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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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And the Winner Is…

Posted by on Jan 15, 2016 in Children's Literature, Community Partnerships, Podcast | Comments Off on And the Winner Is…

And the Winner Is…

Curious City explores the two big picture book winners at the mighty 2015 American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards in  a podcast chatter with Green Mountain Morning!  Explore all the children’s literature award winners here!       Last Stop on Market Street By Matt de la Pena Illustrated by Christian Robinson Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group Age Range: 4 – Adult Find at Your Local Bookstore 2016 Newbery Medal Winner 2016 Caldecott Medal Honor Book 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Honor Book A New York Times Book Review Notable...

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Curious City Besties ’15

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Children's Book Awards, Children's Book Illustration, Community Partnerships, Podcast | Comments Off on Curious City Besties ’15

Curious City Besties ’15

What book will be a child’s “bestie”?   What 2015 book will be your child’s favorite companion? Best Children’s Books of 2015 Everyone in the book review press is lining up to declare the best of 2015.  They are, indeed, astounding reads all.  See the latest lists at the bottom of this post. Buying Books for Children? If you are buying books for children, though, the best route is to approach a bookseller or librarian and describe your young reader by personality and (if you know) by their favorite books.  Those booksellers and librarians are magic at making...

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UkeLit: Rockabilly Goats Gruff

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Community Partnerships, Music Literacy, UkeLit | Comments Off on UkeLit: Rockabilly Goats Gruff

UkeLit: Rockabilly Goats Gruff

One never knows what will happen in a kidlit-way when you find yourself at The Writing Barn in Austin, Texas.  Curious City recently found ourselves sitting across from a ukulele-playing troll. That troll was the uber-talented Jeff Crosby in toothy disguise.  Jeff is the creator of many picture books including the rockin’ Rockabilly Goats Gruff (Holiday House). Jeff illustrated a ukulele with his band, Rockabilly Goat’s Gruff for the UkeLit project.  UkeLit’s mission is to 1) introduce music literacy to school and library settings by providing a ukulele (the user-friendly,...

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Announcing UkeLit

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Community Partnerships, Kinetic Literacy, Music Literacy, UkeLit | Comments Off on Announcing UkeLit

Announcing UkeLit

The Ukulele Lending Library (Got Uke?)  has become UkeLit! MISSION To introduce music literacy to school and library settings by providing a ukulele, the user-friendly, starter instrument, for circulation and to represent the benefits of creating music through the inclusion of a children’s book featuring musical characters and plotlines within the ukulele case. See the creation of the UkeLit: Rockabilly Goats Gruff! BACKGROUND Piloted at the Portland Public Library in Maine in Spring ’13, the four ukulele’s have maintained a 96% circulation rate.  The only barrier to an increased circulation...

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KidLit Left Out in the Elements

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Children's Literature, Community Partnerships, Podcast, Uncategorized | Comments Off on KidLit Left Out in the Elements

KidLit Left Out in the Elements

It was dark and stormy night… —A Wrinkle in Time Preschoolers must learn their seasons, but as they grow they will find storms and changes in the weather an ever increasing metaphor for change in their lives and the outside world.  From Madeleine L’Engle’s famous and cliché opening to A Wrinkle in Time, we remember the great storm of adolescence.  If you are a fan of said metaphors, here is handy list of weather metaphors! Listen to the podcast chatter about atmospheric kidlit on Green Mountain Morning!   The Carnival at Bray By Jessie Ann Foley Publisher: Elephant...

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