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Friday Kid Lit Round-Up

Ginerbread I am always amazed at how busy Jan Brett is; I just received a flyer for her new book, Gingerbread Friends, and decided to see what was new on her website. It’s packed with new features! I signed up for the 2008 Lunch on the Bus Contest, made my own Gingerbread Friend, and took a look at the new coloring bookmark. To read more about her work with the 2008 National Book Festival in Washington, DC, visit her homepage.

A few weeks ago I was visiting my Aunt in Sunapee, NH when she told me I had to go check out the bookstore down by the harbor. She works at the library, so I had to go. Tattered Pages (603-763-2539) turned out to be one of the best little bookstores I’ve been in. (Keep in mind that I’ve worked in one for years.) Located in Pete’s Shed, this shop has a lot to offer in the form of books, games, toys, and more. The fun thing about visiting is that the displays are done by theme, so if you’re looking for books and related toys and games focused on insects, community helpers or castles, everything is located in its own tidy thematic spot. I loved it.

Are you wondering what books your favorite celebs enjoyed as children? Jump on over to First Book and catch up with Stephen Colbert, Bow Wow and Marlee Matlin as they spill the beans on their literary memories. Neil Patrick Harris’ memories are downright touching.

There is definitely buzz out there about Scholastic's new series, The 39 Clues. Karen is offering all the juicy “tidbits” in one easy to find location on Inksplot 26. It’s worth a look.

Last week I reviewed Charlie Samuels' America: The Making of a Nation. Scott from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers turned me onto an election themed tie-in to the title, a project they’re working on with First Book to donate books to children in need. With a goal of 86,000 books, they’re up to 310. To help out, click on the link and vote for some of your favorites. It will take you a minute and you’ll have done your good deed for the day.

OK folks, thanks for tuning in. We’ll see you back here at the Kid Lit Kit bright and early on Monday and be sure to check back in on Picture Book Thursday, when I’ll unveil Dragonpalooza. Intriguing, huh?

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