Monthly Archives: June 2011

More Notes from the Trenches: ALA Annual 2011

Posted by | June 25, 2011 | No Comments

This may look like a straightforward display promoting Brian Biggs’ upcoming EVERYTHING GOES: ON LAND

…but Robin and I actually spent some time during booth set-up beep-ing and vroooom-ing around the poster, pretending we were driving the trucks and cars.  Because that’s the sort of goofiness that conferences inspire in us.

Our breakfast this morning featured the upcoming IF YOU GIVE A DOG A DONUT by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond:

Really, what else can I say?  Cuteness personified.  Liz Burns at A Chair, A Fireplace, and a Tea Cozy said that she thought the purpose of the donuts was to actually make people feel better about taking more bacon.  I mean, if you don’t take a donut, that means you can take another slice of bacon, right?  It’s all about priorities, people.

Lastly, we told you a couple weeks ago about the awesome I’M A SHARK (by Bob Shea) fans that we were going to have at the conference.  Well, here they are in action:

To quote a librarian, “they’re functional AND cute!” Indeed.

There’s still time to come visit us at booth #1315!  Check out the signing schedule for Sunday and Monday, and stop by to say hi to us and our fantastic authors!


Notes from the trenches: ALA Annual 2011

Posted by | June 24, 2011 | 2 Comments

We arrived in NOLA yesterday and have already had an amazing time.  First, check out this cup I found in a kitschy gift shop yesterday:

It says: “Proud to be a public serving, friendly, book stamping, soft spoken, helpful, well-read librarian.”  And I couldn’t help but chuckle (and be a little annoyed).  As a former librarian, I never stamped a book in my ten years as a librarian – everything had gone automation by then.  And most of the librarians I know are anything BUT soft spoken.  What say all of you about this mug???

And here’s a sample of what waited at our booth at the convention center:

This is only one of about FIVE pallets of books waiting for us.  Or, shall I say, waiting for YOU?

Stop by and see us (HarperCollins Children’s) in booth #1315.  Look forward to seeing you!

Three Awesome Things

Posted by | June 20, 2011 | No Comments

Here are three things we’re loving today: Lauren Oliver, Veronica Roth, and chocolate.  Specifically, the Moroco Chocolat Hall of Fame.  Did you have any idea this place existed?  We certainly didn’t!  Well, Lauren Oliver (DELIRIUM) and Veronica Roth (DIVERGENT) recently stopped by there  while they were on tour in Toronto, immortalizing their handprints in chocolate.  Take a look:

What we want to know is how they restrained themselves from licking their hands afterward.

While you’re waiting for the last Harry Potter movie…

Posted by | June 16, 2011 | No Comments

Just because we work for HarperCollins doesn’t mean that we only read our own books – we frequently exchange books with our colleagues in other publishing houses.  That being said, there are some die-hard Potter fans here in our office (Me!  Me!  Me!) and we’re all completely psyched for the upcoming HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART II.

So while I’m waiting with bated breath for the last movie to come out (July 15th!), I have a few suggestions of Harry Potter read-alikes (click through to read synopses and additional info).  Feel free to share this with the kids in your library!

What do you recommend for kids who have devoured the Harry Potter series and are looking for more of the same?

Also, check out these Harry Potter Read Alike booklists from your colleagues in libraries around the country:

And because we’re just THAT excited, here’s the preview for the last movie, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART II:

HarperCollins Children’s Books at ALA Annual

Posted by | June 15, 2011 | 1 Comment

We’re in ALA Annual Countdown Mode here in the office – it’s only one week away!  Dozens of boxes have been filled with galleys and we can’t wait to share them with you.  However, while galleys are certainly a huge incentive to come by Booth #1315 to say hi, we also want to offer up our OUTSTANDING list of authors and illustrators signing in our booth during the conference:


5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Veronica Roth (DIVERGENT)


9:00 am-9:30am
Carolyn Mackler (TANGLED)

9:30 am – 10:30 am
Alex Flinn (CLOAKED)

10:30 am – 11:00 am
Bobbie Pyron (A DOG’S WAY HOME)

