Childrens literature

My 10 Favorite Books: David Benioff – New York Times

Friday, January 29, 2016

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‘Blooks: The Art of Books That Aren’t’ Explores the World of Fake Books – New York Times

Friday, January 29, 2016

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The Books That Made an Epic New Sci-Fi Novel So Plausible – WIRED

Friday, January 29, 2016

Charlie Jane Anders’ novel All the Birds in the Sky, is in many ways a love story, but it’s not a particularly sunny one. The book, out this week, tracks two childhood friends as they discover their special powers—Patricia is a witch, Lawrence a (barely) time-traveling mad genius—and grow apart, only to find each other years later, after they’ve followed their respective paths. The sci-fi/fantasy world that the two live in is…

Can a Big Government Push Bring the Nobel Prize in Literature to South Korea? – The New Yorker

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A statue of King Sejong the Great, who created Korean script, in 1446, sits near the Literature Translation Institute of Korea, an agency dedicated to increasing the presence of Korean literature around the world. Credit PHOTOGRAPH BY Q. SAKAMAKI / REDUX In Seoul’s Gwanghwamun Square, a shining bronze statue of King Sejong the Great, the fourth ruler of the Joseon dynasty, presides over twelve lanes of traffic. Behind him sits…

How to spot bad business books – Business Insider

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Flickr/Morgan See Also We all like to be inspired. That’s a universal truth, we all like to hear, see and engage in things that allow us to experience a paradigm shift or encourage a change in our thinking. It gives us a certain degree of motivation, and it can mean the difference between giving up on what we want to do and persevering. But there’s an industry of inspiration. An industry…

British government makes U-turn over resettlement of Syrian children – The Guardian

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Britain will take in unaccompanied Syrian refugee children who are already in Europe, the government is to announce, and will set aside a new £10m fund to support vulnerable migrant children. Related: Thousands of African child migrants feared in thrall to Italian traffickers It is the first time the UK has agreed to take Syrian refugees from within Europe and follows calls from charities and politicians for the country to…

One-Thing Shops: Pop-Up Books, Madrid – New York Times

Thursday, January 28, 2016

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Beloved principal killed in bus crash pushed children from harm’s way – Indianapolis Star

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Last SlideNext Slide Susan Jordan, principal of Amy Beverland Elementary School, was killed when a school bus jumped a curb at the school, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016.(Photo: Provided by Lawrence Township Schools) UPDATE WEDNESDAY 11:25 A.M.:  The driver of the bus showed no outward signs of impairment at the scene of the crash, police told IndyStar. INDIANAPOLIS STAR No signs of driver impairment at scene of bus crash that killed…

Children urge Australia to free them from Nauru island ‘prison’ – CNN International

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

“It’s not a crime to want to have a better life and future,” said one 18-year-old girl who asked CNN not to reveal her name because she fears for her safety. “We are treated as prisoners.” Stopping the Boats As Europe struggles to cope with the flood of migrants and refugees arriving by boat, Australia has for years embarked on a controversial and unusual policy. It intercepts boatloads of migrants…

Children’s novel The Lie Tree wins Costa Book of the Year – BBC News

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Media captionFrances Hardinge urges readers to explore fiction written for young adults and children A children’s novel has been named Costa Book of the Year for only the second time in the prize’s history. The judges said Frances Hardinge’s Victorian murder mystery The Lie Tree would “grip readers of all ages”. Hardinge beat bookmakers’ favourite, debut author Andrew Michael Hurley’s gothic horror The Loney, to win the £30,000 prize. The…

Costa Award: why Frances Hardinge’s children’s novel really is the best book of the year – Telegraph.co.uk

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

It comes as absolutely no surprise to me that Frances Hardinge, winner of the 2015 Costa Children’s Book Award, has gone on to win the overall prize, Costa Book of the Year, for her superb novel, The Lie Tree. I say novel, and not children’s novel, for a reason. The children’s publisher David Fickling, when asked what a children’s book was, said that there is no such thing; only good…

