InsideMobileApps InsideSocialGames 10,000 Words FishbowlNY FishbowlDC LostRemote TVNewser TVSpy AgencySpy PRNewser MediaJobsDaily UnBeige

Children’s Books

Unconventional Fairy Tale Collection Featured On Kickstarter

Raymond Friesen hopes to raise $9,986 on Kickstarter for a short story collection called Fairy Tales I Just Made Up. The funds will be used to cover the cost of printing.

Friesen’s take on fairy tales feature a bunch of crazy characters including dinosaurs, robots, aliens, and more. He hired a team of artists to create the illustrations. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“I like to write stuff. Silly stuff. To amuse myself, as well as anyone else who’s paying attention. I’ve made hundreds of dozens of people giggle. And now I’ve written a children’s book anthology, featuring a bunch of crazy versions of familiar stories.”

Read more

Mediabistro Course

The Art of the Book Review

The Art of the Book ReviewStarting August 4, learn how to get paid to write reviews that will influence the publishing landscape! Taught by a Publishers Weekly book critic, you'll learn how to recommend a book to its audience, write reviews of varying lengths, tailor a review to a specific publication and more! You'll leave this course with two original reviews and a list of paying markets for book reviews. Register now! 

Science Fiction Picture Books for the Youngest Readers

Cosmo_and_the_Robot__Brian_Pinkney__9780688159412__Amazon_com__Books Science fiction books supercharged my imagination as a kid. Everything from Star Wars storybooks to Ray Bradbury radio adaptations to The Black Hole – Read Along Book and Record inspired my childhood attempts at telling stories.

I want my 4-year-old daughter to have the same kind of experience, so I turned to the brilliant Goodreads “Science Fiction Picture Books List” for inspiration. It was created by Amanda R. Von Der Lohe who studied children’s literature at Hollins University—writing a scholarly paper about science fiction picture books.

I caught up with Von Der Lohe recently, and she had a simple message for GalleyCat readers: “Authors, illustrators and publishers, please please please please please include more girls in science fiction picture books. Parents, read science fiction with your daughters.”

Read more

Quentin Blake Opens the ‘House of Illustration’

House of IllustrationFamed artist Quentin Blake has opened the “House of Illustration” in London.

The gallery’s inaugural art show, “Inside Stories,” showcases Blake’s work. Many of the pieces on display can be found in books written by beloved children’s books writer Roald Dahl.

According to the gallery website, “the exhibition brings together first roughs and storyboards, many never shown before, with finished art work to demonstrate how ideas evolved, often in close collaboration with the authors.” Follow this link to view a photo album. (via The Independent)

The Art of Dr. Seuss Gallery Has Opened in Chicago

CatThe Art of Dr. Seuss Gallery has opened in Chicago’s Water Tower Place.

Gene DeFillippo has been named the curator of this space. Visitors will see sketches, paintings, sculptures, and more.

According to the Chicago Reader, some of the pieces being showcased include “a Jackson Pollock-style Cat in the Hat. And there’s Yertle the Turtle’s art deco ancestor in After Dark in the Park, and a colorful surrealist version of One Fish, Two Fish in the delightfully titled The Joyous Leaping of Uncanned Salmon.” Follow this link to see photos from the grand opening celebration. Do you plan on visiting this art gallery?

Early Reading Apps for Kids

mystoryAt the American Library Association conference in Las Vegas last weekend, librarians from around the country showed how apps and digital media can encourage literacy–dispelling fears that digital media will destroy our love of reading.

Chip Donohue, the director of the Technology in Early Childhood Center at the Erikson Institute, reminded readers that technology presents a powerful opportunity to expand children’s reading experiences:

It’s not either/or. It’s books AND iPads. These are the tools of the culture, these are the tools of their world. Show parents how this can be used wisely.  We are not talking about the end of books as we know it.

Read more

Guerilla Storytime Raids ALA

storytimelargeAt the American Library Association annual conference in Las Vegas over the weekend, youth service librarians from Storytime Underground hosted a series of “Guerilla Storytimes.”

Around 50 librarians gathered on Sunday morning, sharing techniques for dealing with storytime challenges. They also taught songs, dances and rhymes that will make any storytime more interactive.

The interactive event launched at last year’s conference, reminding librarians, parents, teachers and caregivers how important it is to share stories with kids. We caught up with the team to pick up some storytime tips…

 

 

Read more

Jon Klassen Named Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal

This is Not My HatJon Klassen has been named the winner of the 2014 Kate Greenaway Medal for Illustration.

Klassen was presented with this award for his 2012 title, This is Not My Hat. According to the press release, Klassen’s hit picture book “will go into the history books as the first ever title to win both the UK’s highest illustration honor with the Kate Greenaway Medal, and also win the most prestigious award for children’s book illustration in the US, the Randolph Caldecott Medal, which was awarded in 2013.”

The same year that Klassen received a Caldecott Medal for This is Not My Hat, he also earned a Caldecott Honor for Extra Yarn which is written by Mac Barnett. Klassen and Barnett will team up once again for a new project entitled Sam and Dave Dig a Hole; Candlewick Press plans to release it in October 2014. What do you think?

‘#GoTChildrensBooks’ Hashtag Sweeps Twitter

Over the last few days, the #GoTChildrensBooks hashtag has swept Twitter.

Twitter users re-imagined some of the world’s most beloved children’s books with references from the hit HBO series, Game of Thrones.

Bustle has collected some of the tweets and created a list of “the seven best submissions so far” which include Tyrion and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (embedded above), Goodnight Moon Door, and Where the Wildlings Are.

‘The Snowy Day & The Art of Ezra Jack Keats’ Exhibit On View at the Skirball Cultural Center

Snowy DayThe Skirball Cultural Center is hosting “The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats” exhibit.

The curators have gathered more than 80 original works for this art show. Visitors will see sketches, paintings, collages, picture book dummies, and finished pieces. It will be on view until September 7, 2014.

Here’s more from the press release: “Published at the height of the American civil rights movement, Keats’s landmark book The Snowy Day (1962) represents an historic milestone, featuring the first African American protagonist in a full-color children’s picture book. The Snowy Day went on to win the Caldecott Medal and has sold over five million copies to date, inspiring generations of readers and authors alike.” What’s your favorite Keats picture book?

Join the #DadsRead Campaign

dadsreadWhat books did you read with your dad?

My dad introduced me to J. R. R. TolkienSir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain and other classic authors. My grandpa had a bookshelf loaded with Reader’s Digest Condensed Books and National Geographics.

I inherited my life-long love of reading, but I was lucky. The organizers of the #DadsRead Campaign shared some startling statistics:

There are studies suggesting that only 19 percent of 16-24 year-old fathers say they enjoy reading at bedtime with their children. What’s more, data from Pew Research and other sources demonstrate that fathers are significantly less involved than mothers when it comes to the reading lives of their children.

Read more

NEXT PAGE >>