Children's Book Council // Dedicated to supporting the industry and promoting children’s books and reading Fri, 09 Feb 2024 16:04:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 // Children's Book Council // Fri, 09 Feb 2024 16:04:53 +0000 //

The CBC Holidays Series explores stories that relate to specific holidays so that readers of all ages can celebrate in the best way… with a good book!

Today is National Pizza Day, where we celebrate this cheesy, fun-to-eat food we can all grab a slice of. Whether it’s from your local pizzeria or made fresh at home, pizza is a staple and crowd-favorite in our daily lives with seemingly endless toppings: classic pepperoni, fresh green bell peppers, juicy pineapple, and so many more! For those who want to know some history about pizza, we can look to Naples during the 1700s to early 1800s. They had the thought to create an inexpensive dish to help feed their hungry population. Thus the flatbread with tomatoes, cheese, oil, garlic, and anchovies was born as one of the first pizzas!

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Bizzy Bear: Pizza Chef, written and illustrated by Benji Davies (Candlewick Press) �Fiction, Board Book, Food, Animals, Concepts, ages 0-3.

Cosmic Pizza Party, by Nick Murphy and Paul Ritchey; illus. by Bea Tormo (Andrews McMeel Publishing) �Fiction, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, Animals, Humor, ages 7-12.

Fiesta de pizzas: Pizza Party (Spanish edition), by Karen English; trans. by Aurora Humaran and Leticia Monge; illus. by Laura Freeman (Clarion Books) �Fiction, Prose, Food, Spanish, Series, ages 7-12.

How It Happened! Pizza: The Cool Stories and Facts Behind Every Slice, by Paige Towler (Union Square Kids) �Nonfiction, Prose, History, Food, Series, ages 7-12.

Nothing Beats a Pizza, by Loris Lesynski; illus. by Deirdre Betteridge (Annick Press) �Nonfiction, Poetry, Food, Humor, ages 7-12.

Papa Pizza Mouse, by Michael Garland (Holiday House / Pixel Ink / Peachtree) �Fiction, Board Book, Animals, Food, Action / Adventure, ages 0-3.

Pizza and Taco: Rock Out! (A Graphic Novel), by Stephen Shaskan (Random House Graphic) �Fiction, Graphic Novel, Humor, Food, Series, ages 4-6.

Pizza Is the Best Breakfast (And Other Lessons I’ve Learned), by Allison Gutknecht; illus. by Stevie Lewis (Simon & Schuster / Aladdin) â€?Fiction, Prose, Humor, Food, ages 7-12.

A Pizza My Heart, by Steph Stilwell (Little Bee Books) �Fiction, Board Book, Food, Novelty / Pop-Up, How-To / Activity, ages 0-3.

A Pizza with Everything on It, by Kyle Scheele; illus. by Andy J. Pizza (Chronicle Books) �Fiction, Picture Book, Food, Humor, ages 4-6.

Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous, by Kathryn Williams (Macmillan / Square Fish) �Fiction, Prose, Food, Romance, Teen.

Rosa’s Big Pizza Experiment, written and illustrated by Jessica Spanyol (Child’s Play) â€?Fiction, Picture Book, Food, Imagination / Play, Technology / Computers, ages 4-6.

Celebrate National Pizza Day by reading a book!

List compiled by CBC’s resident holiday expert, Sommer Wissner. Check out other CBC Holiday book lists on our blog.

Children's Book Council // Thu, 08 Feb 2024 16:50:06 +0000 // Every February, retailers across the nation extend shelf space to products that celebrate the richness of Black history and culture. It’s an important expansion. We especially love it when Black brands get much-needed and well-deserved exposure to new consumers through these Black History Month initiatives. 

But it’s also a reminder that there are many more Black-owned brands and businesses that center Black people and Black culture every month of the year.

