children’s books

A self-published bestseller helps children get to sleep

By Chris Meadows
August 20, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Guardian reports on a 2014 Swedish self-published picture book whose English translation has, by word of mouth, suddenly shot to the top of Amazon’s bestseller lists on both sides of the Atlantic. While it doesn’t seem to work for everyone, The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep helps a [...]

Australian Happy Meal book giveaway sparks parental protests

By Chris Meadows
August 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Can Happy Meals make you unhappy? They seem to be doing that for Australian parents, in regard to an Australian McDonald’s campaign to give away print or e-books with Happy Meals for kids under 7. The Herald Sun reports that, far from applauding the use of tempting fast food to promote childhood [...]

Hungary’s very wonderful National Book Week

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

Hungary is a fiercely proud nation with a distinctive literature, thanks to its unique and ferociously difficult language. And the annual spring National Book Week is a correspondingly important event in the calendar. This year’s National Book Week, running June 4th-8th, was the 86th, and [...]

Tove Jansson Moomins your Mad Hatter with Alice in Wonderland illustrations

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

I pity those few poor unenlightened souls with access to good bookshops and libraries whose childhoods weren’t illuminated by the enchanting work of Tove Jansson, who probably won more love for Finland than Sibelius ever did. The world of the Moomins is one of those imagined lands that has [...]

London Book Fair Excellence Awards showcase industriousness of an industrious industry

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

The London Book Fair has just issued a press release detailing its London Book Fair International Excellence Awards, given in association with The Publishers Association. And despite some very worthwhile and well-deserved commemorations, there was plenty of industry-focused industrious talking up [...]

Sad news for Egmont as US operation closes without buyer

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sad to say, Egmont Publishing has had to close its US business after trying but failing to find a buyer. The official Egmont statement said: Egmont Publishing, which at $900 million is the largest division in the Denmark-based Egmont group, employing 2,400 people across 30 countries, has a new [...]

Daniel Handler pledges his pentinence after National Book Awards racist gaffe

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

Daniel Handler, better known as Lemony Snicket, turned what should have been a respectful, respectable, but otherwise fairly routine presentation ceremony for the National Book Awards into a social media tempest through a more-than-off-color inadvertent quip about watermelons and Jacqueline [...]

Neil Gaiman, Daniel Handler, give the gift of reading for the 2014 National Book Awards

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

What makes a great writer? How about the forbearance and humility to stand in Washington Square on a freezing morning and give away free books to a random crowd of the reading public? Because that’s what Neil Gaiman and Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket) did for the National Book [...]

James Patterson wants Amazon to do more to promote reading

By Chris Meadows
November 20, 2014 // 3 Comments

Salon Magazine has an interview with bestselling author and literary franchise James Patterson that is refreshingly free of the anti-Amazon rhetoric that has characterized both institutions of late. At least they’re not currently trashing Amazon for what it’s doing. They’re complaining about [...]

More posts on pedophilia – can stories be used to “groom” children?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 14, 2014 // 3 Comments

Following my original post on the pedophile practices of Marion Zimmer Bradley, a victim of another notorious literary pedophile has shared their own experience in the comments section of that article. I won’t post her handle here, but her original comment should be easy enough to find by [...]

Author boycotts Booktrust prize over Amazon tax practices, Hachette dispute

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 11, 2014 // 5 Comments

UK children’s author Allan Ahlberg has turned down the first-ever Booktrust Lifetime Achievement Award from UK literacy charity Booktrust because it is sponsored by Amazon. In an open letter to The Bookseller, Ahlberg, 75, wrote: “A few weeks ago I learned that I had been chosen for the [...]

Britain’s World Book Day sees events, promotions UK-wide

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

The UK’s World Book Day, March 6th this year, has seen promotions, participations by organizations, related articles including travel tips, and events across Britain. According to the World Book Day site, the event is “the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a [...]

Two-thirds of children read digital books, new study shows

By Susan Lulgjuraj
January 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

Children read digital books more and more and at a rapid pace. The Kids + E-Reading Trends 2012 to 2013 study (conducted by PlayCollective and Digital Book World) was released on Monday and showed that two-thirds of children aged 13 and under read digital books with at least 92 percent of them [...]

The Real Figures Behind Alarmist UK Children's Reading Reports

By libertyc
October 4, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Bookseller has just reported, in the context of its The Bookseller’s Children’s Conference currently taking place in London, some alarming figures on the reading habits – or lack of them – of children in the UK. According to The Bookseller, “‘Understanding [...]

UK Booktrust joins with Amazon "to change the culture of reading"

By libertyc
September 19, 2013 // 2 Comments

The UK’s Booktrust, a pro-literacy and children’s reading charity in existence since the 1920s, has just announced its first Booktrust Best Book Awards in partnership with Amazon Kindle 2014, which will ” seek to unearth the very best children’s books the UK has to offer, and to [...]

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