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Children’s Book News Round-Up: 9/1/18

I have decided to share anything I find worthy for the week (or the month) on a little periodical feature, because believe it or not, I don’t think the only thing worthy of this blog are my own actual reviews. Also, I happen to know that there are plenty of other people doing the same thing as me and who also might do it better, so if I find a really good review on a book, I just might share it here, too!

      • First, the big news this week is that Amazon’s Prime Book Box subscription service for kids is finally available to the masses after announcing it back in May. As a future librarian and a person who particularly cares about diverse books, I’m interested in these book editors and how much the topic of diversity and authenticity will be weighed when they are selecting books for children. I think that will be the big seller for me.
    • As it is August and the all too familiar back to school season for most students across the U.S., I opened this article titled “Books That Take Children Back to School” and with the byline, “[r]eading can help kids understand the story of their own lives in school,” I was shocked that almost none of the books featured any real diverse characters that showed children from diverse backgrounds how to actually understand the story of their own lives in school. Can’t we do better than this?
      • This article regarding how messed up the Story of Babar the Elephant is (above)  had me rolling with laughter. And tears. Starting off with the opening of the book and how Babar’s mother was shot by a hunter WITH BABAR, pardon me… RIDING SHOTGUN ON HER BACK. It really put the art of being open with your children in a whole new light. Enjoy.
      • I wanted to like Hats of Faith based on initial good reviews and even had it in my Amazon shopping cart for a while but after negative reviews started coming in, it didn’t make the cut. This seemed to be a case where author, illustrator, and publisher were all literally not on the same page.
  • Just in case you were wondering how to read aloud to your children, this article featuring an audiobook actor has some great tips!

  • If you take anything from this article regarding the Japanese Children’s Book Markets, and the fact that their sales are up in a country where the birth rate is at an all-time low; take that I bought one of the classics when I was visiting in 2016, that it mentions as being important enough to ensure that it is around for future generations (Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar).

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