If books are part of your Black History Month celebration (and we hope they are!) we encourage you to support Black publishers and booksellers who bring us these important, often less-known stories, all year long. Here are a few places to start:

Third World Press
Black Classic Press
Africa World Press
Amber Communications
Just Us Books

African American Literature Book Club (AALBC)
Mahogany Books
Ashay by the Bay
Africa World Books
Sankofa Books
Pan African Books
Marcus Books
La Unique African American Book Store
Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books
Hakim’s Bookstore

Children's Book Council // Tue, 06 Feb 2024 15:31:17 +0000 //

The Hot Off the Press Spotlight series showcases new books from our current Hot Off the Press list to further assist parents, teachers, librarians, booksellers, and other book enthusiasts in finding the perfect read.

Is there anything better than reading a book that results in a child’s belly laugh? If you’re looking for a funny read to share with your favorite kiddo here are a few titles from our February Hot Off the Press list that are definitely worth checking out!

Farley Farts, written and illustrated by Birte Müller (NorthSouth Books) �Fiction, Picture Book, Animals, Humor, Mental / Physical Health, ages 4-6.

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Farley the frog has a problem—he can’t stop farting. While his sister thinks it’s funny, his parents and his teacher are not amused. The doctor says it’s only gas and it will pass. The trouble is, it does! Comic pictures and a tongue-in-cheek text relate how Farley and his family learn that it’s better to fart and bear the shame than not to fart and bear the pain!

Sea Smiles, written and illustrated by Bonnie Kelso (Gnome Road Publishing) �Fiction, Picture Book, Concepts, Mental / Physical Health, Humor, ages 4-6.

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When a child unexpectedly loses a tooth, she encounters and is comforted by a group of ocean creatures with weird and wonderful teeth of their own. A humorous story for kids who’ve lost a tooth, are about to, or just love learning cool and fascinating facts about animals with weird teeth in the sea!

Somebody Needs to Do Something About That Monster!, written and illustrated by Doug Cenko (Peachtree) �Fiction, Picture Book, Family / Community, Humor, Friendships, ages 4-6.

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Merv is a nice monster. He sits outside the village, snacking on plants and blissfully minding his own business. Until…the villagers start complaining about “that monster.�Merv assumes they must be talking about somebody else and decides to go take care of that nuisance himself! He asks for help from the witches, the troll under the bridge, and even the unicorns. But their assistance comes with strings attached, and poor Merv isn’t ready to meet their demands. Will Merv return to the village a failure, or might he have been helping everyone all along?

Stitch Head: The Spider’s Lair, written by Guy Bass; illus. by Pete Williamson (Tiger Tales Books) �Fiction, Early Reader, Humor, Friendships, Fantasy, ages 7-12.

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In this fourth book in the Stitch Head series, Stitch Head and fellow creation Ivo set out to rescue Arabella from the orphanage where she was taken–but they’ll have to get past the creepy spider monster first!

When Arabella’s grandmother dies, Arabella is taken to a local orphanage against her will. Stitch Head and Ivo, a fellow creation of Mad Professor Erasmus, set out to rescue her by pretending to be newcomers at the orphanage. But in order to save their friend, they’ll have to get past the creepy spider monster first! Features black-and-white gothic-inspired illustrations throughout.

Welcome to Castle Grotteskew, where Mad Professor Erasmus makes creatures out of spare parts and then casts them aside, looking to make bigger and better. Stitch Head, his first creation, has a heart of gold and is always willing to show the other monsters the ropes—and bail them out of trouble! Join Stitch Head and the other occupants of the castle in this exciting series, full of adventures of an almost-lifetime!

Zips and Eeloo Make Hummus, written by Leila Boukarim; illus. by Alex Lopez (Andrews McMeel Publishing) �Fiction, Graphic Novel, Humor, Friendships, How-to / Activity, ages 7-12.

