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The Legacy of Ursula Nordstrom

9780064462358You probably enjoyed Charlotte’s Web or Harriet the Spy at one point in your life. But do you know who edited those great kid’s books?

After covering the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Summer Conference last weekend, I caught up with the New York Public Library’s Youth Materials Collections Specialist Betsy Bird and Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast blogger Julie Danielson, co-authors of the brand new book, Wild Things! Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature (co-written with Peter Sieruta).

Q: Could you tell us more about the life and work of the great children’s book editor Ursula Nordstrom? What are some of the books you recommend from this great editor?

Betsy Bird: ”Ursula’s list begins to resemble nothing so much as a Who’s Who in children’s literature after a while. She had this crazy sense of humor that went well with her ability to spot potential children’s literature talent.

I mean, seriously, who would have looked at Shel Silverstein‘s rather explicit cartoons in Playboy and thought ‘There’s the man that children everywhere will love!?’”

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HarperCollins to Release ‘The Giving Tree’ in eBook Format

9780060256654HarperCollins will publish an eBook edition of The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein on February 18th.

This release marks the first time a Silverstein title was released as a digital book. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Silverstein “never allowed paperback editions of his books.”

The publisher organized this to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication of this iconic children’s book. How will you be celebrating this momentous occasion?

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‘Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back’ Turns 50

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It has been 50 years since Shel Silverstein’s picture book Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back was first published.

The prolific children’s books creator served as the narrator of this story under the alias Uncle ShelbyView this video to see an animated adaptation of this story.

Below, we’ve rounded up a few ways to commemorate this special anniversary. How will you be celebrating?

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John Vitale Leaving HarperCollins

John Vitale is leaving HarperCollins this month. He worked with authors that included Kurt Vonnegut, Maurice Sendak and Shel Silverstein.

Here’s more from the company memo: “John joined the company in April 1977 when Harper & Row acquired Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. In 1978, he was named Production Director for the Children’s Division. In 1998 he was promoted to Vice President of Book Production, where he added the Adult Trade Group to his existing responsibilities of Children’s and Audio.”

The publisher will promote Tracey Menzies to VP of production and creative operations to replace Vitale.

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The Giving Tree Inspires Wedding Invitation

The classic kid’s book The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein inspired intricate invitations for an upcoming wedding, making headlines in the wedding blog world.

Offbeat Bride has the scoop: “I have to confess, I got a little teary-eyed over Andrew and Jackie’s Giving Tree wedding invitations, made by Kim from NMI Creations. (Did you pick up on the special wording of “share” and “give” like for The Giving Tree? Subtle, eh?) If you think the invitations are cute, wait until you see their matching Save the Dates AND the completed invitation suite with the hidden tear-inducing surprise!”

This could very easily produce a wave of children’s book inspired wedding materials. What classic book would you use for your wedding invitations? (Via Reddit)

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Shel Silverstein Sings ‘Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too’ Poem

In honor of National Poetry Month, we dug up an animated video of children’s author Shel Silverstein performing his poem, “Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too.”

The poem was included in Silverstein’s celebrated collection, Where the Sidewalk Ends. It was originally published in 1974 and dedicated to children’s books editor Ursula Nordstrom.

Since the poet died in 1999, HarperCollins has published two volumes of Silverstein poetry. What’s your favorite Silverstein poem?

Playing with Famous Author Dolls

Over at UneekDollDesigns, artist Debbie Ritter sells handmade dolls of famous authors and celebrated literary characters.

The collection includes the trio of ghosts who haunt Ebenezer Scrooge. Ritter has also created dolls of Jane Eyre from Charlotte Bronte‘s famous novel and Mrs. Haversham from Dickens’ Great Expectations.

Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit come as a matching set. Flavorpill made a list of other dolls, including Shel Silverstein, J.R.R. Tolkien and Joyce Carol Oates. Above, we’ve embedded a Mark Twain doll. What’s your favorite?

What Is Your Most Anticipated Book This Year?

The Millions collected a list of 66 highly anticipated new titles coming out in the second half of 2011. The listed included George R.R. Martin with A Dance with Dragons in July, Haruki Murakami with 1Q84 in October and Stephen King with 11/22/63 in November.

Here’s more from the article: “But, even as fans look forward to books from these favorites, there will undoubtedly be many new discoveries in the coming months as well, some of which, hopefully, we can introduce you to today. The list that follows isn’t exhaustive — no list could be — but these are some of the books we’re looking forward to.”

The list excluded forthcoming children’s and YA books. In the coming months we will see Every Thing On It by Shel Silverstein (September), The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan (October)  and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney (November). What titles are you looking forward to in the second half of 2011?

Gallery of Elaborate Literary Tattoos

Buzzfeed compiled a list of 20 bibliophile fans and their “20 Awesome Literary Tattoos.”

The list features people who have acquired highly elaborate tattoos paying homage to titles such as Breakfast of Champions by Kurt VonnegutFahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs.

According to an interview we did with tattoolit bloggers Justin Taylor and Eva Talmadge, authors Kurt Vonnegute.e. cummings, and William Shakespeare enjoy great popularity amongst tattooed readers.

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More Posthumous Publications from Shel Silverstein?

College Humor published “I Think They’re Running Out of Material For New Shel Silverstein Books,” a list of imaginary books from the late author’s archives.

In the satirical piece, these imaginary Silverstein books contain poems that were never meant to be read, half-finished musings and illustrations, unused material from previous works, and grocery lists written in verse.

Here’s a snippet from List #47: “Sunscreen for my head and a comb for my beard / So much mayonnaise that people look at me weird / Oh and Funyuns.” What items make up your rhyming grocery list?

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