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."
On September 30th, Sourcebooks turned 30 years old. And yes, we had a great party a bit earlier to celebrate. Publisher and CEO Dominique Raccah shared some inspiring words about the company, our past and our bright future:
“As I look around today, I’m looking at so many of the people who made it possible to reach this milestone! YOU have all made a difference and helped this company become what it is today. Thank you all, along with our wonderful authors, vendors, partners, and readers!”
Sourcebooks employees showed off their anniversary shirts in a group photo, enjoyed treats from three local food trucks, and an afternoon of games and sharing stories from those who have been here decades to days.
My name is Amber Miyamoto and my story is called Dream On, Amber. You know how some stories are SAD, some are EXCITING, and some are LAUGH-OUT-LOUD FUNNY? Well, my story is ALL OF THESE THINGS and MORE, if you can believe that. Which you should, because it’s totally true.
It’s SAD because my dad left home when I was six and left this big black hole right in the middle of my life. It’s EXCITING because my little sister, Bella, wrote Dad some letters and gave them to me to post, but instead, I had the stupid idea of pretending to be him and writing back. That all goes hideously wrong and turns into a big mess, so it’s kind of exciting to read on and see if I’m ever going to fix it. And it’s FUNNY because I invent this imaginary dad who helps me sort out my problems and he’s kind of nuts. Like Bella.
Plus, it’s a WHOLE LOT MORE, because it’s about being half this and half that and about middle school and Locker Boy and cat poo and art competitions and monsters under the bed and made-up dads and samurai. Obviously this makes no sense to you whatsoever, but all these random things connect into one mind-blowing story. I seriously think everyone who reads it will love it, and love the super-cool illustrations as well, and…
I was right! Because four super important reviewers each gave me a bright, shiny starred reviews (like as big and cool as a supernova). So thank-you to Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Booklist, and Publishers Weekly for liking my story!
Oh! And I just got some more amazing news that’s almost as good as a new cell phone: Dream On, Amber is a Booklist 2015 Top 10 First Novels for Youth!!
So, I’m kind of famous now. I mean I was just in the Wall Street Journal and in November I’m going to be in the New York Times. So, hopefully (fingers AND toes crossed), my book will sell zillions of copies and I’ll never have to shovel cat poo for an allowance again. Ever.
Thank you, Sourcebooks! Yours truly,
PS I used the starred reviews to create this massively cool word cloud. Brilliant!
Check it out: Put Me In The Story, our personalized books site, was featured in the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal this week! We were so excited to talk about the things happening with Put Me In The Story and share more about all the fun we’re having reimagining bedtime!
Chicago Tribune lifestyles reporter Nara Schoenberg sat down with some of our Put Me In The Story team to talk about the creative opportunities and challenges that arise when creating personalized books with well-known brands and authors, including Daniel Handler, a.k.a. Lemony Snicket, who is famous for his books in “A Series of Unfortunate Events.”
“Approaching Daniel Handler with a proposal to personalize his intensely ironic Lemony Snicket books might sound a little like sticking your head into the mouth of his Incredibly Deadly Viper. But — fortunately for all involved — Handler was intrigued by the idea adding children's names and photos to his "All the Wrong Questions" books.”
We are really so excited about all of the great partners that we get to work with:
Handler is the latest addition to an impressive list of creative heavy-hitters who have signed on to produce personalized books with Sourcebooks, a publisher in Naperville that launched its personalized Put Me In the Story division in 2013. Sesame Street and Disney — both the princess powerhouse and the "Star Wars" subsidiary — have partnered with Sourcebooks to produce personalized books, as has Nancy Tillman, author of the best-seller "On the Night You Were Born."
We had so much fun chatting with Schoenberg, discussing current and upcoming projects. When talking about working with Star Wars, Publishing Manager Karen Shapiro told Nara that when they asked her if she’d like to have her team come up with original book ideas, “I could put it in caps and bold and that's still not going to scream 'Yes!' loud enough."”
Read about what Nara found the most interesting in the full Tribune article below! Her article can also be read on the Chicago Tribune website here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/books/ct-prj-put-me-in-the-story-personalized-childrens-books-20151001-story.html
Here at Sourcebooks we love The Cupcake Club by mother-daughter writing team Sheryl and Carrie Berk, and we were really excited when it was turned into a musical. So imagine how thrilled we were to launch a brand new series by the fabulous mother-daughter duo this summer. The Fashion Academy is Project Runway meets Fame, and not only is it off to a fantastic start, but it’s now been made into a musical too!
