Friday, May 06, 2005

Lerner Publishing Group To Give Away Books To Teen Read Registrants

CHICAGO - Lerner Publishing Group, an official sponsor of the Young Adult Library Association's (YALSA) Teen Read Week celebration, will donate one new biography to librarians and educators who are planning to celebrate Teen Read Week, October 16 - 22, 2005.

Those who want to receive books from Lerner must become official Teen Read Week participants by registering for Teen Read Week on the web at www.ala.org/teenread. Members and nonmembers of YALSA are eligible to participate in this offer, and those who wish to join the association can find membership information at: www.ala.org/yalsa.

Librarians and educators must register by September 15 to be eligible to receive books from Lerner.

Lerner Publishing Group is an independent publisher of highly acclaimed and well-reviewed books for young adults as well as children of all ages. Since 1959, Lerner has created books that have captured readers' curiosity and attention.

Lerner's young adult books are published through the following imprints: top-quality nonfiction by Twenty-First Century Books and YA fiction by Carolrhoda Books. Their title listing is available at www.lernerbooks.com.

"We are exceptionally thrilled to be sponsoring Teen Read Week and hope that every teen gets the opportunity to read and explore their curiosities in more detail," stated Adam Lerner, Publisher and President at Lerner Publishing Group.

"YALSA is delighted to have Lerner Publishing Group as a supporter of Teen Read Week," said YALSA President David Mowery. "Thanks to Lerner's generous support, library workers and educators have an extra incentive to register for, and celebrate, Teen Read Week, which helps to promote literacy for teens nationwide."

Now in its eighth year, Teen Read Week is a national literacy initiative of YALSA, a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The number of school library media centers, public libraries and bookstores that celebrate Teen Read Week has grown steadily over the years. In 2004, over 1,300 participants registered on the Teen Read Week Web site (www.ala.org/teenread).

The Teen Read Week Web site, includes annotated lists of recommended reading for teens; tips for planning and promoting Teen Read Week events locally; Teen Read Week products available for purchase; links to the Teens' Top Ten, a list of book favorites chosen by teens; professional resources for librarians, teachers and parents and more. This year, participants who officially register for Teen Read Week on the Web site can download the Get Real! @ your library logo.

Lerner Publishing Group is a Classic Sponsor of Teen Read week. Orca Book Publishers and Pam Spencer Holley are official Friends of Teen Read Week. Teen Read Week's nonprofit supporting organizations include: American Association of School Administrators, American Booksellers Association, Cable in the Classroom, KIDSNET, Kids Care, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Council of Teachers of English, SmartGirl.org, National Education Association, National School Board Association, PBS, Speak Up Press, International Reading Association, TeenInk and The N/Noggin.

For more information, contact the YALSA office by e-mail at yalsa@ala.org, or by phone at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4387.

Cynsational News & Links

"Cultivating My Garden of Editors" by Nancy Bennett in the Satisfying Editors section of Writer's Support from the Institute of Children's Literature. See also "Dialogue: Eye-Glazing or Eye-Popping?" by Kathy Greer in the Story Dialogue section of Writing Tips from ICL.

"Editing Anthologies for Young People" by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling from CBC Magazine.

Danny Schnitzlein, author of The Monster Who Ate My Peas, illustrated by Matt Faulkner (Peachtree, 2001), offers Tips For Writers: Young and Old.

More personally, I blogged on spookycyn this week about the importance of understanding one's villainous characters.

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