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Monstrously Good Summer Reads

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Children's Literature, Community Partnerships | 0 comments

Monstrously Good Summer Reads

Summer is stomping into our cities and towns leaving kids with the sweet calamity of more reading time.  No assignments, no age restrictions, no genre restrictions – just the total chaos of pulling anything one wants to read off the bookstore and library shelves.  Here are the monstrously good reads we have just devoured at Curious City… These books are part of a kidlit podcast conversation with Chris Lenois of WKVT’s Green Mountain Morning.       Rodzilla By Rob Sanders Illustrated by Dan Santat Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books Age Range: 4 – 8...

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Big Book Love for the Coretta Scott King Awards

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Children's Book Awards, Children's Literature, Community Partnerships, Podcast | Comments Off on Big Book Love for the Coretta Scott King Awards

Big Book Love for the Coretta Scott King Awards

  In honor of Valentine’s Day we are going to talk about the BIG LOVE librarians show kidlit each year at the annual Youth Media Awards. Every January clever librarians gather to choose and announce medals and honors for 18 individual awards. The award that keeps Curious City on the edge of our seats is the Coretta Scott King Awards. The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The award...

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Curious City Besties 2016 : Non-Fiction & Novels

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Children's Book Awards, Children's Literature, Community Partnerships, Podcast | Comments Off on Curious City Besties 2016 : Non-Fiction & Novels

Curious City Besties 2016 : Non-Fiction & Novels

CURIOUS CITY BESTIES 2016: Non-Fiction & Novels Curious City declares their 2016 “Besties” — the 2016 children’s book releases that have been their constant companions this fine KidLit year! What non-fiction book, chapter book, middle grade novel, or young adult novel will be a child’s “bestie”? What 2016 book will be your favorite companion? Illustration from THE NIAN MONSTER © Alina Chau ……………………………………………………… NON-FICTION...

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Curious City Besties 2016: Board and Picture Books

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Book Selection, Children's Literature, Community Partnerships, Podcast | 1 comment

Curious City Besties 2016: Board and Picture Books

CURIOUS CITY BESTIES 2016: Board & Picture Books Curious City declares their 2016 “Besties” — the 2016 children’s book releases that have been their constant companions this fine KidLit year!  What picture book or board book will be a child’s “bestie”?   What 2016 book will be your favorite companion? Illustration from THE NIAN MONSTER © Alina Chau ……………………………………………………… BOOKS FOR ALL AGES (That’s You Too, Adults)...

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Cultural Authenticity in Marketing: Terry Farish

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in #WeNeedDiverseBooks, Book Trailer, Community Partnerships, I'm Your Neighbor, Young Adult | Comments Off on Cultural Authenticity in Marketing: Terry Farish

Cultural Authenticity in Marketing: Terry Farish

  The conversation about cultural authenticity in children’s literature and #OwnVoices, painful as it may be, is essential for all writers.  The book industry owes readers the honesty of voice and culture and the industry certainly owes creators of color a much, much larger share of the bookshelves. Cultural authenticity has always been deeply ingrained in Curious City’s marketing mission. If  books are vehicles for engaging with a culture unlike your own (and books are prefect vehicles of such), the tools Curious City produces to facilitate that engagement should be vetted by that...

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Harry Potter Influences Muggle Election

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Children's Literature, Community Partnerships | Comments Off on Harry Potter Influences Muggle Election

Harry Potter Influences Muggle Election

Just when you thought nothing more could be written or read about the 2016 American presidential election, in steps the boy wizard. The Boy Wizard Returns For twenty years author J.K. Rowling has held readers and movie-goers in thrall.  With 450 million copies of the Harry Potter books sold worldwide in 73 languages, Rowling has created a beloved brand that was worth 15 billion dollars in 2013. That estimated worth was before tickets went on sale for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the new play written by Jack Thorne with J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany.  The play premiered on...

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