Thursday, April 21, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
So there you go - lots of poems about shoes, aliens, shark week. Also, as you can see, there's a "For Teens" page of poems. Under "Life and Leisure," there's a "childhood" page of poems, and under "Family and People," there are poem pages for "parenting," "daughters," and "sons."
Even BETTER, at least for our investigative purposes, is the Poetry Foundation's website, which has a similar categories function, which they call the "Poetry Tool."
(I made the blue circles)
As you can see, there is a whole section roped off for "Children's."
There are tons of great nooks and crannies on both of these organization's websites - for example, I stumbled upon "Ten Poems to Get You Through Science Class," which I would have loooved to use as a resource while I was growing up. If our lockers were any bigger, I probably would have also appreciated "Ten Poems to Read When You Get Stuffed in a Locker."
Anyway, have fun with these websites!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The 23rd Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists were recently announced. Lambda Literary is "The leader in LGBT book reviews, author interviews, opinion and news since 1989."
And, good news for us: they have a children's/young adult category! Here are the finalists - I'm pretty lazy and I screen-capped it, so go here (scroll down to the sixth category) if you want to click on the review links and such:
Enjoy! And be sure to scroll around for other books - there's a SF/Fantasy/Horror category, at least two books about public schools, A Twist of Grimm: Erotic Fairy Tales for Gay Men, and a fiction book that has (kind of) been described as winnie-the-pooh-esque. And more!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Once, we were teenagers. Now, we’re both published writers and committed teachers who’ve decided to share what we know about writing and publishing young adult novels. Over a series of ten lectures we will study how to craft a marketable teen novel and offer practical advice on how to present your finished work to agents and editors who are actively acquiring manuscripts. Take one class, take all, take those that offer you the insights you need. In addition to sharing our own strategies for writing and revision, we will study critically and commercially successful teen novels and discuss the structural, artistic, and thematic elements that allow these works to resonate with such a wide audience. Between us, we have sold eleven novels to Simon & Schuster, Random House, Disney-Hyperion, and Penguin. We also have over twenty years of combined teaching experience. Wherever you are in your writing life, we look forward to meeting you and guiding you toward your finished story.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
Check out these fabulous photos by the great Annie L! Here's Julianne Moore as the Little Mermaid:
And Queen Latifah as Ursula:
Rachel Weisz as Snow White:
Who else but Dame Julie Andrews as Pinocchio's Blue Fairy?
And Scarlet Johanssen as That Gal With The Slipper:
And Tiny Fey as a bedraggled Tink:
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Types Of Children's Literature: A Collection Of The World's Best Literature For Children (For use in colleges, normal schools and library schools) Collected and edited by Walter Barnes, A.M. (1920)
Children’s Stories in American Literature, 1660-1860 By Henrietta Christian Wright. New York, Charles Scribner's Sons (1909).
The Children's Story Of The War. Vol IV. The Story of the Year 1915 By Sir Edward Parrott, M.A., Ll.D. (1916)
Children's Hour With Red Riding Hood And Other Stories Edited by Watty Piper (1922)
Other sites that include thousands of free titles in HTML and .pdf formats include openlibrary.org, fullbooks.com, and literature.org.
UPDATE 3/25/11: ok, so apparently there is a whole "children's bookshelf" on Gutenberg.
● Matilda or e-books ● old timey gender construction ● the very hungry caterpillar ● "post-colonial steampunk children's literature" ● Dr. Seuss and/or political writing ● Dune ● the wisdom of Tolkien or Milne ● writing and publishing ● general silliness/Shel Silverstein ●
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
She was at a business gathering there when “X,” a high-ranking (male) executive, said to her, “Tell me, Janet, when are you going to stop dressing like a man?” To which she replied, “As soon as they start paying me like one.”
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Here is the iTunes preview: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-little-mermaid-auryn/id420490418?mt=8&ls=1#
Friday, February 25, 2011
Cinderella is more than just a fairy tale. According to Wikipedia,
"The word "cinderella" has, by analogy, come to mean one whose attributes are unrecognised, or one who unexpectedly achieves recognition or success after a period of obscurity and neglect. The still-popular story of "Cinderella" continues to influence popular culture internationally, lending plot elements, allusions, and tropes to a wide variety of media."
And, according to our friend Wikipedia, these cinderella tropes and themes have also had an influence within the field of psychology:
"The Cinderella complex was first described by Colette Dowling, who wrote a book on women's fear of independence, as an unconscious desire to be taken care of by others, based primarily on a fear of being independent. The complex is said to become more apparent as a person grows older.
