Childrens literature

Why tyrants love to write poetry – BBC News

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Poetry is an art of refinement, synonymous with delicacy and sensitivity. It seems counterintuitive that it might also be a celebration of brutality, and the art form beloved of tyrants. But from classical antiquity to modernity, dictators have been inspired to write verse – seeking solace, intimacy, or glory. Their work informs us about the nature of power, the abiding appeal of poetry, and the perils of artistic interpretation. The…

Three weeks and counting: As Congress dithers on children’s health program, more states face crisis – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Congress has hardly slathered itself with glory in its current session, but among its most shameful failures surely is its failure to renew funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides coverage for about 9 million low-income children and pregnant women. As we’ve reported before, Congress failed to renew CHIP before its previous two-year reauthorization expired on Sept. 30. The clock has now ticked off more than three weeks…

‘Mum Od’d again’: Children of the US drug crisis – Aljazeera.com

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Dr John Gabis has investigated so many drug-related deaths that he stopped counting. The Chillicothe-based family medicine doctor and coroner of Ross County has had a unique insight into the opioid crisis in Ohio – counselling parents that struggle with addiction as well as investigating untimely, mostly drug-related, deaths. In 2015, the state of Ohio had one of the US’ highest overdose rates; one in nine US heroin deaths happened in Ohio, according to a study by the Kaiser…

Russian revolutionaries’ children ‘read classic fiction, not Marx’ – The Guardian

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Communist party elite and their families eschewed Soviet texts on their bedside tables for the works of western writers such as Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling and even Oscar Wilde, according to an in-depth study by the historian Yuri Slezkine. Researching Moscow’s House of Government, a huge apartment block where hundreds of top communist officials lived with their families in the 1930s before Stalin’s Great Purges, Slezkine conducted dozens of…

Organizing Your Literature: Spreadsheet Style – Inside Higher Ed (blog)

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Kathleen Clarke is a Ph.D. candidate in Higher Education at the University of Toronto. You can follow her on Twitter @_KathleenClarke where she tweets about graduate education, mental health, and disability. There are many different types of reference managers, including Refworks, Zotero, Endnote, and Mendeley. I’ve tried them all and none of have stuck. It’s not that there is anything wrong with them; I know folks who swear…

Children Orphaned By Battle Against ISIS Remain Vulnerable Amid Conflict – NPR

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: U.S.-backed Iraqi forces drove ISIS out of Mosul a few months ago. But the impact that ISIS and the battle had on some of the city’s children will last forever. Those children have lost a parent or perhaps both parents. NPR’s Jane Arraf introduces us to some of them. A warning – this story contains disturbing descriptions of violence. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) UNIDENTIFIED SINGER: (Singing) The…

Borrowing history: ‘expired’ library books – in pictures – The Guardian

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

American photographer Kerry Mansfield has collected old treasures from the stacks, too fragile to be kept in circulation, and taken them out again for a new book. Have a browse

Top 10 books about pastoral life – The Guardian

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Cows have a bad public image these days – in books and elsewhere – mostly due to their methane emissions. But so much that is written about farming today lacks any real understanding of animal sentience on the one hand – or of why we can’t just plough up all grassland for crops, on the other. My own contribution to this perennial debate came about by accident. I was persuaded…

Books, beer and grit: Sterling North Festival highlights state culture – Gazettextra

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

<!– Removing audience macro –> Comments Print IF YOU GO What: Sterling North Book and Film Festival When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m….

Kindle’s new app still won’t let you buy books on an iPhone – CNNMoney

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

People are still reading plenty of books, but how and where they dig into a novel or a bit of historical non-fiction is changing. Amazon is giving its Kindle app on iOS and Android a major overhaul to cater to the number of people who are reading and listening to books on their phones and tablets. The update, announced Tuesday, will roll out gradually and automatically replace the existing version…

Best new poetry: Mary Oliver, Nikki Giovanni and Maggie Smith – Washington Post

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

“Devotions,” by Mary Oliver (Penguin ) In Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver (Penguin), one of our most beloved writers offers both the best of her work and a spiritual road map of sorts. Spanning more than 50 years and featuring more than 200 poems, the collection shows Oliver, in the early years, turning away from grief and finding in nature a “vast, incredible gift.” Over time, as she…

