Friday, September 30, 2011

Banned Kidlit

This link came across my e-desk: 17 Banned Books You Read As A Child (BuzzFeed), which I thought I'd share during Banned Books Week. Now, this is not my first go at this event; last year, I was blown away that Captain Underpants made the list. But then he is in underpants, and we know how that's just too funny for some people to handle.

But how does Where's Wally? make the list? And James and the Giant Peach? Seriously.

I roll my eyes at you, book banners. On the upside: it gives the rest of us a reason to revisit some of our favorite classics. Happy reading, and happy Friday, YA Sleutheri!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Banned Books Week

It's Banned Books Week! What I love most about it is that I've already read so many of these, so I'm participating without any effort.

For you fellow stats geeks, check out this map of censorship. Interesting to see that Utah had no reported challenges...

And happy reading!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Cool picture

Okay, so this has nothing to do with kidlit or anything, but how cool is this picture I saw roll by on Yahoo? Apparently these Morrocan Tamri goats climb up to eat the berries off this tree. Amazing.

Happy weekend, all.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Chicks and Flicks

I'm not a particularly girly girl. If you've had the occasion to meet me in person, you probably know this already--although I try to be a lady. As long as it doesn't get in the way of comfort, or a quick getaway (no heels for me, thanks). The regular readers of this blog know that I'm more of a Pippi Longstocking fan than a Twilight one.

Which is why I was glad to hear about the Geena Davis Institute for Gender in the Media. They've done some research on the portrayal of women and girls in the movies, and there's a great article (short and to-the-point, we like that) up at YPulse by Ms. Twixt. So go over and read for yourself how we need to up the freckle quotient.

Monday, September 19, 2011

I'm Back!

I know, I said I'd be back in August and here we are in the middle of September already! Apologies for my severe tardiness. I didn't fall off the face of the earth, in case you were wondering. I just moved to Mississippi. At times is does feel like a different planet, if I'm honest.

But despite severe heat and humidity, corporal punishment in schools (seriously, Mississippi?) and bugs that look like they belong in a scifi movie, I'm making myself at home. Eating gumbo, and scoping out my local bookstores. And I've been working on DOUBLE VISION, which is still loads of fun.

I promise I won't disappear for a while, and to keep you posted on all things kidlit. I missed hanging out here.

So how's everyone? Read any good books lately?