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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
From H.B. High to mythical wildlife: Children's book author has adventures to tell
From H.B. High to mythical wildlife: Children's book author has adventures to tell
Mythical wildlife may not exist, but because of Todd Calgi Gallicano’s book, they will be alive in the imaginations of children and adults. Gallicano, an author who spent part of his childhood in Huntington Beach, will release “Guardians of the Gryphon’s Claw,” the first tale in the Sam London...
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...
1.33 million turned out for 'Farm Fresh Fun' at OC Fair
1.33 million turned out for 'Farm Fresh Fun' at OC Fair
More than 1.3 million visitors got a taste of “Farm Fresh Fun” — and more than a few bit into something deep-fried or wrapped in bacon — during this year’s Orange County Fair, officials said Wednesday.The 23-day event, which kicked off July 14 and ended Sunday, drew 1,334,753 people to the OC Fair...
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...
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...
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...
Cruise with the Cat in the Hat aboard Carnival's new ship with a Dr. Seuss-themed water park
Cruise with the Cat in the Hat aboard Carnival's new ship with a Dr. Seuss-themed water park
Dr. Seuss is going to sea. The Cat in the Hat and other characters from the children’s books will be part of a water park aboard the new Carnival Horizon, due to hit the water next year. On the Dr. Seuss WaterWorks, kids can jump inside a Cat in the Hat water slide decorated with red-and-white...
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...
Farm with barn that inspired 'Charlotte's Web' hits the market at $3.7 million
Farm with barn that inspired 'Charlotte's Web' hits the market at $3.7 million
A 44-acre saltwater farm in Maine where E.B. White wrote “Charlotte's Web” is up for sale for $3.7 million. The Brooklin home where White lived until his death in 1985 includes a barn that was the setting for the beloved children's book featuring a pig named Wilbur and a spider named Charlotte....
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...
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....
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...
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