If your children love Clifford the Big Red Dog, they'll want to watch Clifford's Really Big Movie. Scholastic announced that the animated film will debut on PBS KIDS on Friday, December 14. Check your local listings for the time. The movie is part of Scholastic's year-long celebration of Clifford's 50th anniversary. (Source: Scholastic press release, 11/19/12)
Norman Bridwell's Clifford Collection, a special hardbound 50th anniversary collection of six early Clifford stories that includes extra information about the author, the character and the books, would make an excellent gift for a young Clifford fan.
Congratulations to First Book, the nonprofit that provides children in need with access to new books. On November 15, First Book distributed its 100 millionth new book at a community center in Washington D.C. (Source: First Book press release, 11/15/12)
A new book by Suzanne Collins, the author of The Hunger Games trilogy, is always a treat, but her next book is very different in format, target audience and theme from anything she has previously written. Scholastic announced that it is releasing Collins' next book, Year of the Jungle on September 10, 2013. The publisher describes it as "an autobiographical picture book for ages 4 and up, based on the year Suzanne Collins's father served in Viet Nam." James Proimos is the illustrator. (Source: Scholastic press release, 11/29/12)
A friend just sent me an article that may be of particular interest to writers. It's an account of discussions at the first Publishing Perspectives children's publishing conference, held May 31 2012. Read over What Makes a Children's Book Great? We Have Some Answers and let me know whether you agree or disagree by clicking on "Comments" below and posting your opinion.
(Cover art courtesy of Scholastic)