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Popular Summer Reads for Children and Young Adults

Summer reading is often a prospect that fills young students with dread, but these authors have created series that have been captivating young …

Michael Owen

Book Review: Chorus by Emma Trevayne


(Sequel to Coda)

by Emma Trevayne

Note: Chorus is the sequel to Coda, and this review will contain spoilers for Coda. If you haven't read Coda and …


Book Review: Raging Star (Dust Lands Book 3) by Moira Young

Raging Star

(Dust Lands Book 3)

by Moira Young

New Eden is a paradise: a fertile land surrounded by post-apocalyptic wastelands. New Eden holds promise …

Book Reviews

Book Review: In the Shadows

In the Shadows
Text Story by Kiersten White
Art and Art Story by Jim Di Bartolo

In the Shadows alternates between two related stories, one told in text …


Book Review: Rose and the Lost Princess

Rose and the Lost Princess

by Holly Webb

In the first book, Rose was thrilled to be selected for a position as a housemaid for a prominent magician. As …

Book Reviews

Disney Partners with Bestselling Children's Authors for New Star Wars Adaptations

Disney Publishing Worldwide will release four new children’s books tied to the original Star Wars film trilogy, starting in October 2014. Authors Tom …

Walt Disney Company

Diversity Is Not Enough: Race, Power, Publishing

“The publishing industry looks a lot like these best-selling teenage dystopias: white and full of people destroying each other to survive.”

“Cuando el EZLN logre lo que busca, entonces ya no será necesario el EZLN, por eso decimos que luchamos por desaparecer.”

“When the Zapatista Army of National …


Book Review: Rebel Heart

Rebel Heart

Dust Lands Book 2

by Moira Young

Warning: this review may contain spoilers for the first book, Blood Red Road. If you haven't read Blood Red

Book Reviews

Researchers Want Children's Books to Stop Anthropomorphizing Animals. That's a Terrible Idea.

Some of the best children’s books out there have animal main characters: Winnie the Pooh, the Very Hungry Caterpillar, the Jungle Book, Sylvester and the


Waiting on Wednesday for Smek for President and Lockwood & Co.: The Whispering Skull

Today I am sharing my anticipation for two books in a single post--both are from the same publisher, Disney-Hyperion, both are coming out this fall, …

Jennifer Lopez

Book Review: Underneath


by Sarah Jamila Stevenson

Sunny Pryce-Shah is devastated when her cousin Shiri commits suicide. How could Shiri do it? Shiri always seemed …

Book Reviews

How Sweet It Is: The 50th Anniversary of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'

Fifty years after Charlie Bucket first unwrapped the coveted Golden Ticket granting him entry into Willy Wonka’s magical domain, Roald Dahl’s Charlie

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The Giver - Official Trailer - The Weinstein Company

Wimpy Kid #9 Set to Arrive in November

Will Greg Heffley be getting his kicks on Route... 9? Ahead of the Bologna Children's Book Fair, Abrams Books for Young Readers has announced the …

Neil Gaiman on Why Scary Stories Appeal to Us, the Art of Fear in Children’s Books, and the Most Terrifying Ghosts Haunting Society

Neil Gaiman — prolific author, champion of the creative life, disciplined writer, sage of literature — is one of the greatest storytellers of our time. At TED 2014 in Vancouver, he hosted a semi-secret late-night event where he read a ghost story and a brilliant short essay titled “Ghost in the


Tanya Byrne's top 10 black characters in children's books

Earlier in the week, author Walter Dean Myers wrote a piece for the New York Times asking Where are the people of color (POC) in children's books?

As a POC myself, it's something I've always been aware of – that most of the characters in books aren't like me – but for a long time I didn't question …

Cover reveal: Rick Yancey's 'The Infinite Sea'

Author continues his series with a teen heroine pitted against an alien invasion.

Rick Yancey is preparing to go from mere author to "media guy."

The movie adaptation of his young-adult sci-fi novel The 5th Wave has a screenwriter, producer and a cast to be announced soon, but he's still at a loss …

Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books?

Of 3,200 children’s books published in 2013, just 93 were about black people, according to a study by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin.

Reading came early to me, but I didn’t think of the words as anything special. I don’t think my stepmom thought of what she was …

Amulet Hatches Wimpy Kid Spring Sweepstakes

Kids seem to need no extra incentive for opening up the books in Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid series, which has more than 115 million copies in print …

Scholastic Announces 'Worlds Collide' Initiative

The alternative-reality adventure world of The 39 Clues, the time-travel world of Infinity Ring, and the fantasy world of Spirit Animals will …

'Uglies' Author Westerfeld Shines a Light on the Publishing Industry for Next YA Novel

This fall, Uglies and Leviathan series fans will have something new to get amped up about: a standalone YA novel by Scott Westerfeld. Published by …

CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEWS - THE BURNING SKY (Elemental Trilogy, Book 1) by Sherry Thomas

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THE BURNING SKY (Elemental Trilogy, Book 1)

Author: Sherry Thomas

Publisher: Balzer + Bray, 2013

Material: Galley

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Since I haven't been reviewing much, I don't get much to review. That's totally fine and in fact preferred as I don't want to waste anyone's review …


This year's Cybils Award winners were announced this weekend! Have you checked them out? If not, go do it—as always, they're varied, exciting, and …

Book Review: The Summer Prince

The Summer Prince
by Alaya Dawn Johnson

June and her best friend Gil are thrilled to wrangle an invite to the official celebration of the newly elected …

Why is Diversity Important?

So yesterday, I talked about the importance of not doing the same thing over and over in art, movies, and literature. But I'm no expert. So to answer …

When Adults Read Books For Teens — @lizb A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy

I am not a teenager.

Not for quite some time.

But, for multiple reasons, I read a lot of teen books. I read them because I review them, here at Tea …

The 2013 Cybils Awards

Thanks to the many volunteers who made for another successful Cybils contest. Our judges, panelists and -- most especially -- our organizers gave up …

Bloody Mary

Raising Boys Who Want To Read

by Allison McDonald

I was reading this article from the Huffington Post while nursing my daughter over the weekend. After she drifted off to sleep I …