Friday, August 26, 2011

Children Classics Celebrate Milestones

More anniversary edition will be out this year such as Babar (80 years), Jumanji (30 years), James and the Giant Peach (50 years) and Magic School Bus (25 years). One of my favorite is Babar. I adored Babar and his elephant’s family. The Story of Babar first came out in year 1931. According to the author, Jean de Brunhoff, the story was inspired by a bedtime story created by his mother, Cecile de Brunhoff. And after he dies, his son Laurent continued the Babar’s legacy.This year, in conjunction with the 80th anniversary of Babar, the publisher will be publishing Laurent de Brunhoff's Babar's Celesteville Games. Check out this article from Publishers Weekly where publisher celebrated children’s book anniversaries.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

One in six children doesn't read a book a month

According to a new survey by the National Literacy Trust in UK, one in six children do not read a single book per month.The survey polled 18,141 children from across the United Kingdom in November and December 2010. Interesting research. Check out this article from

New "Summer Readings" from Guardian

Claire Armitstead writes about Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien in the Guardian's new "Summer Readings" series, which asks writers "about their most indelible holiday book encounters." It's a lovely article. ^_^

Picture Books we’ve Read During Ramadan So Far

Ramadan Karem is back! As a Muslim, I always look forward to greet Ramadan. Ramadan is a month of fasting where it teach us about patience, spirituality and submissiveness to God. During Ramadan we change our schedule accordingly. How about reading? Yes, we do continue our reading session but not every night. Here is the list of picture books we’ve read so far this month;
♥ My Mom by Anthony Browne
♥Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett
♥Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
♥Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts
♥No, David by David Shannon
♥Piggybook by Anthony Browne
♥Baby Brains: The Smartest Baby in the Whole World. by Simon James
♥Dooby Dooby Moo by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin
♥The Spiffiest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
♥My Dad! by Chae Strathie and Jacqueline East
♥My Dad by Anthony Browne
♥Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild! by Mem Fox and Marla Frazee
♥Winston the Book Wolf by Marni McGee and Ian Beck
♥Baa Humbug!: A Sheep with a Mind of His Own by Mike Jolley and Susan Anne Reeves