Dial Books for Young Readers

The American Library Association (ALA) annual Midwinter meeting in January is the occasion for major award recognition to be bestowed upon worthy Children’s and Adult titles published the previous year. At this year’s event, now underway in Boston, Penguin Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books, Penguin Random House Audio, and Penguin Random House Adult books and authors won multiple awards, including two of the most coveted: the Newbery Medal and the Odyssey Award.  
  •  Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Christian Robinson (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers) was awarded the Newbery Medal for its outstanding contribution to children’s literature, a Caldecott Honor as one of the most distinguished American picture books for children, and a Coretta Scott King illustrator award for demonstrating an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.
  • The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley won the Odyssey Award, the top prize for an Audiobook production. The Penguin Audio title is produced by Karen Dzienkonski and narrated by Jayne Entwhistle. This book also received a Newbery Honor.
  • Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson (Dial Books for Young Readers) received a Newbery Honor.
  • David Levithan received the Margaret Edwards Award, bestowed for his body of work, published by Random House Children’s Books, which have made a significant and lasting contribution to Young Adult Literature.
Penguin Young Readers and Random House Children’s Books authors and their books also received these awards and honors: The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for most distinguished beginning reader book went to Don’t Throw It to Mo! by David A. Adler, illustrated by Sam Ricks (Penguin Young Readers).  Among the three Geisel Honor Books was  A Pig, a Fox, and a Box  by Jonathan Fenske (Penguin Young Readers). Among the Robert F. Sibert Honor Books, acknowledging the most distinguished informational book for children, was  Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom by Lynda Blackmon Lowery as told to Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley, illustrated by P.J. Loughran (Dial Books for Young Readers). The Schneider Family Book Awards, recognizing books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience, went to: Warm congratulations to our award-winning authors and their publishers!
Circus Mirandus, Cassie Beasley’s enchanting debut about a boy, his grandfather, and the mysterious circus that changes their lives, hit stores last week to terrific reviews. In addition to three starred reviews, Circus Mirandus has been named to summer reading guides in the Los Angeles TimesWashington Post, Instructor MagazineBookPage, and Reading Rainbow. The Wall Street Journal praised the book saying, “Manifestations of belief and unbelief run through Cassie Beasley’s charming debut, which takes readers to a marvelous place where elephants do long division, juice makes you sing opera and a boy can find his heart’s desire—perhaps indefinitely.”  Upcoming magazine coverage is confirmed for Redbook, Good Housekeeping, and Parents, and the New York Times Book Review will review in the June 21st issue. Dial, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, acquired the manuscript in a heated auction that included five major publishers, and this February, Stone Village Productions’ Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell, preemptively acquired the film and TV rights in a high six-figure option deal. Circus Mirandus claimed the #1 spot on the Summer Kids’ Indie Next List and was Amazon’s “Best of the Month” for June in the middle grade category. Beasley met booksellers and librarians in Seattle, Los Angeles, Austin, Philadelphia, and Raleigh on her pre-pub tour this spring, and will appear at the Decatur Book Festival and Anderson’s Young Adult Conference this fall.
Finalists for the 2015 Indies Choice Book Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards have been announced and include one title from Viking/Penguin and five Penguin Young Readers books, in the following categories: Book of the Year: Adult Fiction The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman (Viking/Penguin) E.B. White Read-Aloud Award: Middle Grade Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books) The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (Dial Books for Young Readers) E.B. White Read-Aloud Award: Picture Book Last Stop On Market Street by Matt de la Peña, Christian Robinson (Illus.) (Putnam Young Readers) Picture Book Hall of Fame Blueberries For Sal  by Robert McCloskey (Viking Children’s Books) Millions of Cats  by Wanda Gag (Putnam Books for Young Readers) Voting is now underway and being conducted online until midnight, Tuesday, April 14. Every bookseller at an ABA member store is encouraged to vote, one ballot per person. One book in each category will be declared the winner, with the exception of the Picture Book Hall of Fame, where booksellers will choose three inductees. The winners will be announced on Thursday, April 16, and will be honored at the ABA’s Celebration of Bookselling Author Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 28, at BookExpo America in New York City.
This fall author and actor B.J. Novak turns the notion of the “picture book” on its head with The Book With No Picturesa text-only story book for young children designed to make any reader into an extraordinary storyteller. The book, which debuts at #2 on The New York Times children’s picture books bestseller list, was launched last week to rave reviews from media, parents, teachers, librarians and, most importantly, kids! The Atlantic says, “B.J. Novak proves that kids don’t need pictures,” and Vanity Fair calls it  “Funny, creative, and smart.” In a starred review Kirkus called the book “A riotously fresh take on breaking the fourth wall,” andThe Horn Book calls it “Pure kid bliss.” Novak kicked off his national two-week tour in New York with appearances on Today, The View (a must-watch segment) and Watch What Happens Live. He is visiting schools and bookstores in New York, Washington, DC, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, Austin, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Other media has included reviews in People, US Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly’s Must List, The Wall Street Journal,and The New York Times Book ReviewThe Horn Book ran a wonderful interview with B.J. You can watch a video of B.J. reading the book to kids here. Novak’s collection of short stories One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories  was published by Knopf earlier this year to rave reviews. The New York Times Book Review called it “Hugely pleasurable…droll and smart in spades, but often humane and vulnerable, too…” The Washington Post called Novak “a gifted observer of the human condition and a very funny writer capable of winning that rare thing: unselfconscious, insuppressible laughter.” Novak is well known for his work on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning comedy series The Office as a writer, actor, director, and executive producer.  He is also known for his work as a standup comedian and his performances in motion pictures such as Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds and Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks.
Elisa Kleven’s Glasswings: A Butterfly’s Story  (Dial Books for Young Readers) is a California Book Awards Finalist in the Juvenile Category.Since 1931, the California Book Awards have strived to annually recognize the state’s best writers and illuminate the wealth and diversity of California-based literature.This year’s award winners will be announced on June 9 at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco.View the full list of finalists here.