Monday, May 04, 2015

Penny Warner Awarded Agatha Award for the Second Time!

We are over the moon to announce for the second time Penny Warner has been awarded the prestigious Agatha Award in the Best Children's/Young Adult Novel category for The Code Busters Club #4: The Mummy's Curse. The annual Agatha Awards honor the "traditional" mystery, that is books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie.

We're also excited to share the news the Lerner Books has acquired CODE BUSTERS CLUB series from Egmont and Penny is thrilled to be part of the Lerner family. 

Penny Warner's Code Busters #2: The Haunted Light House was the Winner of the 2012 Agatha Award. This is the fourth time Penny Warner's Code Buster Club books have been nominated for the Agatha Award.

Winners were announced this weekend  at the 2014 Agatha Awards Banquet on May 2 in Washington DC. Visit Penny's CODE BUSTERS CLUB website for more information about the Code Busters series, join the Club and more. See this School Library Journal feature on CODE BUSTERS CLUB for Science + Lit Resources for the Collaborative Summer Library Program.

Congratulations Penny!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Welcome to The New Bohemian Revolution!

We've been keeping up with Justina Blakeney's events, instagram/ twitter/ pinterest buzz, blog tour and more with the exciting launch of THE NEW BOHEMIANS from Abrams this month. We're thrilled to see it on *#1 BESTSELLER* Lists in Interior Design, Do-It-Yourself, and Decorating! For the second year, Domino recently named Justina's blog a "Top Design Blog" and hailed: "she’s created a whole new decorating term: the new bohemian".

We're sharing highlights and blog tour details here --- follow Justina Blakeney here and here. Come on along and join The New Boho Revolution!

 The New Bohemians is definitely my favorite new book of 2015. . .I think this is destined to be the most read, loved, Instagrammed and ‘photographed on people’s coffee tables’ book of the year, so if you’re looking for some new inspiration for spring decorating, check out Justina’s new book.”

--Grace Bonney, Design*Sponge

Read the complete Design*Sponge book review here. 

Follow #TheNewBohoBook blog tour as Justina shares insight about her book, amazing design tips, and her signature New Boho style, see full details on Justina's blog here. There are also giveaways!

Making it Lovely  4/14/2015
Decor8 4/15/2015
Honestly WTF 4/16/2015
Coco+Kelly 4/17/2015
Style by Emily Henderson 4/20/2015
Apt 34 4/21/2015
Happy Mundane 4/22/2015
The House Lars Built 4/23/2015
Jessica Comingore 4/24/2015
Poppytalk 4/27/2015
Smile & Wave 4/28/2015
In Honor of Design 4/29/2015
Fly Girl 4/30/2015
Jojotastic 5/1/2015
Moon to Moon 5/4/2015
Happy Interior Blog 5/5/2015
Transcontinental Affair 5/6/2015
The Sweetest Occasion 5/7/2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WEEDS FIND A WAY named a NCTE Notable Children's Book

WEEDS FIND A WAY written by Cindy Jenson-Elliott, illustrated by Carolyn Fisher (Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster) has been named a NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts by the National Council of Teachers of English. The winners will be celebrated at the NCTE National Convention, November 22-23, 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland.

See the full list of 30 award winners, here. Learn more about the book and download a free Teacher's Guide, here. Congratulations Cindy and Carolyn!

Monday, April 13, 2015

A PW starred review for Toni Buzzeo's board book debut, WHOSE TOOLS?

Whose Tools?

Toni Buzzeo, Author, Jim Datz, Illustrator

This delightful guessing game–style board book introduces 24 tools and the tradespeople who use them. “To build a house, start down low./ Whose tools are these? Do you know?” begins Buzzeo as googly-eyed, boot-wearing versions of a chalk line, jointer, chisel, and float smile at readers on a foldout page. Opening it reveals a mustachioed mason, who explains, “I smooth the cement until it’s flat.” Women are well represented among Datz’s carpenters, roofers, electricians, plumbers, and painters (who are drawn in a range of skin tones), providing a subtle “you could do this, too” message that is cemented in a closing scene of two children playing with blocks in the finished house. Ages 2–4. Author’s agent: Stefanie Von Borstel, Full Circle Literary. (May)

Read the complete review in today's Publishers Weekly, here. Visit Toni Buzzeo online, here. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Q&A with Aisha Saeed, YA Author and #WeNeedDiverseBooks Co-Founder

Aisha Saeed is a busy person. In addition to being a writer and mother of two boys, she helped start the We Need Diverse Books™ campaign, which started as a hashtag on Twitter and Tumblr and in less than one year has grown into an important non-profit organization with significant influence in the publishing industry and the public at large. She has been blogging for over ten years and has been a contributor to the Love, InshAllah anthology as well as The Orlando Sentinel, BlogHer, Muslim Girl Magazine, and Red Tricycle. Her first novel, Written in the Stars, was released March 24th. Fortunately, Ms. Saeed found a little time to answer a few questions from CLCD Newsletter:

In addition to being an author, VP of Strategy for We Need Diverse Books™, and a mother of two, your bio includes teacher and lawyer as your other roles. Tell us about your background in these other fields.

I received my bachelors and masters degree in Elementary Education from the University of Florida. After teaching for four years, I went to law school and got my J.D. As an attorney I worked as an Equal Justice Works fellow representing clients with disabilities and chronic illness who were not getting their rights fully met in the educational setting. While I am not actively involved in those careers at the present moment, they helped shape who I am on the journey of life, so I do still identify with them as a part of who I am.

Written in the Stars was released on March 24th. How long did it take to write the book and have it become a physical tangible thing? Tell us about this novel’s journey from idea to printed book.

When I started writing this book depends on when you start counting. The story has been with me since I was a teenager myself but the courage to sit down and push away the self-doubt about my abilities to tell this particular story came much later. All in all it took about five years to write this book. My agent, Taylor Martindale, has a great editorial eye, so when she signed me on, we did more revising to improve upon it further. After my book deal my amazing editor Nancy Paulsen gave me new feedback and insight, which I used to further tweak the manuscript, making it better than I knew it could be. It’s amazing to see how much the book has changed since I began writing it, but now looking at the printed version I know it is the best possible book I could write thanks to all the people along the way!

An impending arranged marriage creates the central conflict of Written in the Stars, with Naila being forced to marry someone her parents have chosen, instead of the boy she loves. Women’s rights advocates from western cultures often have an impulse to “rescue” women in non-western cultures from institutions they perceive as oppressive or patriarchal. In some cases,such as Malala Yousafzai’s campaign against the Taliban’s education restrictions, it is encouraged. In other cases,such as banning hijab, this is unwelcome. Where does arranged marriage fit on this continuum?

There’s actually a big distinction between arranged marriages and forced marriages. In a traditional arranged marriage the groom and bride don’t have a lot of input in the marriage because their parents are heavily involved. The key however is that the bride and groom are choosing this as the way to get married. In a forced marriage, like the marriage that takes place in my novel, there is no choice, and that is completely unacceptable.

To continue reading the complete interview, click here. Learn more about WRITTEN IN THE STARS on Aisha's website, here and We Need Diverse Books, here.

Library Sparks' "Meet the Author" Interview with Monica Brown

Read the May/June issue of LIBRARY SPARKS magazine to read the full interview of Monica Brown by Nick Glass of, or click here.


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