Friday, February 27, 2015

Free Book Friday: Running Dry

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This week, enter to win Running Dry: The Global Water Crisis.

As the planet's population explodes, so does the demand for water. About one out of every nine people in the world does not have access to safe drinking water, while one out of every five—almost 1.5 billion humans—lives in a region where water demand is outstripping supply. Fresh water resources are dwindling due to climate change and droughts, pollution, overconsumption, and privatization.

Running Dry investigates tough questions: With limited supplies, will we be able to deliver safe, clean water to an increasingly thirsty world? Can governments, businesses, and individuals work together to clean up and protect Earth's water resources? Are conservation strategies enough to ensure a water-rich future? Or will we run dry?

If you'd like to win  Running Dry, please leave a comment on this post (including your first and last name), or tweet this line: "Free Book Friday! RT to win RUNNING DRY from @LernerBooks."

We'll announce the winner on Friday, March 6, so check the blog then to see if you've won!

Good luck!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lerner Welcomes Egmont USA!

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In case you missed it, we have some big news to share this week! We are thrilled to welcome Egmont USA authors and illustrators to the Lerner Publishing Group family!

Lerner Publishing Group Acquires Egmont USA List

Nearly 100 Egmont USA Titles Find a New Home at Lerner Publishing Group

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—Lerner Publishing Group announced today the acquisition of nearly 100 Egmont USA titles. Following Egmont’s decision in January to close their USA office, Lerner Publishing Group purchased Egmont’s remaining US assets including books by Ilsa J. Bick, Patrick Jennings, Jon and Pamela Voelkel, Lex Thomas, and recent Morris Award finalist Len Vlahos. The Egmont USA titles will be folded into Lerner Publishing Group’s imprints including Carolrhoda Books, Carolrhoda Lab™, Darby Creek, and Millbrook Press.

Egmont USA will oversee the publication of the eight remaining titles on their 2015 winter list which will be distributed by Random House until April 30, 2015, at which time Lerner Publishing Group will take over publication and distribution of all Egmont frontlist and backlist titles. Andrea Cascardi, publisher and managing director of Egmont USA, and Margaret Coffee, sales and marketing director of Egmont USA, will remain until April 30th to oversee the transition to Lerner.  Alix Reid, former editorial director and vice president at HarperCollins Children’s Books, will be acting as Lerner’s editor at large on an interim basis and will oversee many of the Egmont titles while Lerner continues to search for an editorial director of Carolrhoda Books to work in their Minneapolis office.

“I am delighted to be able to confirm that we have found a home for our authors with one of the US’s largest independently owned children’s publishers,” said Rob McMenemy, CEO of Egmont Publishing International. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank our authors and agents for their support during this transition.”

“The Egmont USA acquisition demonstrates our continued commitment to our highly acclaimed trade program,” said Adam Lerner, CEO and publisher of Lerner Publishing Group. “Egmont’s dedication to quality shows in their list of award-winning and bestselling books and we look forward to reaching out to Egmont authors and welcoming them to the Lerner Publishing Group family.”

In honor of marine scientists

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The world lost a great marine scientist yesterday. Dr. Eugenie Clark studied sea creatures by swimming in the oceans with them. This piece from the New York Times tells about her life better than I could. I think a key quote, though, for anyone who has or works with kids, is this:
Her mother worked in Lower Manhattan, and when the girl was 9 she began leaving her on Saturday mornings at an aquarium near the Battery. Fascinated, Eugenie persuaded her mother to buy her a 15-gallon tank and kept fish, toads, snakes and a small alligator at home.

That's how becoming a scientist often works. A child (or an adult) finds something interesting about the world and figures out a way to learn more about it. And perhaps she spends her whole life studying these fascinating creatures or concepts. Eventually her life ends, but the legacy of what a person learned can live on in what she accomplished and what she shared with others.

In honor of Dr. Clark, I'll leave you with some Lerner Publications titles on ocean animals--animals we know much more about because of her and other marine scientists. Share these with a kid you know...maybe she or he will become the next Eugenie Clark.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Americans through Infographics (aka, Are You Normal?)

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Do you have a pet?

Watch TV during dinner?

Spend at least nine hours working and commuting to work every day?

If so, you’re in good company.

More than half of Americans own pets (with dogs being far and away the most popular); sixty-seven percent of us usually watch TV during dinner; and, on average, we spend nine hours, twelve minutes, and thirty-six seconds working and getting to and from work every day.

15851 This is according to US Culture through Infographics (cover pictured)—one of my favorite Lerner titles of 2014. Not only is this book packed with educational graphs, charts, and other infographics, but it serves as a lens into the lives of typical Americans. And who isn’t a little curious about how they measure up compared to their fellow citizens?

I’m not the only one who appreciates this book. School Library Journal calls the Super Social Studies Infographics series “an attractive introduction to social studies in infographics form.” They note that “the colorful charts, maps, and illustrations that fill the pages of this series are sure to appeal to young readers who live in a high-tech, digital world.”

Plus, readers can find out the average amount of daily TV time for US kids between the ages of eight and eighteen (three), the percentage of Americans who use their smartphones to watch videos (forty-one), and the most popular team sport to play among kids ages eight to seventeen (basketball).

For more fascinating stats like these, check out the book—and find out whether you’re a “normal” American!

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Swoop List Book Trailer

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The Swoop List, our latest Darby Creek high-low series, now has a book trailer created by author Stephanie Perry Moore and her daughter Sheldyn!

Stephanie's also been hitting the road to promote this series.

The five-book Swoop List series is available now! Read a free sample chapter here, check out our website to order, and download a free discussion guide to get the conversation going.