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This 6-Year-Old’s Statement About His Favorite Book Is All Too Real

There’s no feeling quite as homey as re-reading your favorite books; books from your childhood, books that held your teenage heart, books that adult you has used as guide points while you navigate through life.


Books can act as tiny, magic, paper-filled mentors helping you to feel less confused, less misunderstood, less alone. I know that I’m definitely someone who turns toward their favorite books when life gets too hectic or wild or hazy and I just need grounding and something to remind of me who I am. 


Yay, books!


But, given the deep and powerful love we can feel for the books we hold dear, it goes without saying that sometimes we might get a little bit defensive guarding them. While it feels great to share your favorite books with your favorite people, it can also get a little scary because, like, “what if they hate it? What if they say something bad about it? What if they love it more than I do?” 


Everyone’s been there. Everyone’s felt the fear and jealousy that can come with loaning out something that’s so intensely personal to you to someone else because you can’t help but feel like they’ll never quite understand just how much it means to you; it’s never just another book.


And, this fear of sharing something you love too much with others is nothing new to Twitter user Laura (@Mum_Reader) and her son, James; last Wednesday she posted a tweet of her then-six-year-old son’s old homework assignment all about books:





I feel you, kid. And, clearly the Twittersphere understands too as the post has gone completely viral.


Sharing is fun but, like, sometimes not sharing is fun, too. Ya feel?


And, it turns out James wasn’t wrong in wanting to keep this book to himself, as the book in question (There’s a Dragon in My School by Philip Hawthorne) is currently going for more than ninety dollars on Amazon.



Keep on reading on, James! (And never let anyone come between you and the books you love.)





Featured Image via Belle’s Bookshelf


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. 



 Take a closer look! 







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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Children’s Books That Finally Focus on Females

Gone are the days of children’s books dominated by male characters! Authors such as Kate Pankhurst (a distant relative of Emmeline Pankhurst), Elena Favilli, and Francesca Cavallo have decided to tell the stories of powerful women who are often excluded from textbooks and historical fiction. 


Fantastically Great Women

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Pankhurst’s book, titled Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World, details the lives and accomplishments of women such as Anne Frank, Frida Kahlo, and Marie Curie. She has sold over 52,000 copies, although she told The Guardian that she never expected such success:

I didn’t anticipate the interest from parents that was out there, but it’s been really lovely to see people enjoying it. It’s a real discussion point for families – a way in to talking about the stories of these women, and to talking about the broader point of why the book is only about women, if they have been forgotten from history.


Rebel Girls Book

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Modern women are also getting their fair share of the spotlight with Favilli and Cavallo’s Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls book, sharing the stories of Malala Yousafzai and Hillary Clinton to name a few. The book is illustrated by over 60 female artists internationally, and recounts the lives of women who made important advances in the political and social spheres, as well as women who are renowned writers, athletes, and artists. 


Like Pankhurst, Favilli and Cavallo did not have high hopes for their book, originally aiming to raise enough money to print 1,000 copies. However, they have since sold over 500,000 copies internationally and currently have a second volume available for pre-order.


“There is a vacuum our books are filling,” Favilli tells The Guardian. “We live in a time when gender stereotyping, and equal rights, and empowering young girls is very important and is happening internationally.”


Other books that focus on females will hit the shelves during the fall, such as Things a Bright Girl Can Do by British author Sally Nichols. 


Featured image courtesy of Rebel Girls

Covers of "My Beautiful Birds" and "Lost and Found Cat"

5 Children’s Books That Tackle the Refugee Crisis

The refugee crisis has displaced more people than any time in history. By the end of 2015, 65.3 million people were asylum-seekers, refugees, or internally displaced. That’s almost 1% of the global population. Given how far-reaching this is, it’s important to educate younger generations on how this emergency affects people’s lives. Many children’s authors have risen to the occasion. We’ve assembled a few children’s books that humanize refugees.


5. “Adriana’s Angels” by Ruth Goring, ill. Erika Meza


"Adriana's Angels"

via Amazon


This book takes readers back to the 1990s in Colombia, where a family must flee to find a new home in Chicago. Following Adriana, the story shows two guardian angels helping her manage during her difficult adjustment. “Adriana’s Angels” will be released September 12.


4. “Lost and Found Cat” by Doug Kuntz and Amy Shrodes, ill. Sue Cornelison


"Lost and Found Cat" cover

via Amazon


This book follows the true story of an Iraqi family fleeing from Mosul who loses their beloved pet cat. Miraculously, they are reunited four months later…in Norway. Kuntz and Shrodes were volunteering in Greece when they encountered this story, and decided to bring it to young audiences. “Lost and Found Cat” is out now.


3. “Stepping Stones” by Margriet Ruurs, art by Nizar Ali Badr


"Stepping Stones" cover

via Amazon


This picture book uses Nizar Ali Badr’s unique stone artwork to tell the story of a family fleeing civil war in an unnamed country. They can only bring very little with them as they seek asylum in Europe. “Stepping Stones” is out now.


2. “The Banana-Leaf Ball” by Katie Smith Milway, ill. Shane W. Evans


"Banana-Leaf Ball" cover

via Amazon


Set in a refugee camp in Tanzania, “The Banana-Leaf Ball” follows the story of Deo, who finds peace and safety by practicing soccer with his fellow refugees. “The Banana-Leaf Ball” is out now.


1. “My Beautiful Birds” by Suzanne Del Rizzo


"My Beautiful Birds" cover

via Amazon


Forced to flee Syria, Sami finds a new home with his family. But he can never really move on knowing his pet pigeons were left behind, and may be in danger. This story explores how refugee children struggle to heal. “My Beautiful Birds” is out now.


Feature images courtesy of Amazon.

Illustration of Winnie the Pooh

“Goodbye Christopher Robin” Trailer Is Totally Not Making Us Cry

A new trailer for Simon Curtis’s “Goodbye Christopher Robin” has dropped. The movie will take a look at how A.A. Milne concocted “Winnie the Pooh,” and his relationship with his son, Christopher Robin Milne.


Check out the trailer here (via People):



Set right after World War I, the movie will dramatize the creation of one of the world’s most famous fictional bears. It looks like a heartfelt father-son drama, and will probably end up being a real tearjerker.


“Goodbye Christopher Robin” opens in theaters October 13.




Feature image courtesy of Angela’s Anxious Life.