OK you babies, crack those books

Can your baby or toddler distinguish patterns? Surely he or she can make comparisons, right? Or perhaps your youngster is just good at making a mess?

The latter could be a problem under a government proposal in Britain that would have children start training for school almost as soon as they leave the womb.

The initiative would require every nursery and every caregiver to teach newborns and toddlers an “Early Years Foundation Stage†curriculum beginning in 2008.
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New policy to make library safer for kids

Some interesting happenings down at the Midland County TX public library. The Commissioners' Court approved Johnson's request to enact a policy that would allow library staff to prohibit adults not accompanied by children from loitering in the children's section of the library. Johnson said there would be exceptions for adults picking up books for their children or researching children's literature.

"All I'm asking is if there is an adult acting differently, we can ask them to sit elsewhere," Johnson said.

Goodnight Moon: The Cigarette Is Out

Following up on our previous story , today's New York Times features the Goodnight Moon cigarette controversy (elimination of the cigarette held by illustrator Clement Hurd in the anniversary edition). Among the paper's revelations: son Thacher Hurd "reluctantly" gave permission for HarperCollins to airbrush out the cigarette held by his father. Also someone voted thousands of times for the new picture on the Web site that is dedicated to fighting the revisionism. Excluding those votes, the trend has been 200 to 10 against the alteration.


Book by kids too coarse for kids?

Those darn kids today. They can't even write a book for themselves. A Swedish toy company has decided that a book of stories by and about children is too raw for its customers.

Brio had planned to sell the book in its 96 stores, the English-language news site The Local reported
But a spokeswoman for Brio said the chain believes the book is too coarse.

Ulf Palmenfelt, the book's editor, told The Local he thinks Brio should be more daring.

"Pee and poo and sexuality are a big part of what children laugh at," said Palmenfelt. "I don't really understand how it could be offensive." This UPI One has more.

Goodnight Moon Illustrator's Photo Digitally Snuffed Out

Children's book librarians and booksellers have been taken aback that the photograph of illustrator Clement Hurd on Margaret Wise Brown's "Goodnight Moon" has been changed on the latest edition of the bestseller--a cigarette that Hurd was holding for over 50 years has disappeared.

Kansas City children's bookstore The Reading Reptile has posted a temporary website where you can cast your vote pro or con cigarette here and let Harper Collins know whether you approve of their revision.

<em>Reading Rainbow</em> seeks support

From Reading Today Daily :

Reading Rainbow, that venerable children's program that has promoted the love of reading among youngsters since 1983, faces a funding crisis, reports Twila Liggett, the program's executive producer and founder. With that in mind, a "Save Reading Rainbow" website has been launched. There, program supporters can sign an online petition of support, prepare a testimonial letter, or make a donation. For further details visit the new website.

At the Save Reading Rainbow site, there's also swag to buy, tools for spreading the word, and Save Reading Rainbow banners you can snag and post on your blog.

1/2 of U.S. Teens Create Online Content writes "American teenagers today are utilizing the interactive capabilities of the internet as they create and share their own media creations. Fully half of all teens and 57% of teens who use the internet could be considered Content Creators. They have created a blog or webpage, posted original artwork, photography, stories or videos online or remixed online content into their own new creations. has the reports and C|Net has Coverage"

Children's Book Week is Coming Up

Children's Book Week, celebrated this year from November 14 through November 20th, introduces young people to new authors and ideas in schools, libraries, homes and bookstores. Throughout the week (and on through the year), the Children's Book Council encourages young people to discover the complexity of the world beyond their own experience through books.

Oodles of materials, ideas for celebrating and promoting Book Week, an 85-year history of the event and useful links to literacy and educational associations are available through the Children's Book Council site . Check it out!


Book debate pits 'all good guys'

The Huntsville Times takes an interesting look at the banning of Chris Crutcher's book "Whale Talk" from Limestone County schools last spring. They say the viewpoint is the same: Everyone involved wants what's best for the kids of Limestone County. Everyone involved has considered the question in light of personal religious and moral values.


One in five kids "never reads a book at school" in Sweden

Every fifth school pupil in grades 7-9 says that they never read books in school. Among boys the figure is higher, with 25% claiming never to read a book at school, according to research carried out by the National Union of Teachers.

The majority read one to three books per year in school, roughly the same as in their free time.
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