Category: Children’s Picture

10-Year-Old Author Writes Book to Support Premature Babies

Ten-year-old Boston McClarty is unlike most children in more ways than one: not only did he survive his own premature birth, but he also went onto self-publish a children’s picture book to support babies in the NICU (Newborn Intensive Care Unit). His twin brother, Declan, was not so lucky. After his brother’s death in infancy and his parents’ pain, Boston decided to write a children’s picture book for all the struggling families of the NICU.

 

 

The NICU can be a place of great hope and enormous loss. “We saw both sides of the NICU,” said Susan McClarty, mother of the twins. “We saw the tragedy, and we saw the miracle.” Boston’s own experience as a premature baby makes his own life an optimistic story for parents who fear for the longevity of their own children. But his life isn’t the only story he’s chosen to share with these families.

McClarty’s first book, Heroes Are Made, is dedicated to his twin brother. For each purchased copy, McClarty will donate a blanket to the NICU. Each blanket will be accompanied by a personalized letter from McClarty explaining his story in an effort to share some semblance of hope and community with parents of sick or premature babies. Boston says he’s already at work on his second book, which will come with similar charitable endeavors.

 

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The book is as creative as it is uplifting:

Yikes! A group of evil robots is attacking the town of Pendale on Gib Planet. Would you be brave enough to fight? These kids are! Join Captain, Ninja, and Swirl as they do everything necessary to save their town.

Thus far, Boston has donated nearly 500 blankets.

 

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'The Negro Motorists' Green Book'

‘Green Book’ Film Boosts Sales for Old Picture Book

The Academy Award-winning Green Book has certainly been making its fair share of green. The film’s earnings have surpassed $100 million internationally. Why such high earnings? Let’s just say if you’d seen the movie already, you wouldn’t need to ask that question. In addition to an incredible performance from Viggo Mortensen (surely you’ve seen any Lord of the Rings movie) and Moonlight‘s Mahershala Ali, the film juxtaposes humor and the weight of America’s bigoted history to tell a deeply nuanced story. Though the film juggles many complex elements—historical context, race relations, interracial power dynamics, and queer sexuality—little ever slips.

While some have raised the question of whether or not the film propagates the white-savior complex, one thing is certain: it also raises awareness of a lesser-known facet of American history.

 

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Long-standing school curriculums have largely neglected the real ‘green book:’ an African-American motorist’s manual published by Victor Hugo Green for thirty consecutive years, beginning in 1936. The guide enabled travellers to avoid inconvenient or unsafe situations in which they may be refused service; threatened; attacked; or expelled from “sundown towns,” whites-only segregated municipalities. 10,000 such towns existed as late as the 1960s, and, despite stereotypes, these towns weren’t geographically limited to the South. Bronxville, NY and Levittown, NY are just two examples of the many segregated towns above the Mason-Dixon Line.

Safety concerns for African-Americans may be a part of history, but they aren’t a thing of the past. In 2017, the NAACP issued a travel warning for the entire state of Missouri after a series of racially-motivated attacks and alarming new statistics, which revealed African-American motorists were 75% more likely to be stopped and searched throughout the state.

In bringing awareness to this uglier part of America’s history, the film also brought renewed attention to a 2010 children’s book on the same subject: Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin A. Ramsey and Gwen Strauss.

 

 

'Ruth and the Green Book' by Gwen Strauss
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In November 2018, the month of Green Book‘s theatrical release, Ruth and the Green Book saw a 233% spike in profits compared to the November of the previous year. With the recent awards-season attention to the film, these soaring profits have continued, with a sustained profit increase of over double the amount of the previous year. Publicist Lindsay Matvick explains the phenomenon: “So many people didn’t know about it before the movie came out. That’s why we’re seeing such a spike in sales. People want to talk about it with their children, and this book hits the sweet spot.”

Ramsey, co-author of Ruth and the Green Book, says he wrote the book when it became clear that few people knew about the ‘green book.’ He himself hadn’t known until a funeral for a family friend, during which one mourner said they hadn’t driven such a long distance since a bygone era when the guide was widely used. Though he’s proud to have followed his dream and written this book on the subject, he looks forward to the day when his children’s book won’t be the only one to handle the important topic.

