Happy World Penguin Day! Here’s ten books to celebrate with.
So, it’s World Penguin Day! Who knew? Had to reblog this because 1) It has And Tango Makes Three, which has been on the ALA’s Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books list for several years (can’t have those homosexual penguins corrupting the youth), and 2) It’s a list of books about penguins. What more do you need in life?
Earlier today I discovered that it’s World Penguin Day. Though I had no idea such a day existed, I happen to love penguins. The penguin room at the Central Park Zoo is one of my favorite places in New York City.
So, in honor of this sacred day and my love for these utterly delightful creatures, I present ten of my favorite books featuring penguins.
Ages Birth to 4
By Sandra Boynton
I’ve mentioned before, and can’t stress enough, how much I adore Sandra Boynton; her books—full of humorous stories, adorable characters, and warm, fuzzy feelings—are perfect for babies and toddlers. Her straightforward text and instantly recognizable, simple art is utterly appealing and completely irresistible.
In this heartwarming story, a darling little penguin is attempting to endear himself to an initially confused, eventually amenable, hippopotamus.
“Now, lots of…
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America’s Most Wanted
Hello, readers. I stumbled across this today and thought many of you may enjoy it:
As the ALA’s Most Frequently Challenged Books List in 2012 is now up, this article decided to take a look back on the history of book challenges in US schools and libraries, exposing the ridiculous and inaccurate nature of many of the claims. Have you read any of them? If so, tell me what you think of these challenges and the reasons behind them. Read More…
Catching Fire (At 451°F)
Hello, readers. As many of you may know, The Hunger Games Trilogy came in at #3 on the ALA’s Most Frequently Challenged Books List in 2011, with the books banned or challenged at numerous US schools and libraries. However, the movie adaptation of the first book was a phenomenal success. Thus, I bring you the trailer to the second installment in this scarlet-lettered series, Catching Fire:
Here’s lookin’ at you, Katniss. Don’t let the haters get you down.
Keep Calm and Carry On
Hello, dear readers. I was about to post about the upcoming movie adaptation of Catching Fire this afternoon when a breaking news report came in about the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Any act of terrorism (be it foreign or domestic, organized or lone wolf) or tragedy gives me pause, but one so very close to home rattled me quite a bit.
All of my friends in Boston and at the race are fine. I am lucky. I hope all of my readers are as lucky and are safe at home with those they love. My thoughts are with those who are not so lucky or find themselves facing a long road home, whether due to the T, grounded flights, or injuries.
However, as frightening and unnerving as today’s events may have been, it was not the screaming or the blood or the fire that caught my attention.
I’m Not Dead Yet
I spoke previously about dead and lesser spoken languages in my post Dead Tongues Tell No Tales. Those interested in reading more on minority languages, their attempts to make a come back, and the legal/social struggles therein may find this article illuminating.
I hope you all had a good Easter, Ostara, or Passover. I’ll be posting a follow-up review of The Da Vinci Code movie adaptation sometime this week. As always, thanks for reading, commenting, and sharing. May the Bard be with you.