>The recent report about the reluctance of high school biology teachers to teach evolution really drives me crazy. Again. I think I am most bothered by the 60% of teachers who weasel out of or around the topic because of fear, not their own convictions. It’s like librarians who don’t buy certain materials because they […]
> “To today’s children linear storylines are boring and only relevant in school. Providing access to games/stories became one of the missions of our youth services department. We wanted to be exciting, fun, and relevant to the young customers we see in our library every day.” Take a look at this American Libraries article about how […]
>Remember how creeped out everyone got when Amazon remotely deleted 1984 from Kindles everywhere? Well, this is creepier. Now they keep a record of what you underline.
From the promo blurb for My Double Life, by Janette Rallison: You know how they say everyone has a twin somewhere in the world, a person chance has formed to be their mirror image? Well, mine happens to be rock star Kari Kingsley. How crazy is that? Not crazy at all, when you, like I, […]
>but I guess she’s also gone Hollywood. From a Little, Brown press release heralding Cornelia Funke’s Reckless, forthcoming in September: This sweeping story, which will delight Funke’s legion of fans and garner her new ones, was inspired by Grimm’s Fairy Tales and developed with film-maker Lionel Wigram, executive producer of the Harry Potter films and […]
>The discussion/flamewar over at Betsy’s place about the Amazon Vine program reminds me yet again of the best way to get people to leave comments on a blog post: write something about blogging that implies in even the tiniest way that some practices might be better than others. People love to go all meta on […]
>Elizabeth Bluemle has a great lament up about not trusting–and feeding–children’s imaginations. The saddest line: “It used to be that naming your new stuffed animal was practically a sacred rite of passage in plush parenting; now, if the tag on the creature doesn’t provide a pre-fab name, we’re seeing kids at a loss, calling their […]
>This Times article about the gypsies invading the castle of professional film criticism has a lot of import to the kidlitosphere as well, as amateur (I use the word in a strict sense) and independent critics join the established professional players in reviewing new books for children. I like what A. O. Scott has to […]
>“Strategically placed almost midway between the annual Games, [the Victory Tour] is the Capitol’s way of keeping the horror fresh and immediate.”–from Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.
>and adults’ books editors? In any event, there is a great roundtable discussion among four of ’em over at Poets & Writers. This past week I had to deal with a new author who was rather over-enthusiastic in his attempts to persuade the Magazine to review his book. I finally had to call in the […]