East – West Literary Leads with Books

East – West Literary Leads with Books on New York Times Bestselling List for Fifteen Consecutive Weeks…and Counting

New book by Anna Dewdney expected to hit the list when it drops Sept. 4

For 15 consecutive weeks, East/West Literary Agency’s books have landed slots on the New York Times Picture Book Bestseller List, and there’s no reason to believe the streak will end anytime soon. East/West has owned the No. 1 position five of the last 15 weeks, and held three of the top picture book slots for 10 of those weeks.

On 4 September, Viking will release Llama Llama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney.  Upon its release last year, Llama Llama Home With Mama—a Children’s Choice Book Award “Illustrator of the Year” nominee–landed the top spot on the coveted list. Among other recent accolades for Dewdney:   Llama Llama Red Pajama was chosen as Jumpstart’s “Read for the Record” book in 2011, setting the world’s record for most readings of a particular book on one day.

Much of the agency’s recent command of the top ten can be attributed to Harper Collin’s popular Pete the Cat books by Eric Litwin and James Dean (www.petethecat.com/), including Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes, and Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes. “In addition to Llama Llama Time to Share, I expect we can earmark another slot for Pete the Cat Saves Christmas when it lands on 25 September,” Deborah Warren, founder of the Agency, adds.  “And I know that Pete fans will be delighted by the upcoming extension books written and illustrated by James Dean—lift-the-flaps, 8 x 8’s and beginning readers.”

“Referring to one of our NYT picture book bestsellers last year, Kristi Yamaguchi’s Dream Big, Little Pig!, illustrated by our very own Tim Bowers (Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky), we have big dreams,” says Rubin Pfeffer, who leads the Boston-based arm of the Agency.   “East/West prides itself on finding and nurturing new talent—picture book and otherwise–as well as managing and leveraging the accomplished careers of our more established authors and illustrators such as Marion Dane Bauer, Susan Cooper, Patricia MacLachlan, Edith Pattou, and David Diaz.  In every regard, we’re proud to make those big dreams come true for the very talented writers and artists we are honored to represent.”

East/West specializes in children’s books of all genres, from concept, novelty and picture books to chapter, middle-grade and young-adult. “We have a particular strength in the picture book category, true,” says Deborah—“from author/illustrators like Rubin’s Mike Austin, Linda Davick, Jeff Mack, Aaron Meshon, Jesse Joshua Watson and Richard Jesse Watson to Jim Averbeck, Gianna Marino, Andy Myer, Antoinette Portis, Lucianna Navarro Powell and Belle Yang—that said, East/West has a full roster of talent in every category–including MG/YA/Fantasy authors Kwame Alexander, Elana K. Arnold, Platte Clark, Alethea Kontis, Holly Schindler and Tyler Whitesides.”  And “soon,” Deborah and Rubin promise, “there will be a major announcement about placement in other categories, as well.”

“We’re not just dreaming,” the pair state, “we’re doing what people want – bringing the best books to market by talented writers and artists who will keep selling over the long term. We’re of course thrilled for our authors and illustrators and for their publishers, who have helped make this all possible. We also want to recognize and thank all of the terrific booksellers out there who help make our clients’ dreams come true.”

The agency’s strength in the picture book category was highlighted last year when it scored four of the top ten slots on the New York Times bestseller list the week of September 11.

Based in Los Angeles, California, East/West Literary Agency, LLC was founded in 2000. For more information contact dwarren@eastwestliteraryagency.com.

Snow Lion Storytelling Initiative

New Literacy Project to Bring Beloved Stories From Around the World to Children of Tibet

Snow Lion Storytelling Initiative preserves Tibetan language, promotes cultural curiosity.

Dharamsala, India – An exciting and significant new literacy project has been launched to give thousands of Tibetan children living in exile in India, Nepal and Bhutan the rare opportunity to read popular children’s books in their own language. The Snow Lion Storytelling Initiative (SLSI) promotes literacy and proficiency in the Tibetan language from an early age and seeks to inspire curiosity in other cultures.

There are over 190,000 Tibetan refugees in India and 5.4 million Tibetans living in territory that has been claimed by China over the past 60 years. Despite the significant Tibetan population, there is limited opportunity for the study of the Tibetan language. The curriculum is taught in Tibetan only in primary schools. As a result, education levels among Tibetans in Tibet are much lower than those of Chinese. An estimated 30 percent of Tibetans in India are children and students seeking a Tibetan education.

Thanks to the generous support of Dalai Lama Fellows , the Snow Lion Storytelling Initiative is translating some of the most beloved children’s books from around the globe into Tibetan. The SLSI will distribute to Tibetan government schools across India, Nepal and Bhutan freshly printed copies of beautifully illustrated stories from Africa, Asia, North America, the Arctic and more.