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Zips and Eeloo are two aliens who think they are experts in all things human, like making hummus! But they aren’t exactly the experts they claim to be. Will Zips and Eeloo have hummus after all, or just one big, mushy mess? This graphic novel is great for readers who are just beginning their graphic novel journey! In this hilarious and colorful graphic novel, readers will learn how to make hummus alongside the two alien friends. They’ll clap and cheer as Zips and Eeloo look for a bowl (but get it confused with a bowling ball!), need to go to the grocery store for lemons, and eventually, make some super yummy hummus. This full-color graphic novel also includes a recipe for hummus in the back!

For more great book suggestions, be sure to check out the full February Hot Off the Press list!

Children's Book Council // Fri, 02 Feb 2024 15:25:35 +0000 //

The CBC Holidays Series explores stories that relate to specific holidays so that readers of all ages can celebrate in the best way… with a good book!

Today is Groundhog Day and our groundhog celebrity Punxsutawney Phil has given his prediction: he didn’t see his shadow, meaning we have an early spring on the way. But why do we have this tradition of a groundhog predicting the weather’s future? The Pennsylvania Dutch developed this tradition based on Candlemas, where the clergy would give a blessing and distribute candles for the winter. The Pennslyvania Dutch took this idea and selected an animal to predict their needs for winter, thus a groundhog was selected and Groundhog Day was established in Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

Another way we celebrate this holiday is by watching Groundhog Day (1993), a movie where the protagonist finds himself repeating the same day over and over again.

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Whichever way you choose, let’s enjoy Groundhog Day today!

Geoffrey Groundhog Predicts the Weather, by Bruce Koscielniak (Clarion Books) �Fiction, Picture Book, Animals, Holidays / Seasons / Celebrations, ages 4-6.

Groundhog Day, by Margaret McNamara; illus. Mike Gordon (Simon & Schuster / Simon Spotlight) �Fiction, Early Reader, Animals, Holidays / Seasons / Celebrations, Series, ages 4-6.

Groundhog Day! (New & Updated), by Gail Gibbons (Holiday House / Pixel Ink / Peachtree) �Nonfiction, Picture Book, Animals, Holidays / Seasons / Celebrations, ages 4-6.

Groundhog Gets It Wrong, by Jessica Townes; illus. Nicole Miles (Dial Books) �Fiction, Picture, Animals, Humor, Holidays / Seasons / Celebrations, ages 4-6.

Groundhog Weather School: Fun Facts About Weather and Groundhogs, by Joan Holub; illus. Kristin Sorra (Penguin Random House / G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers) â€?Fiction, Picture Book, Holidays / Seasons / Celebrations, Animals, ages 4-6.

Groundhog’s Day Off, by Robb Pearlman; illus. Brett Helquist (Bloomsbury USA Childrens) â€?Fiction, Picture Book, Animals, Holidays / Seasons / Celebrations, Humor, ages 4-6.

Groundhog’s Dilemma, by Kristen Remenar; illus. Matt Faulkner (Charlesbridge Publishing) â€?Fiction, Picture Book, Folklore / Fairytales / Myths, Animals, ages 4-6.

Groundhog’s Runaway Shadow, written and illustrated by David Biedrzycki (Charlesbridge Publishing) â€?Fiction, Picture, Animals, Holidays / Seasons / Celebrations, ages 4-6.

Groundhug Day, by Anne Marie Pace; illus. Christopher Denise (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) �Fiction, Picture Book, Animals, Holidays / Seasons / Celebrations, Humor, ages 4-6.

The Lilies, by Quinn Diacon-Furtado (HarperCollins / HarperTeen) �Fiction, Prose, Sci-Fi, LGBTQIA+, Mystery / Thriller, Teen.

Time After Time (Best Wishes #3), by Sarah Mlynowski and Christina Soontornvat (Scholastic Press) �Fiction, Prose, Fantasy, Humor, Series, ages 7-12.

Celebrate Groundhog Day by reading a book!

List compiled by CBC’s resident holiday expert, Sommer Wissner. Check out other CBC Holiday book lists on our blog.

