Friday Linky List

GREAT Tumblr post about Cynicism in children's literature by Stacy Whitman, editor at Tu Books (Lee & Low) - EVERYBODY should read this!!!

There's a new magazine featuring only mid-grade books! It's called Middle Shelf by Shelf Unbound (red the first issue here) and a subscription is FREE!

SLJ Best Books 2013 Fiction, from School Library Journal

SLJ Best Books 2013 Picture Books, also from School Library Journal. Go FLORA!

Best Illustrated Books of 2013 as chosen by The New York Times.

"I am very real" - a letter from Kurt Vonnegut to the head of the school board in Drake High School, North Dakota after he demanded Vonnegut's books be banned and burned in the school's furnace.

John Green Gets Personal On Bullying And Gives Us All Hope at Huff Post Teen.

Photographer awarded $1.2 million from media companies that lifted images off Twitter, at PBS Newshour. As somebody whose work is stolen all the time, I find this very interesting!!!

The Holiday Children's Book Art Auction has begun on ebay. Sponsored by the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, proceeds benefit the Kids' Right to Read Project and Banned Books Week. (Over 70 pieces of art for sale!)

Flavorwire (via PW Children's Bookshelf) brings us The Greatest Monsters in Children's Literature!

From Brain Pickings (via PW Children's Bookshelf): How Hans Christian Andersen Revolutionized Storytelling.

At Bookriot: Common Core State Standards Initiative - Notice the description for the Reading Literature standards for English Language Arts RL 3.2 "Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures;..." Might this mean the return of fairy and folk tales in children's publishing?


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