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Alvin Irby, August 2017
Barbershop Books »

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2017 by Alvin Irby, Founder and Chief Reading Inspirer, Barbershop Books – IBPA member Barbershop Books, a program that creates child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops, won the National Book Foundation’s 2017 Innovations in Reading Prize. America’s prevailing beliefs about early literacy development have inextricably linked the activity of reading to a seemingly inexhaustible …

Keith Garton, February 2017
Engaging Our Children for a Better Future »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2017 by Keith Garton, Founder, Red Chair Press A child who doesn’t read—or isn’t read to—is a dark cloud over the future of published works. When I began my career in educational publishing over 30 years ago, teaching kids to read was thought to be a simple process: You taught children to sound …

Paul Dixon, February 2017
Where Are the Ethnically Diverse Lead Characters in Children’s Books? »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2017 by Paul Dixon, Co-founder, Matter of Africa America Time Corp. As each day goes by, the elementary-age youth in the US become more ethnically diverse. Approximately 50 percent of the children under the age of 10 are non-white. One of the challenges in the children’s book market is there are very few …

Arthur Attwell, October 2016
A Dashing Undertaking »

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2016 by Author Atwell, co-founder & director, Fire and Lion I like to imagine that I’m a pharmaceutical rep who is selling a drug proven to dramatically enhance brain development in young children. It’s safe, easy, and quick to administer—in fact, children love it so much, they ask for it. Until now, only …

Darcy Pattison, August 2015
Publishing Children’s Books: What Two Years Have Taught Me »

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2015 by Darcy Pattinson, Writer My first children’s picture book, The River Dragon, was published in 1990 by HarperCollins, and I’ve been involved in the industry since then. But in the last 24 months, I’ve made the switch from traditional publishing to independent publishing. My company, Mims House, now has 20 titles, and …

Aaron Shepard, May 2015
Pointers on Readings for Kids »

PUBLISHED MAY 2015 by Aaron Shepard, self-publisher Authors of children’s books have many opportunities to read their stories, and children love to hear them. If you can bring your stories to life, you unlock their potential for young listeners—and perhaps the potential of reading in general. You are living proof that reading is not boring. …

Linda Carlson, March 2015
Marketing Whatever You Have to Market, Part 1: Product Opportunities and Issues »

PUBLISHED MARCH 2015 by Linda Carlson, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — This is the first in a series of articles under the headline “Marketing Whatever You Have to Market.” Access the full series here. This is the first in a series of articles under the headline “Marketing Whatever You Have to Market” about using the …

Kathleen Boucher, Kristen Eckstein, Jim Musgrave, Lin Pardey, Karen Robbins, Ben Robertson, Anne Sarkisian, November 2014
I Did It and I’m Glad: Publishing Decisions That Turned Out Well, Part 2 »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2014 SEE ALSO: Part 1, Part 3 Doing It All With A Team Self-publishing Shoe Print Art became one of the highlights of my life. As a former kindergarten and first grade teacher, I began writing part time while raising my family. For 25 years I had written mostly craft articles, a picture …

Linda Carlson, October 2014
Spotlight: IBPA Member Achievements »

Blogging That Builds Sales You don’t have to spend money to make money if your DIY efforts are as focused as those of Lloyd Lofthouse of Three Clover Press in Walnut Creek, CA. His carefully documented publicity efforts for My Splendid Concubine point up the value of a blog tied to your book—and the value …

Kevin Gerard, November 2013
How to Succeed With School Visits »

How to Succeed with School Visits November 2013 by Kevin Gerard If you write fiction for children, school visits are an enjoyable and profitable way to promote your books. With a little finesse and a lot of persistence, you can develop rewarding friendships with school librarians close to where you live and—if you dream as I do—maybe …

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