‘Talking about a legend’: Indiana school principal dies saving children in path of bus – Washington Post

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Students at Amy Beverland Elementary School are picked up after school after a bus accident in Indianapolis on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. (Mykal McEldowney/Indianapolis Star via AP) When the school bus lurched forward, Susan Jordan followed her instincts. They were the same instincts that had guided her for 22 years as the principal of Indianapolis’s Amy Beverland Elementary. The same ones that helped the school receive a four-star, “A” rating…

Politics in picture books: big questions for the smallest readers – The Guardian (blog)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Politics and picture books aren’t, perhaps, ideas that automatically go hand in hand in readers’ minds – especially if they are exhausted parents, absently chanting rhymes as their minds steal off. But political themes, both quiet and strident, are often interwoven with the usual suspects’ anthropomorphised cuteness, noisy transport and fairytale retellings. From feminism to climate change, war, immigration and human rights, picture books can provide an easy way into,…

Children’s novel The Lie Tree wins Costa Book of the Year – BBC News

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Media captionFrances Hardinge urges readers to explore fiction written for young adults and children A children’s novel has been named Costa Book of the Year for only the second time in the prize’s history. The judges said Frances Hardinge’s Victorian murder mystery The Lie Tree would “grip readers of all ages”. Hardinge beat bookmakers’ favourite, debut author Andrew Michael Hurley’s gothic horror The Loney, to win the £30,000 prize. The…

Children’s novel The Lie Tree wins Costa Book of the Year – BBC News

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Media captionFrances Hardinge urges readers to explore fiction written for young adults and children A children’s novel has been named Costa Book of the Year for only the second time in the prize’s history. The judges said Frances Hardinge’s Victorian murder mystery The Lie Tree would “grip readers of all ages”. Hardinge beat bookmakers’ favourite, debut author Andrew Michael Hurley’s gothic horror The Loney, to win the £30,000 prize. The…

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders Clash Over Poetry and Prose – The New Yorker

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Hillary Clinton speaks at a town-hall meeting in Iowa. Credit Photograph by Justin Sullivan/Getty “Here’s the Senator’s ad,” Chris Cuomo, of CNN, said to Hillary Clinton, who was standing with him on the stage for a Democratic town-hall meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. There was a sudden jolt of music—Simon and Garfunkel’s “America”—and scenes of Bernie Sanders speaking to large, happy crowds, with ecstatic young campaign workers high-fiving and embracing…

Pope Francis answers questions from children in new book – Crux: Covering all things Catholic

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

By Leanne Italie Associated Press January 26, 2016 NEW YORK — “Dear Pope Francis,” 10-year-old Mohammed begins, “Will the world be again as it was in the past?” Signed “Respectfully yours,” the boy wrote from a Jesuit-run school for refugee children in Syria and was treated to a long and personal answer from the pope himself. So were 29 other children who posed questions to Francis in letters from around…

Children spending more time online than watching TV for the first time – The Guardian

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Children in the UK are spending more time on the internet than in front of the TV for the first time, according to new research into the media habits of under-16s. Research firm Childwise found that on average five- to 15-year-olds were spending three hours a day using the internet, compared to 2.1 hours watching TV. The amount of time children spend in front of a television screen has been…

Romania Probes Hundreds of Books Written by Prisoners – ABC News

Monday, January 25, 2016

Romania’s crackdown on corruption and fraud in recent years has created a sudden and unexpected literary boom, as prisoners publish hundreds of non-fiction books on subjects as varied as soccer, real estate, God and gemstones. It’s quite a feat for inmates with no access to books or the Internet, often without tables in their cells. Reports that one book, of 212 pages, was written in seven hours, has only increased…

How to Read 100 Books a Year – Observer

Monday, January 25, 2016

Does your reading list keep growing? Did you buy books that you’ve never read? It might be time to cross more books from your list this year than ever. If you’re reading less than you want, you’re not the only one. One year ago I looked at my Goodreads page and noticed that I had read only five books in 2014. That realization frustrated me. I love books, but since…