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A Love Letter to Jon Klassen, Author of ‘I Want My Hat Back’

Dear adored children’s author Jon Klassen,

I have purchased the entirety of your Hat series, I Want My Hat Back, We Found a Hat, and This Is Not My Hat for my first cousins. While they may have not enjoyed them as much as I had, I’ll still purchase them for future cousins to come. 

 

I first fell in love with your books while working at an independent bookstore in quiet Sunnyvale, California. The associated children’s bookstore next door carried your books, so when I sauntered in looking to expand my literary range, I saw it. The newly published We Found a Hat.  It’s pink and grey ombre cover and the cute little turtles just sitting so entrancingly. I grabbed the book and took it next door, not knowing what I was getting myself into.

 

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From my past experiences in children’s literature, I was expecting a simplified story with a moral about friendship, family, or how to be a decent child in the world. Your writing and illustrations gave a whole new meaning to picture books.

 

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Image Via Amazon

 

Just look at that turtle’s side eye. I have never seen a more relevant expression in any pictorial depiction in my twenty years of life. By the end of the book, I was hooked. The New York Times blurb about We Found A Hat being “a masterpiece” and The Boston Globe calling it “a moving story about loyalty, sacrifice, friendship, and the power of imagination” were no understatements. Thank goodness you had four other books published at the time. I ran next door, slammed the book on the counter, and ran back over to the children’s book section to pick up a copy of every book we had. 

 

Amazon’s description of I Want My Hat Back left me with many questions, “A picture-book delight by a rising talent tells a cumulative tale with a mischievous twist.” I could be getting myself into anything at this point and I stayed unafraid. I swiftly went back to the front desk on my side of the store and opened up I Want My Hat Back

 

The range of emotion expressed by this bear is immeasurable and I will never find a better visual expression of betrayal and realization of the betrayal in beautiful watercolor paintings. While browsing around the internet, I also found a video recreation of I Want My Hat Back which perfectly displays the same emotions felt while reading it.

 

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You can use feel the tension in the bear and rabbit’s eyes. 

 

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While browsing around the internet, I also found a video recreation of I Want My Hat Back which perfectly displays the same emotions felt while reading it.

 

 

This was the moment that I decided that my gift to future generations of children would be a set of your books. Not only are they enjoyable for children, but also provide just enough entertainment for their adult reading counterparts. I spent the rest of the night reading all of your work and have never been more content and at peace while reading children’s literature. They were smart enough to get me audibly laughing and they didn’t dumb down concepts for children.

 

Along with your fantastic children’s books, your twitter is absolute gold. A few days ago you shared a series of books from Mia Coulton about a yellow labrador named Danny.

 

 

Another day you retweeted a picture of a very round duck wearing a cute little hat from the account Round Animals and have spread the cute critters to my Twitter feed.

 

 

You have not only shared the joys of children’s literature, but also nuggets of gold on Twitter.  

 

Thank you Jon Klassen for all the joy with which you have provided me, and now my cousins, for the past two years. 

 

Maybe together, we could find a hat. 

 

Featured Image Via PictureBook Makers.

The Lorax

10 Dr. Seuss Quotes to Awaken Your Inner Kid

Dr. Seuss is a muse to many a folk. He talks about Whos and the places they’ll go. Though he might only seem like a fun one for kids, he’s also got thoughts for our old-people heads. Though I’ve done my best to write just like Seuss, I’ll give him the mic. Here’s some quotes to peruse.

 

1. I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.

 


 

2. A person’s a person, no matter how small.

 


 

3. You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
Any direction you choose.

 

You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one
Who’ll decide where to go…

 


 

4. All alone! Whether you like it or not, 
Alone is something you’ll be quite a lot!

 


 

5. Think left and think right and think low and think high.
Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!

 


 

6. Today you are You, that is truer than true.
There is no one alive who is Youer than You.

 


 

7. Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.

 


 

8. Today was good. Today was fun.
Tomorrow is another one.

 


 

9. The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

 


 

10. Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them.

 

 

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This Children’s Literature Map Shows the Best Kids’ Books From Europe

A collaboration between schools from all over Europe has led to this wonderful map, showing the favorite children’s book in each country.

 

Schools in Bulgaria, Poland, Greece, Portugal, Spain, the Czech Republic, and Lithuania worked together to create a great project named READ AND SHARE eTwinning featuring information on the best children’s books from each European country. They conducted research among their friends and family members, as well as online, in order to decide on the book for each place. 

 

Take a look! On first glance, it’s easy to spot Pippi Longstocking in Sweden, The Moomins in Finland, Le Petit Prince in France, and Harry Potter in the UK, but you need to look a little closer to see The Never-Ending Story in Germany, Heidi in Switzerland, and The Adventures of Tin Tin in Belgium. 

 

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 Take a closer look! 

 

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They’ve also included a map featuring the word for ‘book’ in the native language of each country.

