Latest Children's books News

'Last Cuentista,' 'Unspeakable' win children's book awards

Jan. 24, 2022 14:57 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Donna Barba Higuera's “The Last Cuentista,” a post-apocalyptic tale of a young girl who must preserve the memory of Earth's history, has won the John Newbery Medal for the year's best children's book. Another story of memory was awarded the Randolph Caldecott...

In kids' book, Sotomayor asks: Whom have you helped today?

Jan. 21, 2022 08:19 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — “Whom have I helped today?” That's the question Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor tells kids she asks herself every night before she goes to sleep. Her new children's book, “Just Help! How to Build a Better World,” challenges kids to ask how they will...

New Mo Willems 'Pigeon' book to be released in September

Jan. 20, 2022 08:38 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — An imprint launched last week by Barnes & Noble Inc. has signed up one of the country's top children's author-illustrators, Mo Willems, best known for his “Pigeon” picture books. Willems has a five-book deal with Union Square Kids, including for “The...

Drive to give books to Maine first graders seeks new schools

Jan. 18, 2022 07:08 AM EST

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A program that has a goal of giving a book to every first grade student in Maine is hoping to increase the number of participating schools. The program is called Dirigo Reads and it wants to accomplish its goal by 2025. Program founders Dan and Karen Cashman,...

Fa La La La La! Sandra Boynton has an imprint all her own

Jan. 13, 2022 08:38 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Sandra Boynton's prolific career as an author, cartoonist and songwriter has reached the point where a publisher has formed an imprint dedicated solely to her books. On Thursday, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing announced the launch of Boynton...

Author Kwame Alexander to launch new trilogy this fall

Jan. 11, 2022 11:21 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A trilogy by award-winning children's author Kwame Alexander that tells the saga of an African family begins this fall with “The Door of No Return.” The book will be published Sept. 27, Little Brown & Company announced Tuesday. According to the publisher,...

Paramedic explains her profession through children's book

Jan. 01, 2022 09:06 AM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Jessica Mahon was pregnant last year when her bosses, as a precaution, sent her home in March 2020 to avoid coming into any possible contact with COVID-19. Mahon said a co-worker had asked her if she could write a children’s book to help explain to kids...

Louisiana grandmother, granddaughter publish children’s book

Jan. 01, 2022 00:08 AM EST

JENNINGS, La. (AP) — Grandmother and granddaughter duo Glenetta Shuey and Audrey Durio have teamed up to publish an illustrated children’s book about two cousins who are unique and different, but love one another so much. Written by Shuey and illustrated by Durio, “The Not So...

Rudolfo Anaya weaved bilingual holiday tale for children

Dec. 24, 2021 12:11 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An author known as the father of Chicano literature left behind a bilingual children’s book after his 2020 death, telling a story about Christmas in the American Southwest. The tale from Rudolfo Anaya, who died from natural causes at 82, is being published...

US-Best-Sellers-Books-USAToday

Dec. 16, 2021 11:18 AM EST

1. “Call Us What We Carry” by Amanda Gorman (Viking) 2. “Atlas of the Heart” by Brene Brown (Random House) 3. “Cat Kid Comic Club: Perspectives” by Dav Pilkey (Scholastic) 4. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot” by Jeff Kinney (Amulet...