Does Back Matter Matter? A Peek at New Picture Books and their Back Matter

Does back matter . . . matter?

If you’re reading our blog, you probably already know that yes, of course it does! Who doesn’t love a good context-exploring author’s note, an events-organizing timeline, or a pronunciation guide that helps make sure you’re not butchering unfamiliar terms? Back matter can be useful for the curious adult reading to a child, for the teacher creating a lesson plan, for the child looking up glossary words, and so much more. Here is a look at some recent picture books and their illuminating back matter. Click each back matter image to take a closer look at the stellar information and context it provides.

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Visit Lerner at ALA Annual!

By Megan Ciskowski, Associate Publicist

After a long period of virtual events, educators and publishers from around the nation will gather in Washington, DC for this year’s ALA Annual. We want to see you at the Lerner booth 1307! Come meet some of our authors and illustrators, learn about our upcoming titles, and grab some free ARCs. Read on to see all Lerner events.

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Looking Back: 5 Years of Incredible Middle-Grade Books

From magic and time travel to stink bugs and monster guts, these books are sure to keep your middle grade readers turning page after page. With so many great new books out there, it’s easy to miss gems, even when they can fill important thematic gaps on your shelves. To that end, here’s a round-up of some of our favorite middle grade titles we’ve had the privilege of publishing over the last several years, along with free discussion guides and other related downloads!

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Launching 2022 into the Stars

By Megan Ciskowski, Associate Publicist

The year has started with a smattering of starred titles. Today we share our books that received starred reviews in the first half of 2022!

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Who Are Lerner Illustrators?

Post from Danielle Carnito, Sr. Art Director, Trade

Who are the illustrators of Lerner?

A talented group, that’s who!

A large part of my job is matching and hiring many different illustrators throughout the year to our book projects. With all of the Lerner Publishing Group imprints combined, we* can work with somewhere in the range of 40-65 different artists—the number varies based on the types of books in the list. Since we have a new & different mix of books in each season, we have great opportunities to collaborate with a wide variety of artists.

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