Colette Dowling attempts to define women as being motivated by an unconscious desire to be taken care of as a fear of independence termed "Cinderella complex". An important aspect of the work can be defined as identifying an aspect of a larger phenomenon as to why women choose to stay in dysfunctional relationships."
"The Cinderella effect is a term used by psychologists to describe the high incidence of stepchildren being physically abused, emotionally abused, sexually abused, neglected or murdered, or otherwise mistreated at the hands of their stepparents at significantly higher rates than their genetic counterparts. It takes its name from the fairy tale character Cinderella, who in the story was cruelly mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters.The effect has been called "one of the poster-children of evolutionary psychology".
Below is the South Park Studios description for the episode...
South Park: The Ring --- Original Air Date: 03.11.2009
Thinking it's his way into her heart and other body parts, Kenny takes his new girlfriend to a Jonas Brothers concert. His dream of taking their relationship to the next level is crushed when the Jonas Brothers give them purity rings.
Tags: Jonas Brothers, Kenny, girlfriend, Tammy Warner, concert, purity ring, Mr. Mouse, sex, Cartman, Butters, Stan, Kyle, B.J.
watch it at South Park Studios here.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Yes, Prince Charming really is listed at #20 and Cinderella is #26.
Here are a few others that relate to our class:
Mickey Mouse #18
The Little Engine That Could #31
Alice in Wonderland #34
Hansel & Gretel #52
Ugly Duckling #55
Nancy Drew #62
Cat in the Hat #79
I'm very surprised that Harry Potter isn't included in this list. I'm also puzzled as to how The Marlboro Man claimed the #1 spot...
Monday, February 21, 2011
Now here's part of the ASTONISHING mosaic inside Cinderella's castle at Disney World:
And a scene from Prokofiev's ballet "Cinderella," as performed by the Bolshoi:
Here's the main room of the suite in Cinderella's Castle at WDW:
And of course, where else would a princess go to the potty? (The bathroom in the castle.)
Finally, there's this option for a luxury bed for the little princess in your life....
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
I love you more than applesauce,
Than peaches and a plum,
Than chocolate hearts,
And cherry tarts,
And berry bubble-gum.
I love you more than lemonade,
And seven-layer cake,
And candy drops,
And thick vanilla shake.
I love you more than marzipan,
Than marmalade on toast;
For I love pies
Of any size,
But I love you the most.
[Courtesy of http://www.amphi.com/teachers/amercado/morethanapplesauce.html)
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
(from the LA chapter)
Sunday, February 6, 2011
I found it in my bookmark bar - where did it come from? We may never know. But I think the first three minutes really relate to our class!
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Monday, January 31, 2011
Here's a link to a .pdf copy of The Truax, a children's book written by one Terri Birkett as a response to The Lorax:
It's very much in the "score-to-settle" vein, but is worth a read as part of the range of responses to Seuss.
since the conan/leno/nbc thing, it's really hard to find any clips of it (it was pretty hard before, even), but here is *possibly* the worst youtube video ever made. it chronicles one baby's experience with the song.
oh - the connection. well, i thought of this when we were talking about parents reading to very little babies, when they can't even tell what is being said. that's the idea behind the conan thing - it's all in the tone of voice. you could sing it the unabomber's manifesto.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
If you search for the book on Amazon, you'll find the info about the book--it's only 32 pages long, and you'll see the sly premise.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Find out more here: http://www.newarkadvocate.com/article/20101222/COMMUNITIES01/12230308
Several students pointed to a book's use of humor, parody, and/or originality as reasons that made their favorite children's books so memorable, books like Dumb Bunnies and The Paper Bag Princess. Others talked about the personal relationships they shared with the physical book itself (that book that you just can't put down, like Holes and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) or with others, especially family members, who were also part of the childhood reading experience in some way (Anne of Green Gables, the Just So Stories. Some students reflected upon the themes that made a book a favorite--the enticing world where it rains ice cream in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, for example--and still others reminisced about the impact of the pictures in stories, like the metallic fish scales on the cover of Rainbow Fish.
Children's books make powerful impressions on us for a variety of reasons, and we invite you to share with us your own favorite books as a child and what made them so memorable.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
sesame street fans? anybody like elmo?
Dr. Seuss "does" Star Wars
Nerdalicious LOTR chart
youtube: star wars according to a three year old.
"bad"/banned books things:
ALA: Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009
ALA: The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–2000
Wikipedia: List of most-commonly challenged books in the United States
and, along those lines, http://www.flickr.com/photos/clair_voyant/2142583766/sizes/l/
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer . . .
If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire,
For we have some flax golden tales to spin.