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One of the famous diaries in the world will soon be digitized thanks to a new app by Penguin’s Viking imprint and digital developer, TradeMobile. The Diary of Anne Frank will soon have an interactive mobile app with audio extracts and digital copies of the original diary pages.

A diary of a thirteen-year-old girl during the time of the Holocaust, The Diary of Anne Frank recounts the days when the Frank family went into hiding in a sealed attic in Amsterdam during a time when Nazis were capturing and killing thousands of Jews. Anne Frank wrote to her diary from June 12, 1942 to August 1, 1944, telling her dreams and chronicling their lives in the attic during those two years.  After the death of Anne Frank in March 1945, her father, Otto Frank, obtained her dairy, which was published in 1947.

The Anne Frank app will offer audio extracts of the diary read by famous English actress Helena Bonham Carter. Aside from the audio files, there will also be several digital copies of the original diary pages and other materials from the Anne Frank Foundation.

The interactive app has been authorized by the Anne Frank Foundation, which Otto Frank founded after Anne’s death.  It is scheduled to be released for use in October.

-Julie Griffin
Author of the upcoming book
Cristina Gradina, The Girl With The Ten Busy Toes

 

 

 

Forbes recently released its World’s Top Earning Authors list, acknowledging the top 15 authors in the book industry with the most earnings.  Some of the top authors were no surprise, such as James Patterson, who was the highest earner with $94 million from his 14 titles in 2011. Second to James Patterson was Stephen King, earning $39 million with the success of his Dark Tower series.

Several male children’s book authors made the list.  Jeff Kinney, known for his Diary of  a Wimpy Kid series, earned  $25 million with the latest installment, which sold 3.3 million copies worldwide. Also on the list was Rick Riordan for his Percy Jackson series, earning $13 million with his Egyptian and Greek Mythology books.

Several female young adult fiction authors also made the list.  The famed author, Suzanne Collins, who penned the popular Hunger Games series that was also turned into a movie made it on the list with $20 million in earnings. Collins’s earnings are only expected to increase when the next installment of the Hunger Games hits the big screen soon.   J.K. Rowling, the brains behind the Harry Potter series, earned $17 million this year. Not only has her success continued with the Pottermore store, but she also released her first adult novel, A Casual Vacancy. And, Twilight fans will be happy to know that their favorite author, Stephanie Meyer , also made it to the list with $14 million in earnings.

-Julie Griffin
Author of the upcoming book
Cristina Gradina, The Girl With The Ten Busy Toes

 

 

 

In line with its 20th anniversary, Candlewick Press, a Massachusetts-based children’s book publishing company, will be launching its year-long picture book campaign called “We Believe in Picture Books.” From a picture book website and daily video features to prizes for retailers, huge standees, and shelf talkers, Candlewick will be offering readers and booksellers a lot of surprises throughout the year.

The “We Believe in Picture Books” campaign will be officially launched on the last day of August with a picture book website that will feature daily videos of authors and illustrators talking about the value of using picture books. Teachers, librarians, and even children’s book retailers, will also share their own experiences and thoughts on picture books.

Also part of the campaign is the effort to increase the sales of picture books featured by Candlewick this fall. There will be special incentives and prizes for retailers and booksellers who display Candlewick’s fall books and backlist titles. Lucky winners will receive a free trip to the 2013 Winter Institute.

A three-foot tall Candlewick bear will be available to retailers, along with several shelf talkers, standees, and a 13-month calendar that will showcase the publishing company’s bear mascots.   Pre-packeded autographed picture books along with book plates signed by the authors will also be given away. In addition, the company’s fist symposium at the Cambridge Public Library will be held sometime during the middle of November.

-Julie Griffin
Author of the upcoming book
Cristina Gradina, The Girl With The Ten Busy Toes

 

 

 

Scholastic has again launched its annual Summer Reading Challenge for kids around the world. Now in its sixth year, the success of the challenge has grown, and kids from different countries throughout the world have already broken the reading record.

The Scholastic Summer Challenge is a free reading program offered by Scholastic to different schools and kids throughout the world. The program aims to keep children reading even while they are out of school during the summer, so they will continue to stimulate and enhance their minds and prepare for the next school year.  The goal is to prevent the “summer slide” of losing academic skills due to inactivity.

