Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 29, 2011

What’s Happening in Children’s Book Industry

Connie Hsu at Little, Brown Children’s has been promoted. We will be seeing Connie this weekend, so I’ll get all the info for you. Also at Little, Brown Children’s, Tina McIntyre has been promoted to executive director, digital business development and operations, reporting to deputy publisher Andrew Smith, starting October 17.

Steve Geck is joining Sourcebooks in the new position of editorial manager for Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, responsible for acquisitions and the overall direction of the children’s imprint. He was executive editor at Harper Children’s Greenwillow Books imprint for nine years.

Lauren Weber has been named agency assistant at Pippin Properties following her summer internship at the company.

Lauren Weber joined the team as assistant following her internship during the summer of 2011. After a variety of experiences in publishing, from working for a scholarly publishing house to a fashion magazine, she is happy to find a position where she can combine both a love of reading and an interest in business. She is delighted to have a panoramic view to the inner-workings of children’s publishing and the opportunity to work with authors, illustrators, and publishers on a daily basis.

Here is something fun you can do this Saturday.

The 9th Annual Collingswood Book Festival is held every autumn in the historic town of Collingswood, NJ. This award-winning, all-volunteer book festival is a big literary event with a small-town, friendly ambience. Saturday, October 1, 2011, 10 AM to 4 PM. Festival-goers will have an opportunity to stroll more than six blocks of the main street filled with nationally recognized authors/speakers for adults and children, as well as booksellers, storytellers, poetry readings, workshops, exhibitors, kid-friendly activities, and entertainment for all ages. Free to the public.

Saturday, October 1, 10:00am – 3:00pm, Collingswood Cloud Auditorium
Books 2 Eat Exhibit.
All are invited to view the delicious, creative, bookish foods that have been entered in the Retrospect Best of the Fest “Books 2 Eat” Contest. Judges are local chefs and library staff. Winners will be announced at Noon. Contest rules and pre-registration info at

Saturday, October 1, Noon – 2:00pm, Collingswood Library Entrance
Book Appraisals.
John Freas, member of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America, will appraise up to five books for a $5.00 donation. If you think rare books have to be old volumes from centuries ago – think again. Modern first editions can also be very valuable. Find out if you have a hidden old or new treasure!

Teens & Tweens, Philly Liars Club, KidLit AuthorsClub

10am to 4pm
Book Signings: Meet Young Adult Authors

Grades 4 and 5 Book Discussion
Nancy Viau, Samantha Hansen Has Rocks in Her Head

Grade 6 Book Discussion
Leslie Connor, Crunch; Waiting for Normal

Grade 8 Book Discussion
Adele Griffin, Tighter; Where I Want to Be

Philly Liars Club Panel Discussion, Liars Tell the Truth About Today’s Publishing Revolution
Gregory Frost, Lyrec; Shadowbridge
Solomon Jones, The Last Confession; Payback
Marie Lamba, Over My Head; What I Meant…
Kelly Simmons, Standing Still: A Novel; The Bird House: A Novel
Merry Jones, Summer Session; Zoe Hayes Mystery Series
Keith Strunk, Prallsville Mills and Stockton (Images of America: New Jersey)
Keith R.A. DeCandido, Supernatural: Heart of the Dragon

KidLit Authors Club YA Panel Discussion
Ellen Jensen Abbott, The Centaur’s Daughter; Watersmeet
Cyn Balog, Fairy Tale; Sleepless
Margie Gelbwasser, Inconvenient
Alissa Grosso, Popular
Amy Holder, The Lipstick Laws
Jennifer Hubbard, The Secret Year
Keri Mikulski, Stealing Bases; Head Games

Tent 3: Children’s Authors & Entertainers

Danny and Kim Adlerman, Mommy’s Having a Watermelon

Ann Malaspina, Yasmin’s Hammer; Phillis Sings Out Freedom
Cynthia Chapman Willis, Dog Gone; Buck Fever

Dar Hosta, Animalization; Doggie Do!; If I Were A Tree
Toni De Palma, Jeremy Owl; Under the Banyan Tree

Kathy O’Connell Award Winning Host of WXPN Kids Corner
Summer Reading Awards and Presentations

Baze and His Silly Friends, Toddlerville; One Little Smile

Luigi Borda, Andiamo Luigi Series including Andiam…Let’s Go:Luigi Discovers Philadelphia
Ryan Sias, Zoe and Robot – Let’s Pretend; Are You Eating Something Green?

Margery Cuyler, Please Say Please!; Bullies Never Win
Marcy Aboff, Counting On a Win; The Pizza Palace; Data Mania

Denise Dowling Mortensen, Wake Up Engines; Good Night Engines

Two of A Kind, Family Album; So Many Ways to Be Smart


10:00am to 4:00pm
Michael Dooling, Young Thomas Edison
E.B. Lewis, I Love My Hair; I Want To Be Free; Night Boat to Freedom

Noon to 2:00 pm
Dan Gutman, Roberto and Me; My Weird School series; The Talent Show

Talk tomorrow,



  1. These events are amazing, and I’m surprised there are two big Book Festivals on the same day! I’m hoping I can attend one, but not sure 😦 I haven’t looked yet, to see the proximity of the festivals either. Maybe they’re relatively close to each other 🙂


    • Donna,

      It is one big event with many things going on, Collingwood is down towards Cherry Hill, NJ. If you get to go, you’ll have to let me know what you thought.



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