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Author Judith Kerr dies, aged 95

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The author, Judith Kerr, best known for her children’s story The Tiger Who Came to Tea has died, aged 95 according to a statement from HarperCollins today. Kerr was considered to be one of Britain’s most successful children’s authors and was still producing stories and illustrations well into her 90s.

A skilled illustrator, and the ability to see the world from a children’s perspective made Judith Kerr one of the most talented children’s writers the world has ever seen. From the Tiger Who Came to Tea, to the Mog the Cat stories, Kerr had a way of talking to children and passing on important messages.

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Disney Creates Special Pooh Animation to Celebrate the Birth of Royal Baby, Archie

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The UK has been celebrating this month as Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcome their new baby. Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born at 5:26am on Monday 6th May and to celebrate, Disney has created a unique gift for the family.

To celebrate the birth of the latest Royal baby, Disney has created this short watercolour animation featuring Winnie the Pooh. It’s absolutely adorable, enjoy!
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The Winner of the Oscar’s Book Prize 2019 is Announced

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A few weeks ago we brought you the shortlist for Oscar’s Book Prize. The Prize is a literary award recognising excellence in children’s books for the under fives and this year is the sixth year for the award. The Oscar’s Book Prize was created in honour of Oscar Ashton who passed away in 2012 aged three and a half from an undetected heart condition and searches for stories that Oscar would have loved.

The prize has a royal patron in Princess Beatrice and it was she who awarded the winning author with the prize at a ceremony in the Mayfair Hotel in London this week. The prize is supported by Amazon and the National Literacy Trust. Read More

School in Barcelona Removes Over 200 Sexist Children’s Books

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Over 200 books deemed to be sexist have been removed from the Tàber school’s infant library, which holds around 600 books in total. The books were taken off the shelves following a review by the Associació Espai i Lleure as part of an effort that aims to shed light on hidden sexist content. The group reviews each book and examines the female characters, taking note of the roles they serve and how often they speak. 30 percent of the books were found to have failed to meet the organisation’s standards and were deemed to be of no pedagogical value.

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John Oliver’s Marlon Bundo Named One of 2018’s Most Controversial Books

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In 2018, Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President was released. It was a children’s book written by the Vice President Mike Pence’s daughter, Charlotte Pence, and illustrated by her mother, Second Lady Karen Pence. The story follows the Pence’s real life bunny Marlon Bundo as he spends the day following the Vice President on his duties. In response to Mike Pence’s LGBT attitude, the writers behind the show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver decided to put out their own children’s book about the First Bunny, one that was inclusive to all sexual orientations.

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Shortlist for Oscar’s Book Prize Announced

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Oscar’s Book Prize is a literary award recognising excellence in children’s books for the under fives. The award is in its sixth year and was created in honour of Oscar Ashton, who passed away in 2012, aged three and a half from an undetected heart condition.

The award is supported by Amazon, and the National Literacy Trust and searches for the best children’s stories that Oscar would have loved. This year’s winner will be announced on 9th May but the shortlist for the 2019 prize has just been announced and we have that for you here.
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A 10,000 Book Giveaway Will Mark 30 Years of Bear Hunt

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Its thirty years since We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury was published and in that time the book has sold more than eleven million copies in forty two languages. Famous across the world, it’s become one of the best known children’s books of all time and to celebrate this thirty year anniversary Walker Books is organising a 10,000 book giveaway of the iconic children’s book.

Walker Books will donate the books to communities via charitable organisations such as National Literacy Trust, Read for Good, The Reading Agency, and others.

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Catholic Priests in Poland Burn Harry Potter Books

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With over 500 million copies sold worldwide, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is one of the most popular works of fiction of all time and millions of children have grown up with Harry and the magical wizarding world. Over the years, the series has attracted criticism from some religious groups, who believe the books promote witchcraft to young children. In the latest attack against the books, a group of Catholic priests in Poland have taken to burning the books.

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Rare Harry Potter Early Edition with Errors Sells for £70,000

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When the first 500 copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone were printed they came with a few errors that had got past the editors. On the equipment list in the chapter ‘Diagon Alley’ the word wand appears twice, on the back cover Philosopher’s is misspelled and there are one of two other small errors too.

No one knows how many of the 500 original copies are still in circulation but every now and then one comes up for sale and they always sell incredibly well!

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Florida Looks to Pass Bill That Would Make Banning Books Easier

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Some lawmakers in Florida are working to pass a bill that would make banning certain books in Florida public schools easier. Florida representative Mark Hill filed HB55 back in February, a motion for a bill that would make censorship and book banning in schools easier and put the careers of those who make those books readily available in jeopardy.

Rep Hill says he believes the bill is essential for protecting children from inappropriate content in the school environment. “To remove pornography out of our public schools. It doesn’t need to be there,” said Rep. Hill.
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