Sourcebooks is thrilled to introduce a new line of growth mindset books for children and parents! The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses are a series of positive, humorous stories designed to demonstrate varying forms of learning, creativity and intelligence. Each book introduces readers to a specific learning style or learning difference, while offering realistic examples of triumph over difficulty.
Barbara began writing the books because of a personal need with her child’s learning disability/diagnosis. She couldn’t find good resources for her daughter (or for herself, as a parent), and so she put together mock-ups of books tackling topics like attention, distraction, creativity, perfection, dyslexia, and independence.
From Barbara: “The information to absorb to help a child is overwhelming. By the time you understand it all, the kid is 26.” These books are meant to help kids but also to reach the parents by showing them the child's experiences through their eyes. She calls it a “trickle up” instead of a trickle down.
Complete with a fresh repackage and newly created back matter, the first six books in the series will be released May 1.
For more information, please check out the Publishers Weekly Children's Bookshelf story, "Little Pickle Gives New Life to Series for Learning Challenged Kids."
MJ Johnston has been promoted to Assistant Editor of Sourcebooks and Sourcebooks Landmark. She was previously Editorial Assistant.
In her new role, Johnston will continue to handle the administrative needs of the editorial department while taking on additional responsibility in acquisitions, development of manuscripts, and author management. She will continue developing a new strategy for our baby names program and join the mystery team as an editorial resource to assist with list planning and strategy.
Allison Sundstrom has been promoted to Senior Designer at Sourcebooks.
Sundstrom was initially hired as a Designer to take on full cover production in the Casablanca romance imprint, and has made great strides in streamlining processes and design, all while providing fresh and dynamic back cover designs. This year, on top of managing all romance production, she has also taken on a larger role in Jabberwocky, including executing the full cover and internal design for Love is Love! and completely rebranding Little Pickle’s What Does it Mean to Be… series.
Sara Hartman-Seeskin has been promoted to Senior Sales Manager – Rights and Exports at Sourcebooks. She was previously Rights and Exports Manager.
Hartman-Seeskin has a solid track record of significantly expanding our rights program – developing a strong and consistent audio channel, growing international rights, and opening the door to new rights relationships – that resulted in 68% growth in the UK and 176% growth in the rest of the world in 2017.
Jillian Rahn has been promoted to Associate Art Director at Sourcebooks. She was previously Senior Production Designer.
Rahn’s design efforts have been recognized by the industry in the various PubWest awards Sourcebooks has won for titles she has designed. Rahn’s versatility enables her to revamp existing internals that we acquire or create an entirely new design for content that has never before been published by Sourcebooks. Examples of her recent work include She Caused a Riot and the upcoming Power of Protest.
James Hegberg has been promoted to Senior Online Marketing Manager at Sourcebooks. He was previously Online Marketing Manager.
Hegberg has been a driving force in the performance of paid search, paid social and affiliate programs since he joined the company two years ago. His work to build out Paid Search programs across all three ecommerce brands has led to several revenue and efficiency gains in both Google and Bing.
Liz Kelsch has been promoted to Senior Marketing Manager at Sourcebooks. She has been with the publisher for 10 years and has previously served as Marketing Manager and Publicity Manager.
She was responsible for publicity and events that drove The Radium Girls by Kate Moore to the New York Times Best Sellers list and has handled a number of successful nonfiction releases including Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful, Cockpit Confidential, 1-2-3 Magic and the Days of our Lives anniversary books.
Beth Sochacki has been promoted to Senior Marketing Manager at Sourcebooks, where she leads the marketing and publicity efforts for our Casablanca romance and Fire young adult imprints. She was previously Publicity and Marketing Manager – Casablanca.
Sochacki has been a strong force for marketing innovation and is responsible for recent breakouts including Katie Ruggle, Amanda Bouchet and Samantha Chase as well as established national bestsellers including Julie Ann Walker and Sharon Sala.
Annette Pollert-Morgan has been promoted to Editorial Director of Fire, the young adult imprint at Sourcebooks. She was previously Editorial Manager of Fire.
Pollert-Morgan acquired and edited This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp, which has spent 71 weeks on the New York Times best sellers list, as well as New York Times best sellers Before I Let Go and The Cabin. She was also responsible for our breakthrough teen nonfiction title, This Book Is Gay.
According to Bookscan, Sourcebooks Fire sells half of all books in the category of teen thrillers and suspense novels. Pollert-Morgan’s work with such authors as Natasha Preston and Natalie Richards has led to this outstanding achievement.
Esteemed Chinese Children’s Publisher CCPPG Grants World English Rights to Sourcebooks for Children’s Science Book Series
Sourcebooks, a leading independent book publisher, has preempted world English rights to Chris Ferrie’s Red Kangaroo series from China Children’s Press & Publication Group (CCPPG). The deal gives Sourcebooks world English and North American Spanish rights, and comes ahead of the Bologna Book Fair, where China is this year’s guest of honor.
The new series is a way to bring the world of physics and mathematics to the graduates of Baby University. The Red Kangaroo Physical Quiz series explains, in simple terms, the theories of classical, mechanical, optical, and quantum physics. An abundance of illustrations makes learning physics fun and easy for children, and not-so-daunting for parents, too. (10 titles; ages 4-8) Lively conversations between “Dr. F” and the adorable Red Kangaroo character introduce young readers to scientific concepts using real-life examples.
China Children's Press & Publication Group (CCPPG), the largest professional children's press and publication group in mainland China, was formed by consolidating of China Teenagers Press (established in 1951) and China Children's Publishing House (established in 1956).
With 750 employees, CCPPG publishes 5 newspapers, 11 magazines and around 1,500 books every year. In 2013, the total printed copies of books, newspapers and magazines reached over 130 million. CCPPG owns Juvenile & Children Reading Experience Wonderland (the Wonderland), a website (www.ccppg.com.cn), China Children Audio-Visual and Electronic Publishing House and a range of educational services branded as "Heart-to-Heart Sister". The Wonderland, a base to promote reading among young people, is China's largest professional bookstore for children and teenagers. In 2013, as shown in the "2012 Press and Publication Industry Analysis Report" developed by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of The People's Republic of China, CCPPG ranks the first in terms of total economic value among all children's publishers in China.
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