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The Super Seuss Business

The Wall Street Journal writes in-depth on the Dr. Seuss franchise, so much a staple of Penguin Random House that it was cited a number of times in the company's financial report earlier on Friday. The peg is the September 9 publication of a second collection of "lost" magazine work,…

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Kids Books Matter More In Print and In Store, As Teens Warm Up to eBooks -- and Lose Interest In Reading

The third-annual Launch Kids conference kicked off Monday morning with a block of data presentations from Nielsen, ReaderLink, the Insight Strategy Group, and PlayCollective, painting a comprehensive picture of both the commercial marketplace for children's print and ebooks as well as insights into how children use digital media. Nielsen president Jonathan…

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People, Children's Imprints, Etc.

At Crown, Sarah Pekdemir has been named senior marketing manager, Crown Trade. At Behrman House, Dena Neusner has been promoted to executive editor. The New York Public Library will pay $2.15 million -- funded in large part by a private donation -- to purchase 190 boxes of Tom Wolfe's papers,…

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People, Etc.

Samantha Edelson has been promoted to marketing manager for Macmillan Audio. Mobifusion has hired Michelle Lewy as director of publisher accounts, based in New York. Most recently, she was director of digital media services at Baker and Taylor. At Simon & Schuster Children's, Siena Koncsol has been promoted to publicist. Longtime…

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Children's: Joyce and Moonbot Studios Launch Atheneum Line; Jim Carrey Pairs with Perseus

William Joyce and Moonbot Studios (which he co-founded) are building on the success of the picture book The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (based on their bestselling app) with a whole line of Moonbot Books, for Atheneum. The line launches with The Mischievians this fall and aims to…

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Corporate: HMH Buys Tribal Nova; Penguin Partners with Mind Candy; Amazon Defends "Heavy Investments"

Two new acquisitions highlight publishers' increasing interest in game development. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced they acquired Montreal-based educational technology company Tribal Nova, which develops digital games, products and services for pre-school children. The Tribal Nova team will continue to operate out of Montreal, though they will be absorbed into HMH's Content…

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New Imprints: Jonathan Cape Children's Revives Fiction Publishing; Penguin Australia Unveils Young Readers Program

Jonathan Cape Children's, which has been publishing new picture books and backlist titles by Roald Dahl and Joan Aiken, will now publish new fiction, led Random House Children's UK publisher Annie Eaton. In a statement she said she would acquire "some very special future children's classics."  RHCP m.d. Philippa Dickinson…

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Amazon Gives Their Children's Imprints Names

Amazon has given their children's book publishing more distinctive imprint names to work with than just "Amazon Children's." Picture books are being published under the Two Lions banner and teen books are listed under the Skyscape name. The imprint names and logos are introduced in the Amazon Children's Publishing catalog…

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More Data and Insights from Publishers Launch Children's

Our Publishers Launch conference Children's Publishing Goes Digital on Tuesday was a terrific event, and we'll have more of our own to share from the presentations later in the week. (Our first report from Tuesday is here.) In the meantime, you can check out a long overview from Shelf Awareness,…

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Kids Retain Strong Preference for Print, As Influence of Online Bookstores and Friends Rises

Bookigee founder Kristen McLean and Bowker executive Carl Kulo kicked off this morning's Publishers Launch conference Children's Publishing Goes Digital with updated data findings from fall 2012, the latest installment in their ongoing analysis of the purchase and discovery of children's books. McLean underscored the overall stability of the children's…

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