“The Snow Lion Storytelling Initiative will help open the door to a world of possibilities for thousands of Tibetan children,” says Marty Krasney, Executive Director of Dalai Lama Fellows. “Dalai Lama Fellows supports the project not only because we share a common goal of enhancing understanding and cooperation across peoples and culture, but because we want all children to achieve their highest potential.”

The SLSI hired three students from Lha Charitable Trust in Dharamsala, India, to translate the books, which have already been translated into many other languages and were chosen for their international appeal. The books include children’s classics like Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, Barbara Joose’s Mama, Do You Love Me?, and Alice McLerran’s The Mountain That Loved A Bird, but also new books like Salina Yoon’s Penguin and Pinecone.

The SLSI is indebted to Konga Gyatsen, editor of the Central Tibetan Administration’s Phayul magazine for children, who proofread the translations pro bono. An educator and father of two, Gyatsen finds the illustrations of the SLSI books especially important for Tibetan children’s development. “Through these illustrations, our children gain access to new dimensions,” he says. Geshe Lhakdor, director of the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, agrees that the art in these books is a precious addition to the available children’s literature in Tibetan. The SLSI speaks to the dire need for creative artwork in children’s literature, something that is lacking in Tibetan publications to date. “The children read the pictures,” the Geshe explains.

The SLSI is the brainchild of Eléonore “Nelly” Buchet-Deàk, a student at McGill University in Montreal and 2012 Dalai Lama Fellow. Buchet-Deàk grew up in a multicultural family attempting to master two languages herself, as she was taught English at home but attended school in France. From this experience, she recognized early the value of having access to reading materials written in both French and English. Dalai Lama Fellows partner only with select institutions, including McGill, which conduct a rigorous selection process on campus using Fellowship criteria and guidelines to evaluate project proposals and candidates.

The Amazing World of Gumball Season Two

Season Two of The Amazing World of Gumball

The tomfoolery returns with season two of The Amazing World of Gumball premieres Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT)

Cartoon Network’s acclaimed animated media series The Amazing World of Gumball will begins its second season on the air on August 14 at 7 p.m. The mixed-media show which won a BAFTA this year centers on a young boy (a blue cat with a giant head) and his best buddy Darwin (a pet goldfish which sprouts legs) ranked #1 in its time period with boys 2-11, 6-11 & 9-14, according to Nielsen Media Research.

The Amazing World of Gumball tells the story of an extra-ordinary suburban family who just happen to live in an ordinary town. Along with Gumball and Darwin there’s Dad, a 6’4” pink rabbit who stays at home while Mom works in the rainbow factory and Anais, a 4-year-old genius bunny. Gumball faces the trials and tribulations of any 12-year-old; like being chased by a rampaging T-Rex, having a robot steal his identity or dressing as a cheerleader to impress the girl of his dreams.

Created by Ben Bocquelet, The Amazing World of Gumball was the first full-length animated series out of Cartoon Network Studio Europe. It combines 2D and 3D animation in a live-action setting and has garnered BAFTA, Annecy and ASIFA Hollywood Annie awards. The series follows the misadventures of 12-year-old Gumball and his family in the wonderful little town of Elmore. Featuring a colorful and diverse cast of characters, Gumball’s school friends include the aforementioned T-Rex, a cheerleading peanut and a banana.

This season will bring to light to some tough questions such as; will Gumball ever win the affections of Penny? How will Darwin react when Banana Joe chews up his pen? And what happens when Gumball and Darwin get their first cell phone?

The Amazing World of Gumball “The DVD” DVD is packed with 12 episodes from series’ first season—including the titular episode “The DVD”—and a character gallery special feature, the compilation DVD will be available on August 28, 2012.

Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com) is the #1 U.S. television network among boys 6-11. Currently seen in 99 million U.S. homes and 168 countries around the world, Cartoon Network is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for kids and families. In addition to Emmy-winning original programming and industry-leading digital apps and online games, Cartoon Network embraces key social issues affecting families with solution-oriented initiatives such as Stop Bullying: Speak Up and The Move-It Movement.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

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Dole Recalls Bagged Salad Because of Listeria Risk

Recall Affects Salads Distributed in Nine States

Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling 2,598 cases of “Dole Hearts of Romaine” bagged salad because of possible Listeria contamination.

The company is recalling salads that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, which can cause foodborne illness. The salads were distributed in nine states across the East and Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. No illnesses have been reported in this recall.

Find out more at WebMD!

Archaeologists Excavate Easter Island’s Statues

Easter Island archaeology project digs up island’s secrets

New photographs reveal what lies beneath the surface of Easter Island, one of the most remote places in the world – the carved bodies of the island’s 887 famous guardians.

