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Filmmaker Raises $24,000+ to Finish ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ Documentary

Filmmaker Hannah Jayanti has received more than $24,000 from Kickstarter backers for the “final push” on The Phantom Tollbooth documentary. These funds will be used for post-production mastering, legal fees, marketing, and distribution.

Back in November 2011, Jayanti raised $31,000 on Kickstarter to cover the film production costs. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more about the project:

“The film introduces viewers to the hilarious world of The Phantom Tollbooth, along with some of the novel’s more serious themes – starting with its opening scene featuring actor David Hyde Pierce narrating a stop-animation created for the documentary. Discover Norton Juster’s word play, watch Jules Feiffer draw Tollbooth protagonist Milo for the camera, and hear children’s author and illustrator Eric Carle reflect on the creative process and New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik share what makes the book a classic.”

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How to Celebrate Book Lovers Day

Happy Book Lovers Day!

According to Holiday Insights, the holiday is listed on two dates, but a “vast majority of sites list it on August 9th. A smaller number of sites have it recorded on the first Saturday in November.”

How will you celebrate? Below, we’ve created a list of five suggestions. (Photo Credit: brewbooks)

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Leo Lionni’s Swimmy Turns 50

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Leo Lionni‘s Swimmy. This beloved picture book won a Caldecott Honor back in 1964.

Random House Children’s Books has released a special edition of the book today. It contains a poster and an introduction written by The Very Hungry Caterpillar author Eric Carle.

Below, we’ve rounded up a few ways to celebrate the anniversary.

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‘The Very Hungry Cthulhupillar’ Raises $9,500+ on Kickstarter

Horror author H. P. Lovecraft meets picture book creator Eric Carle in Ben Mund‘s book, The Very Hungry Cthulhupillar. With 11 days left in the campaign, this Kickstarter project has drawn more than $9,500 from its supporters. We’ve embedded a video about the project above–what do you think?

Here’s more about the project: “Cthulhu has eaten your childhood! We are publishing The Very Hungry Cthulhupillar, a full color, fully-illustrated book in the style of a classic piece of children’s literature—not actually intended for a young audience. A cthulhupillar eats more and more to sate his ravenous appetite … and what shall he become?”

Welcome to our Kickstarter Publishing Project of the Week, a feature exploring how authors and publishers are using the fundraising site to raise money for book projects. If you want to start your own project, check out How To Use Kickstarter to Fund Your Publishing Project.

Eric Carle To Publish New Picture Book About Friendship

Beloved children’s author Eric Carle has a new book called Friends coming this Fall. Penguin Young Readers Group’s Philomel imprint will publish the picture book about “the love that binds people and the obstacles they will overcome in order to be together.”

Penguin Young Readers Group president Don Weisberg and Philomel publisher Michael Green negotiated the deal. Philomel plans to print 300,000 copies for the first U.S. printing. Carle explained the book in the release:

Friends dates back to 1952, when I was a 22 year greenhorn who arrived in New York City from Germany, speaking poor English and carrying a cardboard suitcase and a portfolio of my graphic designs. It was my good luck to meet Leo Lionni, then the Art Director of Fortune magazine, who became my mentor. Upon his recommendation I got my first job in the new world as a graphic designer with The New York Times. After that a loose and infrequent friendship with Leo developed that lasted until his death in 1999. Friends started out as a tribute to Leo Lionni, but the story somehow swerved into the story of another friendship, that of two small children. All friendships are somehow connected.

15 Books That Make Us Feel Nostalgic

What books do you remember most fondly from childhood?

Over at the nostalgia section of Reddit, readers have been sharing the books that make them feel most nostalgic.

To help our readers rediscover these childhood classics, we’ve linked to free samples of the 15 Most Nostalgic Books below–ranked in order by the books’ popularity among Reddit readers.

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Children’s Choice Book Awards Finalists Unveiled for 2012

The 2012 finalists for the Children’s Choice Book Awards have been revealed. Kids can vote from March 14th to May 3rd.

The winners will be announced live at the Children’s Choice Book Awards gala on May 7th. Nominees have been divided into four groups classified by different school grades.

In the Author of the Year category, middle-grade fiction writers dominate. The nominees include Diary of a Wimpy Kid 6: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney, Inheritance by Christopher Paolini, Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson, The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan and Dork Diaries 3: Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star by Rachel Renée Russell.

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Lord of the Fleas?

What if Eric Carle had written his famous kid’s book about A Very Hungry Cat?

Over at Abe Books, a satirical essay reimagined the covers of 18 popular books to feature cats.

These cats now grace the covers of A Tale of Two Kitties (Charles DickensA Tale of Two Cities), Lord of the Fleas (William Golding‘s Lord of the Flies) and The Girl with the Kitten Tattoo (Stieg Larsson‘s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). What other books could use this theme?

NEA Launches ‘Blue Horse’ Charity Auction to Benefit Arts Education

The National Education Association (NEA) has teamed up with the NEA Foundation to host “The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse Charity Auction.”

The proceeds derived from the Internet auction will benefit the NEA Foundation’s “Art Inspires Learning, Learning Inspires Art” initiative. This project funds arts education grants for teachers. Follow this link to check out the artwork.

Here’s more from the release: “This initiative was inspired by Eric Carle‘s picture book The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, which celebrates imagination and artistic freedom. Each donated piece of art will feature that artist’s interpretation of a horse and celebrates imagination and the many and varied ways that each artist sees the world around him/her. The auction will include three waves of art: Group 1 will take place October 17th-27th. Group 2 will take place October 31st-November 10th. Group 3 will take place November 14th-24th.”

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Children’s Book Creators Celebrate National Doodle Day

Publishers Albert Whitman & Company, Chronicle Books, Gibbs Smith Publishers, and Running Press, have joined together to celebrate this year’s National Doodle Day. In preparation for the May 12th event, several authors and illustrators of children’s books have donated doodles for its annual eBay auction.

Here’s more from the press release: “Daniel Pinkwater, Annie Barrows, Tom Lichtenheld, Calef Brown, Peter Reynolds, Eric Carle, Jon Scieszka, Mo Willems, and Lydia Bastianich all agreed to create unique doodles for the auction. Doodles can be viewed at doodledayusa.org until the launch of the eBay auction on May 12.”

Some authors, like Kurt Vonnegut, have attracted as much fame for their doodles as they have for their writing. Reportedly, this is the first year publishers have participated in National Doodle Day. The publishers will host public events on that day in the following cities: Chicago, Salt Lake City, and Sausalito.

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