Children's Book Council // Thu, 25 Jan 2024 15:28:28 +0000 // Students and families across the country can connect with Meg’s platform and encourage book talking using this guide.

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Children's Book Council // Mon, 22 Jan 2024 16:51:38 +0000 // The CBC has put together 2 great panels held at the Seattle Convention Center. Get the details below and book your tickets today!

Keep Bans Off Our Books (Thursday, February 29, 12:45, Room 434)

The topic of book banning has risen as more and more books are taken off the shelves, especially graphic novels. These creators are here to talk about graphic novels and literacy, what we can do about censorship in our communities, and most importantly, how to keep bans off our books!

Moderator: Maggie Block �nbsp;Deputy Publisher, Hinton Publishing


  • Marissa Moss (Talia’s Codebook for Mathletes) â€?Candlewick Press
  • Richard Fairgray (Where Do Monsters Come From? / Black Sand Beach) â€?Holiday House / Pixel+Ink / Peachtree Publishing
  • Royden Lepp (Rust) â€?Random House Graphic
  • Teo DuVall (Brooms) â€?Levine Querido
  • Olivia Cuartero Briggs (Fate: The Winx Saga) â€?Mad Cave Studios

Spring Into New Graphic Novels 2024 (Sunday, March 3, 12:30 PM, Room 434)

Ready to hear about what’s new in the YA graphic novel world? Our creators are here to buzz about their new titles coming this Spring.

Moderator: Brenna Shanks â€?Teen Materials Selector, Kings County Library System 


  • G. Neri (Safe Passage) â€?Lee & Low Books
  • Agnes Lee (49 Days) â€?Levine Querido
  • Joe Corallo (King Arthur & The Knights of Justice) â€?Mad Cave Studios
  • Stephanie Kate Strohm (Arden High) â€?Disney Publishing Worldwide / Disney Hyperion
  • Robin Ha (The Fox Maidens) â€?HarperCollins / Balzer + Bray

A special thank you to:

  • Len Vlahos, literary consultant of the wonderful ReedPop, for his guidance and help in organizing the panels.
  • Our great moderators, Brenna Shanks & Maggie Block, for their collaboration and contribution.
  • The brilliant book creators, their publishers, and the CBC Graphic Novel Committee members.

Learn more about the CBC Graphic Novel Committee.

Children's Book Council // Fri, 12 Jan 2024 16:16:51 +0000 //

The Children’s Book Council, Every Child a Reader, and Random House Children’s Books are pleased to announce that Sophie Blackall has been chosen as the illustrator for the 2024 Children’s Book Week featuring the theme, No Rules. Just Read.

Blackall will also be the official spokesperson for Children’s Book Week in May 2024, with media appearances and a special live-streamed event planned.

This year marks the 105th anniversary of Children’s Book Week, the longest-running children’s literacy campaign in the United States. Children’s Book Week is celebrated across the country in schools, public and school libraries, bookstores, community centers, and homes via story times, activity hours, author and illustrator events, scheduled reading time, and more.

You can view Blackall’s brilliant art, which vividly captures the spirit of No Rules. Just Read. on the Every Child a Reader website.

“I feel extremely honored to be the official spokesperson and illustrator for this year’s Children’s Book Week poster,â€?says Blackall. “To read is one of the most liberating pursuits available to us as human beings. It can open our minds and change our perspectives. It is a delight and an adventure. I wholeheartedly support children being able to select their own books and read them, however, wherever they choose. On the bus or upside down or in a tree. I am excited to follow in the footsteps of so many of my children’s book heroes to help promote the joy of reading, to celebrate the power of storytelling, and to applaud the boundless imagination that resides within every child.â€?/p>

