Monday, September 27, 2010

J. K. Rowling to Appear on Oprah October 1!!!

From On Our Minds @ Scholastic

Set aside your coffee so you don't spill it when I share the big news...It was just announced this morning that "The Oprah Winfrey Show" will be airing an exclusive interview between Oprah and J.K. Rowling, author of the best-selling Harry Potter book series. The interview, which will be Rowling's first appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," will air this Friday, October 1, 2010.

In the interview, which took place in Edinburgh, Scotland, Rowling shares with Oprah about her life and career as well as how she became one of the most recognizable writers of children’s literature today. Rowling, who rarely does interviews (so can you imagine how psyched we book-nerds are?!?!), also shares her thoughts on the possibility of ever writing another Harry Potter book in the future. Could Friday take any longer to get here?

The interview with Oprah Winfrey and J.K. Rowling will air this Friday, October 1, 2010 on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." Check your local listings here.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Webinar: Judy Blume and Banned Books Week

Defending the Right to Read:
Celebrating Banned Books Week
September 28, 2010
2 p.m. EDT/1 p.m. CDT/12 p.m. MDT
11 a.m. PDT
Librarians and teachers face more challenges than ever when it comes to defending children’s right to read. In celebration of Banned Books Week, this webinar features a stellar panel of experts, including renowned author and longtime advocate of intellectual freedom Judy Blume, who will discuss book rating systems, the impact of the Internet on challenges, the effect of censorship on children’s publishing, and how to best prepare for book challenges. 
A dditional speakers include Beverly Horowitz, Vice President and Publisher of Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers; Pat Scales, former school librarian and a member of the National Coalition against Censorship Council of Advisors; Kristin Pekoll, a young-adult librarian at the West Bend (WI) Community Memorial Library; and Nanette Perez, program officer at ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. 
Seating is limited for this exciting webinar sponsored by Random House Children’s Books; however, all registrants will receive an archived video of the live event.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Picture Literacy Sweepstakes

Via Fuse#8

School Library Journal Joins Picture Literacy’s Summer Sweepstakes as Co-Sponsor
August 31, 2010; Milwaukie, OR

School Library Journal is now co-sponsoring Picture Literacy’s End of Summer Sweepstakes, in which $1500 in graphic novels for emerging and reluctant readers in grades K-6 will be given away to four winners. Ads for the sweepstakes will appear on the School Library Journal website and in their electronic newsletters. A full-page ad will appear in the September 2010 issue of the School Library Journal magazine.

“It’s very exciting to have School Library Journal join us in promoting this sweepstakes,” said Andrew McIntire, Director of Marketing at Picture Literacy. “Graphic novels are a powerful literacy tool, and we love helping schools out during these rough times by giving away these books. The first national launch of our catalog will go out at the end of September to hundreds of classrooms in 48 states. We couldn’t be more pleased to be sharing these great kids comics with so many young readers.”

The sweepstakes is open to teachers, school librarians and school administrators. Their schools could win one of four prize packages, including the grand prize of $1000 in free books. For more details and to enter, visit Every signup is an entry, so schools may enter multiple times. Entrants will also be signed up for a free Picture Literacy account and will receive our catalog at the end of September. The sweepstakes ends September 24th. Other prizes include a $300 package and two $100 packages. The total value of free books being given to schools is $1500. Packages include award-winning children’s graphic novels and titles designed to motivate reluctant readers.

About The Company
Picture Literacy is the latest venture from a company with over 30 years of book retail experience. This exciting venture offers schools and students discounted prices on age-appropriate comics and graphic novels. An on-staff librarian selects and screens books for quality and content. To encourage and motivate readers, Picture Literacy offers a range of titles from just-for-fun to critically acclaimed. The selection provides options for readers of every ability and interest. A sample catalog can be viewed at Every order placed with Picture Literacy earns free books for classrooms and school libraries. Picture Literacy’s goal is to enable happy, successful readers and instill a lifelong love of reading.

Company: Picture Literacy
Contact: Andrew McIntire, Director of Marketing
Toll free: 877-905-7323
Local: 503-905-2395
Rebecca McGregor
Educational Programs Assistant
Picture Literacy
Phone: 503-905-2367