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Friday Kid Lit Round-Up

Paddington Hey folks.  Did anyone notice that Google was featuring a pic of Paddington Bear?  He just celebrated his 50th anniversary and according to London.jollypeople, “The bear, who still looks 25, used the momentous occasion to help raise funds for Action Medical Research’s Touching Tiny Lives Campaign.”  For more Paddington fun, including a new book, check out the official Paddington Web site.

Can You See What I See? On A Scary Scary Night “I was going to need new glasses (and possibly a barf bag) by the second page.”  Now who can resist a teaser like that?  I know you’re dying to check out the Halloween themed book Mir is referring to.  Catch her at Kitchen Table Reviews.

Els Kushner at Librarian Mom talks about the pleasures of story time with young children, (and with adults at professional workshops!)

I hadn’t given much thought to the role of clergymen in children’s literature but J.L. Bell has.  He had the opportunity to visit London’s Science Museum last summer and saw an exhibit on British technological progress in the 1950s and 1960s. You can check out his musings about the authors of the Thomas the Tank Engine and Narnia series over on Oz and Ends.

And under the title of "We Don’t Need No Stinking Book Reviews," is a discussion on A Chair, A Fireplace & ATea Cozy. “Reviewers and bloggers who have no sense of literary history (i.e. a "this idea has never been done" type of review) turn me off; I like writers who can link a book and connect it to other works, or historical perspective, etc. Frankly, some people do know more about certain things and their writing is richer for it.”  An interesting point, and one that makes me want to work that much harder for all you readers out there.

And finally folks, do I have a deal for you!  I would love to see some of your literature-based lesson plans.  As a bit of an incentive, I have cool gifts, prizes and weekly raffles.  What’s in it for me? Well, I get your feedback on a new Beta.  Yes, it’s that simple. Just send me an email and I’ll send you an invite.  Until then, keep reading and I’ll see you back here next week for Nonfiction Monday.

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