The NEW Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire cover is here

HPCover_004As if your weekend wasn’t exciting enough with yesterday’s reveal of the new cover for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, we’ve got another reveal — here is the gorgeous new cover of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! This is the fourth of seven trade paperback editions with new covers illustrated by New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, Kazu Kibuishi.

Arthur Levine, Vice President and Publisher, Arthur A Levine Books unveiled the new cover this morning in Chicago, IL at the annual American Library Association convention.

The cover depicts a scene from an iconic Harry Potter activity: Quidditch. Here, Harry uses his Firebolt broom to retrieve the golden dragon’s egg he needs to move forward in the Triwizard Tournament. The crowd cheers Harry on, waving flags and watching him soar by high above them. I love  how Kibuishi conveys the ferocity of the dragon, with gleaming teeth and fluorescent eyes, but what stands out most for me is the luminous golden egg, tucked safely underneath Harry’s arm.

To learn more about the new covers, Kazu Kibuishi, and the Harry Potter series, visit the media room.

We hope you love it as much as we do!

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IOF: Spinning statues, literary nails and literary wedding maps!

IOF-big-300x300Every Friday, we share a handful of links that we found funny, provocative or just plain cool. We call it In Our Feeds. Have a great weekend!

What books inspired Steve Jobs and Bill Gates? Find out here.

This feels like it should be something that comes out around Halloween. This article tells of a statue that is rotating on its own in the Manchester Museum.

It’s summer so you should be getting lots of practice reading maps already, right? Check out a site that lets you map scenes from literature.

Lemonade stands, computer programming, playing sports, inventing and you guessed it…reading! Here are 10 ways teens can learn something this summer!

We are all a little wedding crazy these days here at OOM, so it was no surprise to see author wedding photos come through in our feeds!

In case you ever wanted a Mockingjay on the nail of your index finger, here’s some inspiration! Loving The Fault in Our Stars nails too!

Finally, check out this article about digital libraries that are making books accessible to the developing world!

Author Bill Konigsberg recaps the ‘Openly YA’ tour’

Openly Straight CoverWe’re thrilled to welcome Bill Konigsberg, author of Openly Straight, to OOM today to celebrate LGBT Pride Month. Along with three other authors, Bill hit the road on a mini-tour of the Northeast and the experience was inspiring. Take it away Bill!

When I was a kid, there were no books for gay teens in my school library. Not a one.

So imagine my excitement when, a few months back, David Levithan asked me to be part of a book tour featuring not one, not two, but four openly gay young adult authors!

We called it the “Openly YA” tour, and the first leg of it happened last week in and around New York City. It was a smashing success.

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Unveiling the NEW cover for Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban

HPCover_003Here it is! Presenting the new cover for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – the third of seven new trade paperback editions illustrated by New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, Kazu Kibuishi. To attendees delight, the cover was revealed during the opening ceremony at last night’s Harry Potter fan conference, LeakyCon.

Kibuishi has captured the magic of Harry Potter in the covers for books one and two, and cover three is no exception. Here he depicts Harry conjuring his Patronus to ward off the life-sucking dementors. More of the mystery and darkness of the series can be found in this cover, from the steely color palette to the motion and force of Patronus against the deep night sky. 

The complete series of new books and a new boxed set will be available on August 27, 2013, as part of our celebration of the 15th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, book one in J.K. Rowling’s best-selling Harry Potter series.

Here’s a little more about Kazu Kibuishi: Kibuishi is the Eisner-nominated creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling Amulet series of graphic novels, as well as the comic collection Copper, both published by Graphix/Scholastic.

For more about the new covers and the Harry Potter series, visit our media room.

Literary vacations: New York City

Summer is the perfect time for vacations.  If you are like me, packing up and setting off for a fun getaway is not in theWonderstruck-Cover cards this year.  Does this mean you have to give up visiting your favorite vacation destinations?  Absolutely not!  All summer long we are using books to take literary vacations to exciting destinations. So head down to your local library or favorite book store, find your comfy summer reading spot and pour yourself a cool drink.  Let the literary vacation begin!

This week, we are heading to the city that  never sleeps, New York City!  Books have long been set in the Big Apple.  Here are some of our favorites!

  • Never been to New York?  Start with This Is New York by Miroslav Sasek.  This picture book brilliantly captures the hustle and bustle of the big city.
  • Eloise written by Kay Thompson and illustrated by Hilary Knight is the ultimate in luxury accommodations.  Who doesn’t want to live on the tippy top floor of New York’s premium hotel?
  • Are museums more your speed?  Visit the American Museum of Natural History with Brian Selznick’s Wonderstruck or the Metropolitan Museum of Art with E.L. Koingsburg’s From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Continue reading Literary vacations: New York City

Office space(s)

desk photoWe spend over 40 hours a week at our desks. At times, it seems like we spend more time at our desks than at home! It’s no wonder people like to personalize their desks with photos and decorations.

My desk has pictures, fun printouts, post cards, miscellaneous Scholastic paraphernalia I’ve collected since I started working here (Harry Potter  glasses and bookmarks, stuffed Liz from The Magic School Bus, Clifford Ears, Captain Underpants cape…), and lots of books!

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A new education blog from Scholastic: frizzle!

frizzle-logo_transparentWe’re so excited to share this news with you today, finally, after months of planning and building all spring:

Scholastic now has an official education blog, and it’s called frizzle!

For all the teachers, school leaders, parents and others who read OOM, we hope you’ll add our frizzle blog to your RSS readers and bookmarks. Written by employees and the inspiring authors, scientists, technologists and partners we work with, the blog will feature news, inspiration and cutting-edge ideas for educators, school leaders or anyone passionate about teaching and learning.

Don’t worry, OOM is certainly not going anywhere and will continue to feature news and reflections on books, education, technology and, of course, literacy.

Teachers: As you head over to check out frizzle for the first time now, here’s a great place to start. We’re giving away one of our new theme-based Text Sets collections to a lucky winner.

See you on frizzle!