Why are Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants books so consistently banned when they contain nothing objectionable? Because they teach children to challenge authority.
Zeng Yi of China Children’s Press & Publication Group notes China has largely only sold book rights regionally and craves more US/European interest.
South African children’s book publishing is winning international attention — and awards — as the market evolves beyond being a government-driven sector.
Author Antonio Malpica Maury has become the first Mexican to win the SM Iberoamerican Children’s and YA Literature Award, which carries a $30,000 purse.
A Swedish self-published book, The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep, uses hypnotism to put kids to sleep and it’s selling, but there’s backlash.
Kenneth Andersen’s The Great Devil War series has sold more than 130,000 in Denmark, but has yet to reach English audiences laments translator K.E. Semmel.
Liana Suppressa of Italy’s Atlantyca reports on four trends impacting international rights sales discussed at the Yale Publishing Course.
Jet Blue, Random House and Mary Pope Osborne are giving away free kids books through a program that places book vending machines in underprivileged neighborhoods.
Aija Mayrock, a 19-year-old author, found surprising success when her self-published ‘The Survival Guide to Bullying’ was picked up by Scholastic.
Canadian author Marie-Louise Gay expounds on what school librarians bring to their students and the importance of maintaining their funding.