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Tales That Live Forever: The Brothers Grimm

In December 1812, two scholarly linguists published a collection of dark and sometimes violent folktales that would become a cornerstone of modern popular culture known as the Brothers Grimm. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm popularized the fairy tale with Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and many other famous stories. While the stories […]

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Mee-a-ow! Or, Good Advice to Cats and Kittens

The cover of this vintage children’s book caught my eye. You can see why: It’s an 1860 children’s book called Mee-a-ow! Or, Good Advice to Cats and Kittens by Robert Michael (R.M.) Ballantyne. Ballantyne was a 19th-century Scotsman who lived in Canada and worked for the early Hudson’s Bay Company. He was an incredibly prolific […]

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The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit by Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson, the marvelous British actress we all know and love (did you see her in the Kenneth Branagh adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing? Fabulous as Beatrice!) has written a book: The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit. I can think of fewer challenges more intimidating and daunting than writing a follow-up to anything by […]

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When the Authors of Adult Books Write for Children

Many authors, well known for writing serious literature for adults, have turned their attention to younger readers and written for children. Aldous Huxley went into a brave new world of crows and Ian Fleming shelved 007 to invent a magical car. With the experience, insight and sophistication of excellent writing at their fingertips, these authors […]

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“A Wrinkle in Time” – The Graphic Novel

Interesting news – according to science-fiction and fantasy site Tor.com, a graphic novel adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle is going to be available soon. In fact, it’s slated for publication on October 2nd, just shy of three weeks from the writing of this post. How did I not hear of it […]

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Miroslav Sasek: This is Art

Miroslav Sasek , who often published as M. Sasek, was a 20th-century Czech author and illustrator, best known for his This Is… series of children’s books. The series showed the sights, sounds and history of various regions of the world through the use of vibrant, colorful drawing and engaging, relatable writing. Published from 1959-1974, several […]

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Lucky Kids, Unlucky Neighbors: JK Rowling Builds Enormous Treehouses

According to The Guardian, Harry Potter creator JK Rowling is either a tremendously inconsiderate nuisance, or the coolest, most fun mother ever, depending on who you ask. The author has been given the go-ahead to build two elaborate, Hogwarts-inspired, two-storey treehouses in the garden of her suburban Edinburgh home. As her home is situated in […]

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The Childhood Pleasure of the Book Nook

Even as an adult, I relish a great place to read. I have been saying for years that one day, I will have a house with a window seat. As we are still in the condo years, that dream has not yet come to fruition, but it will. The Random House Blog has a post […]

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Top 10 Books Parents Think Children Should Read

I was interested to read in The Telegraph earlier this week about a survey by the University of Worcester which asked 2,000 adults which books they would be most anxious to pass on and have their children read. The results demonstrated once more the strong ties of nostalgia to reading, with participants wanting to pass […]

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Which book would you pass on to your children?

The University of Worcester recently published a survey where they asked 2,000 adults to choose the one most important book to pass on to their children?  It’s a tough and incredible vague question?  Is this the only book they will ever be able to read? Or is this merely the book I think they will […]

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