Fifteen years ago today, the movie adaptation for C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe came out in theaters. In celebration for the fantasy film's fifteenth anniversary, here is a list of its fifteen best quotes!
That is what books are all about! Each one is meant to be read, enjoyed, and then discussed with others, who will then take the time to analyze it and even share all around just how relatable its premise and/or characters are to the readers – to us. Because #BooksConnectUs and books without discussion defeat this very purpose.
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-Book, which 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 Glass, The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter and of course Edward Lear’s A Book of Nonsense. As 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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New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz is releasing his first-ever children’s book in March which celebrates cultural diversity in the U.S. and poses questions about identity and belonging. The story is told through an imaginary journey back to a young girl’s birthplace, “The Island.” Here is everything you need to know about it:
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Islandborn is set to be on shelves March 13th, and it’s already generating excitement as Díaz’s readers await the chance to meet him in person on his book tour, which begins in March and ends in April. The tour will take the author to schools, libraries, and bookstores around the country. All information on the tour is in the infographic below:
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The picture book is illustrated by Leo Espinosa, who Díaz says is able to “capture magnificently the intimacy, the ternura, between little Lola, the subject of the book, and her abuela.” Of the story itself, Díaz says in an interview:
When I wrote Islandborn I thought it was about a young woman’s ability to connect to her home and her family with her imagination, but when I’d completed it I realised it was really about the ways that communities create themselves and young people play a big role in that labor.
The story begins when Lola’s teacher asks her students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from. All the kids are excited about the project except Lola, because she can’t remember the island she left when she was just a baby. She soon sees that with the help of her friends’ and family’s memories, her imagination is what will take her on an extraordinary journey back to her birthplace.
Díaz says of Islandborn that “it is a book promised all those years ago for my goddaughters and anyone who has ever wondered about their family’s ‘faraway place.'”
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Díaz turns his remarkable talent to the haunting, impossible power of love – obsessive love, illicit love, fading love, maternal love. In prose that is endlessly energetic, inventive, tender, and funny, the stories in This Is How You Lose Her lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weakness of the human heart. They remind us that passion always triumphs over experience, and that “the half-life of love is forever.
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Coming off the success of The Disaster Artist, James Franco will be starring in and directing a Shel Silverstein biopic. The movie is based on Lisa Rogak’s biography A Boy Named Shel, which looks at the big picture of Silverstein’s wild life.
Franco’s had a big year between The Disaster Artist (which will likely score an Oscar nod or two) and his acting and directing work on HBO’s, The Deuce. Like Franco, Silverstein was kind of a jack-of-all-trades. Not only did he write children’s literature (most famously The Giving Tree), but he also penned hit songs and worked on scripts with David Mamet. Silverstein passed away in 1999 at the age of 68, but he lived a full life. A full enough life, anyway, to merit a biopic.
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Biopics on authors (e.g. Howl, Kill Your Darlings, Rebel in the Rye) can sometimes be a little stuffy and grim. Hopefully Franco can bring some levity to the material. After all, it’s a movie about Shel Silverstein. It has to be funny, right? Plus, Franco’s more than proved his comedy bona fides between Pineapple Express, The Disaster Artist, and Freaks and Geeks.
Franco’s got a pretty busy schedule in the next few years, so no sign of when A Boy Named Shel will come out. It might not be for a while, but keep it in mind when thinking about what you have to look forward to.
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