Childrens literature

What’s this – children showing self-control? – The Guardian

Posted: Sunday, October 01, 2017

The innocuous-sounding “marshmallow test”, many will remember, is the beguiling name given to an established experiment that serves to separate those children who can control their primal urges from those who cannot. Given the choice of confectionery now or a double helping a bit later, the child with a greater chance of success in future life will wait for longer. As such, it is a test that has always carried…

What’s this – children showing self-control? – The Guardian

Posted: Sunday, October 01, 2017

The innocuous-sounding “marshmallow test”, many will remember, is the beguiling name given to an established experiment that serves to separate those children who can control their primal urges from those who cannot. Given the choice of confectionery now or a double helping a bit later, the child with a greater chance of success in future life will wait for longer. As such, it is a test that has always carried…

What’s this – children showing self-control? – The Guardian

Posted: Sunday, October 01, 2017

The innocuous-sounding “marshmallow test”, many will remember, is the beguiling name given to an established experiment that serves to separate those children who can control their primal urges from those who cannot. Given the choice of confectionery now or a double helping a bit later, the child with a greater chance of success in future life will wait for longer. As such, it is a test that has always carried…

The progressive argument for reading Dr. Seuss books to kids – Quartz

Posted: Saturday, September 30, 2017

Parents and educators at an elementary school in Cambridge, Massachusetts are split over a divisive issue: Should kids be learning how to hop on pop? On Sept. 1, to usher in back-to-school season, US first lady Melania Trump sent a selection of 10 Dr. Seuss books to one school in each state. This week, Liz Phipps Soeiro, a librarian at Cambridgeport School, a public elementary school, responded with a letter…

What the librarian who rejected Melania Trump’s Dr. Seuss books as ‘racist’ got wrong – Washington Post

Posted: Saturday, September 30, 2017

An image from an app adapted from Dr. Seuss’s “The Cat in the Hat.” (Oceanhouse Media) Oh, the places you’ll go! Unless, that is, you’re 10 Dr. Seuss books donated by Melania Trump and your planned destination is the shelves of the Cambridgeport School library. The first lady gave a collection of titles by the beloved children’s author to award-winning education programs around the country. As kids learn at school,…

Navigating Seattle’s ever-evolving streets through poetry – PBS NewsHour

Posted: Saturday, September 30, 2017

JUDY WOODRUFF: But first to a story of poetry and place, and a new way to look at the life of an ever-evolving city. Jeffrey Brown reports from Seattle. JEFFREY BROWN: How do you map a city in all its complicated glory? For Seattle, a bird’s-eye map in 1889 showed its early expansion. Foot traffic downtown was highlighted in the 1920s, pedestrian fatalities in the 1940s. There’s this minimalist map…

What the librarian who rejected Melania Trump’s Dr. Seuss books as ‘racist’ got wrong – Washington Post

Posted: Saturday, September 30, 2017

An image from an app adapted from Dr. Seuss’s “The Cat in the Hat.” (Oceanhouse Media) Oh, the places you’ll go! Unless, that is, you’re 10 Dr. Seuss books donated by Melania Trump and your planned destination is the shelves of the Cambridgeport School library. The first lady gave a collection of titles by the beloved children’s author to award-winning education programs around the country. As kids learn at school,…

Melania Trump fires back at librarian who rejected gift of Dr. Seuss books as ‘racist’ – Fox News

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

Librarian rejects Melania Trump-donated Dr. Seuss books A Massachusetts librarian rejects a trove of Dr. Seuss books from First Lady Melania Trump. What the librarian is saying to the First Lady and why it might be considered hypocritical. First lady Melania Trump fired back Friday at a Massachusetts elementary school librarian who rejected her donation of Dr. Seuss books, claiming their illustrations are examples of “racist propaganda.”  Stephanie…

Dogging and side-boobs – are children’s books really bulging with filth? – The Guardian

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

“Christopher Robin went up the stairs, trailing Pooh behind him.” My son considered this the all-time funniest line in literature when he was small – it’s fortunate he never discovered the 90s spin-off Cooking With Pooh (still available from Amazon, complete with set of shaped cookie-cutters, for those who are into that sort of thing). The original Pooh was apparently named after a swan, though it’s hard to imagine AA…

Why October is so full of great books (and which books you should look forward to) – Vox

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

Readers of the world, prepare yourselves. We are about to enter into the weeds of Prestige Book Season. Lots of fantastic books come out all year round, but every year, October and November are packed with new releases from the biggest names in literary fiction. This is when your Jonathan Franzens and your Zadie Smiths publish, your Jennifer Egans and your Jeffrey Eugenideses. It’s also when books by some of…

