Every so often, I’m going to want to highlight various news articles I find about various literacy related interests from who’s banning what book to where I bought a cute book-themed t-shirt for the girls.
Things making me very happy this week
(US) Harper Lee has given her approval to e-publish “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which is one of my all time favorite books. Expected publication is July 2014. Read more here.
(International) The extended trailer for “The Fault in Our Stars” is out. The movie is being released, and in the face of all the disappointing movie adaptations that have come before it, I am STILL very excited to see this.
(USA) Free comic book day is May 3d! Don’t forget to take your kids to the comic book store and help them get hooked. Dear parents who get their underwear in a twist over comic books–your kid is reading. Full stop. Read more here.
(FRANCE) Mo Willems is writing in Paris. Or at least sketching the passersby of the cafe in which he’s writing. He is one of the household’s favorite author. If not for the article–watch the video (or BOTH). He wants you to know that being a child sucks. Here
Things infuriating me this week
(USA) Parents successfully banned “The absolutely true diary of a part time Indian” (one of the most banned books in the US currently–and on my reading list) in a school district in Idaho for, among other things “unChristian content.” Students at the school organized a petition fighting the ban. People in Washington raised money and donated 350 copies of the book to a local bookstore to hand out to teens who wanted to read it. A parent called the cops to arrest (?) the people handing out the free books. Read more about it here.
(CANADA) Someone (a “patron” or “a father’s rights group” depending on your source) attempted to have Hop on Pop banned in Toronto libraries because it advocates violence against fathers. It was unsuccessful. Read more here
(UK) There are both international and local efforts forming to ask the British government to reconsider its ban on sending prisoners books. Read more here and here.
(CHINA) China has started arresting male/male slash fanfic writers. Most of them are young women. (slash–homosexual pairings in fan fiction like Kirk & Spock) Read more here.