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Metallica Will Be Publishing Their Own Book…For Children!

It seems like everyone is publishing books for children. They are the future after all, but most wouldn’t expect a children’s book from heavy metal band Metallica.

Heavy metal band Metallica has held a reputation of toxic rivalries, substance misuse and songs with the most morbid of titles – Disposable Heroes (1986), Nothing Else Matters (1991), My Friend Of Misery (1991). If anyone were to guess who would be the next to publish a children’s book, they would most likely be more toward the bottom of that list.

 

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Metal is a serious business. No smiling here. | Image via Woodbury Bulletin

 

Alas, the world can be a surprising place. Yesterday the plans to publish their book The ABCs Of Metallica was announced on their official website. The book promises to highlight historical moments from the band’s career through rhyme and the alphabet.

 

 

Including rhymes and illustrations, The ABCs of Metallica looks back at the history of the band from, duh, A to Z! Each letter of the alphabet highlights a moment along our journey from Garage Days to Master of Puppets to fun facts about us.

 

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A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Metallica’s charity foundation All Within My Hands, supporting workforce education and the fight against hunger.

 

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Metallica’s 2nd Annual All Within My Hand Foundation Event – Collecting Caned Foods | Image via 98kupd

 

Putting their band’s reputation aside, the members of Metallica are people, some of them married with children, so I think it’s safe to say that they do have experience with kids that will be brought into creating this new book. We’ll just have to see how it comes out in the end when the book is released this November 26th. You can pre-order through Amazon now.

 

 

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School Considers Removing 200 ‘Sexist’ Books From Library

Purging libraries of books considered harmful to children isn’t anything new. It can be for violent content, sexual themes or even due to being written by a controversial author. One group in Barcelona is considering purging books for another big reason: sexism.

The Guardian reported that the Associació Espai i Lleure has reviewed close to 600 books in The Taber School in Barcelona as part of their Library and Gender project, which aims to highlight the hidden sexist content found in most children’s books.

The group found that around 200 of the books at the school’s library contained hidden sexist themes. As a result, the books is considering removing from the library. Some of the removed books include Little Red Riding Hood and Sleeping Beauty.

The group said that the purpose of this review was not to target specific books, but to address the larger issue of sexism in children’s books. There have been studies conducted about gender bias in children’s books, in which males are more likely to be the protagonist of a children’s story and get more speaking roles than female characters. Espai i Lleure hopes to shine a light on the casual sexism in certain stories in order for children to learn these earlier in life in order to counter sexism when they are older.

You can read for about the group’s efforts here.

Do you agree with what Espai i Lleure is doing?

 

 

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Lego’s Newest Toy ‘Once-Upon-a-Brick’ Looks Magical

Fairy tales, pop-up books, and legos. These three staples of childhood come together in Lego’s newest toy “Once Upon A Brick”.

 

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You can close the toy like it’s a book. Good for carrying it around on any family adventures. | Image via The Lego Store

 

The 859-piece set lets kids build scenes from two classic tales: Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk. Five mini-figure characters are included in the set, including Little Red Riding Hood, Grandmother, the Wolf, the Giant, and Jack.

 

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This perfectly combines story time with the creative challenge that Lego toys bring.

Earlier this month Lego announced the release of “Once Upon A Brick” on Twitter.

 

 

Although the promotion is similar to Samsung’s $2000 Galaxy Fold phone, thankfully the price is much more reasonable at 79.95 Euro, roughly 90 US dollars.

 

It may be a little too early to start Holiday shopping, but this looks like a pretty darn good gift!

 

 

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11-Year-Old Influencer Lands Crocheting Book Deal

Anybody here know how to crochet? Crocheting is the art of tying yarn and wool together with a crochet hook in order to create blankets, hats, and other fun products. An 11-year-old boy named Jonah Larson has gone viral for his crocheting skills… and his leap into the spotlight has now landed him a book deal. 

 

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Independent publisher KWiL announced in a press release that they will be publishing Jonah’s autobiography, entitled Hello, Crochet Friends! Making Art, Being Mindful, Giving Back: Do What Makes You Happy. The book features a series of photographs detailing Larson’s crocheting skills along with his life story from his early education to his present day success.

Larson was adopted from Ethiopia by the Larson family; after moving to Wisconsin with his family, he began crocheting at age five. His creations garnered the attention of several media outlets. After reporting on his creations, his Instagram and Youtube following grew exponentially… let’s clarify: that’s 123,000 Instagram followers. Look at this picture, and you’ll understand why.

 

 

Larson’s book is the first in a planned series of photographed autobiographies. You can preorder the book on Amazon now before its release on July 23rd.

 

 

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