong love of reading in children and teens. In addition to Book Week, Every Child a Reader’s national programs include the Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards, Get Caught Reading, and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature program (in conjunction with the Library of Congress).

 

Media Contact:
Shifa Kapadwala
CBC/Every Child a Reader
917-890-7416
shifa.kapadwala@cbcboks.org

With First Book & Every Child a Reader, Kids Choose Favorite Books of 2017

Kids and teens can “voice their choice” in the 11th Annual Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards now through May 6

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW YORK (March 23, 2018) – Kids will choose the winners of the 2018 Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards through a nationwide voting process where they can “voice their choice” now through May 6, First Book and Every Child a Reader announced today.

The Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards are the only national children’s book awards chosen exclusively by kids. The awards are part of Children’s Book Week, the nearly-100-year-old annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading, to be held this year from April 30th through May 6th.

First Book, the nonprofit social enterprise with a member network of more than 350,000 educators who exclusively serve kids in need, and Every Child a Reader, a literacy nonprofit dedicated to inspiring a lifelong love of reading, will encourage and provide in-classroom tools for educators to easily facilitate voting.

“Giving children and teens a voice in deciding the best of what was written for them is a key step to igniting the joy of reading,” said Kyle Zimmer, president, co-founder, and CEO of First Book. “Kids want to be heard. Listening to what they think about the books they read can go a long way in developing an engaged reader, and in educating us—the adults doing the writing and publishing—on what matters to them.”

Educators can find voting resources, including ballots, award badges, logos, and voting booth banners, at EveryChildaReader.net/choice. Finalists this year include The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas; and Turtles All The Way Down, by John Green. All finalists are available on the First Book Marketplace, First Book’s award-winning nonprofit ecommerce site.

“We are so happy to be partnering with the passionate people at First Book on the only national book awards voted on exclusively by kids and teens. We hope that thousands of kids and teens will ‘voice their choice’ by May 6!” said Shaina Birkhead, Programming Director for Every Child a Reader.

 

About First Book
First Book transforms the lives of children in need. Through a sustainable, market-driven model, First Book is creating equal access to quality education — making everything from brand new, high-quality books and educational resources, to sports equipment, winter coats, snacks, and more – affordable to its member network of more than 350,000 educators who exclusively serve kids in need. Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 170 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families in more than 30 countries. First Book currently reaches an average of 3 million children every year and supports more than one in four of the estimated 1.3 million classrooms and programs serving children in need. With an additional 1,000 educators joining each week, First Book is the largest and fastest-growing network of educators in the United States exclusively serving kids in need.

Eligible educators, librarians, providers, and others serving children in need can sign up at firstbook.org/register. For more information, please visit firstbook.org or follow the latest news on Facebook and Twitter.

 

About Every Child a Reader
Every Child a Reader , a 501(c)(3) literacy charity dedicated to inspiring a lifelong love of reading in children and teens across America, whose major national programs include: Children’s Book Week, celebrating 99 years April 30-May 6, 2018; the Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards; Get Caught Reading; and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature program, in partnership with the Library of Congress.

 

About the Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards
This year’s 20 finalists are comprised of five finalists in three age categories: K – 2nd grade, 3rd – 4th grades, and 5th– 6th grades, plus five finalists in the teen category. The finalists were chosen in pre-voting by children with supervision by the International Literacy Association; teens nominated new books at TeenReads.com. The 2018 winners will be announced on May 30th in a ceremony at BookExpo. Follow #CCBA18 on social media.

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Contacts:
Audra Boltion, Boltion Group Public Relations audra@thebgpr.com
Shifa Kapadwala, EveryChildaReader.net Shifa.Kapadwala@CBCBooks.org
Melanie Boyer, First Book mboyer@firstbook.org (202) 639-0114

Let kids “VOICE THEIR CHOICE”! Voting Now Open for 2018 Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards

Online voting for the 11th annual Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards has just begun at EveryChildaReader.net/vote! Kids and teens are encouraged to “voice their choice” over the next two months until May 6, the last day of Children’s Book Week.

Parents, librarians, teachers, community groups, and booksellers have access to a wide array of online voting resources to encourage kids and teens to read, interact with, and vote for the five finalists in their age category.

Resources include printable ballots, coloring sheets, crossword puzzles for each category, a word search, and shelf talkers!

Locations are encouraged to set up voting ballot booths to collect kids votes. These votes can be tallied and enter into our group ballot. Kids are also invited to vote on their own at EveryChildaReader.net/vote!

Help us get the word out and encourage kids to “voice their choice” with our media tools kit, including email signatures, banners, logos, and social media sample posts. Follow hashtag #CCBA18 on social media.

On May 30th winners will be revealed live on social media channels as they are announced at a special ceremony at BookExpo!

For more information about the Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards visit EveryChildaReader.net/choice

Five New 2018 Children’s Book Week Bookmarks Revealed

Featuring Sophie Blackall, Leo Espinosa, Vashti Harrison, Felicita Sala, and Don Tate

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New York, NY – Feb. 26, 2018Every Child a Reader is proud to announce that the official new 2018 Children’s Book Week bookmarks have been designed by five award-winning and bestselling children’s book illustrators. The bookmarks are part of the new 2018 resource materials being posted online, as over 700 schools, libraries, and bookstores prepare for the 99th annual Children’s Book Week. From April 30 thru May 6, these locations will host Book Week events using a wide array of downloadable materials.

