Welcome to the official website of New Readers Rock 2020!
We are a group of authors and illustrators who will launch new chapter books, graphic novels, and other books in 2020. Some of us have published dozens of books before. For others, 2020 will be the year we make our debut!
Here’s something we have in common, though: We love new readers. And our website is devoted to them, because they rock!
We all became writers and illustrators because books meant a lot to us when we were children. In fact, we cannot imagine a world without lots of books in it. Growing up, we understood that a book could be a friend, a comfort, a gateway to adventure, a sliding door into a new culture or experience… and more!
The studies on reading are clear: access to books early in one’s life has immeasurable benefits. The Annie E Casey Foundation released a 2010 report that found, “Millions of American children get to fourth grade without learning to read proficiently, and that puts them on the high school dropout track. The ability to read by third grade is critical to a child’s success in school, life-long earning potential and their ability to contribute to the nation’s economy and its security.”
More than that, we -- as people who create children's literature -- know that children who aren’t reading well will miss out on a lifetime of adventure, knowledge, and fun.
Here’s something else we know: Kids are more likely to read when the books they have are suited to them. Books need to be interesting and engaging -- a new reader should be unable to resist turning the pages!
Those are the kinds of books we are determined to write and illustrate. We, the members of New Readers Rock 2020, are so thrilled to bring you new, diverse, exciting books in the upcoming year.
Stay tuned for updates, interviews, and fun activities on this website in the upcoming weeks.
Follow us on Twitter at @NRock2020!