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Kadir Nelson (HEART AND SOUL posters)

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Katherine Hannigan (TRUE…(SORT OF))

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Patrick Carman (DARK EDEN galleys)

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Katherine Paterson (BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA)

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


9:00 am – 9:30 am
Bob Shea (I’M A SHARK)

9:30 am – 10:30 am
Christopher Myers (WE ARE AMERICA)

10:30 am – 11:30 am
Rita Williams-Garcia (Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Winner for ONE CRAZY SUMMER)

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Claudia Gray (FATEFUL)

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Lemony Snicket (13 WORDS)


9:30 am – 10:30 am
Walter Dean Myers (Coretta Scott King Author Honor for LOCKDOWN)
Rita Williams-Garcia (Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Winner for ONE CRAZY SUMMER)

10:30 am – 11:00 am
April Pulley Sayre (IF YOU’RE HOPPY)

All these superstars…and there’s more!  On Monday, June 27 at 11:00 am, we invite you to SHEL-ebrate with us in our booth because Shel Silverstein’s new poetry collection will be available on September 20th this year.  Stop by for a cupcake, a sneak peek at the upcoming book EVERY THING ON IT, and a poster!

See you in New Orleans!

Tweeted: HarperCollins Fall 2011 Librarian Preview

Posted by | June 8, 2011 | No Comments

When our librarian preview began, we let everyone know that, if they were tweeting, they should use the hashtag #hcpreview.  With that in mind, below are some of our favorite tweets from the event.  And don’t forget to follow everyone here on Twitter!

Karyn Silverman

Wow, early reader from Kevin Henkes, starring an adorable mouse with a song to sing. March 2012. #hcpreview

the pageturn

Lg format pic bk Everything Goes On Land by Brian Biggs is “crack for boys”! #hcpreview

Donna Bray

@mrbiggsdotcom, now you know I promote yr book as drug. ok w/ you? RT@thepageturn Everything Goes On Land is “crack for boys”! #hcpreview

Karyn Silverman

Pat Carman works his multimedia magic for teens! Dark Eden, pubs Nov, with app to release in August. #hcpreview

Martha Mihalick

Can’t wait for you to read it! RT @InfoWitch This is the one I want to read: The Girl if Fire & Thorns, Rae Carson. Real fantasy. #hcpreview


New @RealCliveBarker from Harper! So very wxcited for Quackenbush and Mater Motley!

Take a look at the hashtag #hcpreview for more!

WICKED LOVELY Series Discussion Guide

Posted by | June 7, 2011 | No Comments

Finally, for all the Melissa Marr and Wicked Lovely fans in your schools and libraries, we present the Wicked Lovely Series Discussion Guide. Check it out!

And while you’re at it, watch the haunting and gorgeous book trailer for DARKEST MERCY, the last book in the Wicked Lovely series:

And check out some blog reviews for DARKEST MERCY:

HarperCollins’ Fall 2011 Librarian Preview

Posted by | June 6, 2011 | 2 Comments

Last week we had our Fall 2011 Librarian Preview where we invited librarians from the tri-state area to the NewsCorp building, plying them with food and books.  Our editors got into the act, showing off their biggest and best books for the upcoming season – and this was the first preview where we had editors sharing book covers on their iPads versus sharing the physical galleys.  Here’s a taste of how it went:

Editorial Director Tara Weikum shares the cover for DEAD RULES by Randy Russell on her iPad.

Barbara Lalicki, Senior VP and Editorial Director, tells her table all about the upcoming WOLF STORM by Dee Garretson, a non-stop action story that will grab boy readers.

Donna Bray, VP and Co-Publisher of Balzer+Bray, demonstrates why kids are going to adore Brian BiggsEVERYTHING GOES: ON LAND.  It’s Richard Scarry meets Where’s Waldo with a dash of  David Macaulay!

Katherine Tegen, VP and Publisher of Katherine Tegen Books, talks about the multi-platform DARK EDEN by Patrick Carman, demonstrating the app on her iPad.

Want to hear more about our 2011 titles?  Stop by booth #1315 at the ALA Annual Conference later this month for galleys, posters, and lots of swag!

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