Here are a few items of note from the children’s book world:
1. I want to go to England, buy postage stamps and come back home. Kind of crazy and I don’t think my family will go for it, but I have to figure out how to get to a British post office. The Royal Mail has issued a series of stamps in honor of Roald Dahl, featuring illustrations by his long-time collaborator, Quentin Blake. As the Royal Mail describes the stamps, they are “gloriumptiously collectable.” The six stories pictured on the stamps are: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The Twits and The Witches. In case you couldn’t guess, my favorite one is the Matilda stamp!
2. Christopher Paul Curtis, author of Bud, Not Buddy and The Watsons Go to Birmingham (among other good books), has selected 10 books to read for Black History Month. The article is on the Huffington Post web site. Here’s the link:
3. Last summer, I wrote about the closing of the children’s book store in Harvard Square. But good news for Boston area children’s book lovers – on April 28, a new store is opening with the same theme – Curious George. I am definitely planning to visit soon after they open – a trip that will be much easier than getting to a post office in London!
4. For all of you Lemony Snicket fans, the author of the Series of Unfortunate Events has a new series, All the Wrong Questions. The first installment is being released on October 23. The first book is titled Who Could That Be at This Hour?
5. And last but not least… a 6th grade girl came into the library this week and declared that she just finished reading the “best book in the world.” According to her, it’s Into the Woods by Lyn Gardner. I haven’t read it yet, but she is a very trustworthy source so Gardner’s book is being added to Inly’s summer reading list. Into the Woods is a fantasy inspired by fairy tales and, judging from my student’s enthusiastic re-telling, it sounds delightful!