Philip Pullman’s swearwords are a useful lesson for children – The Guardian

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

“Philip Pullman Litters New Children’s Book With Swear Words.” So ran the Daily Mail’s headline introducing pearl-clutching coverage of his bad language in the newly published La Belle Sauvage. Its 500 words of faux outrage (fauxtrage?) over a novel containing the words “bollocks”, “bastards” and “fuck” began with the stunning news that: “By his own admission, some of [his] fans are as young as seven”, seemingly inviting us to imagine…

‘The Children’ Adds Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen & Roman Christou – Deadline

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: New Line Cinema’s The Children has added youngsters Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen and Roman Christou as leads in the upcoming horror film from director Michael Chaves and The Conjuring producer James Wan. The story centers on a social worker who, while investigating the mysterious disappearance of two children, discovers her own family might be in jeopardy.  Kinchen plays Samantha, a victim of an evil force. Linda Cardellini, Patricia Velasquez, and Sean Patrick…

Kindle’s new app still won’t let you buy books on an iPhone – CNNMoney

Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

People are still reading plenty of books, but how and where they dig into a novel or a bit of historical non-fiction is changing. Amazon is giving its Kindle app on iOS and Android a major overhaul to cater to the number of people who are reading and listening to books on their phones and tablets. The update, announced Tuesday, will roll out gradually and automatically replace the existing version…

Kindle’s new app still won’t let you buy books on an iPhone – CNNMoney

Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

People are still reading plenty of books, but how and where they dig into a novel or a bit of historical non-fiction is changing. Amazon is giving its Kindle app on iOS and Android a major overhaul to cater to the number of people who are reading and listening to books on their phones and tablets. The update, announced Tuesday, will roll out gradually and automatically replace the existing version…

Philip Pullman’s swearwords are a useful lesson for children – The Guardian

Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

“Philip Pullman Litters New Children’s Book With Swear Words.” So ran the Daily Mail’s headline introducing pearl-clutching coverage of his bad language in the newly published La Belle Sauvage. Its 500 words of faux outrage (fauxtrage?) over a novel containing the words “bollocks”, “bastards” and “fuck” began with with the stunning news that: “By his own admission, some of [his] fans are as young as seven”, seemingly inviting us to…

Report: Outcomes for black children should be considered ‘a national crisis’ – Indianapolis Star

Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Buy Photo A 10-year-old boy holds onto his book as he reads at IPS School #56 on Thursday, January 12, 2012. Kelly Wilkinson / The Star(Photo: Kelly Wilkinson Indianapolis Star)Buy Photo Outcomes for black children in the United States should be considered “a national crisis,” according to a Kids Count report released today that also shows Hoosier children, in general, lag behind those in other states. The 2017 Race for…

Father of two children drowned in Wilmington speaks out – The News Journal

Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017

CLOSE A 30-year-old Wilmington woman has been charged in the death of her infant son and a 5-year-old boy who was in her care. 10/17/17 John J. Jankowski Jr. & Damian Giletto Buy Photo Victor Epelle, the father of the two children drowned in Wilmington last Monday talks about the death of his children allegedly killed by Kula Pelima, his 30-year-old girlfriend. A legal immigrant from Nigeria, Epelle was imprisoned…

‘Grandma is dead’: five tips for talking to children about death – The Guardian

Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017

Death is a scary business. Just thinking about it is terrifying, so when children force you to talk about it, it can feel worse than a clown climbing out of a drain. So if you can outsource at least part of it, to Disney and Pixar, that has to be a good thing. A study published in the Omega Journal of Death and Dying, by academics at the University at…

Tencent unit China Literature launches up to $1.1 billion HK IPO – Reuters.com

Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017

HONG KONG (Reuters) – China Literature Ltd, China’s largest online publishing and e-book company, launched an initial public offering for up to $1.1 billion on Monday, seeking funds for acquisitions and to expand its digital publishing business. Tencent Holdings Ltd controls China Literature with a 62 percent stake. Private equity firm Carlyle Group LP owns 12.2 percent while Trustbridge Partners, a private equity firm founded by Shujun Li, the former…