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Happy Birthday, Hans Christian Andersen!

Today is the birthday of Hans Cristian Andersen, the famous Danish writer who is best remembered for his fairytales. Happy birthday, Andersen! If Andersen were alive, he would be turning 215 years old! Through the years, he has remained known as a prolific writer of plays, novels, poems, and more. Andersen was born in Odense, Denmark and was an only child. His father considered himself related to nobility, but these speculations have since been questioned. His father was the one who introduced him to literature, but he died during Andersen’s childhood. He was left with his mother, an illiterate washerwoman, and her new husband. Andersen went on to receive a rudimentary education but soon moved into a working apprenticeship to support himself. He moved to Copenhagen where he became an actor until his voice’s pitch lowered, and he was no longer wanted. When a fellow actor told him he considered him a poet, Andersen took it seriously and began to pursue writing.

The Complete Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen - Complete Collection (Illustrated and Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection Book 18) by [Andersen, Hans Christian]
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Soon, Andersen was beginning his journey in writing that would grant him long-lasting success. This success, of course, wasn’t immediate. His first stories were met with some recognition, but it wasn’t until 1833 that he received a grant to travel across Europe. Yet, even then, the quality of his fairytales was not recognized. His first attempts were re-tellings of tales that he had heard as a child. His original works were first released in 1835, but they were met with poor sales. He persisted throughout the next ten years and experienced a breakthrough in 1845 when his work, “The Little Mermaid,” was translated. Andersen’s work after this was eagerly received. He would continue to publish fairytales until his death.

 

Hans Christian Andersen is one of the reasons our literary world is able to be filled with such wonder. Without his persistence throughout his career, many of our childhood tales would evaporate; true magic, more real than that of any fairytale, would have never been able to shine its light on readers for centuries.

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Children of War: Lois Lowry’s WWII Children’s Book

Have you heard of Lois Lowry?  It’s hard to imagine not coming across her work at least once during our time in school.  Lois Lowry is a two-time Newbery Medalist winner, getting the awards for “Number the Stars” in 1990 and “The Giver” in 1994.

 

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If you are a fan of Lois Lowry, then keep your eyes and ears peeled for this!  Lowry has a new children’s book, “On the Horizon,” that will be published on April 7.  The book is a collection of reflections on World War II, drawing from her experiences from her own childhood spent in Japan during the war.  Lowry asks readers to empathize with people from both sides of the conflict by offering vignettes of those who lost their lives in the war.

 

After that, Lowry turns to herself and her guilt for living in Tokyo after the war ended.  She felt isolation when she would watch Japanese kids play together, never receiving an invitation to play with them.  She dared not ask to join them, either.

 

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The content in her new book is questionable in its suitability for kids, but I don’t think that kids should be shielded from darkness in the world.  It unfortunately accompanies each and every one of us every day.  It is a part of life, something that kids should be made aware of.  However, Lowry’s core message in her book is this: we all benefit from a more peaceful world.

 

In an interview with Lois Lowry about her new book, Shay Maunz of TIME poses her questions like why she chose to write the book in poems instead of prose, or her experience of World War II as a kid.  Lowry’s answers are really interesting.  For her first question, she answered that her newest book took its form through what is essentially a  process, something any kind of artist goes through with any medium.  Her answer for the second question goes into depth about her worries over her father.  The interview with TIME seems to include the full dialogue, so if you’re interested in reading about all the answers relating to her new book, you can check that out.

 

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Country Queen Dolly Parton To Read Bedtime Stories to Kids

On Thursday, April 2nd, Dolly Parton will air her first installment of Goodnight With Dolly, a video series that will feature Parton reading children’s stories through Imagination Library’s Youtube Page. Parton wants to read to children to ease them of their worries during the COVID-19 pandemic. On a video posted through her Facebook page, she states that ‘Goodnight with Dolly’ will give children “a welcomed distraction during a time of unrest.”

 

 

Parton did not mention a schedule for the days she would be reading stories, but she did provide a list of books selected from Imagination Library. Stories such as; The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper, Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney, and Partons own books I Am a Rainbow and Coat of Many Colors will be read during the ten week series.

 

 

For all my parents out there, take this time to snuggle up with your children and enjoy some hot cocoa. I know I’m in my twenty-somethings, but I wouldn’t want to miss a bedtime story, especially from Dolly Parton!

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Celebrities Read for Save with Stories Campaign

Celebrities such as Chris Evans, Hillary Duff, Jimmy Fallon, Gabrielle Union-Wade, Ellen Degeneres, Jennifer Garner and more are participating in the Save with Stories Campaign to help read to children while they are being homeschooled right now. Chris Evans himself is reading If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff.

 

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Many more celebrities, such as Demi Lovato, have partnered with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry. Celebrities are reading children’s books and posting their videos on Instagram and Facebook.

By donating to the Save with Stories campaign, people are helping to feed children and provide them with the nutrition they need. So many schools have been shut down due to the virus, and these celebrities are helping children stay healthy and educated while also having fun with stories.

Some of the stories that are being read by celebrities are: Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, The Life of La Vida De Selena by Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stain, Mixed A Colorful Story by Arree Chung.

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Donations can be made at savethechildren.org/savewithstories.

You can watch all of the celebrities videos on the Save with Stories instagram page here 

 

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