Melania Trump fires back at librarian who rejected gift of Dr. Seuss books as ‘racist’ – Fox News

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

Librarian rejects books from first lady Melania Trump Massachusetts elementary school librarian tells the first lady that her school didn’t have a ‘NEED’ for the books. First lady Melania Trump fired back Friday at a Massachusetts elementary school librarian who rejected her donation of Dr. Seuss books, claiming their illustrations are examples of “racist propaganda.”  Stephanie Grisham, director of communications for the first lady’s office, said in a…

‘Write no more’: 10 books that were banned – The Guardian

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

The Witlings by Fanny Burney (1779) The novelist suppressed this satirical play in deference to the two father figures in her life. Worried that it would offend powerful society figures, her father recommended withholding it, and the now forgotten author and family friend Samuel Crisp suggested that she “write no more”. Filial duty and notions of proper feminine conduct spurred Burney to this and other acts of self-censorship. She wrote: “I would a thousand…

Victim’s family furious after 2 children shot by toddler at Dearborn in-home daycare – WDIV Detroit

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

DEARBORN, Mich. – The family of a child who was shot Wednesday by another child at an in-home daycare in Dearborn is furious guns were unlocked in the home. “With all the education about gun safety, why didn’t they know to lock their guns up. Why? Who doesn’t know to use a gun lock with children around?” said the grandmother of one of the young children shot. Her grandson, Damien, 3,…

In ‘Dear Fahrenheit 451,’ Loving Books Both Wisely And Well – NPR

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

Dear Fahrenheit 451 Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks by Annie Spence Hardcover, 224 pages | purchase The truest testament to the quality of Dear Fahrenheit 451, Annie Spence’s ingratiating collection of love letters and breakup notes to the books in her life, is that my enjoyment of it was, in the end, great enough to outweigh my fury that someone other than me had written it. It’s lucky that…

Librarian rejects Melania Trump’s gift of Dr. Seuss books – The … – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

One of Melania Trump‘s favorite books is Dr. Seuss’s “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!,” which she read with her son, Barron, “over and over” when he was younger. The first lady, who is increasingly carving out a public profile for herself, chose the classic children’s book and nine other Dr. Seuss titles to send to an elementary school in Cambridge, Mass., in celebration of “National Read a Book Day.” But a librarian at Cambridgeport School refused to…

5 children injured after vehicle crashes into Frisco day care fence … – Dallas News

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

Updated at 10:15 p.m.: Revised throughout with new details.  Five children and one adult were hospitalized Thursday evening after a vehicle crashed into a fence at a Frisco day care, officials said.  A Toyota Camry jumped the curb about 4:50 p.m. and hit the fence on the south side of the Primrose School of Frisco at Main and Teel in the 9100 block of Teel Parkway. The fence, which bordered a concrete walkway…

‘Racist propaganda’: Librarian rejects Melania Trump’s gift of Dr. Seuss books – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

One of Melania Trump‘s favorite books is Dr. Seuss’s “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!,” which she read with her son, Barron, “over and over” when he was younger. The first lady, who is increasingly carving out a public profile for herself, chose the classic children’s book and nine other Dr. Seuss titles to send to an elementary school in Cambridge, Mass., in celebration of “National Read a Book Day.” But a librarian at Cambridgeport School refused to…

Everything you need to know about Hugh Hefner’s 4 children, who could inherit his Playboy empire – Business Insider

Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017

Charley Gallay/Getty Playboy founder and lifelong ladies man Hugh Hefner died of natural causes on Wednesday, at age 91. He left behind the Playboy empire, a 31-year-old wife, and four kids (one daughter and three sons). His children come from his two previous marriages. One has managed to stay out of the spotlight, one is following his father’s footsteps, one has used their resources for charitable work, and one is writing books…

Appeal launched to collect poetry in endangered languages – The Guardian

Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017

From Assyrian to Irish Gaelic, the National Poetry Library is launching a major new project to collect the poetry of thousands of languages in danger of dying out, and preserve them for future generations. According to Unesco, of the 7,000 languages spoken in the world more than half are endangered, with one dying every two weeks. For the library, Chris McCabe said: “By the end of the century, Unesco estimates…

Why are illustrated books are the most challenged books of 2016? – Christian Science Monitor

Posted: Wednesday, September 27, 2017

September 27, 2017 —It’s that time of year again – Banned Books Week, a celebration by libraries across the country of our freedom to read despite objection to certain books. Some things will always remain the same – some books will always be challenged, and libraries and schools will always fight to keep books available and preserve peoples’ freedom to read. But this year’s Banned Books Week features a striking…