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People: Bykofsky Associates Takes Over DSM Agency List

Sheree Bykofsky Associates has taken over the list of DSM Agency, as Doris Michaels "decided to make a transition in her life, which meant finding a new home for her clients." Colleagues for a long time, they report: "Sheree and Doris realized that they ran their agencies in much the same…

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Bonnier Acquires UK's Igloo Books

In the UK, Bonnier Publishing has acquired Igloo Books on undisclosed terms, adding £30 million in annual sales to create a group with £85 million in sales focused on children's books and adult fiction. The company says it will make them "one of the five largest children's publishers in the…

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Advance Look: NYT's Top 10 Picture Books for 2014, and Goodread's It Book Search

The New York Times Book Review announced its list of the year's 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books, though they will not be featured in print until the November 19 issue. Their picks are: Draw!, written and illustrated by Raul Colon (Simon & Schuster) Shackleton's Journey, written and illustrated by William Grill (Flying…

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Amazon Adds KDP For Kids

Amazon has officially launched a KDP Kids initiative that provides authors access to a Kindle Kids' Book Creator to help create files for illustrated children's books "that take advantage of Kindle features like text pop-ups." The new software is offered as a download for both Mac and PC that Kindle…

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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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