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November 2013

Sourcebooks Publisher and CEO Dominique Raccah Wins FutureBook Award

November 27, 2013 9459 Views

Dominique Raccah Wins FutureBook Award

Dominique Raccah has been named FutureBook's Most Inspiring Digital Publishing Person of 2013.

"I am honored and more than a little overwhelmed to be receiving this award," Raccach said. "But the truth is, this award isn't actually about me. It's really about what we've all accomplished together. This digital transformation has created a community among us; one that fosters innovation, shares successes and failures, learns from one another, helps each other, and one that's worldwide."

The Bookseller's FutureBook Awards are sponsored by Frankfurt Book Fair and were announced at the FutureBook Conference on November 21st. Others nominated for the award include Goodreads founder and CEO Otis Chandler; Richard Nash, head of partnerships and content at Small Demons; Charlie Redmayne, now CEO of HarperCollins, formerly CEO of Pottermore; and Macmillan CEO John Sargent. Dominuque will join many other digital publishing innovators in receiving this award, such as Faber CEO Stephen Page and Rebecca Smart, Osprey managing director.

"Dominique has a real passion for digital, and for transforming her business," Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller and co-founder of FutureBook.net, said. "She showcases every day, on Twitter, in her office, and at conferences, all the attributes an inspiring digital leader should possess. She is knowledgeable, enthusiastic, open and, most importantly, practices what she preaches."

Raccah was also recently named the Muriel Siebert Entrepreneurial Champion by The Committee of 200 (C200) during its Annual Luminary Awards to Exceptional Women, and Sourcebooks was honored as 2013 Book Publishing Innovator of the Year by Book Business and Publishing Executive magazines.

Dominique has overseen the launch of Sourcebooks' Put Me In the Story® personalized children's book platform, which includes partnerships with Sesame Workshop®, Hello Kitty®, The Berenstain Bears®, and Anne Geddes.

The FutureBook Innovation Awards were the first to recognize digital innovation across the global publishing business and we are very proud of Dominique for this remarkable accomplishment.

Congratulations, Dominique!

Put Me In The Story Gives Thanks to You

November 22, 2013 8227 Views

Put Me In The Story is thankful for you

We celebrate the fourth Thursday of every November for many wonderful reasons, but it all comes back to the fact that we are thankful. Whether you go around the dinner table and share with everyone what you're thankful for, or you put together a colorful, paper thankful tree with your family, we use this month to mediate on the many things that we're grateful to have in our lives.

We've been busy working to bring families new ways to connect to the stories and characters they love most, and we have you to thank for supporting our endeavors in doing so. Put Me In The Story is not even a year old, and we've had many groundbreaking achievements over the past months.

Over the past several months, Put Me In The Story has taken its platform to new limits and exceeded expectations. We partnered with Macmillan to add bestselling author and illustrator Nancy Tillman's On the Night You Were Born, making this beloved classic available to personalize for the first time ever.

We launched the first title in iconic photographer Anne Geddes' collection with Twelve Days of Christmas. And we're just getting started! Next year, we'll be using Geddes' photography to anchor our new baby line with never-before-published photography.

Other new personalized edition releases include Sesame Street's What Makes You Giggle?, along with Find Me If You Can, a fresh twist on the Where's Waldo? and I-Spy experience, and just in time for National Adoption Month this November, Marianne Richmond's I Wished for You: An Adoption Story.

The latest license to join Put Me In The Story is Hello Kitty and we'll be releasing eight original Hello Kitty stories designed and written specifically with personalization as the vision. The first in the series, Hello Kitty and Me: Best Friends, is slated for release in July of 2014.

This is just the beginning—be on the lookout for much, much more to come.

Early next year, you can look forward to a new title from author-illustrator Marianne Richmond and a more extensive line of photo gift books from bestselling inspirational author Gregory E. Lang who has sold over 3.5 million of his books with messages on faith, family, and relationships.

Put Me In The Story Wins Mom's Choice AwardsThis next one's for you, Mommas! Put Me In The Story has been named among the best in family-friendly media, products, and services by the Mom's Choice Awards. In both the gift book and online resources for adults categories, Put Me In The Story earned gold recognition.

And, just recently, Forbes took interest in our brand by focusing on Sourcebooks (Put Me In The Story's parent company) as a pioneer for personalization: "Sourcebooks is pioneering personalized books and ebooks with its new Put Me In The Story program…" They also note that "Sourcebooks has become known in the book publishing industry as a leader in innovation and you don't get that reputation by not trying new things."

"This is the most incredible year I've ever had…There's been an explosion of possibilities for our industry and our business and it's very cool." Dominique Raccah, CEO of Sourcebooks, tells Forbes.

This November, Put Me In The Story is thankful for YOU and your support. We're having an incredible year and we have you to thank for that.

