Posts tagged with children-s-books

May 1 2013

RIP, E. L. Konigsburg.


We've been meaning to write about children's author E. L. Konigsburg's death for a week now, but we're disorganized. Sorry, Ms. Konigsburg, no disrespect was meant—we will always love you and your glorious 1968 novel From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, which opens with a paragraph that spoke to the very souls of thousands of nerdy, finicky children...

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Mar 21 2013

This is real thing, apparently.


April Fools' Day is so close, but we're not actually there yet. So I'm assuming this isn't a joke: someone actually wrote a children's book called Mr. Penny and the Dragon of Domeville, and it's about a "singular" little penny who battles a dragon that represents a bloated federal government...

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Sep 27 2012

Clifford's big birthday


NPR recently posted an article celebrating the 50th "birthday" of Clifford the Big Red Dog. Created by author and illustrator Norman Bridwell in 1962, the Clifford series has sold more than 126 million copies and is available in 13 languages. The article includes a really sweet interview with Bridwell and his wife Norma...

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Jul 12 2012

Digital storytime


When we first heard about the Reading Rainbow app, details were pretty limited, but now this sucker has hit (virtual) stores. According to CNN, the free app contains 150 books and 16 video field trips, but the "full experience" will cost parents $9.99 per month...

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Jul 5 2012

Please do Alice in Wonderland next.


Much to my delight, Penguin has released three more "Penguin Threads" editions. The new titles, which feature a variety of styles of embroidery-inspired cover art, are Little Women, The Wizard of Oz, and The Wind in the Willows, and they're all so gorgeous I'm even tempted to buy Little Women (and you guys know how I feel about that book)...

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Apr 30 2012

Casting coup


PublishersWeekly informs me that Hachette Audio has landed Tom Hanks to narrate the audio edition of Stephen Colbert’s children’s book I Am a Pole (And So Can You!). Actually, he'll be co-narrating, as Colbert will apparently make his presence felt by periodically interrupting Hanks's performance...

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Feb 28 2012

A legacy to be proud of


We were sorry to hear that Jan Berenstain, who co-wrote and illustrated the perennially popular Berenstain Bears series with her husband Stan, suffered a severe stroke on Thursday and died Friday without regaining consciousness. Ms. Berenstain was 88, and is survived by two sons and four grandchildren.

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Feb 24 2012

Utterly bizarre


Scholastic Parent & Child magazine has trotted out their list of the 100 Greatest Books for Kids, awarding the top spot to Charlotte's Web, second place to Goodnight Moon, and third place to A Wrinkle in Time.

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Oct 26 2011

It's almost Halloween, right?

Slate recently posted an article about the original Pinocchio story, which they claim is considerably creepier than the 1940s Disney version. Now, normally this wouldn't come as much of a surpris...

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Sep 21 2011

Peter Rabbit continues

According to Publishers Weekly, Frederick Warne has announced that it will publish The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit, written by actress Emma Thompson, in September 2012. The book is the 24th tale ...

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Jun 30 2011


I've never read Michael Morpurgo's novel War Horse (I don't like wartime tearjerkers or sad animal stories, and this sucker manages to be both), and I am now 100% certain I won't be seeing the mov...

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Apr 9 2010

Let them read read Pat the Bunny.

After years of finding Gwyneth Paltrow unbearably full of herself, I'm learning to appreciate her. I still think she's insane, but insane in a fun way, you know? But while reading her GOOP newsl...

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Oct 3 2008

Striking while the iron is hot

Has everybody seen this awesome fake political ad for the upcoming City of Ember adaptation?I like the idea of this spot, but I think Bill Murray is too smirky for the role. We like our politicia...

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Aug 26 2008

In need of a little electronic babysitting?

If so, you might want to invest in this:Barnes and Noble currently has this 6-DVD set on sale for $35.99--not a bad price, considering the quality, entertainment value, and overwhelming wholesomen...

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Jun 25 2008

Man convicted of killing 'Curious George' co-author

A jury convicted Vincent Puglisi on Tuesday of killing Alan Shalleck, the writer and director of dozens of short episodes of the Disney TV show Curious George and co-writer (with original creator ...

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Jun 12 2008

Johanna Spyri turns 181

The NPR feature The Writer's Almanac informs me that today is Heidi author Johanna Spyri's birthday.I haven't read Heidi in 15 years, but it's been lurking around in the background of my mind late...

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Nov 26 2007

A swift (visual) punch to the eye

Slate is currently featuring an entertaining but much too short slide show about the evolution of children's book art from the dull "improving" stories of the mid-19th century to the weirder and m...

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Sep 13 2007

Wear 'em with pride.

Check out this cute Madeline shirt, available for a paltry (okay, not really) $24.50:Aside: This has no literary significance, and I don't think I'd actually wear it, but I also really like their ...

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Aug 3 2007

*Not* an alphabet book

Roald Dahl fans take note: the paperback edition of Wendy Cooling's D is for Dahl: A Gloriumptious A to Z Guide to the World of Roald Dahl, is due out on August 16th. Dahl was just as weird as an...

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May 9 2007

Babies with books, Part II

And if you're in the market for a great book to share with your zero- to two-year-old, we (as always) have some suggestions!Try Lane Smith's The Happy Hockey Family! and its sequel, The Happy Hock...

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May 8 2007

Babies with books, Part I

We here at Wordcandy HQ try not to get too upset over statistics about the dwindling popularity of reading, but this survey, featured in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, is pret...

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May 1 2007


Brian Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret is a 500-plus-page-long picture book for older children--maybe 40% text and 60% images. I read and enjoyed this book, but I was a little taken aback ...

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Jan 19 2007

The Magic Pudding

The hardworking people at Dover Thrift have just released a handsome illustrated edition of Norman Lindsay's 1918 novel The Magic Pudding: Being the Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum and His Friends Bi...

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Nov 19 2006

Wordcandy loves Mr. Blake

If you're in the market for a little Wordcandy-approved, kid-friendly, TOTALLY FREE artwork, download this "Rights of the Reader" poster, illustrated by longtime Roald Dahl collaborator Quentin Blake.

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May 24 2006

Odds and ends

Sorry about this post wandering all over the Wordcandy map, people...Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson have released Chew On This, a kid-friendly book exploring the same territory that Schlosser c...

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May 23 2006

Happy birthday, Margaret Wise Brown!

And thank you for Goodnight Moon.Apparently, the New York Public Library banned Goodnight Moon when it first came out, which just goes to show you that even super awesome librarians who work in su...

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May 22 2006

More from Hollywood.

Man, Hollywood has been going crazy for Wordcandy authors recently. (You have good taste, Hollywood. Too bad so many of your movies suck.) It was announced this week that Guillermo del Toro will b...

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May 18 2006

Oh, God, ew!!!

One of my favorite childhood books has been made into a movie. The film version of Thomas Rockwell's "How to Eat Fried Worms" is due for release this summer. It's been a really long time since I r...

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Apr 22 2006


Okay! As soon as my bank balance recovers from my last vacation, I'm off to Amherst, MA.

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Apr 10 2006

We're back!

Hi, everybody! We're back from New York (and, as predicted, totally broke). On a truly book-geeky trip to the New York Public Library, we picked up a copy of this book in the gift shop:Alia's Mi...

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