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Friday Blog Round Up

Yesterday I posted about books featuring things you might receive for Christmas.  Over on the Teacher Share Beta Blog I posted this:  "I've received other unique gifts over the years but my multi-colored bunny can't be beat.  So help satisfy my curiosity.  What's the most unique gift you've received from a student?"  Click to read the full post and tell me what your most unique gift was.

The ongoing discussion about the relevance of the Newbery Medal has extended into a discussion about the importance of children's literature in general and the importance of multicultural children's literature in particular. Over on Read Roger, Roger Sutton tells an amusing story about "the infamous editorial-page fight between Horn Book editor Ethel Heins and SLJ editor Lillian Gerhardt."  It's worth the click.

Mysteries of Harris Burdick  author Chris Van Allsburg hosted a story writing contest on the Houghton Mifflin website. The official contest is over, but you can still submit stories to be published on the site. "New stories will be posted each month, and periodically writers will be selected at random to receive books autographed by Chris Van Allsburg and other Burdick-inspired items."

For all of you Mo Willems fans out there, here's a heads up.  A plush version of the pigeon is available here and "a select group of original drawings from The Pigeon, Knuffle Bunny, and Elephant & Piggie books along with other original drawings and colored sketches are now available," as well.

While the folks at Chicken Spaghetti are enamored with Pottery Barn's Dr Seuss shower curtains, I'm kind of stuck on the bath wraps.  I'm leaning toward the red with white polka dots.

Have a wonderful weekend, folks, and tune back in on Monday.

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