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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.





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





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


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






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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Will Smith Brings ‘Fresh Prince’ to New Kid’s Book

The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air was one of the most memorable sitcoms of the 90s and launched Will Smith into superstar fame. Now he’s bringing his character back for a new generation of kids.

Entertainment Weekly reported that Smith has partnered with author Denene Millner for a new children’s book titled Fresh Princess. It tells the story of Destiny, a young girl with a big personality who moves to a new neighborhood where nothing is the same for her. Despite the big change, Destiny is determined to inject fun into every situation. It follows a similar plot to the Fresh Prince series.


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The book is part of a three-book Smith has made with HarperCollins Children’s Books. The pictures will be illustrated by Gladys Jose.

The book will go on sale April 2nd. It is available for pre-order now.



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Beloved Children’s Author Tomi Ungerer, Dies at 87

If you’re like me, an anxious contradiction suffering from a hint of narcissism induced by a lingering quarter-life crisis, then you may often feel like time is running out. It’s not, we know that; we just figured we’d accomplish everything we ever dreamed of before the age of thirty…

The one thing that calms us and brings us together, the thing we can always take solace in, is the power of stories.

This begins when we’re young; reading stories like Peter Rabbit, The Ugly Duckling, Little Red Riding Hood, perhaps even more subversive stories like The Light PrincessThe Princess and The Goblin, Zeralda’s Ogre, or Otto: The Autobiography of a Teddy Bear. Later some of us move on to comic books about superheroes achieving the impossible, defying limitations. Now we read denser things, fiction that aims to dissect the human condition. In the end, nothing beats the didactic nature of a child’s tale. The purpose of these disjointed introductory paragraphs is to bring to you the unfortunate news of legendary artist, Tomi Ungerer‘s death—a man who understood Imagination’s ability to eliminate fear.

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An article on The Guardian‘s website, written in 2012, discusses the legendary, yet under-appreciated children’s book innovator, refering to how Ungerer’s humor could be described as “crazy” how his work contains “surprising” and “inexplicable” details created by a sometimes controversial, and truly wacky soul. The author of the article describes the man as apologetic for his nature upon meeting him; spouting countless aphorisms, and energy propelled by the type of insecurities that plague the wisest of men. Ungerer describes his approach to children’s literature:

“Curiosity is vital. The finest gift you can give your children is a magnifying glass, so with a little effort they can make their own discoveries.” To make it too easy is to curb the instinct to explore.

The French author and artist seemed to epitomized the expression “tongue in cheek.” He was aware of himself and of the world, he understood the power of language and visuals. His work subverts genre expectations, particularly in regard to his children ‘s books, as his stories convey their own brand of social satire. What would appear to be simple, relatable stories carry layered messages that pull your soul in the right direction.

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Whether it be his story Moon Man, about an alien who just wants to be accepted by humanity or The Three Robbers, about a girl who turns greed on its head, the books are charming and relatable, entertaining to both old and young. He was one of the pioneer’s of the age-defying child’s narrative, the type of stories parents can read with their children. The types of stories that remind adults that maybe they don’t have to grow up in the traditional sense; that wonderment and political naivety of a child may be relevant in the most excruciating of times…

His lengthy and unmatched career has resulted in the publication of over 140 books (in German, English, and French), various political posters, and some erotic stuff that doesn’t really make sense to mention in the context of this article…(but riveting and a true testament to his diversity). The range and depth of Ungerer’s skills appeared to never cease—a well that was dug through the bottom of the earth, reaching eternity. At one point he even designed the poster for the classic comedy Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

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Tomi Ungerer became the first ever Ambassador for Childhood and Education for the Council of Europe and has a museum dedicated to him in Strasbourg: a first for a French artist. His experiences as a child living in German-occupied France inspired the book Tomi: A Childhood Under the Nazis and shed a light on the perspective of a man who hated only a couple things in this life: intolerance and discrimination. In 1976, Ungerer moved to Ireland with his wife and recently died in Goleen, Co Cork at the age of eighty-seven.

Tomi Ungerer vor seinen Zeichnungen bei einer Ausstellung in Straßburg 2010.

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People have reacted to his passing on Twitter, honoring Ungerer:

It was a tweet I found on Tomi Ungerer’s personal Twitter page that moves me the most; the following video contains an interview with Ungerer, where he expresses one of the most optimistic and inspiring outlooks on death I think I’ve ever had the great pleasure of hearing. Ungerer’s legacy was sculpted by a man full of life, a life unaffected by superficial things like time and age: he was a painter, writer, intellectual, folk hero, legend, a god damn superhero with the power of imagination.



