Category Archives: The industry around kids books

A paperless library

I just came across a blog by Mary E Pearson (author of The Adoration of Jenna Fox) in which she mentions a “New England high school that was going [paper] bookless in their library.” I can’t access the full article myself, … Continue reading

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Summing up a critical study of the movie, Twilight, Alison Happel & Jennifer Esposito conclude that popular culture must be seen as education and critically studied as such – totally in line with my thoughts! They write: “Because we understand education … Continue reading

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When do books have any deep influence on our lives…?

“Perhaps it is only in childhood that books have any deep influence on our lives… in childhood all books are books of divination, telling us about the future, and like the fortune-teller who sees a long journey in the cards … Continue reading

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Benefits to e-books in schools

In an article that describes the how/why of putting e-books on the ‘shelves’ of school libraries, Trish du Temple points out a couple of advantages: – “Loading other documents onto an e-book lending platform, like teacher notes, study guides and … Continue reading

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Understanding some of the moral shifts behind children’s literature as a genre

“…in children’s literature today, the Gothic is mainstream. This movement toward children’s Gothic is an extraordinary development, given that, as Dale Townshend argues in The Haunted Nursery, children’s literature emerged as a genre largely in reaction to the popularity of … Continue reading

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Reading may be harmful to your kids…

No, I’m not actually being contrary, this comment is in reference to the merchandising of media characters through quick, cheap, made-to-sell books… Susan Gregory Thomas explores this in her book Buy, Buy, Baby.  She writes: “‘Reading,’ wrote the journalist Tom … Continue reading

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