Shaina Birkhead, Associate Executive Director at Every Child a Reader said “Sophie Blackall has been a longtime supporter of Children’s Book Week and we are so thrilled that she has now joined the pantheon of poster illustrators for this beloved program. Children’s Book Week celebrates young readers and their right to find the books that speak to them and shape them for the future. Sophie’s visual interpretation of No Rules. Just Read. perfectly captures the joy in reading what you want, when you want, and however you want!â€?/p> The spring 2024 Children Book Week will be held May 6-12, with more news about the November Book Week to come. Schools, libraries, bookstores, and other locations are invited to sign up today through March 1 to participate. Every participating librarian, teacher, bookstore, and parent will receive two posters in April, as well as links to downloadable bookmarks and activity pages. All materials will also be in Spanish. Further information on where to register for school, library, and bookstore events on an interactive map will be provided in March, as well as a list of local authors and illustrators available to do readings during Children’s Book Week.

Sign up here!

See the official poster reveal on Publisher’s Weekly here.

About Sophie Blackall

SOPHIE BLACKALL is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning illustrator of over 50 books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Finding Winnie and Hello, Lighthouse, and the Ivy and Bean series. Her most recent picture book, Farmhouse, was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and her forthcoming picture book Ahoy! (April 2024), which celebrates imaginative play and features a fresh, new illustration style, will surely grab the attention of fans and reviewers alike. Sophie grew up on the beach in Australia, but now lives far from the coast, in upstate New York. When she gets restless on dry land, she imagines herself at sea, which is how Ahoy! came about.

About Every Child a Reader

EVERY CHILD A READER is a 501(c)(3) award-winning literacy charity whose popular national programs include Children’s Book Week, the longest-running literacy initiative in the country, celebrating 104 years in 2023; Get Caught Reading, a classroom poster project; and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature program, in partnership with the Library of Congress. Every Child a Reader is managed by the staff of the Children’s Book Council and funded by grants and donors.

About Random House Children’s Books

RANDOM HOUSE CHILDREN’S BOOKS ( is the world’s largest English-language children’s trade book publisher. Creating books for toddlers through young adult readers, in all formats from board books to activity books to picture books, novels, ebooks, and apps, the imprints of Random House Children’s Books bring together award-winning authors and illustrators, world-famous franchise characters, and multimillion-copy series. Random House is the longtime home of the beloved and bestselling Dr. Seuss books, which continue to make learning to read fun for millions of children everywhere. Random House Children’s Books is a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

Random House Children’s Books Media Contact for Sophie Blackall

Jillian Vandall, Senior Director, Publicity

Media Contact for Children’s Book Week

Carl Lennertz

Children's Book Council // Tue, 09 Jan 2024 23:01:32 +0000 //

The CBC Holidays Series explores stories that relate to specific holidays so that readers of all ages can celebrate in the best way… with a good book!

This week, we are celebrating National Bubble Bath Day (Jan 8) and National Rubber Ducky Day (Jan 13). We all know how important it is to stay clean, and taking a bubble bath can be a fun way to wash up. From making bubble bushy beards to poofy hats, every bathtime can be an adventure. And we can’t forget to bring along our bright yellow companion, the rubber duck! Since the 1940s, rubber ducks have been a fixture for bathtimes, floating in the water next to us to keep us company. So let’s pour some bubbles in the bathtub, grab our rubber ducks, and enjoy these holidays.

10 Little Rubber Ducks: An Easter And Springtime Book For Kids, written and illustrated by Eric Carle (HarperCollins) �Fiction, Picture Book, Animals, Concepts, ages 0-3.

Around the World in a Bathtub: Bathing All Over the Globe, by Wade Bradford; illus. Micha Archer (Charlesbridge) �Nonfiction, Picture Book, Health, Cultural Diversity, Family / Community, ages 4-6.

Baby: Bathtime!, by DK Publishing (DK Publishing) �Fiction, Novelty / Pop-Up, Health, How-to / Activity, Series, ages 0-3.

Bath! Bath! Bath!, by Douglas Florian; illus. Christiane Engel (Little Bee Books) �Fiction, Board Book, How-to / Activity, Health, ages 4-6.