Also available now are materials for voting for the 2018 Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards, which runs from March 1 to May 6. Online are voting booth instructions, ballots, I Voted badges, and much more; these awards are the only national book awards voted on only by children and teens.

The new bookmarks were exclusively revealed on librarian Betsy Bird’s SLJ blog, A Fuse #8 Production.

Shaina Birkhead, Programming and Strategic Partnerships Director for Every Child a Reader, said: “The Children’s Book Week bookmark is a beloved annual tradition and we are honored by the talent and time that these five illustrators were able to give in the creation of materials that get kids excited about reading. And the award voting is a great time for kids to “voice their choice!”

About the Illustrators

Sophie Blackall is the bestselling and Caldecott medal-winning artist behind Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear. Her work has appeared in the bestselling Ivy and Bean series and many award-winning picture books.

Leo Espinosa is an award-winning illustrator and designer from Bogotá, Colombia, whose work has been featured in The New Yorker, Wired, Esquire, The New York Times, and The Atlantic, and has been recognized by American Illustration and the Society of Illustrators.

Vashti Harrison is an author, Illustrator, and filmmaker with a love for storytelling. While working for her MFA in Film and Video from CalArts, she snuck into animation classes to learn from Disney and DreamWorks legends. Her debut book, Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, was a bestseller in 2017.

Felicita Sala is a self-taught illustrator who has worked on several animation projects along with husband Gianluca, but her passion is making picture books. Ode to an Onion, written by Alexandria Giardino, will be released in Fall 2018.

Don Tate is the illustrator of many award-winning books, including The Cart That Carried Martin, Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite, and Summer Sun Risin’. With the publication of It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw, Don began a new career as a children’s book author.

About Every Child a Reader

Every Child a Reader is a 501(c)(3) literacy charity dedicated to inspiring a lifelong love of reading in children and teens across America. Every Child a Reader’s three major national programs are: Children’s Book Week, celebrating 99 years this April 30-May 6, 2018; the Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards; and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature program, in partnership with the Library of Congress. The 2018-2019 National Ambassador is Jacqueline Woodson.

 

Media Contact: Shifa Kapadwala shifa.kapadwala@cbcbooks.org

The 2018 ABC/CBC Silent Art Auction on May 30 to Honor Ashley Bryan

New York, NY – February 14, 2018 – The beloved children’s book illustrator, Ashley Bryan, will be the honoree for this year’s Silent Art Auction on May 30th, as announced today by the American Booksellers Association’s ABC Children’s Group (ABC) and the Children’s Book Council (CBC).

Ashley Bryan said: “It is a true honor to be chosen by ABC and CBC for this recognition. The work they do, in so many ways, with the charities and programs that they support, that ultimately bring books to children, is wonderful. I’m glad to do what I can to help.”

Preceding the Silent Art Auction at BookExpo will be the 2018 Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards ceremony. Co-hosts Selina Alko and Sean Qualls will announce this year’s winning books.

The joint awards and auction program will take place on May 30, 2018, from 5:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Javits South Concourse. The Silent Art Auction will benefit two charities: American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE) and Every Child a Reader.

The announcement asking for artwork donation will go out industry-wide from CBC tomorrow, and Susannah Richards, professor and children’s literature advocate, has agreed to organize this enormous undertaking again this year. Full details are available here.

In a joint statement, Joy Dallanegra-Sanger, Senior Program Director of ABA and Shaina Birkhead, Programming and Strategic Partnerships Director of CBC and Every Child a Reader, stated: “Now more than ever, events supporting free speech, great art, and children’s literacy are vital. We are thrilled that Ashley Bryan will be this year’s honoree!”

About Ashley Bryan
Ashley Bryan grew up to the sound of his mother singing from morning to night, and he has shared the joy of song with children ever since. A beloved illustrator, he was recently named a Newbery Honoree for his picture book, Freedom Over Me. He has also been the recipient of the Coretta Scott King—Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award; the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award; has been a May Hill Arbuthnot lecturer; a Coretta Scott King Award winner; and the recipient of countless other awards and recognitions. His books include Freedom Over Me; Sail Away; Beautiful Blackbird; Beat the Story-Drum, Pum Pum; Let It Shine; Ashley Bryan’s Book of Puppets; and What a Wonderful World. He lives in Islesford, one of the Cranberry Isles off the coast of Maine.

 

About the ABC Children’s Group
The ABC Children’s Group (ABC), a program of the American Booksellers Association (ABA), is dedicated to growing and expanding the reach of children’s books. ABC serves independent bookstores, authors, publishers, and illustrators, and develops unique education, events, and communications to further that purpose. ABA is a not-for-profit trade association devoted to meeting the needs of its core members—independently owned bookstores with storefront locations. It exists to protect and promote the interests of independent retail book businesses, as well as – through American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE) – to protect the First Amendment rights of every American.
About the Children’s Book Council (CBC)
The Children’s Book Council is the nonprofit trade association for children’s book publishers in North America. The CBC serves both the general public and children’s book artists and illustrators by creating resources for parents and educators; advocating for diversity in employment and publication; coordinating children’s book prizes with major national organizations; providing educational programming for its members; and supporting community-based literacy campaigns.

