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Malcolm Kushner, May/June 2020
6 Tips from the Founder of Free Books for Kids »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2020 by Malcolm Kushner, Fouder & Chair, Free Books for Kids — Learn about the unfortunate trend that is happening to the books you are donating and what Free Books for Kids Founder is doing about it. You’re a good person. So, when your kids have outgrown their board books, read-alongs, and chapter …

Peter Trimarco, November/December 2019
Board Member’s Memo: Innovation and Independence in Book Publishing »

PUBLISHED NOV/DEC 2019 by Peter Trimarco, Co-Owner/Publisher, Notable Kids Publishing — Many independent publishers, and specifically author publishers, go independent because they have a strong vision and want full control over the editorial and design processes. This was how it was with me. I established Notable Kids Publishing in 2016 to publish children’s picture and …

Richard-Anthony Lena, September/October 2019
How Can Indie Publishers Play In the Educational Publishing Market? »

PUBLISHED SEPT/OCT 2019 by Richard-Anthony Lena, President, Brattle Publishing Group — Educational publishing is a $1,350 billion market, and it’s ripe for indie publishers. But to get into this complex market, we first have to know its rules. What Is Educational Publishing? When we think about publishing, we tend to think about the titles on …

Alexa Schlosser
Opportunity Knocks: Cottage Door Press Shares Success Secrets »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 interview by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — Two-time fastest-growing independent publisher Cottage Door Press is only four years old—what’s its secret to success? While only a little over four years old, children’s book publisher Cottage Door Press has found incredible success in the industry, and Publishers Weekly named it …

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. …

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