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KidLitosphere Central

Pam Coughlan, the voice behind the curtain at MotherReader, and her crew are taming the Internet. How? By creating a portal for lots of blogs that cover children's literature. Go check out KidLitosphere Central.

KidLitosphere Central has been kind enough to mention Chicken Spaghetti's "Best of the Best: Kids' Books '08" list, which is still growing. Recent additions include the Newbery and Caldecott medals, the Orbis Pictus awards for nonfiction, the Parents' Choice book prizes, and the winners of the American Association for the Advancement of Science awards.

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Schools="Anti-Reading Zones"?

That's what the author Frank Cottrell Boyce said recently. The Telegraph, a UK newspaper, reported,

Mr Cottrell Boyce said: "When I visit many schools, I see a big, fat, glaring, expensive anti-reading for pleasure signal.

"It stands where the library used to stand and it's called the learning resource centre. To turn your library into a learning resource centre, you generally have to chuck out a bunch of valuable, durable assets – books – and replace them with sub-prime computers which will quickly date."

Read the whole piece online.

Agree? Disagree?


The Brown Bookshelf Celebrates Black History Month

"28 Days Later" is back! After a successful run last year, the blog called The Brown Bookshelf is bringing back the popular month-long series of interviews with creators of children's literature. The writers and editors of the blog state,

The Brown Bookshelf’s mission to make more people aware of the rich selection of children’s books by and about African Americans remains on course. 28 Days Later will feature under-promoted and little known authors and illustrators alongside vanguard authors.

Don't miss hearing from these authors and illustrators of fiction, nonfiction, young-adult novels, picture books, and more. The full schedule is here.