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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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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Illustrated Finally has a Release Date

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When the Harry Potter illustrated series by Jim Kay was first announced we were promised a book a year, making buying Christmas presents very easy! However, when it came to the Autumn of 2018 it was announced that there would be no Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Illustrated in time for Christmas.

Rumour was that Jim Kay was struggling to finish in time, given the length of the later books. If true it’s not great news as it means that it’s likely to be an ongoing problem as the books get longer.

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Man Vs Baby: ‘I’d rather my child watched horror than read fairytales’.

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Man Vs Baby is a parenting blog run by Matt Coyne, a Sunday Times bestselling author and all-round snarky dad. What started as a hilariously honest Facebook post describing his experiences as a first-time father, his popularity quickly grew and so did his comedic observations.

Writing “from the front-line of parenting”, Matt covers topics such as supporting breastfeeding, whose turn is it to change a dirty nappy/diaper, and the absolute tosh that is In the Night Garden, with great humour.

In one of his latest posts Man Vs Baby explains his love for books at bedtime- especially The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson- but also his reticence at introducing his son to traditional fairytales that seem to be full of murder, mutilation, kidnap, and assault… We will let Matt explain in his own words below…

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Exciting fundraiser for new LGBT fairytale: Raven Wild

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Raven Wild is the latest offering from the authors of Promised Land and Maiden Voyage.

The New Zealand based creative team Chaz Harris and Adam Reynolds have teamed up with trans author Caitlin Spice for this latest in inclusive and representative fairytales for all.

The creators of LGBTQ+ children’s books Promised Land and Maiden Voyage have today officially launched a new fundraising campaign on Kickstarter for a third book featuring a transgender lead character.

Beginning today, on the first day of Wellington Pride and International Women’s Day 2019, the authors hope to raise $40,000NZD on Kickstarter- enough to cover the cost of illustrations and printing. Once the first editions are hot off the press, they will be ready to fundraise enough to supply a major Canadian bookstore who have expressed serious interest in the new fairytale.

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Research Says Mr Greedy as Complex as Of Mice and Men

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Research by Renaissance UK has found that Roger Hargreaves’ Mr Greedy is only slightly easier to read than John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. The children’s book, alongside other Mr Men favourites has been declared harder to read than Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox.

All the books were rated by Renaissance UK, which analysis text complexity. Of the books rated, Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, first published in 1726 was rated the hardest to read on the complexity scale. Renaissance UK examined more than 33,000 books for children and young adults, scanning each page and taking into consideration things like sentence length, average word length, and the difficulty level of each word.
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Teacher Reads Books Every Night on Facebook to Make Sure Students Have a Bedtime Story

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Reading to your child before bed is a great way to help foster a lifelong love of reading, as well as helping to improve literacy skills. With this in mind, Dr. Belinda George, a Principal at Homer Drive Elementary in Beaumont, in Southeast Texas, has started reading bedtime stories to her students over Facebook Live.

As The Washington Post reports, George gets into her pajamas at 7:30 on Tuesdays and then opens Facebook Live in order to read her students a bedtime story. She calls it ‘Tucked-in Tuesdays’ and anyone who visits the schools Facebook page can tune in. The stories have proven to be quite a hit and Dr. George has received great feedback from her pupils.  “Kids will come up to me Wednesday and say, ‘Dr. George, I saw you in your PJs reading!,” she said. “They’ll tell me their favorite part of the book.” Students enjoy her reading and funny voices, and often ask where they can find the book in the library.

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Mumsnet call for Jacqueline Wilson book ban!

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Ever the bastions of calm and rational thinking (!?) commenters on Mumsnet, a very popular ‘advice’ and debate website, are calling for a certain Jacqueline Wilson book to be banned.

The book in question is Love Lessons which deals with an inappropriate teacher/pupil relationship. One Mumsnet commenter posted her concerns after she reread the book while “on a nostalgia kick” but was shocked at how differently she felt about the book’s themes now.

The story revolves around a home-educated 14 year old girl, Prue, who is sent to a local school when her father falls ill. She doesn’t enjoy it at all, unlike her younger sister who adapts well, and Prue finds her only solace is the art lessons. The art teacher, Keith ‘Rax’ Raxberry, is kind to Prue and she soon develops a crush on him. Their relationship eventually becomes wholly inappropriate, others find out about the ‘make out sessions’, and Prue leaves the school but the teacher remains in his position as an art teacher.

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Little Miss Inventor Joins the Mr Men/Little Miss Collection

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The Mr. Men books, illustrated and written by Roger Hargreaves have been a hit with children since 1971 when they were first published and the collection was later increased to include female characters in 1981 with an accompanying series, Little Miss. Now, the Little Miss collection is about to be joined by a new character, Little Miss Inventor.
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Paddington TV Series in Production

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Paddington is one of those bears who has stood the test of time, and has even outlived his creator Michael Bond who sadly passed away in 2017. Today we hear the news that StudioCanal will be working with Nickelodeon and award winning producer David Heyman in a global deal for a brand new Paddington Bear inspired television series for pre-schoolers.

Actor Ben Whishaw who voiced the bear in Paddington the Movie and its sequel will reprise his role for the new CGI-animated series. The series will follow the adventures of a young Paddington Bear and will air worldwide on Nickelodeon in 2020.

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