About Every Child a Reader

Every Child a Reader is a 501(c)(3) literacy charity dedicated to inspiring a lifelong love of reading in children and teens across America. Every Child a Reader’s three major national programs are: Children’s Book Week, celebrating 99 years this April 30-May 6, 2018; the Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards; and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature program, in partnership with the Library of Congress. The 2018-2019 National Ambassador is Jacqueline Woodson.

 

About the Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards
Launched in 2008, the Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards is the only national book awards where voting is open only to kids and teens. Individual and classroom voting this year will be open online from March 1 to May 6.

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ABA Contact:
Joy Dallanegra-Sanger, Senior Program Officer
joy@bookweb.org

 

CBC/Every Child a Reader Contact:
Shifa Kapadwala, Publicity Manager
Shifa.Kapadwala@CBCBooks.org

Every Child a Reader Announces the Finalists for the 2018 Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards

Awards are Central to the Library, School and Bookstore Children’s Book Week Sign-Up Drive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New York, NY – Feb. 2, 2018Every Child a Reader, a nonprofit literacy organization dedicated to inspiring a love of reading in children and teens across America, is proud to announce the finalists for the 11th Annual Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards. Launched in 2008, these are the only national book awards voted on only by kids and teens, providing young people with an opportunity to cast a vote and “voice their choice.”

A list of all Finalists as well as voting ballots and other resources can be found online now at EveryChildaReader.net/choice. Voting officially begins March 1, the day the online “voting booth” opens, and will run through May 6.

Also at this time, Every Child a Reader is halfway through a campaign to once again sign up over 750 schools, libraries, and bookstores across all 50 states. Events will include dedicated story times, activity hours, author/illustrator events, and/or book award voting tables at which group or classroom votes can be collected.

Registration to be an official event location for Children’s Book Week is now open, with participating locations to receive free Children’s Book Week posters and access to downloadable materials, including original bookmarks with art by five prominent illustrators, a free comic book, and book award voting ballots. All Book Week events will also be highlighted on an interactive online map of the United States. The deadline for event sign-up is Feb. 9, 2018.

The 20 finalists for the 2018 Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards are rich in relevance, diversity, plotline, and prose. Both bestselling and debut authors and illustrators have created storylines about life’s daily challenges, important historical figures, and books about books themselves, told with both humor and gravitas. There are five finalists in each of the three Children’s Choice Book Awards categories: K – 2nd grade, 3rd – 4th grades, and 5th– 6th grades, and five finalists in the Teen Choice Book Award category. Voting for this year’s awards will end on the last day of Children’s Book Week, which will celebrate its 99th year from April 30 – May 6. Copies of every winning book and all finalists will be donated to literacy charities in June via the Children’s Book Week display contest winning libraries, schools, or stores.

Shaina Birkhead, Programming and Strategic Partnerships Director for Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader, stated: “We are proud to work with so many teachers, librarians, and booksellers to help gather the votes .  . . and for kids and teens to be able to vote for new books written for them.”

The winning authors and illustrators will be announced on May 30th at a special ceremony at BookExpo in New York City.

About Every Child a Reader
Every Child a Reader is a 501(c)(3) literacy charity dedicated to inspiring a lifelong love of reading in children and teens across America. Every Child a Reader’s popular national programs include Children’s Book Week (April 30 – May 6, 2018), the longest-running literacy initiative in the country; the Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards; and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature program, in partnership with the Library of Congress. Individual and corporate donations, grants, and Children’s Book Council support Every Child a Reader.

About Children’s Book Week
Launched in 1919, Children’s Book Week will celebrate its 99th anniversary in May 2018.

About the Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards
Launched in 2008, the Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards are the only national book awards voted on only by kids and teens. In 2018, the 11th annual awards voting will be open from March 1 to May 6.  The children’s award finalists were chosen in pre-voting by thousands of children from different regions of the U.S., with supervision by the International Literacy Association. Teens nominated their favorite books of the year at TeenReads.com, and their top picks are the Teen Choice Book Award finalists. Follow the hashtag #CCBA18 on social media.

About the Children’s Book Council (CBC)
Every Child a Reader works in partnership with the Children’s Book Council, the nonprofit trade association for children’s book publishers in North America. The CBC offers children’s publishers, from smaller independent presses to large international houses, the opportunity to work together on issues of importance to the industry at large, including educational programming, diversity in employment and books, literacy advocacy, and partnerships with other national organizations.

 

Media Contacts:
Audra Boltion
The Boltion Group Public Relations
646-331-9904
audra@thebgpr.com

Shifa Kapadwala
Every Child a Reader/Children’s Book Council
917-890-7416
Shifa.Kapadwala@CBCBooks.org

 

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