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'Baby-sitters Club' author Ann M. Martin talks tackling autism in new novel, 'Rain Reign': EXCLUSIVE

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There’s much more to Ann M. Martin than the bestselling Baby-sitters Club books. An extraordinarily prolific author, she’s penned over a dozen novels for young readers over the past 10 years — though perhaps none as topical as her latest, Rain Reign. The story follows 11-year-old Rose Howard, a bright fifth grader who’s obsessed with homonyms, rule-following, and her dog Rain — her only true friend, since Rose’s high-functioning autism makes it difficult for her to relate to other people. When a devastating superstorm hits Rose’s hometown and Rain goes missing, she goes on a quest to find her companion — and ends up uncovering secrets that will change her world forever.

Get a first glimpse at the novel’s cover above, and read on to see what Martin has to say about her inspiration for the book, its connection to her own dearly departed dog — and where she thinks one unforgettable Baby-sitters Club character may have ended up.

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'Five, Six, Seven, Nate!': read an exclusive excerpt from Tim Federle's kid-gone-Broadway sequel

Nate Foster is back! In Tim Federle’s followup to reader-favorite Better Nate than Never, his spirited protagonist is getting busy making his Broadway dreams a reality. Five, Six, Seven, Nate! finds Nate with a one-way ticket to New York, a role in (the fictional) E.T.: The Broadway Musical and, possibly, a new secret admirer.

Five, Six, Seven, Nate! is due for release January 21, 2014, with early readers already calling for an encore. Catch up with Nate as he prepares for his big debut in the exclusive excerpt below:

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See 'Very Hungry Caterpillar' author Eric Carle's latest work -- EXCLUSIVE

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Hungry for more gorgeous, hand-painted collagework from Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal winner Eric Carle? You’re in luck!

The beloved illustrator has collaborated with 13 other award-winning children’s book artists — including Elephant and Piggie creator Mo Willems, Max and Ruby creator Rosemary Wells, and Jon Klassen of I Want My Hat Back fame — for a brand new picture book called What’s Your Favorite Animal, Carle’s first new work in two years. In this anthology, each artist gets two pages to draw and describe his or her own favorite animal; picks run the gamut from predictable (a giraffe) to decidedly whimsical (an “Amazonian Neotropical Lower River Tink-Tink). All royalties from the book will be donated to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Mass., not far from Carle’s old home in Northampton.

Want to know which critter Carle chose to highlight? Hint: It’s not the caterpillar.

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'The Art of Archie': See classic comic covers from new collection -- EXCLUSIVE

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Wish you could go back to a simpler time when everything was swell, kids called their junky cars “jalopies,” and mainstream feminism was nothing but a housewife’s distant fever dream? This new Archie Comics art book has you covered.

The Art of Archie: The Covers follows in the footsteps of last year’s The Art of Betty & Veronica, celebrating more than 70 years of teenage hijinks by collecting some of the venerable franchise’s most memorable covers. Warning: Thumbing through these images, which were selected by both Archie fans and the comic’s creators, will make you feel nostalgic — even if your own adolescence began long after Archie’s first published appearance. (Archie Andrews made his debut in 1941, alongside Betty Cooper. Take that, Veronica!)
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'The Battle for WondLa': Cover art finally revealed -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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After weeks of teasing on his Twitter, Instagram and website, Tony DiTerlizzi is finally ready to reveal the cover art for The Battle for WondLa, the highly anticipated third and final installment in his WondLa trilogy. Readers last saw Eva Nine finding a darker side of New Attica — but what kind of “battle” can they expect to see in DiTerlizzi’s conclusion?

Search for hints in the book’s enticing cover art, revealed exclusively to EW in the video below — in which DiTerlizzi also outlines his creative process for illustrating The Battle for WondLa.

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Newly unearthed Richard Scarry book to be published -- EXCLUSIVE IMAGES

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There’s a new addition to the busy world of Richard Scarry.

Next August, Random House will publish Best Lowly Worm Book Ever, a charming picture book starring one of Scarry’s most recognizable and beloved characters. Its release will come 20 years after the prolific Scarry — who wrote and illustrated more than 300 picture books — died of a heart attack in 1994. (HarperCollins will release the book Sept. 26 in the U.K.)

