From Education.com: 50 books your child should read before kindergarten
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Well, really, almost anyplace is the perfect spot to read! (from the Facebook page of Improbables Libraries, Improbables Bibliothèques.)
From a press release:
Harry Potter fans and young readers just starting their journey through the world of Harry Potter will have something new and exciting to add to their bookshelves this September. Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today unveiled an all new cover for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone — the first of seven new covers to appear on U.S. trade paperback editions coming in September 2013 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the original book in J.K. Rowling’s best-selling Harry Potter series.
The stunning art for the new editions is by critically acclaimed artist Kazu Kibuishi, best known for his #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel series, Amulet. Kibuishi is a longtime Harry Potter fan who called this opportunity, “more than a little surreal.” Each of the seven new covers will depict a distinctive and memorable moment from the respective book. The collection, which will also be released in September as a boxed set, will offer new readers just reaching the age to begin the series a glimpse of J.K. Rowling’s magical world and the epic story they are about to enter.
“The Harry Potter covers by Mary GrandPré are so fantastic and iconic,” said Kibuishi. “When I was asked to submit samples, I initially hesitated because I didn’t want to see them reinterpreted! However, I felt that if I were to handle the project, I could bring something to it that many other designers and illustrators probably couldn’t, and that was that I was also a writer of my own series of middle grade fiction. As an author myself, I tried to answer the question, ‘If I were the author of the books — and they were like my own children — how would I want them to be seen years from now?’ When illustrating the covers, I tried to think of classic perennial paperback editions of famous novels and how those illustrations tend to feel. In a way, the project became a tribute to both Harry Potter and the literary classics.”
The inspired original art for the series, created by the talented Mary GrandPré will continue to be featured on the U.S. hardcover and digest paperback editions.
From Flavorwire: Some of the weirdest children’s authors of all time
- Andrew Carnegie Medal: “Anna, Emma, and the Condors” produced by Katja Torneman
- Coretta Scott King Award – Author: Andrea David Pinkney, “Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America”
- Coretta Scott King Award – Illustrator: Bryan Collier, “I, Too, Am America” by Langston Hughes
- Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement: Demetria Tucker
- John Newbery Medal Award: “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate
- (Laura Ingalls) Wilder Award: Katherine Paterson
- Michael L. Printz Award: “In Darkness” by Nick Lake
- Randolph Caldecott Medal: “This Is Not My Hat” by Jon Klassen
- YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults: “Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon” by Steve Sheinkin
From The Guardian: Why are so many highly praised children’s books so gloomy? (Remember what J.K. Rowling said: “If you are writing children’s books, you need to be a ruthless killer.”)
Scholastic has released its fourth edition of the Kids and Family Reading Report, surveying kids’ habits and attitudes about reading. Here are some highlights. (Click the link for more.)
The percentage of children who have read an ebook has almost doubled since 2010 (25% vs. 46%).
- Half of children age 9-17 say they would read more books for fun if they had greater access to ebooks – a 50% increase since 2010.
- Overall, about half of parents (49%) feel their children do not spend enough time reading books for fun – an increase from 2010 when 36% of parents were dissatisfied with time their child spent reading.
- Seventy-two percent of parents show an interest in having their child read ebooks.
Findings reveal the potential for ebooks to motivate boys, who are more commonly known to be reluctant readers, to read more. One in four boys who has read an ebook says he is now reading more books for fun.
eBooks may also be the key to transition moderately frequent readers (defined as kids who read one to four days a week) to frequent readers (those who read five to seven days a week). More than half (57%) of moderately frequent readers who have not read an ebook agree they would read more if they had greater access to ebooks.
Even so, the love of and consistent use of print books is evident among kids, regardless of age.
- Eighty percent of kids who read ebooks still read books for fun primarily in print.
- Fifty-eight percent of kids age 9-17 say they will always want to read books printed on paper even though there are ebooks available (a slight decline from 66% in 2010), revealing the digital shift in children’s reading that has begun.
The report also notes that the gender gap in reading frequency and attitudes towards reading is narrowing; however, the narrowing of the gap is driven more by decreases among girls than it is by increases in boys.
- Among girls since 2010, there has been a decline in frequent readers (42% vs. 36%), reading enjoyment (39% vs. 32% say they love reading), and the importance of reading books for fun (62% vs. 56% say it is extremely or very important).
- Among girls ages 12-17 there was an increase in the amount of time they spend visiting social networking sites and using their smartphones for going online.
- Among boys since 2010, there has been an increase in reading enjoyment (20% vs. 26% say they love reading), and importance of reading books for fun (39% vs. 47%). Reading frequency among boys has stayed steady, with 32% being frequent readers.
Additional findings of note include:
- Kids say that ebooks are better than print books when they do not want their friends to know what they are reading, and when they are out and about/traveling.
- Print books are seen by kids as better for sharing with friends and reading at bedtime.
- Consistent with the 2010 Kids & Family Reading Report, nine in ten kids say they are more likely to finish a book they choose themselves.
- Thirty-one percent of parents who have read an ebook say they personally read more books now than they read before starting to read ebooks.
- Thirty-two percent of parents say they are reading new kinds of books they never thought they would read, including children’s books and teen fiction.
To download the Kids & Family Reading Report and access audio sound bites, visit www.scholastic.com/readingreport.
From imom.com — 10 Ways to Get Your Kids to Love Reading
From Mental Floss: 19 fun facts about children’s books spotted at the library
Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column in which animals tell their tales.
Be on the lookout for a jolly man who likes cookies and hot chocolate. But if you leave him some egg nog, don’t spike it — he has a long night ahead of him.
Don’t worry: I know it only just started snowing,
but we may get a white Christmas after all!
From BuzzFeed: 11 classic kids’ books from the 1960s
Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column on graphic novels for young people.
Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column on Discover More for Intelligent Kids.
From io9: Great Children’s Books That Look Death in the Eye (with spoilers). Quite frankly, I’d like to sit and read/re-read every one of these right now.
Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column on Fantasy.
From The Guardian: Penelope Harper’s Top 10 Great Grandpa Books
From Huffington Post: Barbies based on books. (Shown: Eliza Doolittle)
Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column — For kids, learning has never been so much fun.
From NPR: The top 100 novels for teens, as chosen by the public.
From Tor.com: All the Harry Potter illustrations by Mary GrandPré in one place! (Click to get original, large version.)
Scholastic lists the Parent & Child 100 Greatest Books for Kids
In case you’ve missed it, here’s a link to the PBS Mr. Rogers remix. It’s just awesome!