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  • Boys turning to action-packed video games because books are ‘too girly’ for them, says…

    04/21/2014 8:01:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 93 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 19:32 EST, 20 April 2014 | Andrew Levy
    Boys are being put off reading because of the influence women have on children’s literature, says an award-winning children’s author. Jonathan Emmett warned that children’s books were too girly because of the influence of mostly female panels of editors, publishers, reviewers and judges. One publishing company’s research suggested women bought 95 percent of picture books for children, he added. The writer believes boys are being starved of what they enjoy in books, such as swashbuckling pirates, battles, or technical details about spaceships, and so are driven to more action-packed video games instead. …
  • LISTEN MY CHILDREN AND YOU SHALL HEAR… RUSH LIMBAUGH’S LITERARY REBOOT OF PAUL REVERE

    09/18/2013 5:31:09 PM PDT · by rogerparco · 1 replies
    The Blaze ^ | September 5, 2013 | Meredith Jessup
    Here's a look at what's buzzing in the book world today: It’s a time-traveling adventure novel for kids, dubbed “Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims.” The conservative radio host announced his latest literary venture on his program Thursday. Rush: We have brought to life Rush Revere, our character at Two If By Tea. And we have today the ability to announce to you a book that is aimed for everybody, but it’s for kids, to learn the truth about the very early and beginning days of this country, but it is a book for everybody to buy. Everybody has kids...
  • Berenstain Bears try to keep distance from Chick-fil-A

    07/31/2012 1:26:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 67 replies
    USNews ^ | July 30, 2012 | Isolde Raftery
    <p>The Berenstain family wrote on its web site that it did not know about the controversy surrounding Chick-Fil-A and gay marriage until July 25.</p> <p>Comments by the CEO of the fast food chain Chick-fil-A opposing same-sex marriage continued to reverberate for a second week, drawing the beloved children’s book figures the Berenstain Bears into the controversy.</p>
  • Lifestyles Of The Rich and Heinous

    01/11/2010 8:01:52 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 318+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 01/11/2010 | Staff
    LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND HEINOUS...Speaker Queenosie, President Marxus Obundus, Dudd, Schmoozer and Fwank Gorge in Splendor While Americans Face Unprecedented Hardship in Kids Book Tommy and Lou quietly packed up their final supplies from their business and began to walk down the sidewalk. When they reached the corner they stopped, stunned at what they saw. There in the distance, at a very private area, in a very large mansion, stood Marxus Obundus raising an expensive champagne glass to Queenosie, Dontreid, Schmoozer, Dudd, Fwank and all the other radicals and TV and news reporters as they dined on apples and...
  • Thomas the Tank Engine attacked for 'conservative political ideology'

    12/10/2009 2:13:14 AM PST · by markomalley · 55 replies · 1,654+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/10/2009 | Aislinn Lang
    Children's favourite Thomas the Tank Engine has been attacked by a Canadian academic for its "conservative political ideology" and failure to adequately represent women. The show's right-wing politics shows the colourful steam engines punished if they show initiative or oppose change, the researcher found. She also highlighted the class divide which sees the downtrodden workers in the form of Thomas and his friends at the bottom of the social ladder and the wealthy Fat Controller, Sir Topham Hatt, at the top. The criticism, by Shauna Wilton, a professor of political sciences at the University of Alberta, is likely to anger...
  • Don't Read "The Lorax" to your kids

    03/26/2009 7:28:20 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 40 replies · 2,130+ views
    March 26, 2009 | reaganaut1
    I read "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss yesterday evening to my 5-year-old. My wife had borrowed it from the library. I was expecting an amusing kid's book like "Green Eggs and Ham" (also by Seuss), but what I got was tiresome environmental, anti-business agit-prop. Ugh. Almost everyone on Amazon has given it 5 stars -- no wonder Obama is president. I think the language in the book is dumb, too. Why invent words like "biggerer" (used repeatedly) instead of using the word "bigger". It's too bad I need to screen children's books for political indoctrination. I wonder if there are...
  • The Best Kids’ Books Ever

    07/05/2009 5:12:41 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 42 replies · 2,131+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 4, 2009 | Nicholas D. Kristof
    ... A mountain of research points to a central lesson: Pry your kids away from the keyboard and the television this summer, and get them reading. Let me help by offering my list of the Best Children’s Books — Ever! So here they are, in ascending order of difficulty, and I can vouch that these are also great to read aloud. 1. “Charlotte’s Web.” The story of the spider who saves her friend, the pig, is the kindest representation of an arthropod in literary history. 2. The Hardy Boys series. Yes, I hear the snickers. But I devoured them myself...
  • (Vanity) In Praise of A Simpler Time, or, Dude, Where's My Childhood?