Best Lowly Worm Book Ever was discovered by Scarry’s son Richard Jr. — also known as Huck — in Scarry’s Gstaad studio. “Under his drawing table were several grey cardboard portfolios containing rough sketches of book ideas done on tracing paper,” Huck explained to EW via email. “Although most of the sketches were simply rough ideas, one set appeared quite advanced, with typewriter-written blocks of text on each page. It was a book about Lowly, and it looked like something which might be brought to completion fairly easily.”
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Celebrate the March on Washington with 'Martin & Mahalia'

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On August 28, 1963, hundreds of thousands of people flooded Washington, D.C., marching in one of the largest peaceful demonstrations in American history — and listening with bated breath to speeches and performances by figures like NAACP leader Roy Wilkins, gospel legend Mahalia Jackson, and, of course, Martin Luther King, Jr.

50 years later, celebrated author/illustrator — and wife/husband — team Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney are celebrating that milestone with a new picture book, Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song. As the title implies, the story focuses on the friendship between Jackson and King, as well as the pair’s shared connections.

“Each of their personal stories kind of mirror each other,” Davis Pinkney explained to EW. “You see young Martin in the church, speaking the gospel, praying the gospel, seeking it, teaching it. And there’s Mahalia as a child — as it says, she sang the gospel, worked the gospel, led the gospel, spread the gospel. Those beautiful ribbons of harmony came together throughout the civil rights movement.”

For more on Jackson and King’s unique relationship and the book itself — not to mention a glimpse at one of Pinkney’s gorgeous painted illustrations — check out the rest of our interview below.
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Accio 'Potted Potter'! 'Harry' parody returns to New York City -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

How do Jefferson Turner and Daniel Clarkson condense all 4,224 pages of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter saga into just 70 minutes of stage time? With charm, pluck, and the magic of improvisation: “We’re constantly changing it, constantly trying to keep it fresh for ourselves as well as the audience,” Turner tells EW. “We try to make it so that no two shows are exactly alike.” READ FULL STORY

'Little House on the Prairie' star Melissa Gilbert to publish first picture book -- EXCLUSIVE

Ma and Pa Ingalls must be so proud.

Actress Melissa Gilbert, best known for playing feisty Laura Ingalls on the beloved ’70s and ’80s TV series Little House on the Prairie, will release her first picture book next year. Gilbert’s first book, the New York Times bestselling memoir Prairie Tale, was published in 2009.

Her latest venture is called Daisy and Josephine. The story follows its two titular characters, a shy little girl and the rambunctious pet who draws her out of her shell. It was inspired by Gilbert’s French bulldog, who shares a name with the puppy in her book. The photo above — a picture of Gilbert in her Little House days — will serve as the actress’s author photo.

Gilbert is collaborating with illustrator Julia Kuo, an artist who has previously worked with Newbery Medal-winning author Cynthia Kadohata and New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han.

Daisy and Josephine will hit shelves January 28, 2014.

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Kelley Armstrong and Melissa Marr on their middle-grade debut ‘Loki’s Wolves’ — EXCLUSIVE
‘Good Morning America’ host Robin Roberts to write a memoir
Here’s the title of Laini Taylor’s third ‘Daughter of Smoke & Bone’ novel. Plus, a special trailer! — EXCLUSIVE

Feast your eyes on the trailer for Dan Krall's 'The Great Lollipop Caper' -- EXCLUSIVE

Fact #1: All children love lollipops. Fact #2: Most children don’t care for capers, by which I mean the edible bud of the deciduous capparis spinosa plant. (You know, the stuff you eat with lox — also a thing kids don’t like.)

These two truths were enough to inspire a new book from prolific animator/author Dan Krall, best known for his work on TV series like Power Puff Girls and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, as well as movies including Coraline and How To Train Your Dragon. His latest, the punneriffic The Great Lollipop Caper, follows — you guessed it — a “cranky caper” who hatches a salty plan to win the hearts of children everywhere. Check out the exclusive, silent movie-inspired trailer for the book below.

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