Tag Archives: Children’s Books

Through The Looking Glass: How Children’s Books Have Grown Up

“In Sarah Parrish’s second-grade classroom, the colors are loud, but the kids are quiet.It’s Thursday morning. Her students sit at their desks, reading to themselves. Books about Ramona and Junie B. Jones. Mystery books, fantasy books …Marisa Sotelino has just finished Horse Diaries #3: Koda. She grins when asked about it, showing a mouthful of light green braces.” (via NPR)

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Carnegie UK Trust announces £60k sponsorship of prestigious children’s book awards

“The Carnegie UK Trust has today announced its commitment to provide £60,000 over the next five years to support the UK’s oldest and most prestigious children’s book awards, the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards.The awards, which are run by the Charted Institute of Library and Information (CILIP), are also the only children’s book awards in the UK that are judged by librarians.The two prestigious awards presented each year are the CILIP Carnegie Medaland theCILIP Kate Greenaway Medal.” (via CILIP)

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Scholastic Pulls Children’s Book Accused Of Sentimentalizing Slavery

“On January 5, Scholastic released A Birthday Cake For George Washington, written by Ramin Ganeshram and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. On Sunday, January 17, the children’s publisher pulled the book for its sentimental depiction of slavery.” (via Jezebel)

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In Trove Of Kids’ Book Treasures, A Glimpse Of The Work Behind The Magic

“Deep beneath the University of Minnesota, housed in a room 83 feet underground, one of the world’s great collections of children’s literature lifts the veil on thousands of classics. When you visit, just be sure to wear layers. “It’s cold down here,” says my tour guide, Lisa Von Drasek. “It is very cold. Put on that sweater.” Von Drasek is the curator of the Kerlan Collection, which holds more than 100,000 books. (via NPR)

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As Demographics Shift, Kids Books Stay Stubbornly White

“When it comes to diversity, childrens books are sorely lacking; instead of presenting a representative range of faces, theyre overwhelmingly white. How bad is the disconnect? A report by the Cooperative Childrens Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that only 3 percent of childrens books are by or about Latinos — even though nearly a quarter of all public school children today are Latino. When kids are presented with bookshelves that unbalanced, parents can have a powerful influence. Take 8-year-old Havana Machado, who likes Dr. Seuss and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. At her mothers insistence, Havana also has lots of books featuring strong Latinas, like Josefina and Marisol from the American Girl Doll books. She says she likes these characters because, with their long, dark hair and olive skin, they look a lot like her.” (via NPR)

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