Read more at Fox News!

IBBY and UAEBBY Launch the Sharjah IBBY Fund

One million Swiss Francs in support of a reading culture among the region’s children!

The United Arab Emirates Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY) and the International Board on Book for Young People (IBBY) Foundation launched the Sharjah government-supported Sharjah IBBY Fund which aims to promote a love of reading among children so that they become life-long readers, ensure that children have access to books as well as support needed training programmes for professionals in this field.

The Fund aims primarily to provide support for children whose lives have been disrupted through war, civil disorder or natural disasters in the region of Central Asia and North Africa through implementing reading-related projects.

The launch of this Fund was announced at a press conference held during the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival 2012 at Sharjah Expo Centre in the presence of Her Excellency Sheikha Bodour Bint Sultan Al Qasimi President of the UAEBBY, Mr. Ahmad Redza Ahmad Khairuddin President of IBBY, representatives from various Arab national sections of IBBY, stakeholders in the field of culture and children’s literature as well as media representatives.

The agreement to establish the Fund was signed by the UAEBBY and the IBBY Foundation prior to the press conference. As part the agreement, the Sharjah government will contribute one million Swiss Francs (equivalent to AED4 million) towards the objectives of the Fund over a period of 10 years.

As per the agreement, an Advisory Committee will be set up to manage and supervise the fund. The Advisory Committee will be chaired by HE Sheikha Bodour Bint Sultan Al Qasimi and will include as members IBBY Foundation President and four other members to be appointed by the UAEBBY and IBBY.

Speaking on this occasion, HE Sheikha Bodour Bint Sultan Al Qasimi said: “The emirate of Sharjah has been at the forefront of many cultural and humanitarian initiatives in the region, whose effect have been felt far beyond the borders of our country thanks to the constant support of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. As child development is a top priority for His Highness, the launch of this Fund comes to highlight the important role played by Sharjah in the global cultural and humanitarian sphere”.

HE Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi explained that the Sharjah IBBY Fund, built on a cooperation between the IBBY and the UAEBBY, will work to support children’s intellectual development through reading, and nurture children’s reading habits, and provide relief from trauma through books and reading, particularly for children living in situations of conflict or post-conflict in various parts of this region and who are suffering from the adverse effects on these conflicts on health, welfare and educational opportunities.

“This fund will support the IBBY’s activities in Central Asia and North Africa, help to expand its current network of IBBY through enabling national sections in these countries to emerge or develop the work they do to promote children’s literature, provide them with needed books, training courses and guidance as well as supporting long term projects that would allow them to respond effectively to challenges faced by children who are victims of wars, crises, poverty and disease”, Her Excellency added.

HE Sheikha Bodour clarified that the fund will finance a new IBBY-led training programme that will offer the necessary training to the national sections in the targeted countries in addition to supporting long-term children’s reading projects in unstable and war torn countries such as the Gaza Strip, Afghanistan, Syria and Libya.

Her Excellency concluded: “Through this initiative, we seek to convey a message to the region and the world about the importance of books and literature for children and the need to give them priority above all other considerations, in order to produce literate and cultured generations who are able to proceed with lives with success and confidence”.

Ahmad Redza Ahmad Khairuddin, President of the IBBY, said: “I am thrilled to join you today on this unique children’s literature occasion and delighted to announce the Sharjah IBBY Fund that will help and support the children in the region, to develop their love of reading and provide the right books and environment to do so”.

“In times of trouble and crises that impact children’s cultural development and limit the resources available to develop their love of reading, we are confident that the Sharjah IBBY Fund will help promote children’s literature in the region and enable children to develop as life-long readers overcome the difficulties which result from the health, psychological or financial challenges they face and finally triumph over the effects of crises that had affected their countries”, he added.

Ahmad Redza Ahmad Khairuddin extended thanks to the Sharjah Government represented by His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi and to HE Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi for their generous initiative to support IBBY activities all over the world.

The IBBY Foundation is an independent organization based in Switzerland, that aims to raise funds and contributions to finance the IBBY’s activities. IBBY is an independent organization, separate from IBBYF, based in Switzerland that aims to encourage reading and bring children and books together. UAEBBY is the national section of IBBY in the UAE.

For more information, please contact:

Yousef Al Tawell
Account Manager
Sahara PR, UAE
Tel: +971 4 3298996
Fax: +971 4 3298995
Mob: +971 55 50 66 111
Email: yousuf@saharagcc.com
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Liz Page
IBBY Executive Director
Tel: 4161 272 2917
Fax: +4161 272 2757
e-mail: liz.page@ibby.org
Web Site: www.ibby.org