Creators of ‘The Gruffalo’ Teach Children Safe Practices During the Pandemic

Creators of ‘The Gruffalo’ Teach Children Safe Practices During the Pandemic

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As adults, we understand the importance of social distancing and staying inside during this hectic time. However, we all know that it’s hard for children to understand why they can’t go out. My little brother is constantly asking me why we can’t visit Grandma or why he can’t go to school. Thankfully, makers of The Gruffalo, author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler, are doing their part to help. Together the pair have created a series of images displaying their well-known characters as they practice social distancing and other cautionary practices.   Donaldson and Scheffler saw these images as a …

‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Was First Published Today!

‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Was First Published Today!

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There are few books beloved as much as children’s picture book Where the Wild Things Are, Published originally in 1963, the book was written and drawn by American writer Maurice Sendak. Almost immediately upon its release, it found critical acclaim among the literary community, winning the Caldecott Medal in 1964 and selling 10 million copies in the United States, with those sales reaching 19 million worldwide internationally. It was voted the number one picture book in a 2012 survey. Its also been adapted numerous times, first as an animated short film in 1974, 1983 opera, and then as a big picture screen …

Madonna May Be Queen of Pop But She’s Also an Amazing Author

Madonna May Be Queen of Pop But She’s Also an Amazing Author

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Today is our Queen-for-ever Madonna’s birthday! Happy BIRTHDAY girl! Her extraordinary and inspiring music business has become a “needless-to-say” and here I would like to unfold another perspective on this diva.   What inspired Madonna to create picture books is Kabbalah fable stories. Enjoying the deeper meaning hidden in the simple stories, Madonna dedicated herself to creating the books in order to convey the importance of following your heart.      Image via madonnaunderground.com     Her first publication The English Roses (2003) sold 40 million copies and topped the Children Picture Books list at New York Times   Notably, all the royalties from the books are donated to …

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

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 …

5 Hysterically Funny Picture Books for Adults

5 Hysterically Funny Picture Books for Adults

In today’s world of memes and short attention spans, not everybody wants to read long, epic novels that double as door-stoppers. Adults can also enjoy picture books, especially those that are made with adults in mind. If you need a good laugh, pick up one of the side-splitting books below. Maybe it’ll become your new favorite bedtime story.   1. If Animals Could Talk by Carla Butwin and Josh Cassidy   Image Via Goodfullness   As one grandma discovered, this book, based on the Tumblr “If ___ Could Talk,” is definitely not for children. But with lots of cheeky innuendo, …