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10 bizarre children's books that somehow actually exist
10 bizarre children's books that somehow actually exist
Everyone loves children's books. They taught us how to read, they remind us of our childhood, and just remembering them can bring a smile to the face of even the most hardened adult cynic. For the most part. Children's literature is tricky, and even the most well-intentioned author can stumble,...
Kids can get books with their McDonald's Happy Meals — but only in Canada
Kids can get books with their McDonald's Happy Meals — but only in Canada
What's Canada got that America hasn't got? National healthcare, a prime minister who can explain quantum computing — and books in its McDonald's Happy Meals. The Huffington Post reports that books are now available with Canadian Happy Meals; families buying Happy Meals can choose books or toys...
These are some of the victims of the Northern California firestorm
These are some of the victims of the Northern California firestorm
At least 42 people are dead and more are reported missing as one of the worst firestorms in California history rages in Northern California. These are the victims who have been identified so far.
Children's book author Jon Klassen and the morally ambiguous universe of hats
Children's book author Jon Klassen and the morally ambiguous universe of hats
When children’s book author and illustrator Jon Klassen visits schools to read his new book, “We Found a Hat,” he also likes to read “The Green Ribbon” from a collection of scary children’s stories by Alvin Schwartz titled “In a Dark, Dark Room.” The story is about a girl named Jenny who won’t...
Fall preview: Children's books
Fall preview: Children's books
The supernatural (Alyson Noël's 'Radiance') mingles with popular series (Jeff Kinney's 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth') and graphic novel adaptations ('Percy Jackson and the Olympians').
Children's books
Children's books
What Floats in a Moat? Lynne Berry. Illustrations by Matthew Cordell. Simon & Schuster, $17.99, ages 5-9 An eccentric goat and a chicken must deliver barrels of buttermilk to the queen, but a castle moat stands in their way. A little innovative thinking, mixed with science and persistence, adds...
Richard Wilbur, who twice won Pulitzer Prize for his poetry, dies at 96
Richard Wilbur, who twice won Pulitzer Prize for his poetry, dies at 96
Richard Wilbur, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and translator who intrigued and delighted generations of readers and theater-goers through his rhyming editions of Moliere and his own verse on memory, writing and nature, has died. Wilbur died Saturday night in Belmont, Mass., with his family by...
Four children's books introduce African American experiences
Four children's books introduce African American experiences
Picture books are often the primary means through which young children in the United States first learn about our nation's history. Telling stories about traumatic past events can prove challenging, though. How can we inspire young people from all backgrounds while being honest about the pain and...
Once controversial, 'Heather Has Two Mommies' is now collectible
Once controversial, 'Heather Has Two Mommies' is now collectible
Now a modern classic, the children’s book “Heather Has Two Mommies” is the perfect Mother’s Day book, times two. “When the book first came out, we didn’t think it was going to become what it became,” its author, Lesléa Newman, explained by phone from Massachusetts. That’s because it almost didn’t...
Children's books set in Afghanistan, Iraq challenged in Florida schools
Children's books set in Afghanistan, Iraq challenged in Florida schools
Several residents of Duval County, Florida, are protesting the inclusion of two children's books set in Afghanistan and Iraq in the third-grade curriculum of the county's public schools, the Florida Times-Union reports. They argue that "The Librarian of Basra" and "Nasreen's Secret School" contain...
Texas residents demand LGBT children's books be banned from public library
Texas residents demand LGBT children's books be banned from public library
Two LGBT-themed children's books have come under fire at a Granbury, Texas, public library. Dozens of community members have demanded that "My Princess Boy" and "This Day in June" be either banned from the Hood County Library or moved out of the children's section, WFAA-TV reports. The library...
LGBT children's books survive banning attempt in Texas library
LGBT children's books survive banning attempt in Texas library
An attempt to ban two LGBT-themed children's books from a Granbury, Texas, public library has failed, with Hood County commissioners declining to vote on the issue, WFAA-TV reports. The books in question, "My Princess Boy" and "This Day in June," were challenged by dozens of Hood County residents...
Shaquille O'Neal to pen a series of children's books
Shaquille O'Neal to pen a series of children's books
Shaquille O'Neal, the former all-star center for the Los Angeles Lakers, was famous during his playing years as the most lovable, childlike seven-footer in the NBA. So it comes as little surprise to hear that O'Neal has agreed to author a new series of children's books. Called "Little Shaq," the...
A bracing sourness rescues 'Goodbye Christopher Robin' from sickly sweet banality
A bracing sourness rescues 'Goodbye Christopher Robin' from sickly sweet banality
Names are endowed with unusual power in “Goodbye Christopher Robin,” a honey-hued but brittle-edged drama about the English author A.A. Milne and the emotional price he paid for his most enduring literary creation. Here and there we glean a few charming insights into Milne’s methods of naming his...
Martellus Bennett develops children’s wear, mentors NFL players about design
Martellus Bennett develops children’s wear, mentors NFL players about design
Off the playing field, Martellus Bennett is anything but the stereotypical NFL athlete. Children’s books, playgrounds, a cartoon project, his own creative agency and now children’s clothing are all part of his design arsenal. Nearly four years ago, the Super Bowl champ kicked off The Imagination...
Amazon launches children's e-book tool for self-published authors
Amazon launches children's e-book tool for self-published authors
On Wednesday Amazon announced the launch of KDP Kids, where self-published authors can create illustrated children's e-books for its Kindle tablets and reading platform. “Authors want to focus on telling great stories and we want to help them do that. No one should have to be a computer programmer...
Eric Hill, author of 'Where's Spot?,' has died at age 86
Eric Hill, author of 'Where's Spot?,' has died at age 86
Children's book author and illustrator Eric Hill died Friday at age 86, his publisher Penguin Young Readers Group confirmed in a release. Hill was the author of the Spot books, which began with 1980's "Where's Spot?" Created for young children ages 2-4, Hill's books featuring the puppy named Spot...
Summer reading: Children's books
The Accidental Genius of Weasel High Rick Detorie Egmont: $9.99 paper, ages 12 and up A 14-year-old's quest to become the next great director is stymied by his inability to get his hands on a camcorder in this graphic novel by the creator of the comic strip "One Big Happy." (now available) Arthur...
Caldecott-winning illustrator Marcia Brown, 96, has died
Caldecott-winning illustrator Marcia Brown, 96, has died
Children's book illustrator Marcia Brown died April 28 in Laguna Hills, according to publisher Simon & Schuster, the New York Times reports. Brown was a three-time winner of the Caldecott Medal, her field's greatest honor. Often, Brown worked with fairy tales or classic stories in translation....
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