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Whitney Avalon has posted a new Princess Rap Battle video has been posted on her YouTube page. The video embedded above stars two children’s book heroines pitted against one another: Katniss Everdeen from Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy and Hermione Granger from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.
The piece, set at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, also features cameos from headmaster Albus Dumbledore, Capitol escort Effie Trinket, and the Sorting Hat. Which fictional literary characters would you nominate to appear in future rap battles?
In the wake of the tragedy that has struck Paris, one blogger has decided to craft a poem and share her feelings with the world. Karuna Ezara Parikh has written a piece that has gone viral on the internet.
Parikh’s piece expresses criticism for the lack of attention that the tragedies of Beirut and Baghdad has received. She publicized her moving poem on three social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We’ve showcased the full piece in the Instagram post embedded above—what do you think?
While Parikh does acknowledge that Paris is a city that is beloved by many people, she also feels that “it’s time to pray for humanity. It is time to make all places beloved. It’s time to pray for the world.” (via The Huffington Post)
Joseph Garrett has signed a two-book deal with Random House Children’s Books. The company will publish the first authorized book starring the international YouTube celebrity, Stampy Cat.
Here’s more from the press release: “The deal for U.S. rights for a 2-book deal was negotiated by Nagler with Egmont Publishing in the UK and Maker Studios on behalf of Stampy Cat. Egmont will release the book on October 22.”
The release date for the United States edition of Stampy’s Lovely Book has been scheduled for Jan. 05, 2016. The book will feature games, activities, jokes and exclusive info about Stampy and his friends.
Lionsgate and Stephenie Meyer have formed a partnership to develop a new series called Rook.
This project will feature a story based on Daniel O’Malley’s novel. Variety reports that Hulu and “an unnamed U.K. broadcaster.” will air this show.
Here’s more from Deadline: “Meyer, who will executive produce Rook, had taken the project to Lionsgate earlier this year. Rook is said to be based on her genre novel which introduces a strong female protagonist with extraordinary powers who is employed by a mysterious British government agency responsible for defending the UK from supernatural threats.”
Crayola has developed a line of adult coloring books.
According to Gizmodo, artist Claudia Nice created the illustrations for the Color Escapes series. The four books feature the following artistic themes: geometric, kaleidoscope, nature, and garden.
Here’s more information from the Crayola website: “Color Escapes pages are printed on professional quality sketching paper to receive color from colored pencils or markers without bleed through. The oversized pages are perfect for framing so you can enjoy your creation anytime in your favorite room, or give as a gift to friends and family.”
A team of six creatives have launched an indiegogo campaign for a 96-page graphic novel entitled Beyond Lovecraft. They aim to raise $8,000.
The book will feature horror stories inspired by the fiction of H. P Lovecraft. Artist Rob Moran has signed on create the illustrations. Writer Jasper Bark has been enlisted to pen the story. We’ve embedded a video about the project above.
Here’s more from the campaign page: “The linking story is set in the apocalyptic aftermath of the return of the great god Cthulhu. The scattered band of humans that survive this catastrophe scratch a bare living, hiding in the shadows of what’s left of their civilisation. A tiny group of scientist from Miskatonic university find a way to access the fabled Library of the Yith. This is an alien archive that contains the entire history of the universe and was first mentioned in Lovecraft’s novella: ‘The Shadow Out of Time.'”
The Scholastic Reading Club and the We Need Diverse Books organization have established a new partnership.
The two collaborators have created a special book club flyer with over 75 books that star diverse protagonists and feature diverse storylines. During the holiday season, this flyer will be distributed to more than 100,000 classrooms and 2.5 million students.
Here’s more from the press release: “The collection showcases a wide variety of titles highlighting important themes about race and ethnicity, multiculturalism, different religions, LGBTQ stories, individuals with disabilities and more. The range of titles and the diversity of the authors will resonate with the widely diverse population of young readers served by Scholastic Reading Club through schools nationwide and help them understand and appreciate people, cultures and experiences different from their own. Additional titles beyond those featured in the flyers will be available online at Scholastic.com/ReadingClub.”
Will you be taking on the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge? The team at Stop Procrastinating has created an infographic that features the results of “A Survey of 2000 NaNoWriMo Writers.”
The image discusses the statistical survey results on timing, outlining, and editing. We’ve embedded the full piece below for you to explore further—what do you think?
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Diversity is a recurring theme in panels at this year’s New York Comic-Con, mirroring a trend in fandom nationwide. Race, gender, physical ability, mental health, even geeks as an emerging protected class – amidst the how-to’s and PR announcements, programming about diversity is filling rooms and getting headlines. The power of this theme is something […]
Imperial Russia is the new vampires.
And then there’s this:
And, okay, yes, it’s way-post-Imperial, but also this:
Dasvidaniya, Edward. Privet, Dmiti.
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TREND DETECTED! Insomniac robots are rolling off the assembly line.
Here they are blinking their way through bedtime in Todd Tarpley’s Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep! (Little, Brown, September 2015), illustrated by John Rocco.
And here, one little robot takes its sweet time shutting off in Anna Staniszewski’s Power Down, Little Robot (Macmillan/Holt, March 2015), illustrated by Tim Zeltner.
Anna also recently introduced a BabyBot, so we can bet she can relate to her book’s tired Mom Unit. Here’s hoping, for her sake and the sake of Parental Units everywhere, that these bedtime books do the trick!
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