Hello, Orlando!

ALA HaikuWe’re looking forward to seeing all our library friends later this week at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference, in Orlando. Here’s an overview of what we’ll have to share with you, and an invitation to visit us at Booth 2239, where you know that, no matter who you are, we have smiles and good wishes to share with you.

The exhibits open on Friday, at 5:30. come join the festivities during this ribbon cutting reception! Our booth will be fully staffed all exhibit hours, which are are 9-5 on Saturday and Sunday, and 9-2 on Monday. Ellen, Jackson, and Claire Myrick, Along with Mary Burkey and Sharon Grover,will be on hand, with Francisca tweeting from various corners of the conference and booth events.

Oh, and booth events! We have in-booth signings scheduled throughout the weekend, booksignings adand staff will be participating in other exhibit happenings as well, including the Paizo
program in the Gaming Parlor, Saturday at 10:30, and a program focusing on diversity at 3 that afternoon.

Oh, and the books! We’ll be showing and talking about new titles from AMMO, Two Little Birds, Scotland’s Floris from Steiner, Flying Start, and Free Spirit Press; from Gannon& Wyatt, New Zealand’s Gecko Press, and Karadi Tales, Canada’s Pajama Press, Dutch publisher Lemniscaat; from No Starch Press, Phaidon, Tilbury House, and Tiger Tales. Then there are the audio publishers: L. A. Theatre Works, Live Oak Media, and Brilliance Audio, along with the Sound Learning literacy program from the Audio Publishers Association. Amazon imprints Thomas & Mercer, Lake Union, and Montlake Romance Authors, all for adults, and Two Lions, for kids, will also be at our fingertips–and could be at yours.

Follow us on Twitter @pubspotlight throughout the conference. Our first tip as you pack is to be sure to bring rain gear as showers and thunderstorms are predicted, right now, for every day of the conference.

And bring a smile and a hello! We know Orlando needs both right now and we always enjoy them ourselves and bet you do, too!


Welcome to Boston and #alamw16

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We’re traveling to Boston today and looking forward to seeing all of you attending the American Library Association’s 2016 Midwinter meeting there!  You’ll find us at Booth 1917 in the Exhibits…and why would you want to find us? Because:

We’re bringing cool new picture books, comics, and books for older youth from a variety The_Boy_Who_Drew_Catsof quality publishers, including Pajama Press (Canada), Leminscaat (Netherlands), Gecko (New Zealand), Floris Books (Scotland), Karadi Tales (India), Udon Entertainment (Canada/Hong Kong), and, from the United States, Diamond, Tilbury House, Gannon & Wyatt, Namelos, No Starch, and Two Lions.

We’ve got audiobooks and audiobook programming information from Oasis, AudioFile Magazine, and the Audio Publishers Association’s literacy initiative, Sound Learning APA.

EMMA_SC_FRONT_Fin1We’re hosting signings by Rebecca Emberley, Bill Thomson, Licia Morelli and Jennifer E. Morris, and Susan Schwake.

We have a librarian staff who know books, audiobooks, and kids.

Plus, we are a lot of fun and generous, too…hmm, prizes anyone?

Hello, AASL!

Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 6.00.17 AMEllen and Mary are in Columbus, Ohio, this weekend, at the annual conference of the American Association of School Librarians. The conference, as AASL ones are, is packed with rich options for continuing development and opportunities for that ever helpful networking need we have to inspire improvements we can make in school libraries, and kids’ lives, locally.

The Publisher Spotlight booth (which is number 441) in the exhibits hall has books from a variety of our publishers, including Gecko, Pajama Press, Karadi Tales, Diamond, No Starch, Udon, Enchanted Lion Books, and Travels with Gannon and Wyatt. We’re also showing more from Workman, Eerdmans, DK, Holiday House, TOON Books, Arte Publico,  and Norton. We’ve got a big prize basket for a raffle and a couple of author signings scheduled, too.

In addition to all these good things, we can talk with you about a couple new services and initiatives related to multi-modal literacy. Mary Burkey is on hand to discuss Sound Learning, the Audio Publishers Association’s literacy project. And we have EPIC! in the booth so we can show you how this new e-reouce for books and audiobooks for kids works.

Have a good conference, tweet often, and we’ll retweet you! #aasl15 @pubspotlight


The Audie Awards and Sound Learning Update

Audie MedalWe had a wonderful time at Thursday night’s Audie Awards Gala, the premier event of the audiobook publishing world!  Among the winners of the evening’s Best Of the Year announcements is our good friend Live Oak Media’s H.O.R.S.E., that wonderful audiobook package that just keeps collecting trophies!  You can listen to a clip from it here to understand why it’s collected both the 2015 Odyssey Award and now the 2015 Audie Award for Children Up to Age 8 too!

Audiobooks are becoming increasingly–and deservedly–popular as means to access literary experiences.  With summer on the verge of arriving full strength, the Audio Publishers Association has also expanded its Sound Learning initiative with 37 new titles suggested for kids as great summer ear-reading. You can refer to that site, too, for information about the many connections between listening and literacy for readers of all ages.

So find those ear buds–or better yet, sit down with a child and listen together. Audiobooks are magic doors  for the imagination.

Live Oak Media supports AudiobookSYNC–and you can benefit!

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Each summer for the past several years, the partnership of AudioFile Magazine and OverDrive has worked with audiobook publishers to get them on board with AudiobookSYNC, a program that builds teen literacy through the summer months. Live Oak Media is pleased to be a part of this effort, donating free download access to selected titles for a week at a time during the 14-week-long “SYNC season.”

Starting today, Live Oak Media’s Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices is featured for free downloading through AudiobookSYNC. This multi-actor performance of Walter Dean Myers’ response to Spoon River Anthology offers listeners the opportunity to meet the people of Harlem as the author knew it in the 1930’s and 1940’s. As with each Live Oak Media production, a stellar cast is supported with a musical sound bed that further evokes the period with jazz strains and street sounds.

Here in Harlem is available for free downloading by individuals ages 13 and up through next Wednesday night. Downloads made during SYNC can be kept forever by the participant, another way to start growing teens’ personal libraries. If you’re not already a fan of AudiobookSYNC, it’s a grand opportunity to discover it. Teachers, librarians, and others who work with teens can read about the program’s documented success in teen literacy support, and access the Toolkit that can used for publicity on library, school, and club websites.

Thank you, Live Oak Media, for participating in this effort to reach kids with audiobooks of high quality and instant popularity!

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