Back-to-school season is just around the corner! Get ready to kick off your Best School Year Ever! Enter the Friends Forever Sweepstakes for your chance to win a virtual classroom or library visit from Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham, creators of the bestselling Friends middle grade graphic novel series. The winner will receive a virtual classroom visit, plus a classroom set of Real Friends, Best Friends, and Friends Forever. Everyone who enters will also receive a video from Shannon Hale delivering her “Best School Year Ever” kick-off speech, where she’ll share a special back-to-school message for students everywhere.Learn more about this series here →
★ Dear Librarian Hall of Fame ★
Librarians provide so many vital services to their community and truly make a difference in the lives of their patrons, just like Lydia Sigwarth’s librarian Deb Stephenson. To celebrate the release of Dear Librarian, we asked readers to nominate a librarian who made a difference in their lives for their chance to win a grand prize! We received over 1,900 entries to our Dear Librarian sweepstakes, filled with stories of librarians going above and beyond for their patrons. We’re excited to share some of our favorite entries below! Thank you to these life-changing librarians for all that you do for your community!
Betsy Bird interviewed Lydia Sigwarth about the book, and how she and Deb Stephenson felt when they read these nominations: Lydia said, “We especially loved stories that reflected our own – kids whose lives had been changed by a special librarian in their life. It was also so inspiring to see all the amazing things librarians are doing all over the country. From rural communities to NYC to Alaska, librarians were making a difference in their communities and it was so, so hard to pick favorites when they all obviously deserved to be celebrated.”
Read the full interview on the Fuse 8 blog!
Praise for Dear Librarian:
“A gentle ode to the effect one person can have on another, and what a library can offer a community.” —Publishers Weekly
“A cogent, warming reminder that public libraries have always been more than just repositories for books.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A heartfelt tribute to the power of libraries, and the power of kindness.” —Mara Wilson, actress and author
In honor of our new picture book Dear Librarian, on sale June 1,
we’re hosting a librarian appreciation contest!
Nominate a librarian who made a difference in your life
for their chance to win a $1,000 Amex gift card
and a collection of books for their libraries!
(Contest ends Friday, April 30, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET)
Giveaway ends February 23, 2021 at 11:59pm PT.
As Election Day 2020 approaches, students may have questions about social and political issues. These books break down complex ideas for young readers and cover topics like civics, voting laws, gun control, reproductive rights, analyzing news reports, understanding articles of impeachment, and more.Discover more Election Day reads →
No matter what ‘back to school’ means for you this year, TinkerActive helps keep kids on track.Enter for a chance to win a set of workbooks + download sample lessons here →
Discover spectacular series all year long! Our new August 2020 – August 2021 School-Year Calendar celebrates one middle grade, chapter book, or graphic novel series each month. Introduce your young readers to their new favorite series!Download the calendar + enter to win a physical copy →
We’ll miss seeing you all in Chicago this year, but you don’t have to miss out on scoring digital ARCs of upcoming titles on NetGalley, entering to win a bundle of some of our favorite Fall 2020 ARCs, meeting your favorite authors, downloadable resources, and more! Visit our virtual booth below!Visit our ALA Annual booth here →
The InvestiGators need help! Kids can invent their own V.E.S.T. (that’s Very Exciting Spy Technology) that Mango and Brash can use to fight the forces of evil.
Upload their essay, drawing, photo, or video explaining what their V.E.S.T. is and how it works! John Patrick Green, creator of InvestiGators, will pick one lucky winner whose invention will be featured in an upcoming book!
For more information and to request a free summer reading kit click here →
This summer, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group invites you to explore new worlds through reading! Let your imagination be your guide.