    05/31/2009 4:33:07 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 5 replies · 840+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 05-31-2009 | grey_whiskers
    This screed is going to be a little different from some that I have posted recently. Instead of worrying about dire threats to our nation's sovereignty, we are going to take a trip down memory lane, with the aid of a remarkable couple of children's books. While we are doing this, there will be a couple of wistful reminisces and (of course) a passing reference to the title of the piece. As C.S. Lewis wrote in a dedication of one of his Narnia series, the person to whom he dedicated the book was too old for fairy-tales; but the time...
  • Publishers Crank Out Children's Books on Obama

    03/04/2009 4:39:09 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 26 replies · 716+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 4, 2009
    President Obama, the merchandising phenomenon, has been a boon to sidewalk T-shirt vendors everywhere, the Washington Times reports. Less conspicuous, perhaps, is the equally robust success of the children's book industry in marketing Obama's hopeful aura and personal history to parents of young children. Are children's book publishers seeking to indoctrinate impressionable young readers -- or are they simply obeying the laws of supply and demand? When the country elects a new president, publishers characteristically issue a biography or two geared toward young readers. But in the case of Obama, publishers are tapping into unusual levels of excitement and curiosity.
  • Children of the Left, Unite! (Marxism in books for children)

    01/10/2009 12:22:33 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 20 replies · 595+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 9, 2009 | Caleb Crain
    As Julia L. Mickenberg and Philip Nel document in Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children’s Literature (New York University, $32.95), Marxist principles have been dripping steadily into the minds of American youth for more than a century. This isn’t altogether surprising. After all, most parents want their children to be far left in their early years — to share toys, to eschew the torture of siblings, to leave a clean environment behind them, to refrain from causing the extinction of the dog, to rise above coveting and hoarding, and to view the blandishments of corporate America through...
  • Pope's cat writes purrfect book (The life of the Holy Father chronicled in children's book)

    04/20/2008 10:37:32 PM PDT · by Stoat · 41 replies · 1,797+ views
    The New York Daily Mews ^ | April 20, 2008 | STEPHANIE GASKELL
    Pope's cat writes purrfect book BY STEPHANIE GASKELL DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Sunday, April 20th 2008, 4:00 AM There's one very unusual biography of Pope Benedict - a children's book, supposedly written by his cat."Joseph and Chico: The Life of Pope Benedict XVI as Told by a Cat" is a 36-page illustrated book that chronicles the life of Benedict through the words of his cat, Chico. "I'm meeting you in the pages of this book to tell you a story about my very best friend, a wonderful man with whom I've shared so many happy times," Chico says. "I...
  • Harry Potter: 3 More Things I Learned

    08/01/2007 6:59:32 AM PDT · by ParsifalCA · 1,043 replies · 10,002+ views
    ExileStreet ^ | 8/1/07 | John Mark Reynolds
    I am warning those who have not finished the series . . . and there must be still a few of them by now. . . that there are spoilers ahead. I have just finished the last book . . . having spent an enjoyable evening with it thanks to Sam’s Club and an indulgent wife. I am done with Harry Potter and enjoying the literary aftertaste the way one enjoys a fine meal almost as much after it is done as when it is being consumed . . . though it is a bit sad that the series is...
  • Never Too Young to Indoctrinate: 'Why Mommy Is a Democrat'

    03/21/2007 6:15:50 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 51 replies · 1,606+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Oy, did Google's algorithims ever misfire this morning. There at the top of my Gmail inbox was an ad, which the Google wizards presumably determined to be geared to my predilections, for a book called . . . "Why Mommy Is a Democrat." I suppose Google was right, in the sense that the ad piqued my interest, though the odds of my buying a copy of the book are as remote as Outer Mongolia. But let's have a look. According to the About page: Why Mommy is a Democrat brings to life the core values of the Democratic party...
  • Let Sleeping Beauties Lie (Review: Anthology of Children's Literature marks genre's end)

