Exclusive: Behind the Scenes with Macmillan Children’s at BEA

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Armchair BEA has some fantastic Sponsors this year! Not only have they been generous with their offerings to our participants, but some are even providing us an exclusive look at the event happening in New York! Thank you so much!

Courtesy of the fabulous team at Macmillan Children’s aka @MacKidsBooks we have some exclusive photos direct from their author signings and other exhibits at BEA! Do make sure to take a look as a few of these books and authors can be found on our Sponsors page, which means you may just take one home yourself!

"Jack Gantos, with his lovely publicist Lizzy Mason, signing copies of DEAD END IN NORVELT #BEA11"
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
Melding the entirely true and the wildly fictional, Dead End in Norvelt is the story of an incredible two months for a boy named Jack Gantos, whose plans for vacation adventure are suddenly ruined when he is grounded by his feuding parents for what seems like forever. But escape comes where Jack least expects it, once his mom loans him out to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore—a chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, obituaries, Hells Angels, and countless bloody noses. Endlessly surprising, this sly, sharp-edged narrative about a small western Pennsylvania town is the author at his very best, making readers laugh at the most shocking things in a dead-funny depiction of growing up in a slightly off-kilter place where the past is present, the present is confusing, and the future is completely up in the air.

"Ann M. Martin (of Babysitter's Club fame) signing copies of her upcoming TEN RULES FOR LIVING WITH MY SISTER #BEA11"
Ten Rules for Living with My Sister by Ann M. Martin
Pearl’s older sister Lexie is in eighth grade and has a boyfriend. Pearl’s only boyfriend is the family’s crabby cat, Bitey. Lexie is popular. Pearl is not, mostly because of the embarrassing Three Bad Things that happened in school and which no one has forgotten. Everything Pearl does seems to drive Lexie crazy. On top of that, their grandfather is moving into their family’s apartment and taking over Pearl’s room. How will these sisters share without driving one another crazy? Pearl is good at making lists of rules, but sometimes, life doesn’t play by the rules!

" getting ready to be interviewed by in our booth earlier today "
All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin
In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city's most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.'s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidentally poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she's to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight--at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family.

"Lane Smith giving the thumbs up at his signing for his upcoming picture book GRANDPA GREEN #BEA11"
It’s a Book by Lane Smith
Playful and lighthearted with a subversive twist that is signature Lane Smith, It’s a Book is a delightful manifesto on behalf of print in the digital age. This satisfying, perfectly executed picture book has something to say to readers of all stripes and all ages.

"Yes world, @ does exist! And he was at the Flatiron today & yes, we were starstruck. Can you blame us?" - Taken pre-BEA, but still too good not to post!
It’s the First Day of School Forever by R.L. Stine
On the first day of school, Artie falls out of his bed and hits his head. Hard. He complains to his mom and she says, “You’re just worried about your first day in a new school.” Then at breakfast, his little brother, Eddie, sprays syrup everywhere, and Artie has to go to school with syrup-hair. On the way there, he gets splashed by a puddle that makes him look like he wet his pants. And that’s only the beginning. It’s not just the first day of school; it’s the worst day of school. On the second day of school, Artie falls out of bed and hits his head. Hard. He complains to his mom and she says, “You’re just worried about your first day in a new school.” Huh? Today is just like the day before. Can Artie find a way to change it, before it’s the first day of school . . . forever?

To find the books in the photos above make sure to take a look at the following Macmillan Children’s Fall-Winter 2011 catalogs:

Thank you again to Macmillan Children’s! Find them on Twitter @MacKidsBooks and on the MacKids blog so you don't miss any new fantastic books coming out soon!


  1. yay! exciting to peek inside to see these authors! i just got gabrielle's latest and looking forward to it. love the chocolate and coffee bits about it.

  2. Sweet! Loving these author photos. Thanks Macmillan!

  3. Oh my gosh...I am still laughing over b/f crabby cat "Bitey" tooooo funny. That is a must have book--well, they all are...thanks for posting the links to the catalogues!

  4. I can't wait to read Gabrielle Zevin's all these things i've done!

    And thanks for posting all the great twitter names. Found some great new follows.

  5. Meeting R.L.Stine would be a dream...he was one of my obsessions as a child when my reading bug began! He might have just had a large hand in creating a librarian!!


  6. A lot of great new books coming out. Wish I had an ARC of one of them!

  7. RL STINE! What a blast! Thanks for sharing these pictures, as we watch the BEA from afar.

  8. RL STINE?!?! So jealous. Thanks so much for this look into BEA :)