Kids who participate in the program can log into the website each time they read a book, earn virtual rewards, and enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win prizes. They can also register with their school, so their minutes can be added to the school’s total reading minutes. The top twenty schools with the most minutes will be featured in the 2013 edition of the Scholastic Book of World Records.

Kids have already logged in more than 75 million minutes of reading books, which has already broken last year’s record of 64,213,141 minutes…and the challenge isn’t even over yet.  Kids can still increase their minutes this year because there are two more weeks to go. The summer reading challenge will end on August 31, 2012.

-Julie Griffin
Author of the upcoming book
Cristina Gradina, The Girl With The Ten Busy Toes

 

 

 

In line with their 41st Annual Conference in Los Angeles, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) will be presenting a special award to two selected writers or illustrators. The On-the-Verge Emerging Voices Award will be bestowed upon two deserving writers or illustrators with an ethnic or cultural background with an under-represented children’s book.

SCBWI was started in 1971 with the goal of launching different voices in the children’s book field into the world. The non-profit organization is made of different writers, illustrators, publishers, and booksellers who exchange information and promote positive changes in the field of children’s literature.

To further extend their help and inspiration to emerging children’s book authors and illustrators, the new annual award will be funded by Martin and Sue Schmitt, founders of the orphanage, We Can Build an Orphanage. Martin and Sue Schmitt have long been extending their support and sponsorship to SCBWI, including their co-sponsorship of the 2007 Global Voices Program.

Two selected writers and/or illustrators will be receiving a paid trip to the SCBWI Winter Conference in New York, as well as a free membership to SCBWI for a year, a press release to all publishers, and access to a SCBWI mentor for one year. The deadline for candidate submissions will be November 15, 2012, and winners will be announced on December 15, 2012. The award will be presented to the winners at the 2013 SCBWI Winter Conference.

-Julie Griffin
Author of the upcoming book
Cristina Gradina, The Girl With The Ten Busy Toes

 

 

 

As of July 24th, a new line of ebooks were launched by Random House Children’s Book division based on one of the most timeless children’s book. The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That! is now available in six ebooks with frontlist and backlist titles.

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That is an animated series about a taking cat leading several six-year-old children on different forms of adventure. Based on the Beginner Book franchise published by Random House – The Cat in The Hat’s Learning Library – the program focuses on different topics ranging from science to learning for preschoolers.

Random House Children’s Books along with Dr. Seuss Enterprises will release six ebook versions with video clips and interactive features. Aside from the ebooks, there will also be a coloring application for iPad called The Cat in the Hat Color & Create. This first interactive app for kids will feature 16 pages to color with animated effects, paint brushes and stickers.

Ebook releases will feature read-along narration as well as songs and video clips from the TV show. More ebook releases are expected to be launched this fall.

-Julie Griffin
Author of the upcoming book
Cristina Gradina, The Girl With The Ten Busy Toes

 

 

 

Since 1987, Sourcebooks has been growing in popularity by publishing unique books from extraordinary authors. It started by publishing finance books, but soon began to venture out into other niches, publishing everything from beauty books to self-help and law books.  Now, Sourcebooks is one of the largest independent publishers in North America.

To further expand its market, Sourcebooks will soon be launching eight new eBooks of the beloved Hear It Read It classics. This will be the company’s first major venture in the children’s book genre, and titles will include King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and Peter Pan.  The eBooks will incorporate both the stories and the audio accompaniments of the hard copy editions.

Full color illustrations and pages that turn automatically are some of the features of the new eBooks. There will also be a toggle on/toggle off function for audio, so readers can read along with a recording or read the story by themselves. Actors like Sean Bean will provide the narrations.

Originally, the price per eBook was going to be $9.99.  However, in order to offer a good value and attract new readers, the publisher has decided to lower the price to $4.99 each.  The eBooks will be available for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and PCs. Kindle and Nook versions will be soon to follow.

-Julie Griffin
Author of the upcoming book
Cristina Gradina, The Girl With The Ten Busy Toes