How Young is Too Young to Publish?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at the controversy surrounding a bogus 23-book-deal struck with a six-year-old boy. On the face of it, it is simply absurd to think that a publisher would make such a deal, let alone with someone so very young. When I was five, I wrote a “book” called The Cat That Could Fly — …

Is Having Children an Unexpected Path to Publishing Success?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story describes the success Mark Garcia-Prats’ mother found as an author in the midst of raising ten sons. While this story may seem extraordinary, it’s not unusual to find that authors have found the focus a child brings to a household is helpful to their writing. Think of Toni Morrison who forced herself to wake …

Would You Use Ripple Reader with Your Kids?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story discusses the Ripple Reader, an e-book reader designed so parents can record themselves reading children’s picture books. As the father of a two-and-a-half year old, I have expressed my own reservations about reading e-books to children in the past. But something like this, particularly if I could get my daughter to record herself reading, interests …

Ripple E-Reader Enables Recordable, Read-Along Children’s E-Books

In Children's, Digital by Guest Contributor

By Jaye Kephart, owner of Ripple Reader, www.ripplereader.com • Ripple provides a free e-reader for children’s picture books and allows parents to record themselves reading the text • Instead of just following along, children increasingly want to read and record the stories for themselves My sister died of cancer when her grandkids were only one and two years old. She …

Singapore Holds First Children’s “Content” Festival

In Children's by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka This past weekend, the first Asian Festival of Children’s Content was held in Singapore. It may be the first literary festival of it’s kind to replace the word “literature” with “content.” But, hey, Singapore has always viewed itself as a progressive nation-state. Claire Chiang, the festival’s advisory board chairperson, told Publishers Weekly’s Terry Tan: “We have had …

Against the Odds: Bringing Arabic Kids Books to Life in Beirut

In Arabic Publishing, Children's by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije BEIRUT: Dar Onboz is a small, Beirut-based publishing company with big dreams. Founded in the spring of 2006, just before the Israeli summer bombing of Lebanon, Dar Onboz has faced down financial worries, problems with distribution and the general difficulties of running a company in country where the political situation is volatile and corruption is commonplace. The …

Jerry Pinkney and his family’s book dynasty

In Children's, What's the Buzz by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox In USA Today, Bob Minzesheimer writes a lovely piece about Jerry Pinkney who recently won the Caldecott Medal for his book The Lion & The Mouse.  As the first individual African-American to win the Caldecott Medal, Pinkney is an inspiration to other African-American writers and illustrators…even the ones in his family. His wife, children, and their spouses …