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7 Of The Greatest Film Adaptations Of All Time!

Award season is upon us as we root for our favorite book-based movies to take the gold! Some of these movies are still in theaters, but they won’t be for long, and that just leaves us with the duds of the off-seasons to watch.

But rather than watching any new movies that might be a complete waste of your money and time, why not watch some older movies that have stood the test of time as some of the best films to be made? For all you movie and book lovers out there, here are some of the best book to film adaptations of all time!

1. Babe (1995)


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Written by children’s novelist Dick King-Smith in 1968, this charming tale of a little pig named Babe has inspired many to believe in the impossible and that everyone has a meaningful place in the world!

Follow Babe as he shows everyone on the farm that he is more than just bacon for breakfast, that he has a talent that will make a difference in the lives of everyone living on the farm.





2.Casino Royale(2006)


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Introducing Daniel Craig as 007, this film is actually the second onscreen adaptation of Ian Fleming’s spy novel, Casino Royale, from 1953.

This one will leave you on the edge of your seat with hair-raising action and dangerously bold villains. The stakes could never be higher with this new James Bond, more charming, daring, and reckless than ever before!





3.The Birds (1963)


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Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, master of horror and suspense, this 1963 film of Daphne du Maurier’s short story “The Birds” is unforgettable! With romance, mystery, and horror that will chill you to the bone, this iconic film is definitely a worthy adaptation!





4. True Grit (2010)


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Taking place in the wild West of the US, this story of revenge, love, and justice will surely capture you heart and leave you on the edge of your seat! This is an exciting coming-of-age story about 14 year old Mattie Ross, who, after watching her father gunned down by an outlaw, finds the strength (and the right man) to help her seek revenge.





5. The Godfather (1972)


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Touted by critics and film fanatics alike as one of the greatest American movies every produced, The Godfather has certainly earned its spot on the list. The Godfather was originally a novel by author Mario Puzo, published in 1969. The gripping crime saga chronicles the bloodstained power struggle of the Mafia family the Corleones.





6. Schindler’s List (1993)


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Originally entitled Schindler’s Ark, this historical piece, which was written by Thomas Keneally in 1982, centers around one of the most heinous events to happen in human history: the Holocaust. The film resonates with everyone who sees it, and was especially difficult for Director Steven Spielberg to film as he had family members involved in the Holocaust.

Artfully illustrating the suffering of the Jewish community, the political conflicts of the time, and one man’s point of view that saved the lives of millions, Spielberg encapsulates Keneally’s vision. An absolute masterpiece!





7. The Princess Bride (1987)


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Originally written by William Goldman back in the 1973, The Princess Bride is a timeless classic for all ages. Beloved for its charming characters, witty humor, thrilling action, and one of the most endearing love stories, this film brings Goldman’s work to life in the most fantastic of ways!




These are some truly marvelous films that I’m sure the original authors can say they are proud of. Since all of the films listed are such thrills to see, so, if you’re able, go see them as soon as possible!


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Viola Davis Discusses How Writing Corduroy Helped Her “Come Back to Life”

Award-winning actress Viola Davis recently wrote Corduroy Takes a Bow in celebration of Don Freeman’s iconic children’s series’ 50th anniversary.


The beloved bear introduced in the series’ premiere book, Corduroy, has won the hearts of generations of readers, including Davis. Davis agreed to write the children’s book in large part for her daughter. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Davis revealed that the series had been a favorite of her daughter’s and she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pen a book in the series.


“That was the story that stuck. It’s just close to my heart. Certain characters stay with you, and that’s Corduroy.”



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While Corduroy was a factor in Davis’ love of reading, it was her adventures to the library that really drew her into the literary world.


“I do remember that book. But when I started reading the book, it was one of several books that I was in love with; it was just the library itself that totally captured me. The smell of the pages. Certainly, Corduroy was a part of that adventure, a bigger part of my escape.”




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Corduroy certainly has his own string of adventures, and Corduroy Takes a Bow sees his newfound adventure with his first trip to the theater, a place Davis knows all too well.


A graduate of Juilliard, Davis found success on stage through her powerful performances, earning her first Tony Award in 2001 for her role in King Hedley II. Davis applied her familiarity and success in theater throughout her process of writing Corduroy.


“I explored every bit of the theater that has left an imprint on me. That’s what I did while I was writing this book. Sometimes you forget that stuff. Sometimes, you need the imagination of a child to come back to life again. To remember why you fell in love with anything.”




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