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's Picture Book Month – Let's Celebrate with Marianne Richmond

November 20, 2013 6228 Views

Celebrate Picture Book Month

Put Me In The Story is jazzed. There's no better way to say it. Every day is a reason to celebrate picture books here at Put Me In The Story, but the fact that November is internationally celebrated as Picture Book Month really moves us. It's celebrations like these that continue to remind everyone how people (children, adults, families) connect with picture books the way they do, and why we need picture books in our lives. So, let's celebrate!

This month especially, we're celebrating the gift of author-illustrator Marianne Richmond and her works on Put Me In The Story. Marianne has touched the lives of millions for nearly two decades with her award-winning picture books. Her dedication to and sincerity in reaching out and touching the hearts of each and every reader of her books is beautiful. Marianne's books offer children, parents, and even adults heartfelt ways to truly connect with one another through her words and artwork.

To celebrate the significance of picture books, we'd like to share Marianne Richmond's inspiration behind her title If I Could Keep You Little…

Happy Picture Book Month!

Marianne Richmond's Inspiration for "If I Could Keep You Little..."

If I Could Keep You Little Personalized Book

Through the years, people have asked me where I get my ideas. For me, it's through being an observer of life. Listening to people's tellings. What moves them. But more so, listening for the themes that run through everyone's journey. As unique as we all are, we share universal feelings about our most heartfelt experiences of love, loss, and family. I write to capture the "unique everybody."

Marianne Richmond, If I Could Keep You LittleThe spark for writing If I Could Keep You Little…, for example, was ignited by my own experience of watching my four kids grow, and wistfully recalling their "littler" times. During a particular moment of cuteness from one of my kids, I put my hand on his 6-year-old head and said, "Oh…if I could just keep you little."

Now, while my mom self fully resonated with this sentiment, my author self immediately recognized a great book title! That's the sixth sense developed over 20 years of writing—you know it when you know it.

What I couldn't have known, however, was how far and wide this book would travel (more than 250,000 copies sold!) and how deeply it would connect with mamas of all ages! Whether sending a child off to kindergarten or college, moms wistfully reminisce about days gone by. Yet, at the same time, they know they wouldn't miss for the world the adventures forthcoming!

"If I Could Keep You Little... really connects to what parents feel as they watch their tiny bundle of joy quickly grow before their eyes. A great addition to your child's library to pass down to them as they get older, or for a special gift for that new addition to any family you know."—Carey

I love walking the journey with kindred souls and look forward to giving voice to our collective stories for years to come! I'm listening…

Marianne Richmond

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Sanrio's Hello Kitty Joins Put Me In The Story

November 18, 2013 31882 Views

Hello Kitty Joins Put Me In The Story

Our newest Put Me In The Story dish is the cat's meow! We just know you'll agree.

Sanrio, the global lifestyle brand, and Sourcebooks have partnered together to create eight original Hello Kitty stories to be part of a new children's book series: Hello Kitty and Me. We are absolutely delighted!

Hello Kitty has been a pop icon for over 35 years, so popular that sometimes we forget she's just a simple (but absolutely adorable) little kitten. Here at Put Me In The Story, we can't wait to get her out into the world with new stories to share for Hello Kitty fans everywhere.

"Hello Kitty is a worldwide treasure and we're thrilled to help tell her story," says Dominique Raccah, CEO and publisher of Sourcebooks. "For the first time, Hello Kitty books will be written with personalization in mind, which changes the sharing and bonding experience for parent and child."

Look for the first book in the new series, Hello Kitty and Me: Best Friends, in July of 2014. In these new Hello Kitty titles, your child will become the star of the story. Hello Kitty and your child, the most loveable, dynamic duo there ever was, will do all the things best friends love to do. Together, they'll fly a kite, play at the beach, have a slumber party, ride bikes in the park, and more.

It's safe to say that not all Hello Kitty fans are kids. So parents, we hope you'll share in our excitement as well.

We <3 Hello Kitty, and we know you'll love these original stories she has to share with your children!

Celebrate National Adoption Month with Put Me In The Story

November 14, 2013 10353 Views

I Wished for You by Marianne Richmond

The month of November is all about the beautiful family you've created through a simple wish—a wish that transformed into the grand miracle of being a loving and caring parent to a child.

Since November is National Adoption Month, we'd like to celebrate parents and family members who have dedicated their love, resources, and efforts to welcoming children into their hearts through adoption. We'd also like to honor children who have found wonderful, warm homes and families through adoptive parents.

Put Me In The Story Welcomes Marianne Richmond's I Wished for You

i-wished-for-you-personalized-book-3dPut Me In The Story is excited to announce that the personalized version of Marianne Richmond's I Wished for You: An Adoption Story has found a home in Put Me In The Story's collection. Our hope is that this title will offer adoptive families everywhere a creative and intimate way to share their family's adoption story with their child and those close to them.

Personalized with Your Child's Name throughout the Book

I Wished for You personalized book sample

Personalize this adorable book and make this story your family's own. Your child's name will appear on the front cover and throughout the text. In addition, you can upload your special child's photo and include a message on the dedication page. Marianne Richmond's beautiful words and illustrations will become yours to share with your little one and those you love.