Mean Little Anthropomorphic Literary Joke

Great Western Dragon writes "

Achewood is a kind of strange, darkly funny comic strip revolving around the creator's stuffed animals he keeps in his house. Sometimes the comic is just bizarre, sometimes it's hilarious. Take today's Harry Potter inspired joke for instance. I think that we all have a few kids in our libraries who are due for such revengeful treatment.



Braw idea for new chapter in Scottish children's literature's Education Section reports A POPULAR children's author is spearheading a drive to encourage children to learn about their heritage by reading Scottish literature.

Edinburgh-based children's writer Joan Lingard has joined forces with other authors to launch the Braw project, urging schools to promote books written in Scotland to pupils.


Boy, 8, is inspiration, mastering every Braille book the school has

The Buffalo News reports on Jose Gonzalez who has now read every Braille book the school has.Interim School Superintendent Yvonne Hargrave described Jose as an "an inspiration to his classmates" and called his reading log "an exceptional accomplishment."


17 is the new 30

Babylon Sister writes "No one over 17 admitted without childThis story ran on on Friday, June 10, 2005 12:04 PM CDTEVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- Adults must be accompanied by children in certain sections of Evansville's public libraries.The Evansville-Vanderburgh Library Board voted Thursday to bar unaccompanied adults from children's areas as a precaution against "those who might be there for inappropriate reasons," Evelyn Walker, the library's assistant director of public service told the Evansville Courier & Press.Library director Marcia Au said there have been no reports of children being accosted in the library, but employees have been concerned about some people who are "plunking themselves down" in the children's rooms and watching the youngsters."Exceptions to the rule will be people doing research, such as teachers, or child-care workers looking for books or other materials for their classes," Walker said.Story here at Times Online."


Paul McCartney Writing Children's Book

Steven M. Cohen writes "From AP:

Move over,
Paul McCartney is getting into children's books. The former Beatle has signed on to publish "High in the Clouds: An Urban Furry Tail" for the Penguin Young Readers Group, the publisher announced Wednesday.

McCartney will team up with veteran children's book author Philip Ardagh and animator Geoff Dunbar. The picture book is to be released this October with a first print of 500,000 copies"


Kids raising money so others may have a library!

Cortez writes "The kids in a Missouri school got to wear shorts for a good cause building a library in El Salvador: reports
"Back in El Salvador, Thill, who hates not having a project, was approached by the principal of Ever's school about the possibility of helping to build a library. After some research into the cost of supplies, Thill mentioned to Robert Hanson that, even with the village volunteering the labor, the construction still was going to cost $3,000 - "Not a lot of money, but a whole lot for a poor pueblo," he said.""


Creating a library for every child

Anonymous Patron writes "Tennessee may rank low among states on academic achievement, but that should change in the near future as it leads the pack in introducing young children to the joys of reading.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, which strives to deliver one book a month to all children from birth to age 5, has fired the imagination of Tennessee's government leaders as well as its business people, who are making the program a reality for financially distressed counties.

And since Gov. Phil Bredesen started the Governor's Books From Birth Foundation in May 2004 with $2 million in seed money from the general fund, 55 of the state's 95 counties have signed up for the program. Nashville City Paper Has More"


NPR : Escapist Books to Read Through the Summer

NPR : Escapist Books to Read Through the Summer: librarian Nancy Pearl has options other than Harry Potter for parents, kids, and fans of the series.

Pearl's choices range from new releases of proven classics to new, irreverent and witty fantasy books that cross boundaries of genre and age. While they lack the marketing extravaganza of the Potter series, these books should keep fans of interesting fantasy writing occupied -- and happy -- throughout the summer


NYTimes - The Ethicist - Addresses Librarians 'Helping' Kids with their Homework

kctipton writes "Here's the lastest 'The Ethicist' column as found in today's NYTimes. One of the posed questions has to do with being a librarian dunned to help with homework.

I am a reference librarian with a public library. Almost daily, parents ask for help with a child's school assignment. Sometimes the child accompanies the parent, but more frequently the parent comes to the library alone. I believe that it is unethical for a parent to basically do a child's homework, and I do not like aiding and abetting it. What should I do?

and the start of the reply:

Parents who do their children's work certainly are behaving badly, both ethically (by making their kids something akin to plagiarists) and pedagogically (by depriving them of a chance to learn to do research). Neither of these transgressions, however, is sufficient for you to withhold your services.

There's more that I didn't quote, so go read it!"


'Guys Read:' Encouraging Boys to Love Books

Anonymous Patron writes "Jon Scieszka has spent his adult life trying to encourage young boys to embrace the written word. The former teacher and the author of more than 20 children's books says treating boys and girls the same in school just doesn't work. NPR Has More And here's the Guys Read site"



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