Category: Children’s Reference

Chelsea Clinton to Release New Book About Endangered Animals

Chelsea Clinton’s next step as a children’s author is to promote the plight of endangered animals.


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The daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton is the author of It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!, She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World and Start Now! You Can Make a Difference.


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Penguin Young Readers have announced that she will be collaborating with illustrator Gianna Marino. The book is titled Don’t Let Them Disappear and is to be released on April 2nd. The book will feature a variety of animals like elephants, whales, tigers and many more and how to contribute to saving their lives.



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Book Listing Hitler as ‘Great Leader’ Removed from Publisher’s Website

When you think of great leaders in recent history, numerous names might come to mind.  Obama, Mandela, Gandhi, and…Hitler? One Indian publisher thought so and is now facing the inevitable backlash, even after removing the book from its online store.


The children’s book, entitled Leaders (or Great Leaders according to the publisher’s website), was published in 2016 by Pegasus, an imprint of India’s B. Jain Publishing Group. According to The Guardian, it features biographies of eleven “amazing leaders” who “devoted their lives [to] the betterment of their country and people.”  Hitler is one of six of these leaders to also be pictured on the cover.



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In an interview with the New York Times prior to the book’s removal, Annshu Juneja, Pegasus’s publishing director, explained, “We are not talking about his conduct or his views or whether he was a good leader or a bad leader but simply portraying how powerful he was as a leader.” 




The book was finally removed after the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a human rights organization dedicated to “researching the Holocaust and hate in a historic and contemporary context,” protested the book, calling it an abomination.  In a statement on the center’s website, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said, “The children of India deserve to learn the truth ultimate evil that Hitler and his genocidal Nazi ideology represented.”


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Vice Presidential Bunny, Marlon Bundo, Gets Children’s Book

Life is pretty sweet for the BOTUS (Bunny of the United States).  He is the first bunny ever to ride Air Force Two.  He has nearly 17,000 followers on Instagram. And now he is starring in a new children’s book.


Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of The Vice President is written by Charlotte Pence, daughter of Vice President Mike Pence, and illustrated by her mother Karen. It is narrated by Marlon and explains to children what the Vice President does at his job all day.


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Charlotte Pence originally got Marlon when she was a student at DePaul University and needed a rabbit for a film project.  According to The Washington Post, Pence’s roommate suggested they name him after Marlon Brando after discovering that he was a natural in front of the camera.  Unable to resist a good pun, Pence named him Marlon Bundo, and thus a star was born.


With the exception of one Secret Service member, Marlon’s face is the only one that appears in the book.  He will also be making several public appearances on the press tour to promote the book, which all of his adoring fans will surely appreciate.


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The book is set to be released next week on March 19th.  You can get it here on Amazon.  Proceeds will go to Tracy’s Kids, an art-therapy program at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, and A21, a nonprofit that aims to end sex trafficking. 


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Hit up 6,000 Children’s Books Online Free Thanks to This Library

Here at Bookstr, we’re all about making you wiser, and sometimes richer. Here’s why free virtual libraries are our newest obsession, and now, they’re going to be your kid’s newest obsession too.


The Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature at the University of Florida contains more than 130,000 books and periodicals published in the United States and Great Britain from the mid-1600s to the present day. The library also has manuscript collections, original artwork, and assorted ephemera such as board games, puzzles, and toys. They have put 6,000 children’s books online, for free.


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Children’s literature didn’t make much headway until the 1700s, before which time it was pretty scarce. During the Middle Ages, few children’s books were published at all. The earliest children’s books came about in the early 18th century, before which they were mostly instructive moral tales, usually of a pious nature and written in Latin. The first book written purely for children’s pleasure reading was John Newbery’s A Little Pretty Pocket-Bookwhich was published in 1744.


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The Victorian era followed, which became the most innovative and diverse period for children’s literature thus far. This era gave us children’s classics such as Lewis Carrol’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking GlassThe Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter and of course Edward Lear’s  A Book of NonsenseAs paper and printing became more economical, the children’s book industry took off and has been booming since the 1800s.


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The popularity of children’s literature owes a lot to the advent of illustration. Illustration became an indispensable feature of children’s books, so much so that an entirely new genre was created: the picture book, a form that continues to dominate twentieth century juvenile publishing today.



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If reading bed time stories is a ritual in your home, then you may benefit from the thousands of options this online library offers to keep the little ones occupied on the go, or just before bed.



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The Redwall Series to Become Video Game, Which We Do Like

Many people, especially those Generation X and Millennial babies, remember a fantastical children’s series known as RedwallThe series was written by Brian Jacques, and is comprised of twenty-two different books. The series is not necessarily linear, but rather tells of a vast history of the world of Redwall, a land where anthropomorphic animals live and rule through strength, wits, and a small amount of magic. Though traditionally a children’s series, many have compared Redwall to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.




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The acclaimed series is being brought back to life after Brian Jacques’ death in 2011, and it’s being resurrected as an episodic video game series.


Developed by Soma Games and Kaio Interactive, the video game series is entitled An Epic Tale of Redwall. This game is still in Early Access mode, however, and only purchasable on Steam, a PC-driven gaming platform. Word on the web has it though that it’s likely the game will eventually be available on the Xbox and possibly even Playstation. Video games have such a unique and interesting way of story-telling, and no doubt true justice will be done to Redwall



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Since the game is still in Early Access mode, only the first episode is up for purchase at $9.99. The game is subject to change as the developers work harder on the storyline, gaming mechanisms, and graphics so it’s likely that the price will go up after its completion. Developers intend for it to be a 4-6 episodic series, and it currently has nothing but positive reviews from Redwall and video game fans across the board. As both an avid reader and gamer, myself, I am nothing short of excited to delve into this new world!



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