Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Interested in reviewing Children's and YA?

Would you like to be among the quoted?

 Children’s Literature is seeking more good reviewers.

You may see your reviews printed on jacket covers and in
publisher catalogs!

Children’s Literature receives approximately 6,000 new books each year. Reviewers are not paid, but you do get to keep all of the books that you review. Our reviews are licensed to Barnes & Noble, Borders, and to our sister company, CLCD, LLC. You may also see your reviews on jacket covers, in publisher catalogs, and up on our extensive web site where we provide lots of information at no charge to teachers, librarians, parents, and anyone with an interest in children’s books.

Our book selections range from tots to teens and in every genre. If you enjoy children and young adult books, have a facility for writing, and are interested in becoming a reviewer, please contact Marilyn Courtot, Editor, Children’s Literature, phone 301-469-2070 or email

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Monday, August 22, 2011

David McLimans

Have David McLimans visit your school, library, or conference

David's third picture book, Big Turtle, will be published this October from Bloomsbury Walker. It is his first book that dives into folktales, with a graphic spin on a Huron creation tale. His first two books, the critically acclaimed Gone Wild and Gone Fishing, combined environmentalism with learning the alphabet and numbers. Kirkus Reviews called his work, "as informative as it is gorgeous." This Caldecott Honor-winning artist earned his MFA from Boston University and currently lives in Wisconsin, where he was born and raised. His unique artistic style captivates his audience and his presentations include sharing visual materials such as projected images, original art, and printed samples with the group.

Visits: David's presentations are geared towards K-6 students and college students but he varies his talk depending upon age level. His presentation includes visual materials such as projected images, original art, and printed samples. While he can give presentations that are talks only he prefers to give interactive presentations where students, with his help and instruction, create a project of their own. Fee: $1,200/day plus travel expenses.

For more information about David, please visit

Monday, August 8, 2011

Marshall Cavendish Partners with The PJ Library

Marshall Cavendish and The PJ Library (a Massachusetts based non-profit organization) have announced that they will partner to launch a new Jewish children's book line in 2011. The first three titles will launch this fall and will continue with two to four titles each season.

"For a long time, I've wanted to start a line of Judaica picture books, but because they'd sell mainly into a niche market, I could never make the numbers work," said Margery Cuyler, Publisher of Marshall Cavendish Children's Books. "I'm so glad that The PJ Library came along, because with their support, we can now develop an exciting program of children's books that reflects Jewish values and identity."

Each of the new books will be branded with an image of a shofar, an ancient musical horn that historically announced important events and is used today on the High Holy Days. They will also be an embossed seal with The PJ Library logo on the jacket of the Marshall Cavendish editions.

"We are honored to have our logo appear on titles in the major bookstores," said Marcie Greenfield Simons, Director of The PJ Library. "Marshall Cavendish embraces publishing books with Jewish values and bringing them into the mainstream market. The PJ Library is thrilled to partner with Marshall Cavendish in this endeavor, which will bring more high-quality Jewish-themed books into print.

To assist in making Shofar Books a success, Marshall Cavendish is seeking Judaic picture book submissions. Please send submissions to Margery Cuyler, Publisher, Marshall Cavendish Children's Books, 99 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591 and mark the package "Shofar."

The first three titles will be:

The Golem's Latkes
Eric A. Kimmel
Illustrated by Aaron Jasinski
ISBN: 978-0-7614-5904-0

Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah!
Illustrated by Olga and Aleksey Ivanov

   Three generations of a Jewish family, plus their goofy dog, celebrate the holiday of Hanukkah with the “other” traditional song. Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah doesn’t have quite the cachet of I Have a Little Dreidel with elementary school choirs, but perhaps this will give teachers an overdue alternative. The song sheet is printed in the front of the book with an after note that explains the tune’s origin as a 19th century folk song to which Hebrew words were added. The joyous, smiling family lights the Hanukkiah and eats a traditional dinner that includes latkes with sour cream and apple sauce. Mom, dad, the kids and the dog dance a happy hora while the candles burn and the children open simple gifts, a flute and a dreidel. This brings to mind the Hanukkah Harry skit on Saturday Night Live where Jewish children got underwear for the holiday to explain why it doesn’t compete with Christmas. However, the dog seems ecstatic with his holiday bone. Grandad, father, and son are wearing kippot for the celebration, but all indications are that this is a modernly observant family. The illustrations are the best part of the book--bright, cheery, and with a final reminder of the holiday’s origins depicted by an ancient Hebrew family lighting candles in the son’s imagination. Overall, this will be a winner for holiday sharing of an old, familiar song. 2011, The PJ Library/Marshall Cavendish Corporation, $12.99. Ages 3 to 7. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross (Children's Literature).
ISBN: 978-0-7614-5845-6

Many Days, One Shabbat
Fran Manushkin
Illustrated by Maria Monescillo
ISBN: 978-0-7614-5965-1

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Roxie Munro

Have Roxie Munro visit your school, library, or conference

A multimedia artist, Roxie is the author/illustrator of over thirty five books for children, including her newest, Hatch! (Marshall Cavendish, 2011) and the upcoming Busy Builders (Marshall Cavendish, 2012). This year also saw the release of her new ipad app, "Roxie's a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventure," an animated, interactive counting and maze game. Born in Texas and raised in southern Maryland, Roxie studied at the University of Maryland, the Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore), and received a BFA in Painting from the University of Hawaii. In addition to writing and illustrating for children Roxie has worked as a freelance artist—fourteen of her paintings have been published as covers of The New Yorker magazine. She has a wide selection of programs for schools and adults, where she shares stories about her art, books, publishing career, and childhood. Roxie lives in Long Island, New York with her husband.

School Visits: Roxie will visit 3 classes (35-45 minutes each with 10-15 minute Q&A) per day, with a book signing session. Fee: $1200/day plus travel expenses. Programs are tailored for grade level, venue, and class size, but the following gives an idea of the content and possibilities.

Adult Programs (conferences, workshops, teachers, librarians, etc): Typically, a 45-minute PowerPoint, with Q&A and a signing session. Presentations and teaching varies depending upon venue and time. Fee: contact us for a specific price quote.

For more information about Roxie, please visit