Book News of the Week August 20-26th

Grandma Forgets: The picture book that helps families cope with pathos of dementia. Via The Guardian. Children’s’ books can be a very effective way of gently introducing difficult topics that come up.

Book chariot turns heads in Port Coquitlam. Via Tri-City News. 

Beyoncé releasing $300 coffee table book about her album Lemonade. Via CBC. This is definitely one book that is way out of my price range.

Girls in the kitchen? Portugal yanks books over stereotypes. Via Times Colonist. While there is nothing wrong with girls liking pink or enjoying cooking in the kitchen, they need to be shown that there are a variety of many different options for them to choose from.

Book News of the Week August 6-12

Book best friends: Library offering therapy dogs to encourage young readers. Via CBC. My local library does this and it’s such a wonderful program. It gives kids a chance to practice reading aloud without judgement.

Not just kids’ stuff: Kat Rosenfield, The Black Witch, and the controversy that gripped “YA Twitter”. Via The Globe and Mail. 

Kids’ books that inspire healthy eating- without sounding like lessons. Via Washington Post.

New Goodbye Christopher Robin trailer takes a look at Winnie the Pooh’s creator. Via time.  I can not wait to see this movie! Very excited for October.

Book review: “Wild Things” dives into kids’ literature. Via The Columbus Dispatch.

Book News of the Week July 23-29 2017

The hidden (and not-so-hidden) racism in children’s books. Via Time.com

Children’s books missed these immigrant stories. So students wrote them. Via The New York Times.

Stoney Creek native pens children’s book. Via Hamilton News. A local author!

Next from the novelist Junot Díaz? A picture book. Via The New York Times. This is going on my TBR list.

The most anticipated children’s and YA books of Fall 2017. Via Publishers Weekly. Books to watch out for.

 

Book News of the Week July 16-22 2017

Sweden removes Pippi Longstocking from libraries over “racist” term. Via The Daily Caller. While I understand language we no longer being used being kept in books to show what life was like at that point, i.e The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, I think that in this case it is good that they are updating the books.

Acclaimed Iranian artist refused visa to attend Edinburgh book festival. Via The Guardian.

Aaron Blabey’s children’s book The Bad Guys will be turned into a Hollywood film. Via NT News.

EasyJet to put free classic children’s books on flights in bid to get more kids reading. Via evening Standard. I absolutely love this idea. While children get more and more screen time today, especially on flights or other situations where their parents are trying to keep them occupied and quiet, it’s wonderful to provide another option. The more children see reading presented as an option, the more they will choose to read.

Why people are excited about the two new Harry Potter books. Via The Telegraph. 

Margaret and the Moon: new kids’ book profiles pioneering Apollo programmer. Via Space.com. “I hope they’ll find a strong female role model in Margaret Hamilton: someone determined to overcome unfair conditions and do good in the world”.

Book News Round Up

I’m counting down the days until Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children comes out on September 30th! I can’t wait to see this, although as with any book that’s been turned into a movie I’m worried it won’t live up to my expectations. What are your thoughts on books vs. movies? Do you feel the movie generally does a good job of representing the book or do you have to think of them as two separate entities?

11 Children’s Books That Help Kids Understand Autism via Romper

Excerpts from Chris Hadfield’s New Children’s Book via The Star

The Darkest Dark is about Chris Hadfield’s childhood fear of the dark and how he was able to get over it. This is on my TBR list for sure. I was lucky enough to see Chris Hadfield present on his life and journey to space and he seems like such a genuinely nice person with amazing stories to tell. Plus the illustrations by the Fan Brothers look fantastic!

An Illustration from The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield, illustrated by the Fan Brothers and showing a boy and a dog on a bed surrounded by spaceships, a planet and a whale.
Illustration from The Darkest Dark