Author Compares Some U.S. Parents to Taliban

USA Today is carrying a piece in which the author compares the Taliban to groups of parents in the US. He criticizes parents who attempt to ban books from libraries and schools, based on their content, because he feels that their actions attempt to undermine independent thinking. More


Enid Blyton Goes Politically Correct

Michael Owen Brown writes...

\"Political correctness has led to ethnic cleansing in the Enchanted Wood. In new Australian editions of Enid Blyton\'s famous children\'s books, golliwogs no longer inhabit the world of The Magic Faraway Tree.
They have been replaced by teddy bears, with computer art programs used to change the faces from the original illustrations. Another famous Blyton character, Dame Slap, has had to curb her penchant for violence against children.
She is now known as Dame Snap and administers discipline with caustic comments rather than corporal punishment. The changes were forced upon Australian publisher Hinkler Books by Chorion Intellectual Property, owner of the rights to Blyton\'s works since 1996.\" More from The Advertiser.


Out of the Mouths of Babes: Libraries of the Future from the Kids\' Perspective

Everyone always asks librarians, students, and library staff how they perceive the future of libraries? Someone has decided to ask the kids, who are truly the future of the library. The answers are creative, some are entertaining, but they are all honest. See what kids from around the world have to say Here


Nationally Syndicated Radio Program \"Bookworm\"

Lee Hadden Writes: \" The Wall Street Journal has an article by Joanne Kaufman, \"A
Bibliophile with an Hypnotic Gift for Gab,\" about the radio talk show with
Michael Silverblatt. \"He understands the process of writing and he\'s able
to transmit his passion both to the audience and to the writer. I remember
Norman Mailer walking into my office and saying in his pugnacious way, \'Do
you know what a jewel you have here?\'\"
Read more about it in the WSJ, December 11, 2001, page A17.\"


Kids Cook It Up for the Library

Some kids in Crookston, MN have created a cookbook in order to raise funds to buy books for the school library. The 104-page book is the work of K-3 graders, and it\'s being sold in local stores. More



Bob Cox passed along This One from The National Post on Today\'s most stylish home accessory being the hard-to-get book. They point out it seems ironic that, as the big chain bookstores offer their consumers an overwhelming selection, it\'s getting harder and harder to put together a decent library.
I can\'t wait till I\'m so rich my biggest worry in life is trying to have a library cooler than my neighbors.

\"Vogue then feted Cassavetes -- who is far more glamorous than your typical bookworm -- and other practitioners of this newly coined profession, as \"literary curators.\" This job, the magazine explained, is to locate editions one would never find in local stores.\"


Graphic novel wins Guardian book award

This guardian Story is on
an award winner which began life as newspaper cartoon strip.

It became the first graphic novel to win a big British literary award.
The £10,000 prize, in which reading groups at Borders stores have a say, whittling down a longlist of nine, is the first to go to a graphic novel since Art Spiegelman won a Pulitzer prize for his concentration camp story Maus in 1992.


Chronicles of Narnia to become a live-action movie

jen was kind enough to send along a story
From Entertainment Weekly on the film \'\'The Chronicles of Narnia,\'\' from C.S. Lewis\'
seven-part series of novels about four British children who find
a portal in the back of a wardrobe to a fairy-tale world facing an epic
good-vs.-evil struggle. This is being
backed by billionaire and committed Christian Philip Anschutz, owner
of several of the U.S.\' most prominent theater chains. The first film,
\'\'The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,\'\' should be out in 2004.


Rowling Doing Today What Ingalls Wilder & Cleary Did for Readers Long Ago

Jamie Schmidt, for The Carroll County (MD) Times, writes...

\"With Rowling works gracing billboards and commercials, Stacey Freedman, at the Carroll County Public Library, said an increased number of children have been asking for the fantasy books.\" More


Once upon a trauma ...

According to a pair of features in today\'s Chicago Tribune, to cope with fears and concerns, kids are flocking to scary stories (like the Series of Unfortunate Events books), as well as to books about Afghanistan and parables about war.



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