I mean, this is cool - this Kickstarter campaign for The Very Hungry Cthulhupillar. It's already fully funded, but for $25 you'll get the hardcover when it comes out. I don't know Eric Carle personally, but I have it on good authority that he has an excellent sense of humor...
Ah, Cleveland. Sometimes Cleveland does the coolest things. I went to college in Cleveland, and there was always something experimental going on. I think it's a result of the stakes not being terribly high in that town - it doesn't cost a whole lot to, say, transform a few vacant lots into playspaces inspired by children's literature, so why not?
This August, a program called Literary Lots will do just that. Headed up by Cleveland Public Library's Tracy Martin and managed by Kauser Razvi, it looks totally frickin dear. The project has more than reached its goal on Kickstarter - a whole $5500. I can't wait to see where the lots will be and what books they will choose - call me, Kauser!
I am a bit excited to see an article I worked really hard on finally see the light of day. Every month, School Library Journal has a feature called Focus On, in which somebody who presumably knows what he or she is talking about presents a whole slew of book on a particular topic. Mine was humor!
I read, I don't know, 50 zillion funny kids books plus an enormous amount of research on the effects of humor on the brain, and I got really sick right at the deadline, and then I realized that the list of web resources that always accompanies Focus On articles was totally irrelevant to the way children amuse themselves nowadays and the result was Humor That is Seriously Funny, which you could read online. If you wanted to. I even review some fun apps.
Not quite so cool - The Neighborhood School, a public elementary school on New York's Lower East Side, has lost funding for its library. This is a neighborhood that was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, and a school that has had to fight for its library before. They're tapped. It's up to the world at large to help them out. Numerous - NUMEROUS - well-known artists have donated art for a benefit auction, due to open June 10.
And this is cool, too - Monica Edinger, author of the insightful kidlit blog Educating Alice, wrote a book about the Amistad called Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad. It pubs in October, and Candlewick has released a book trailer.
Our friend Peter wandered by last night wearing his Bartleby t-shirt (he's an English teacher and that is one heck of a great sentiment for the end of the school year), which reminded me that Melville House is always a cool place to check into. Today, Dustin Kurtz breaks down Amazon's plan to make money off of fan fiction, and manages to get Jeff Bezos into a compromising position. Guest appearances by one of the Vampire Diaries vampires and Blair Waldorf.
And because you can't start a post with an Elder God without ending it with unicorns, you'll need to know about Unicorn Farts lip balm. Smells like spearmint and cotton candy, of course. Same company also makes products called Yeti Breath, Neon Narwhal and Turkish Delight.