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Happy 100th Birthday Beverly Cleary!

Beloved children’s author Beverly Cleary turns 100 today!  She’s sold millions of books, won several awards, has statues of her best know characters in a park in Portland, has an elementary school named after her and has written not one but two memoirs. Cleary’s most loved characters, Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, Beezus, Ribsy and little Ralph […]

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An Introduction to Shakespeare for Kids

April 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s work is among the most widely read and studied. But does his work resonate with kids? The language can be difficult to understand and some passages are dense. Most children probably don’t ask for a Shakespeare soliloquy for their bed-time story. Fortunately, there […]

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2016 Caldecott Medal Awarded to Finding Winnie

The prestigious Caldecott Medal, awarded annually to an American artist of a children’s book, has been given to illustrator Sophie Blackall for her contributions to Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear, written by Lindsay Mattick. The Caldecott Medal was first awarded in 1937 and is named in honor of the nineteenth century English […]

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10 Facts About Lucy Maud Montgomery

“Dear old world’, she murmured, ‘you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.” — L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery is without a doubt one of the most beloved authors of all time. In honor of her 141st birthday on November 30th, AbeBooks has put together 10 […]

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K-pop Erupts over a Book-Inspired ‘Sexualized’ Pop Song

A controversy surrounding a song by one of South Korea’s biggest female K-pop stars, IU, has ignited interest in My Sweet Orange Tree – an autobiographical novel by Brazilian author José Mauro de Vasconcelos originally published in 1968. The novel describes the misadventures of a five-year-old protagonist called Zeze. IU’s song is also called Zeze […]

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Peter Rabbit turns 113

On this day in history in 1902, Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit was published. The beginnings of Peter Rabbit was ignited by Potter writing letters to a little boy – the ill child of her former governess.  After several rejections from publishers, Potter privately printed the book in 1901. The book was an instant hit and […]

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AbeBooks’ Literary Link Lineup

Mars and Martin and Margaret and more…   1. JK Rowling traces Harry Potter’s family tree back to the middle ages 2. Coffee heir Henry Folger’s love of collecting Shakespeare. 3. Want a Dahl with that? 4. Sotheby’s Sale in early December to feature early editions of Shakespeare and the first English book about dogs. […]

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A golden ticket? Signed first edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory sells online for $25,000

It’s time to dig out your old Roald Dahl books – prices for rare copies of Dahl’s classic children’s books are hitting new heights. Late last week a signed first edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory sold for $25,000 on the AbeBooks online marketplace. The book is a first edition that had been signed […]

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The Ultimate Alice in Wonderland Birthday Cake

In honor of the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, AbeBooks has created a video describing how to make the ‘Ultimate Alice Birthday Cake.’ Have you made a literary cake?

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Revolutionary Bunny Book Sends Kids to Slumber

File this under “must be too good to be true”. According to the Telegraph and others, a self-published children’s book is zooming up the bestsellers’ lists due to its reputation for sending children to dreamland quickly and easily. The book is called The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep: A New Way of Getting Children […]

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