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Children’s Books

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)

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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.

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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…

 

 

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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.

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Reggae Singer Shaggy Read Audio Edition of ‘Go de Rass to Sleep’

goderasstosleepReggae singer Shaggy has recorded the audiobook edition of the Jamaican translation of Akashic Books’ popular children’s book Go the F*** to Sleep by Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortes.

Translated by Kwame Dawes & Kellie Magnus, the print edition  of Go de Rass to Sleep came out last week and the audiobook edition came out this week. Here is an excerpt from the text:

Modda puss a hug up har pickney,
Young sheep a lay down wid big sheep.
Yuh wrap up an warm inna yuh bed, putoos,
Beg yuh, go de rass to sleep.

Actor Samuel L. Jackson read the audiobook for the english edition of the book, which became a viral success.

Bonnier Publishing Launches Children’s Imprint in U.S.

png_base644339bea98ad71d76Bonnier Publishing, a UK-based publishing house, has introduced a new imprint in the U.S. dedicated to children’s books. ”The name little bee books symbolizes the playful busyness and insatiable curiosity of children, who tirelessly buzz from one activity to the next,” explains a press release.

Little bee books, which will be based in New York. Shimul Tolia will serve as president of the operation. The imprint will publish books for readers 0-12 years old. Titles will range from board books and picture books to activity books and novelty books. The publisher will publish its first titles in spring 2015. Simon & Schuster will distribute the titles in the U.S. and Canada.

Bonnier also owned Autumn Children’s Books, a UK-based children’s book publisher.

 

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