Two of our favorite children’s book authors, Rick Riordan and James Patterson, will be onstage together for the first time, at Lincoln Center in New York City tomorrow night. The two authors will read from their latest titles (including exclusive first looks) and answer questions from their fans. Al Roker, a longtime literacy advocate and co-host of the Today show, will moderate the evening.
If this sounds awesome to you, but you don’t live in New York, dry your tears! The event will be streamed live online at www.rickandjameslive.com, and fans will be able to submit questions for the authors.
Big day for Rick Riordan! He was named author of the year by hundreds of thousands of young readers at last night’s Children’s Choice Book Awards (we hope you caught our live tweets from from the awards show).
And ‘The Throne of Fire‘ comes out today – the new and eagerly-awaited sequel to his best-selling ‘The Red Pyramid’. Heroic young magicians! Powerful Egyptian gods! Chaos snakes! We can’t wait to read it.
Two of our favorite children’s book authors (two of everyone’s favorite children’s book authors, really), Rick Riordan and James Patterson, will be appearing, together for the first time, at Lincoln Center in New York City next month. The two authors will read from their latest titles (including exclusive first looks) and answer questions from their fans.
For those of us not able to make it to NYC, the event will be streamed live online, where fans will be able to ask the authors questions as well.
One week from today, voting for the Children’s Choice Book Awards will be closed. Everyday this week, we’ll be sharing some information about the finalists in every age category and we’ll be starting off with the finalists for the Author of the Year.
Last Thursday, June 25th, I was lucky enough to join the President, the First Lady, and hundreds of Congressional family members to prepare 15,000 backpacks with books and other items for the children of servicemen and women. With the incredibly generous support of Random House Children’s Books and Disney Publishing Worldwide, First Book was able to donate 30,000 books (two for each backpack!) with a retail value of almost $250,000.
The service event highlighted ‘United We Serve,’ President Obama’s call to all Americans to engage in service projects and create meaningful impact in their towns and communities. The ‘United We Serve’ summer service initiative began June 22nd and runs through the National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11th. The initiative is being led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency dedicated to fostering service in communities across the country.
Curious about the books the President and the First Lady helped us pack? Here’s the list — full of great choices for your own summer reading!
What do Charlotte’s Web, Peanuts cartoons, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, and The Lord of the Rings have in common, you ask?
First Book is thrilled to include these amazing award-winning authors in this year’s What Book Got You Hooked? campaign. Check out their complete quotes and the titles that inspired other authors and celebrities by visiting the campaign online. And don’t forget to vote for the state you think should receive 50,000 books from First Book while you’re there!
The campaign runs until September 15th, so don’t let YOUR state miss out on the chance to win new books. Keep those votes coming, everyone!