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The Bestselling Books of 2012

Half of the top 20 bestselling books of 2012 in print were either Fifty Shades titles or Hunger Games titles, and only one book not written by E.L. …

Books

McDonald's to become UK's largest book distributor with Happy Meal deal

McDonald's is to become the UK’s biggest children’s books distributor as it commits to handing out 15m books with its Happy Meals by 2015.<p>The book giveaway will start today with a five-week promotion offering a series of non-fiction books from DK Books’s Amazing World series, including Stars and …

10 great children’s books destined to become classics

Jarrett J. Krosoczka — the man behind the <i>Lunch Lady</i> crime-fighting graphic novel series — credits his imagination with saving his life.<p>In today’s …

Scholastic to Roll Out New Multi-Platform Series

Scholastic has announced the fall 2013 launch of Spirit Animals, the company’s first multi-platform series in the fantasy genre. As with the …

Books

Illustrated Six-Word Memoirs by Students from Grade School to Grad School

In 2006, <b>Larry Smith</b> presented a challenge to his community at <i>SMITH Magazine</i>: How would you tell your life’s story if you could only use six words? The question, inspired by the legend that Hemingway was once challenged to write an entire novel in just six words, spurred a flurry of responses — …

Hold On To Your Tighty Whities, Captain Underpants Is Back!

Let's face it. When you're a kid, sometimes adults can be a real drag. The new <i>Captain Underpants</i> book puts it this way: "Did you ever notice how grown-ups hate it when kids are having fun?"<p>Dav Pilkey's <i>Captain Underpants</i> books are all about kids who get in trouble for having mischievous fun. With …

Captain Underpants App Launches

“For more than fifteen years, kids around the world have devoured Dav Pilkey’s brilliant combination of humorous stories, fantastic characters, and …

Books

Is Roald Dahl's Matilda too grown-up for a five-year-old?

I'm reading Matilda to my five-year-old but my husband thinks she is too young and that we should wait until she is seven. Is five too young to enjoy …

6 Terrifying Bedtime Stories That Kept Kids in Line

Long before Edward Gorey offed children alphabetically, writers sought to instill good manners and exemplary behavior through strange, scary …

Decoding History with David Baldacci, via Webcast

Scholastic is launching the latest title in its multi-platform series the 39 Clues with some extra multimedia muscle. The publisher is teaming with …

David Baldacci

Yesterday was the very exciting awards announcements for the ALA Youth Media Awards. I love the ALA for livestreaming the awards on the Internet.

Yesterday was the very exciting awards announcements for the ALA Youth Media Awards. It was also Special Friend’s Day at my nephew’s school. I stayed …

Books

2013 Newbery, Caldecott, Printz Coverage

<b>Applegate, Klassen, Lake Win Newbery, Caldecott, Printz</b><p>Normally Katherine Applegate would have been in her house in San Francisco the morning that …

Los Angeles

PLEASE: No More Insulting Classic Book Covers For Teen Girls

I had some <i>terrible</i> taste when I was a teenager.<p>My mother had great taste, and would look at me with horror when she'd see the outfits I had concocted. She'd wince when I pleaded with her to buy things in Hot Topic (I'm dying of shame as I admit this).<p>But let's face it: many of us women, as teens, …

Dennis Rodman writes children's book

Just imagine a book authored by Dennis Rodman being read to children during "story time" at a local library.<p>It's a scene that could soon become a reality in a library near you.<p>On Wednesday, the basketball Hall of Famer's children's book, "Dennis The Wild Bull," was released, and Rodman's influence …

Business

10 of the Most Bizarre Fairy Tale Adaptations

Today sees the release of Catherynne M. Valente’s <i>Six-Gun Snow White</i>, a novella that sets the classic tale of Snow White in the Old West — a trick …

Book News: Mary Ingalls May Not Have Gone Blind From Scarlet Fever

<i>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</i><p>— Mary Ingalls, the older sister of Laura Ingalls Wilder and a central character in her <i>Little House</i> series, famously went blind — supposedly from scarlet fever. But a study (paywall protected) published Monday in the …

For Libraries, the Common Core Presents Extraordinary Opportunity

The Common Core State Standards are poised to bring some of the most meaningful changes to our education system in a generation, some observers say, …

Makerspaces

Children’s Literature

<b>CAST:</b><p>Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel … Daniel Day Lewis<p>Roald Dahl … John Lithgow<p>JK Rowling … Helen Hunt<p>(via Heidi F.)<p>Jack Gantos … Chris Cooper<p>(via …

Amazon Wants to Get Into the Used E-Book Business — Or Bury It

There is no such thing as a dog-eared e-book – each copy is forever perfect. But a new Amazon patent could go a long way toward making the digital …

Top 10 children’s books 2013

http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/gallery/2013/feb/09/top-ten-childrens-books-2013<p>720<p>Students from nearly 2,000 UK schools have voted …

Expanding preschool is a no-brainer

Obama’s new proposal gets an A-minus<p>President Obama’s plan for universal preschool is as ambitious and crucial as his healthcare reform commitment, maybe more so. Citing research showing that investing a dollar in preschool saves $7 in the course of a child’s life, by improving their chances at …

President Obama says 'Don't forget to be awesome' with John Green

In a moment of Internet DFTBA epic-ness, John Green appeared in a Google+ Hangout with President Obama today to interview him, and watched the …

The Most Adorable Photo Of Barack Obama You Will See Today

President Barack Obama was in Decatur, Ga., on Thursday to promote his education agenda that he announced on Tuesday's State of the Union. He stopped in at the College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center, and the photos are absolutely adorable. This one was our favorite, though:<p><i>(Photo credit:</i> …

New Picture Book to Honor Newtown, Conn., Community

In <i>Snowflakes Fall</i>, MacLachlan uses the image of the snowflake to underscore the uniqueness of individuals and the healing power of nature and time. …

Books

They Wrote That?: 10 Celebrity-Authored Children's Books

These days it seems like celebrities are constantly trying to "out-brand" each other. It's not enough to be great at music, acting or simply causing …