On Friday, October 2, Fashion Academy the Musical premiered in NYC. Set at the fictional Fashion Academy of Brooklyn with a script written by Sheryl Berk, and a poignant, bouncy, upbeat soundtrack, the entire audience couldn’t wait to see their favorite series come to life in true FAB fashion. The night kicked off with VIP red carpet event where NYC’s most fashionable young divas were in attendance. After the fantastic performance, fans gathered for an after-party where they met with authors Sheryl and Carrie Berk and the cast of Fashion Academy the Musical for a book signing.
We were overjoyed to see Sheryl and Carrie’s wonderful storytelling returned to the stage, and everyone agreed that the night was “SEW FAB!”
Fashion Academy main character Mickey Williams would be proud of these Fashion Academy fans who were Runway Ready!
In attendance was Susanna Paliotta, star of Bravo’s Game of Crowns.
Author Carrie Berk strikes a FAB pose before the show!
The program, step-and-repeat, and delicious cake from the event.
The cast signing copies of Fashion Academy.
A triumphant photo of the authors and cast together, celebrating FAB being brought to life!
DEBUT NOVEL BECOMES AN INDIE STORE FAVORITE
What happens when Karen Schwettman, one of the “Foxes” (a.k.a. friends and cofounders of award-winning indie bookstore FoxTale Book Shoppe), falls in love with your book?
You get invited to visit their store in Woodstock, Georgia, for a fabulous event—complete with a dazzling window display and a magical recreation of one of your chapters in the store.
Scott Wilbanks, author of The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster, was absolutely blown away with the scene that met him when he stepped inside FoxTale for an event in August. (Below left: Scott Wilbanks, Below right: Scott (right) with Mike and Karen)
The Foxes had set up an antique red door that serves as the time travel portal in the novel as part of the author signing table. Other elements featured in the book, such as a brass letter box, were prominently displayed in the store window.
“If you ever get the chance, stop by the store and shoot the breeze with Karen. You’ll thank me. She’s pretty marvelous, folks,” says Scott.
Wilbanks’s event was packed, and included old friends, enthusiastic fans, and new friends, including Karl Camp, who posted on Facebook:
“My family and I had a wonderful time meeting Scott and Mike at the book signing event for The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster at Foxtale Book Shoppe in Woodstock. I just finished reading the book. Thank you, Scott. It is masterfully written. Please keep writing! Such literary gifts are exceedingly rare and always a jewel to discover.”
The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster is also November’s FoxTalk Book Club pick!
Thank you to FoxTale Book Shoppe for the amazing hospitality and for making an author’s dream come alive!
Put Me In The Story, Sourcebooks’ personalized book website, has just reached a HUGE milestone with 100 books available on our site!
We’d like to take this moment to say a huge “Thank You!” to everyone who has made our 100 Put Me In The Story books possible… our authors, licensors, editors, and especially, our READERS! Without you, none of these 100 books (and counting!) would have been possible. We are forever grateful!
To help celebrate this achievement, we decided to run a fun sweepstakes on our Put Me In The Story Facebook Page. We got a lot of entries, but what we really got was a sense of the impact that our books are having in people’s lives, how they are truly touching people.
Here are our top 10 favorite comments we’ve received so far:
#1 - For the Kids & Kids at Heart
#2 - Keep them coming!
#3 - Creating life-long readers
#4 - A book starring your child!
#5 - #BooksChangeLives
#6 - Now you're just making us blush!
#7 - Creating book addicts, one personalized book at a time
#8 - Special gifts for your little one
#9 - Showing us off
#10 - We're suckers for cute photos of kids
Okay, so that was a little more than 10… but there were so many awesome comments! Here’s to the next 100!
HOW AN ADVENTUROUS BLACK CAT CLIMBED HIS WAY ONTO THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST - AND INTO TH EHEARTS OF READERS EVERYWHERE!
Last week, Max the Brave by Ed Vere debuted at #7 on the New York Times bestseller list, and this week has climbed the list to #5!
From the moment Max the Brave was launched, it was clear to all that it was VERY difficult not to fall in love with this brave little black cat. With that in mind, our goal became to make Max visible EVERYWHERE.