 

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Here’s a list of the books included for each country: 

 

Kevade by Oskar Luts for Esthonia 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for Great Britain

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren for Sweden

Le Avventure di Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi for Italy

Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry  for France

The Never-Ending Story by Ende for Germany

Heidi by Spyri for Switzerland

Orlovi Rano Lete by Branco Copic for Serbia

Toreadors from Vasyukivka by Nestayko for Ukraine  

The Adventures of Tin Tin by Hergé for Belgium

Fada Oriana by Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen for Portugal

Platero y yo by Jiménez for Spain

Mangas by Penelope Delta for Greece

Kake Make by Lina Zutaute for Lithuania

The Tale of Tsar Saltan by Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin for Russia

Tüskevár by István Fekete  for Hungary

Amintiri din Copilarie by Ion Creanga for Romania

Cufoja dhe Bubi Kacurrel by Gaqo Bushaka for Albania

Pabbi Professor by Gunnar Helgason for Iceland

Jip en Janneke by Anne MG Shmidt for the Netherlands

The Moonmins by Tove Jansson for Finland

Akademia Pana Kleska by Jan Brzechwa for Poland

Slovenské Rozprávky by Pavol Dobšinský for Slovakia

Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer for Ireland

Den grimme ælling by Andersen for Denmark

Mrs Pepperpot Stories by Alf Prøysen for Norway

Čudnovate zgode šegrta Hlapića by Ivana Brlić Mažuranić for Croatia

Geschichten vom Franz by Christine Nöstlinger for Austria

 

And take a look at some of the other projects READ AND SHARE eTwinning has created. Pretty cute stuff!

 

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Rocket Science

Give Children the Gift of Rocket Science This Holiday Season

“It’s not rocket science” might be a phrase that is lost on future generations as the level of intricate, intelligent science becomes more and more attainable. When I hear the term “rocket science” it is always in comparison to something that I can actually do, you know, because who would understand rocket science? Andrew Radar’s newest book aims to educate the masses on the basic concepts. His target audience is children ages six to ten,  but don’t worry, he says that adults can learn a thing or two from it as well.

 

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Image Via Rocket Science/Andrew Rader/Galen Frazer 

 

Rader, a SpaceX aerospace engineer, splits the book into two different parts. The first explains how a rocket works, the reasoning behind the design, how it makes sense to “rocket stage,” which means stacking rockets on top of each other during takeoff and then separating in order to distribute weight properly, and how they land.

 

The second half of the book goes into the details of space exploration, which paths to take around our solar system and why, planetary exploration, and reveals some of the missions rockets have taken in the past. He believes that adults with no science background can apply these basic ideas to their lives in the future.

 

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Image Via Rocket Science/Andrew Rader/Galen Frazer

 

Rader wrote two other children’s books titled, McLongneck’s Epic Space Adventure and Mars Rover Rescuewhich were both marketed towards children ages 5 and 6. He told, The Verge:

 

We wanted to catch that same group as they got older and keep them on that trajectory. Little kids love space and they naturally are interested in it, but older kids, they lose interest between the ages of six and 10, and eventually by 11 or 12 they don’t think space is cool anymore. So we wanted to keep interest going in that critical time period.

 

Professional graphic artist, Galen Frazer, illustrated 42 new educational pieces for the book. You can check those out below and also contribute to Rader’s Kickstarter Campaign to help fund the publication of the book. 

 

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Image Via Rocket Science/Andrew Rader/Galen Frazer

 

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Feature Image By Galen Frazer From Rocket Science 

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Paddington Bear to Enjoy Final Marmalade Sandwich in 2018

Paddington: adorable bear, attracter of shenanigans, toddler fashion icon, passionate advocate of the marmalade sandwich. What’s not to love? After many, many years and many, many adventures, the Paddington books are finally drawing to a close, with the last in the series announced for next year.

 

The final Paddington Bear book, Paddington at St. Paul’s,  will be released in July of 2018, the one year anniversary of the death of creator Michael Bond. The story will follow Paddington as he is mistaken for a choirboy during a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

 

In an interview with BBC, Bond’s daughter, Karen Jankel, said that the idea for the story came about after Sir David Attenborough read aloud a piece by Bond at the Queen’s ninetieth birthday celebrations in St. Paul’s Cathedral. Bond finished the story just before he died.

 

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Via The Telegraph

 

Jankel explained that her father wrote his whole life, and she couldn’t imagine him not writing. The first Paddington book was published two months after she was born, and some of her own exploits, such as her attempts at learning to drive a car, ended up influencing some of Paddington’s subsequent adventures.

 

When asked if she could see the character of Paddington being handed off to another author in order for his adventures to continue, she said no. “My father had the magic touch…and I don’t think he wanted anybody to continue writing the stories after he died. But he wrote so many of them.”

 

There may not be any further Paddington books, but the news of the final book coincides with the release of the second Paddington motion picture, about which I am EXTREMELY EXCITED. The first Paddington film was absolutely charming and judging by how much I laughed (cried) at the trailer, I’m pretty sure the sequel is going to be just as good. 

 

Featured Image Via Prue Batten