Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Want to be a reviewer?

            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 marilyn@childrenslit.com.

"I agreed to take anything they sent. And have I ever been glad! It has been greatly rewarding, as [Children's Literature] have shared with me books I never would have read otherwise." —reviewer Keri Collins Lewis

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Derrick Barnes

Derrick Barnes is a native of Kansas City, Missouri. He is a graduate of Jackson State University (B.A. Marketing, 1999). He is the author of the children's books Stop Drop and Chill and The Low Down Bad Day Blues published by Scholastic, as well as the popular "Ruby and the Booker Boys" series, also published by Scholastic. His first middle grade novel, We Could Be Brothers, was published by Scholastic in 2010. Derrick has presented at elementary, middle, and high schools all over the country, and has been invited twice by Barbara Bush to her annual Celebration of Reading conference in Florida. He is also known for writing bestselling copy for various Hallmark Card lines and was the first African American male staff writer for Hallmark. Derrick resides in Kansas City with his enchanting wife, Dr. Tinka Barnes and their sons, Ezra, Solomon, Silas, and Nnamdi.
Visits: Derrick’s presentations are approximately 35-45 minutes. His fee is $600 for a full day (2-4 presentations) plus travel expenses for outside the Kansas City, MO area.

To have Derrick visit your school or organization email marilyn@childrenslit.com

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Congratulations to Children's Literature Booking Service author Susan Stockdale. Her book Bring on the Birds was recently named a 2011 Cybil Award Finalist.

To have Susan visit your school or organization please email marilyn@childrenslit.com

Monday, January 2, 2012

Alison Formento

Alison Formento's first picture book This Tree Counts! (Whitman 2010), proves that trees are for more than just climbing. Alison has written several plays, short stories, and poetry. With a background in journalism, Alison has written for several publications including The New York TimesThe Writer, and Parenting. She grew up in Arkansas and now resides in New Jersey and besides writing everyday and enjoying life with her husband and kids, Alison dreams of someday building a spectacular tree house. She donates a portion of her book sales toAmericanForests.org to help plant more trees.

Visits: Alison's presentations are designed for PreK to 8th grade and blend storytelling and language arts with trees, fun and wit. Children are invited to help make "Human Trees" and act as editors to choose the next story for Alison to write. For third grade and older, Alison offers writing workshops to share her "Idea Seeds" process. She shares her journalism experience, structure and tools for creating stories.

To have Alison visit your school or organization email marilyn@childrenslit.com