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Monster Trucks: Pit Stop on the Blog Tour

Posted by on Oct 7, 2016 in Children's Literature, Podcast, Trick or Reaters | 1 comment

Monster Trucks: Pit Stop on the Blog Tour

  Beep, Beep -and- Beep, Beep, Yeah! The spark plug of an author, Anika Denise just zoomed over to Curious City in her Little Blue Bus.  Anika was taking a quick pit stop on her zippy Monster Trucks (HarperCollins) blog tour. Below we talk about her hilarious girl-power truck picture book and our partnership on Trick or Reaters, the children’s book website where it is Halloween EVERY day.     When was the last time Curious City got to hang out with her ghoul friend, Anika?  When Anika donned bat wings and a monster wig and joined authors Josh Funk and Jennifer P....

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Gandhi’s Grandson Appearing at Brattleboro Literary Festival

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in Author Event, Podcast | Comments Off on Gandhi’s Grandson Appearing at Brattleboro Literary Festival

Gandhi’s Grandson Appearing at Brattleboro Literary Festival

  Peace Begins with Me: Channeling Anger & Being the Change   Brattleboro Literary Festival Saturday, October 15 5:15 PM – 6:30 PM Centre Congregational Church Brattleboro, Vermont PRINT & SHARE the Event Poster How do we live our lives as light? How do we be the change we wish to see in the world? As a young man, Arun Gandhi explored these very questions with his grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi. Those philosophical and political explorations are now featured in the illustrated books for all ages, Grandfather Gandhi and Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story. Creators,...

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There MIGHT Be Giants (In KidLit)

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Children's Literature, Podcast | Comments Off on There MIGHT Be Giants (In KidLit)

There MIGHT Be Giants (In KidLit)

There was a time when there MIGHT have been giants.  The existence of giant, ill-tempered men could explain thunderstorms, volcanoes, mountain ranges and people that disappeared in the night.  But as the world was explored and explained, giants fell into myth.  But all things that have sifted into myth live on in children’s stories. Giants may stand in for that childhood feeling that other humans and the world are awfully BIG and sometimes awfully mean.  Like Jack, children may want to outwit these big people by sheer bravado. But then there are the friendly giants that spare us from...

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Keep Calm & Read On: WWII KidLit Novels

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Children's Literature, Podcast | 1 comment

Keep Calm & Read On: WWII KidLit Novels

Operation Pied Piper relocated more than 3.5 million people from London and the coast on England during WWII.  The evacuation has inspired many a novel for children.  Children sent away to places unknown while leaving their parents in peril is, of course, the perfect set-up for adventure. C. S. Lewis’s 1950 classic novel, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe opens with the Pevensie children’s evacuation from London.  First stop, English country estate.  Second stop, Narnia. Few remember that the warring children in William Golding’s The Lord of the Flies (1954) were boys...

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An Unhappy Birthday for the President

Posted by on Feb 14, 2016 in #WeNeedDiverseBooks, Book Industry, Children's Literature, Podcast | Comments Off on An Unhappy Birthday for the President

An Unhappy Birthday for the President

    President’s Day falls this year, as always, in the midst of Black History Month.  With educators, parents and citizens across race striving to make African American history and culture much, much more than a 28 Day celebration, what role does black history have in the study of our founding fathers? A recent controversy in the children’s literature world shows that George Washington, a slaveholder, can no longer escape our scrutiny.  In January, Scholastic Press canceled the publication of A Birthday Cake for George Washington by Ramin Ganeshram and illustrated...

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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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