Beloved children’s author and illustrator Maurice Sendak died today at the age of 83, according to the New York Times. The cause of death was complications after a recent stroke. A true creative force with singular vision, he rose to international prominence in 1963 with his classic picture book Where the Wild Things Are, which tells the story of a mischievous young boy who escapes to an imagined world full of wild forests and fanged beasts. Following his first publication in 1947, Sendak wrote and illustrated dozens of best-selling and critically acclaimed titles in addition to designing sets for operas and producing TV series based on his books. READ FULL STORY
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'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' author Jeff Kinney teases book 7: 'It's time to tackle love in the Wimpy way'
People may not talk about the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books like they talk about The Hunger Games or Twilight, but Jeff Kinney’s illustrated series about seventh-grader Greg Heffley is one of the most popular franchises around. Each year the newest release creates a publishing frenzy — this past November, the sixth book Cabin Fever had a 6 million-copy first-run publication, and the seventh volume, slated for Nov. 13, will no doubt have a similarly huge opening. Plus, the third Wimpy Kid movie, Dog Days, will be coming your way this August. Kinney took a moment to talk to EW about what we can expect from the highly anticipated seventh book! READ FULL STORY
Jan Berenstain, who wrote and illustrated the beloved Berenstain Bears books with her husband Stan, has died at age 88. She suffered a stroke on Thursday and died on Friday, according to her son Mike Berenstain.
Stan and Jan met on their first day of art school in 1941 when they were both just 18 years old. They published their first Berenstain Bears book, The Big Honey Hunt, in 1962; since then, more than 300 Berenstain books have been published in more than 23 languages. After Stan Berenstain died in 2005 at the age of 82, Mike Berenstain has collaborated with his mother on more recent titles, some of which have covered modern issues like online safety. “Every day she was very productive,” Mike Berenstain told the Associated Press. “She was working on two books and had been doing illustrations until the day before she passed away.” READ FULL STORY
Stephen Colbert previewed his children’s book I Am a Pole (And So Can You!) during his hilarious Colbert Report interview with Maurice Sendak last month. The wonderfully blunt Sendak, author of the kids’ classic Where the Wild Things Are, called Colbert’s pseudo attempt at writing for young people “terribly ordinary” but also added, “The sad thing is, I like it.”
Earlier today, Grand Central Publishing officially announced the May 8 release of I Am a Pole, which follows a flag pole on his search for his life’s purpose. Is there hidden symbolism there? Probably not, as it’s meant to be Colbert’s send-up of a children’s book hastily written by a famous person. In a statement, Colbert said, “I hope the minutes you and your loved ones spend reading it are as fulfilling as the minutes I spent writing it.”
In October, Grand Central will also be releasing Colbert’s next book for adults, America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t.
Colbert returned to his Comedy Central series this week after a short hiatus to take care of his ailing mother.
Six out of the nine Best Picture Academy Award nominees this year were based on books: Hugo, War Horse, Moneyball, The Descendants, The Help, and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. Prior to the ceremony on Feb. 26, Shelf Life will read or re-read each of these books, in addition to a few others that inspired nominees in different categories, and do a side-by-side with the film version. Today, we’ll take a look at Hugo, which is nominated for 11 Oscars, including Best Adapted Screenplay. Spoilers ahead. READ FULL STORY
Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of former U.S. congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, is writing a children’s book about a mouse who ventures into space. Kelly previously collaborated with his wife on her memoir that spoke of Giffords’ incredible survival after suffering a gunshot to the head.
The inspiration for the story came from Kelly’s own experience: “On my first space shuttle flight, we had 18 mice on board as experiments,” he said in a press release. “And 17 of them, as soon as we got into zero gravity, stayed latched on to the side of the cage. But one of them seemed comfortable through the whole mission, like he was enjoying it.” Simon & Schuster will publish Kelly’s Mousestronaut: A Partially True Story in October of this year.
Scholastic Parent & Child magazine released a new list of 100 great books for kids and gave the top spot to Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White’s classic children’s novel about a girl and a talking spider who join forces to save a pig from slaughter. Charlotte’s Web edged out the ubiquitous picture book Goodnight Moon. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone represented J.K. Rowling’s entire series in the No. 6 spot, and The Hunger Games, one of the newer titles on the list, claimed No. 33. I do applaud the exclusion of the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer — not all wildly popular franchises deserve to make the cut.
The list is meant to “generate controversy and conversation,” said Parent & Child editor-in-chief Nick Friedman, so if they’re inviting gripes, I have to complain about the placement of Norton Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth (referred to as “Phantom T” on last night’s episode of New Girl) outside of the top 10 and the relative scarcity of Dr. Seuss. But mostly I appreciate being reminded of some great children’s books I haven’t thought about in a while, like Frog and Toad Are Friends and Hatchet.
Let’s “generate controversy and conversation!” What do you think of Scholastic’s list? Any surprise inclusions or exclusions?
Chris Colfer's children's book 'The Land of Stories' gets a cover and an earlier release date! -- EXCLUSIVE
Gleeks already know that Chris Colfer can take us to magical places with his voice, and now he’s using words and pictures to create a fantasy world in his upcoming children’s book The Land of Stories, illustrated by Brandon Dorman. Kurt fans who’ve been anxiously awaiting the book, originally slated for an Aug. 7 release, won’t have to wait as long as they’d thought. A rep for Little Brown said, “Chris’s writing talents, his efficiency with deadlines, and the eagerness from his fans has all combined to allow us to move the date up to July 17th!”
Described as a “modern-day fairy tale,” the book will focus on twins Alex and Conner, who leave the real world behind and find themselves in a land where they come face-to-face with the fairy-tale characters — witches, goblins, trolls — they’ve always read about. Colfer says the book’s illustrator “made every detail come to life. He went above and beyond the crayon and colored pencil drawings I used to make of it as a kid.” Check out the very first peek at the cover of The Land of Stories below!
What do you give to the girl who will grow up having everything? Well, the lifelong gift of reading is a great choice. Aunt Oprah reportedly sent Jay-Z and Beyonce’s daughter a trunk full of children’s books.
Sure, some kids might be disappointed with books as gifts, but when they come from Oprah, they deserve a special spot in your 2,200-square foot nursery. We can only hope little Blue Ivy Carter will eventually treasure her books even more than the $5,200 Swarovski crystal bathtub from Aunt Kelly Rowland — I guess it’s understandable if she doesn’t — but Oprah no doubt picked some of the best children’s titles. Here are our guesses and hopes for which books Oprah chose for Blue Ivy’s growing library: READ FULL STORY
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