Major giveaways at trade shows, including BEA and ALA, as well as special materials like hardcover ARCs, window decals, capes, and an animated trailer (view it here) helped to build early buzz within the industry…
The entire Sourcebooks team loved Max! To harness that excitement, Sourcebooks team members—armed with Max the Brave capes and their creativity—went on a mission to help our cat find his mouse, and posted the resulting images all over social media during the month of August.
And then we started to hear from reviewers…And early reviews for Max the Brave were unanimous—everyone loves this little black cat and his adventure in finding mouse:
“Max’s guileless personality and single-minded pursuit of his goal make him the perfect stand-in for toddlers, and older children will appreciate Vere’s playful wit and wish for Max’s return.”
--Shelf Awareness for Readers STARRED Review
“Minimalist illustrations and expressive fonts are set against colorful pages to sharpen the reader’s focus on Max and the other animals…Max should find himself chasing Mouse into storytimes again and again.” --Booklist
“An instant read-aloud hit…Max the Brave has it all: a bold, bumbling superhero; laugh-out-loud preschool humor; eye-catching illustrations; and a fun twist at the end. Kids will ask immediately to hear this one again.” --BookPage
“Both the punchy text and illustrations command attention, and plenty of readers will get a kick out of feeling superior to Max.” --Publishers Weekly
“A cat-and-mouse game to be laughed at and reread. “ --Kirkus Reviews
“Full of playful humor…enhanced by the humorous text, character expressions, and a not-scary monster to boot. VERDICT: Highly recommended.” --School Library Journal
Of course, we couldn’t sell a lot of books without the support of our retail partners, so a big “THANKS” to the Independent Booksellers across the U.S. that helped put Max the Brave on the Autumn 2015 Kids’ Indie Next List! And a BIG Thank YOU to Barnes & Noble, who selected the title as their Special Offer Picture Book for the month of September—and will feature the book for a National Storytime on September 26!
And many thanks to our red-caped bloggers who shared Max the Brave everywhere! As you can see, kids (and cats) enjoyed reading along.
And all of this led up to an extensive U.S. tour. Author and illustrator Ed Vere is on the road for two weeks visiting bookstores and schools.
In celebration of today’s anniversary of the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach, Sourcebooks MediaFusion is releasing an enhanced, introductory ebook on the life and music of the famed classical music composer. Johann Sebastian Bach 2Go, along with enhanced products on three additional composers--Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 2Go, Ludwig van Beethoven 2Go, and Joseph Haydn 2Go—are available now for $2.99 in the ibookstore.
The classical music enhanced ebooks were designed to give you an introduction to the world of classical music through the composer’s work. In each ebook, you’ll not only discover the life and work of each composer through a thorough introduction to the artist and cues for what to consider when listening to his work, but, more importantly, throughout the text you’ll find embedded audio excerpts of the composer’s work. You can listen to short, representative samples as well as longer pieces by the composer.
For anyone from classical music aficionados and devotees to students and newcomers, this interplay of text and audio will allow you to more fully experience each composer’s contributions to classical music, and will become a jumping-off point through which you’ll want to discover more.
Sourcebooks has also released Presidential 2Gos from the multimedia book My Fellow Americans, by Michael Waldman (director of speechwriting for President Bill Clinton from 1995–1999). Ronald Reagan 2Go, Franklin Delano Roosevelt 2Go, John F. Kennedy 2Go, and George Washington 2Go are also available in the ibookstore $2.99. With these enhanced ebooks, you’ll discover some of each president’s most notable speeches, including the entire text of the speech and a brief introduction by noted political journalist and broadcaster George Stephanopoulos. Most importantly, you’ll be able to hear the heart of the speeches, either faithfully re-created by a guest contributor or delivered by the president himself.
Sourcebooks Adds Financial Aid Resources to Rapidly Expanding Education Portfolio
Financial Fit Revolutionizes the College Search Process by Addressing Affordability First
(Naperville, IL)—Dec. 5, 2011 - Student debt has surpassed credit card debt for the first time in U.S. history, and the amount of outstanding student loans is expected to exceed $1 trillion in 2011. College seniors graduated with an average of $25,250 in student loans in 2010, up 5 percent from the previous year, according to The Project on Student Debt.
Every year, thousands of college-bound students and parents face the complexity and anxiety associated with filing for and receiving their college financial aid packages, as well as making decisions that will affect them financially for years to come. In fact, financial aid was cited as the most challenging aspect of the college process, according to a recent survey of guidance counselors.
In a process fraught with myths and misinformation, families often find out at the last minute that the colleges of their choice come with unexpectedly high financial burdens.
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