Instead of waiting for grown-ups to solve her problems, 9-year-old Simia Cox of Indianapolis, IN wrote books about her experiences with bullying.
Singer-songwriter Rhett Miller’s, No More Poems!: A Book In Verse That Just Gets Worse, is attracting all sorts of controversy and uproar after rubbing families the wrong way.
WXYZ reports that school teacher and mother to two young girls, Kayla Sykes, bought a copy from Costco to read her children. She later came across one of the book’s controversial poems that made her feel as though she was going to “vomit.”
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The poem titled “Brotherly Love,” follows a girl who has to deal with her annoying little brother, and is rather violent about it.
One verse reads:
Feed your brother poison.
Maybe drop him down a well.
And I’m the one who’ll wind up.
Living in a prison cell.
Amazon markets the book toward children ages seven to ten. It goes without saying that this age range isn’t quite accurate.
Angry tweeters are currently calling for the book to be boycotted, and Costco has already pulled the book from a number of its stores.
Miller tweeted about his disappointment to the book’s backlash.
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Raúf’s debut novel is already being described by Waterstones children’s buyer, Florentyna Martin, as a “future classic.”
The story follows a young refugee whose newfound friends from school help him reunite with his family. Raúf was inspired by the people she befriended while working in refugee camps.
“Children’s books have a raft of difficult topics to convey to young readers, and Raúf embraces this with an approach that is funny, upbeat, and overwhelmingly open-hearted,” Martin added.
Raúf is the founder and CEO of Making Herstory, a human rights organization working to end the abuse, trafficking, and enslavement of women throughout the world. Her debut novel is already a significant step towards bringing attention to the circumstances surrounding those who are wrongfully separated from their loved ones.
Congratulations on your well deserved achievement, Ms. Raúf! And thank you for the reminder that everyone deserves a home that their family can call their own.
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On US World Book Day, we take a look back at the the UK and Ireland’s World Book Day costumes in March of this year.
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
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.
Now this is parenting done right!
Happy World Book day to young and old alike.
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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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