 

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Sesame Street

New ‘Sesame Street’ Book Celebrates Show’s 50th Anniversary

Stop the presses! A Sesame Street book is coming this fall, on Oct. 22, to celebrate the franchise’s 50th birthday.

 

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The book, entitled Sunny Day, will soon be available through Random House… although not soon enough! As exciting as it is, this release should be no surprise to fans: after the show’s premiere on PBS on November 10, 1969, the first tie-in book, The Sesame Street Storybook, hit readers’ shelves just two years later. Fans needed more of this heartwarmingly wholesome (and educational!) series.

 

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According to Entertainment Weekly, who got the exclusive, the book will accompany the series’ iconic song lyrics with illustrations that will feature “a different artist’s interpretation of the lyrics, resulting in a unique tribute to Sesame Street and the generations of children who have loved the show.” And we all love nostalgia.

 

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I don’t know about you, but October 22 can’t arrive quickly enough. And I know I’ll get one, because I pre-ordered… did you?

 

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A Whole New World: Disney Drops New ‘Aladdin’ Trailer

Well the trailer is here! This morning, Disney dropped the new trailer for Aladdin, revealing a whole new menagerie of classic scenes adapted in live action. And most exciting of all: the songs! Yes, folks snippets from Friend Like Me and A Whole New World are glimpsed here, allowing the sheer scope of the project to finally come into focus. Aladdin looks appropriately epic in scale, both in the breath of the sets, the beautiful costumes, and equally lovely cinematography. It appears this move is just more than Will Smith in blue makeup, allowing fans to breathe a sigh of relief.

 

Poster for Disney's Aladdin, showcasing Aladdin, Jasmine, the Genie, and Jafar composed together
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Speaking of the Genie, he’s finally shown onscreen for more than a few seconds, allowing Will Smith show us his chops. There will never be a true replacement for Robin William’s Genie but Will Smith looks to be throwing himself into the role with gusto. Showcasing charm, wit, and a great deal of energy, the Genie looks plain fun and will likely steal the show, just as he did in the original animated film.

Other glimpses in the trailer include glimpses of the sinister Jafar, the magnificently designed Cave of Wonders, and of course, Mena Massaoud’s Aladdin himself. This live action adaptation looks to be a worthy successor to the original film and we can’t wait for the film to drop in just two months.

Aladdin releases on May 24th.

 

 

 

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World Book Day

10 Adorable Kids’ Costumes for World Book Day

Today, families in England, Ireland, and Wales are celebrating World Book Day (which, ironically, is not a worldwide holiday). Young readers are dressing up as their favorite characters from a delightful variety of children’s books, sharing, spreading, and thoroughly enjoying a love of reading!

Take a look at the best costumes from all over the web:

 

1. addie the Jampire

From the picture book Jampires, written by David O’Connel and illustrated by Sarah McIntyre.

 

 

 

2. A VERY ADORABLE CATERPILLAR

Based on the beloved children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar written by Eric Carle.

 

 

 

3. PETER PAN AND HARRY POTTER

From the book Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie and also the novel series Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling.

 

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4. ABBY AS A SCARY CUTE ASLAN

From the book series The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe, written by C. S. Lewis.

 

 

 

 

5. RHY AS MYRTLE MEEK

From the children’s book Fing written by David Walliams and illustrated by Tony Ross.

 

 

 

6. Minnie as Miss Root

From the book The Demon Dentist, written by David Walliams and illustrated by Tony Ross.

 

 

 

 

7. Little Cindy Lou Who, ready for another holiday!

From the children’s book How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss.

 

 

 

8. Looks like this Pinocchio has been telling some lies.

From the classic book Pinocchio written by Carlo Collodi and illustrated by Scott McKowen.

 

 

 

9. A Jr. Christmasaurus.

From the book The Christmasaurus written by Tom Fletcher and illustrated by Shane Devries.

 

 

 

And last but not least…

 

10. A live beanstalk.

Based off the old fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk.

 

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Now this is parenting done right!

Happy World Book day to young and old alike.

 

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