    08/02/2006 7:39:12 PM PDT · by Stoat · 28 replies · 2,190+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | August 2, 2006 | Dorothea Israel Wolfson
    Let Sleeping Beauties Lie By Dorothea Israel WolfsonPosted August 2, 2006This essay appeared in the Summer 2006 issue of the Claremont Review of Books. Click here to send a comment.   A review of The Norton Anthology of Children's Literature: The Traditions in English edited by Jack Zipes, Lissa Paul, Lynne Vallone, Peter Hunt, and Gillian Avery  Parents have always fretted about what to read to their children, and experts have always been ready with advice. In their educational writings, John Locke and Jean Jacques Rousseau together mentioned only three books worthy of a child's mind. Locke recommended Aesop's...
  • New Tookie Books Warn Kids About Lethal Injection

    12/13/2005 2:14:20 PM PST · by NYTexan · 62 replies · 1,942+ views
    scrappleface.com ^ | 2005-12-13 | Scott Ott
    A new series of books by Crips gang founder Stanley ‘Tookie’ Williams, attempts to warn children of the dangers of lethal injection. “Just as he did with his books against gang violence,” said an unnamed spokesman for the publisher, “in his new series Tookie taps his personal experience to discourage young people from pursuing the thrill and glamour of the lethal injection lifestyle. Meanwhile, the Rev. Jesse Jackson is on his way to the Vatican to ask that Pope Benedict XVI put Mr. Williams on the fast track to sainthood. The Rev. Jackson praised Mr. Williams, whose killing of four...
  • Supporters of condemned killer angry at campaign (John & Ken Show - KFI "Tookie Must Die Hour")

    Supporters of condemned killer angry at campaign Wed Nov 23, 2005 5:43 PM ET By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Supporters of Stanley "Tookie" Williams, the street gang leader and convicted killer facing execution in three weeks, have filed a federal complaint against a Los Angeles radio station for a "Tookie Must Die" campaign by two talk-show hosts. The Federal Communications Commission complaint, dated Tuesday, charges "racist and inflammatory statements" by KFI AM talk-show hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou and comes amid an escalating political battle over Williams, who has been embraced by death-penalty activists and some celebrities....
  • Liberals: OK for Kindergarten to Read Gay Marriage Book

    10/04/2005 11:01:38 AM PDT · by shining_city · 26 replies · 1,061+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/4/05
    Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 4, 2005 -- The author of a conservative children's book is condemning published reports that a public school in Lexington, Massachusetts, is forcing its kindergarten students to read a book promoting gay marriage. Katharine DeBrecht, the author of "Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed" (Kids Ahead; hardcover $15.95; ISBN 0976726904), criticized the school and asked why the very same liberals who have vocally attacked her book and called her a "Nazi" have been so silent in this case. Reports recently surfaced that Estabrook School mandated that all kindergarteners read "Who's in a Family,"...
  • Lies in the Library--the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    06/26/2005 12:01:16 PM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies · 566+ views
    RJ Magazine ^ | 6-26-05 | Andrea Rapp
    Libraries have become the latest battleground in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the Israelis are getting bibliographically battered. Lies in the Library Libraries have become the latest battleground in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the Israelis are getting bibliographically battered. by Andrea RappA few months ago, I ordered a collection of recently published children's books on Israel for our temple library. Much to my dismay, after reviewing the works I discovered that many books contained flat-out incorrect information reported as fact, demonstrated a blatant anti-Israel bias, or sometimes both. These are the library books on Israel that students across the country will...
  • Family movie needs boost-GO SEE

    11/25/2004 11:50:53 PM PST · by oreolady · 98 replies · 3,290+ views
    A must see family movie-forget the review people, it isn't nasty.
  • Gay characters no hit in kiddie lit; `The Trouble With Babies' is latest example

    01/04/2004 4:29:51 AM PST · by Huber · 95 replies · 334+ views
    The Charlotte Observer (registration required) ^ | 1/4/03 | JOSH GETLIN - Los Angeles Times
    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Martha Freeman got the bad news at lunch from her publisher and literary agent. Although "The Trouble With Babies" had received good reviews, the sales of her children's book about a young San Francisco girl were poor compared with the first title in her series, and the paperback rights would not be sold. But more stunning was the reason: A brief passage buried in the book about two gay fathers and their adopted son apparently had discouraged many librarians from buying the title. Although they had enthusiastically purchased Freeman's previous book, "The Trouble With Cats," the...