Blue, Barry & Pancakes: Mayhem on Wheels, by Dan Abdo and Jason Patterson (Macmillan / First Second) �Fiction, Graphic Novel, Action / Adventure, Friendships, Series, ages 4-6.

Duck Derby Debacle (Nancy Drew Clue Book Series), by Carolyn Keene; illus. Peter Francis (Simon &; Schuster / Aladdin) �Fiction, Early Reader, Mystery / Thriller, Animals, Series, ages 7-12.

The Great Peach Experiment 4: Duck, Duck, Peach, by Erin Soderberg Downing (Holiday House / Pixel Ink / Peachtree) �Fiction, Prose, Family / Community, Mystery / Thriller, Death / Grief, ages 7-12.

I Dig Bathtime, by Brooke Jorden; illus. Ekaterina Ladatko (Familius) �Fiction, Board Book, Family / Community, Health, Humor, ages 0-3.

I Love You Soap Much: Wash & Wow Color-Changing Bath Book, by Rose Rossner and Clémentine Derodit (Sourcebooks / Sourcebooks Wonderland) �Fiction, Board Book, Health, Humor, Animals, ages 0-3.

The Pigeon Needs a Bath Book!, by Mo Willems (Disney Books) �Fiction, Board Book, Animals, Health, ages 0-3.

The Rubber-Legged Ducky, by John G. Keller; illus. Henry Cole (Clarion Books) �Fiction, Picture Book, Animals, Humor, ages 4-6.

Taking a Bath with the Dog and Other Things that Make Me Happy, written and illustrasted by Scott Menchin (Candlewick Press) �Fiction, Picture Book, Animals, Humor, ages 4-6.

Celebrate National Bubble Bath Day & National Rubber Ducky Day by reading a book!

List compiled by CBC’s resident holiday expert, Sommer Wissner. Check out other CBC Holiday book lists on our blog.

Children's Book Council // Thu, 04 Jan 2024 22:18:39 +0000 //

The CBC Holidays Series explores stories that relate to specific holidays so that readers of all ages can celebrate in the best way… with a good book!

We are celebrating National Trivia Day this week, where we ask “Did you know?” and share random facts. In this world, we are constantly figuring out how everything works and discovering new things and sometimes the information we glean from our lives can be trivial but fun. Like did you know that while cats have 32 and dogs have 18, we humans only have 3 muscles in each ear? If you want to find out how or why, today’s the day to look into it. So whether you want to search for more or share your own, we hope you enjoy some fun trivia with us this week!

All About Animals!: A Lift-the-Flap Book of Fun Facts, by Hannah Eliot; illus. Pete Oswald (Simon & Schuster / Little Simon) �Nonfiction, Board Book, Animals, How-To / Activity, Series, ages 0-3.

Bet You Didn’t Know: Fascinating, Far-out, Fun-tastic Facts!, by National Geographic Kids (National Geographic Kids) â€?Nonfiction, Prose, History, Science / Nature, Series, ages 7-12.

Did You Know? Earth: Amazing Answers to More than 200 Awesome Questions!, by Devin Dennie; illus. (DK Children) �Nonfiction, Prose, Science / Nature, Series, ages 7-12.

Every Second: 100 Lightning Strikes, 8,000 Scoops of Ice Cream, 200,000 Text Messages, 1 Million Gallons of Cow Burps �and Other Incredible Things That Happen Each Second Around the World, written and illustrated by Bruno Gibert (What on Earth Books) �Nonfiction, Picture Book, Concepts, Animals, ages 4-6.

The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: The Wall of Fame Game, by Crystal Allen; illus. Eda Kaban (HarperCollins / Balzer + Bray) �Fiction, Prose, Sports / Games / Recreation, Family / Community, Coming of Age, ages 7-12.

Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen, by Donna Gephart (Penguin Random House / Yearling) �Fiction, Prose, Sports / Games / Recreation, ages 7-12.

Stanley Will Probably Be Fine, by Sally J. Pla; illus. Steve Wolfhard (HarperCollins) �Fiction, Prose, Sports / Games / Recreation, Fantasy, Imagination / Play, ages 7-12.

