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    Children's Literature Topics

    Links to interesting news, thoughts, and websites.

    Marina Warner's introductory essay to the Opie's The Language and Lore of Childhood (.pdf)

    Video on How a Book is Made by Lauren Oliver, YA and middle school author.

    Best teen TV films, a good list from Cosmopolitan

    Children's Book Week in the United Kingdom is the first week in October. 2010 emphasis is on international books.  Good resources for teachers on specific books and engaging children in reading.

    The Guardian's new children's books website.  The British newspaper also has a section about Teen books.

    Complete list of 2009 Book Awards for children's and adolescent books from "A cornucopia of awards" by Elizabeth Bleumie in ShelfTalker: A Children's Bookseller Blog

    Beloit College Mindset List.  overview of what incoming first year college students know about the world.

    Blog on children's literature & culture the Nassau Library.

    Analyzing covers of YA novels on the website Slatebreakers which covers feminism in YA and KidLit

    Collection of children's music from the 1950s & 1960s originally on record albums, now available via mp3s.  Includes covers of albums. 

    KiddieRecords: a similar sight with hundreds of children's albums, including covers, details about music and mp3s

    Book reviews of children's books:

    Graphic novels present a problem of organizing and shelving in libraries. 'Whaddaya Got?' Finding Graphic Novels in an Academic Library  

    new Comics Blog.

    Link to Kaiser Family Foundation's 2010 report on children's media use "Generation M2"

    Digital librarian: children's literature pages

    Children & Youth in History.  A comprehensive site funded by the NEH and jointly created by George Mason University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

    Fine children's and illustrated book catalog of an Ohio dealer.  Lots of cover images

    Fantasty book Review.  reviews fantasy books for adults, YA and children.  Covers older books including Lewis Carroll's books and Pinocchio

    Junior magazine, an upscale parenting magazine in the U.K., created a list of The Top 100 Children's books. April 2010. Do you agree?

    "It pays to enrich your word power: what kids learn from comics" A blog on NPR's site about what Glen Weldon learned from comics -- such as many vocabulary words and some life lessons.

    Chester Comix: a great way to learn about American history from comic books by Bentley Boyd.  We read these at home and find them interesting and fun.  Great teacher's guides, too.

    Free graphic novel teaching guides for The Avengers, The Hulk, Stars Wars and more from ABDO Publishers

    ReaderKidZ:  a website created by parents and children's authors

    History of Pop Up books, great video

    Educational uses of digital storytelling

    Reasons for teaching visual literacy to kids, an article with quotes from Ellen Besson.

    Periodic table of visual elements.  interactive, interesting

    CBS Children's Film Festival with Kukla, Fran & Ollie on Saturday mornings in the 1960s and 1970s

    MoOM Museum of Online Museums

    Teaching Literature from Routledge

    Animation World Network.  a industry site about animation, graphic novels and CGI. Adolescent Literature site funded by the Friedman Family Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York

    Changing Education Paradigms by Sir Ken Robinson.  YouTube Video in cool animation.  an overview of history of education and ideas on pointing ahead on education. 11:40 min.

    The Globe and Mail, a leading Canadian newspaper, publishes a multi-party series on "Failing Boys" about why boys are falling behind in education and why we should care.  A site where kids in fourth grade through young adults in college can review the latest books.  Each new book is only reviewed once

    Articles on Harry Potter when the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is released Nov. 2010

    Radio segment of Orson Welles interviewing HG Wells, author of War of the Worlds on KTSA. Two years after Orson Welles aired War of the Worlds adaptation on the radio.  YouTube

    Blogs about children's literature, YA literature, book collecting



    Links and information from when the course was taught previously

    ALA Banned Book Week. Sept. 28- Oct. 2, 2009 

    Link to American Library Association's page about 2009 Banned Book Week

    Free downloads page of ALA.  Scroll down to bottom for .pdf document of 2009 Challanged Book List

    "A Library's Approach to Books that Offend"  Article from The New York Times (Aug. 19, 2009) on how the Brooklyn Public Library handles requests for book censorship.  Includes link to .pdf document showing patron's requests and the library's response to specific books and other media.  Article focuses on Tin-Tin.