The above cartoon from Kate Beaton is just so perfect and so true! My husband is one of those sit-up-perfectly-straight-sipping-tea types while he reads. Me? I'm a fidgeter, too.
- Sesame Street will be joining up with Random House to release a new line of digital books focused on “early learning and reading readiness.” I am pretty excited, but still can't help but grumble quietly that kids do like characters other than Elmo. (WHY does everything have to be about ELMO?!)
- A newly released list of indivduals who have turned down honors from the Queen included Roald Dahl and CS Lewis. It is pretty interesting, and I would really like to know the whys for some on the list.
- Maurice Sendak was on the Colbert Report, and it was hilarious! Part One aired January 24, 2012. Part Two aired January 25, 2012. Some highlights on writing for children:
"You cannot write for children. They're much too complicated. You can only write books that are of interest to them."
"I don't write for children. I write. And somebody says, 'That's for children.'"
- F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1933 list to his 11 year old daughter of things to worry about or not worry about is just wonderful. (via Sterling Publishing)
- Numerous authors, including Neil Gaiman, have been asking people to sign this petition to ensure that every child has access to an effective school library program. It is asking "that the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provide dedicated funding to help support effective school library programs." It requires creating an account, but is absolutely worth it.
- An adorable 4th Grade class has been moved to environmental activism after reading Seuss's The Lorax. The catalog canceling project now includes 9,000 children in 22 states. They were excited to hear the The Lorax will soon be a movie, but were disappointed that the website didn't mention the environment. So, being experienced activists at this point, they started a petition to let "The Lorax speak for the trees." (via Retro Housewife Goes Green)