Totally Random Questions Volume 8: 101 Outlandish and Amazing Q&As, by Melina Gerosa Bellows (Random House Children / Bright Matter Books) �Nonfiction, Picture Book, Concepts, Animals, Science, ages 7-12.

Want to Know The Romans, by Suzan Boshouwers; illus. Veronica Nahmias (Clavis Publishing) �Nonfiction, Picture Book, History, Series, ages 4-6.

Who Did It First? 50 Icons, Luminaries, and Legends Who Revolutionized the World, by Megan Reid; illus. Jess Cruickshank (Macmillan / Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)) �Nonfiction, Prose, Biography / Memoir, History, Series, ages 7-12.

Celebrate National Trivia Day by reading a book!

List compiled by CBC’s resident holiday expert, Sommer Wissner. Check out other CBC Holiday book lists on our blog.

Children's Book Council // Tue, 19 Dec 2023 12:19:33 +0000 //

What was the ECC up to in 2023?

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For the third year in a row, the CBC Early Career Committee kicked off 2023 with a Virtual Trivia Night in mid-February. We love starting out the year with a lighthearted dive into publishing trivia from guessing award winners to how to spell character names. In the past, this has been held over Zoom with the option to have a separate G Meets link sent to your team for private team deliberation while still being on the full event Zoom call. However, this year, we tested out a platform called Gather, which would end up being well-suited for how virtual trivia is set up. We’re happy to say we got a second use out of Gather this year as well. 

Going off of our Gather experiment with Trivia Night, we then decided to try out a Gather—Virtual Networking event. Pre-pandemic, the ECC would organize various “Cafe Conversations�events, in which young publishing professionals in New York City could meet up after work hours, swap books, and network with each other. After being thrown into the virtual event world, we tried our hands at a revamped “Couch Conversations� in which we would host a casual networking event over Zoom. Unfortunately, the logistics and ease of these proved to be difficult to nail, so we decided to revamp yet again with this year’s “Gather—Virtual Networking.�As stated for trivia, the Gather platform lends itself to much easier organic interaction than a regular Zoom meeting would because of its multitude of options for games, its cute, animated character representing each attendee, and the ability to walk around the Gather map to different games, and conversations happening within. We look forward to bringing this into our 2024 events roster. 

For the second year in a row, the ECC embarked on hosting regular ECC Book Club meetings to discuss two preselected picture books based on a theme. During the event, we had quick storytimes of both books and a discussion to follow each. This has been a wonderful midday event for some lighthearted—yet usually very analytical—conversations about some of the books our fellow publishing professionals have been working on. For anyone who majored in English, if they attended college, it feels a bit like this! The discussion is always very stimulating and inspiring, regardless of the theme or books chosen. For the sake of ease, we are revamping the book club to put a larger emphasis on the storytime aspect of the meeting to encourage more attendance. We’re hoping the messaging will better communicate the lack of work that needs to be done ahead of time, so everyone can feel stress-free about joining! 

Finally, the ECC’s educational forum of the year was titled: Take a Load Off: How to Prioritize and Keep Track of Work Tasks. ECC Secretary, Maggie Salko, moderated a discussion with a select group of panelists about their experiences with time management and prioritization of tasks as mid-level publishing professionals. Panelists included:

  • Rosie Ahmed, Assistant Editor, Dial Books / Penguin Young Readers
  • Shifa Kapadwala, Global Brand Publicity Manager, Scholastic
  • Ally Russell, Marketing Manager, Nosy Crow
  • Anais Villa Gray, Associate Production Manager, Union Square Press
Thank you, panelists, for an amazing discussion and wonderful insight for our Early Career audience as they navigate the importance of work/life balance and how to keep up with all of their responsibilities at work.  The ECC is looking forward to another fun year of events in 2024, so stay tuned!

Check out more from the Early Career Committee.