New federal law (U.S.) bans children’s books printed before 1985

I just learned something I thought you all might like to know (at least the Americans): The full article is here, amongst many other places. Some quotes: “Until 1985, it was legal for trace amounts of lead to be used in the inks and paints used in children’s books. But the Consumer Product Safety Improvement… Read More »

Read Kiddo Read

Do your children love books? Or do you have a hard time getting them interested in the idea of reading? Well-known author James Patterson started Read Kiddo Read to help children learn to love reading. Patterson along with his crew (The Read Kiddo Read Board) have put together a website to provide suggestions of good… Read More »

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week

November 15-22, 2008 is TD’s Canadian Children’s Book Week. The theme this year is Classic Canadian Reading. From the site: “TD Canadian Children’s Book Week is the single most important nationalevent celebrating Canadian children’s books and the importance of reading. EveryNovember, close to 35,000 children, teens and adults participate in activitiesheld in every province and… Read More »

Michael Crichton dies at age 66

CBS) Best-selling author and filmaker Michael Crichton died unexpectedly in Los Angeles Tuesday, after a courageous and private battle against cancer, his family said in a statement. He was 66. Crichton was a brand-name author, known for his stories of disaster and systematic breakdown, such as the rampant microbe of “The Andromeda Strain” or dinosaurs… Read More »

Book News

From around the web and world: Why Women Read More Than Men from NPR Writer Wins Man Booker Prize for First Novel at CNN Brady Bunch Stars Tells of Addiction, Depression at CNN Cockroachs, Fruit Hunters Up for Quebec Literary Awards at CBC Gay Author No Longer Welcome to Address NB. Students at CBC IFOA… Read More »

No Country for Old Men – Word Power

In this month’s edition(Oct 08) of Reader’s Digest the Word Power is all about No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy. This is what it says: A Novel Pick. No Country for Old Men won the Oscar earlier this year for Best Picture. The story, based on Cormac McCarthy’s 2005 novel, pits good against… Read More »

Did You Hear? – Book News 2

*Note I moved this up more because I’ve added more articles* Here’s the latest in Book News. What is it with memoir fabricating lately? Last time we talked about Running With Scissors, and this time we have TWO stories about it! The Truth About David Sedaris – are parts of his stories untrue? Million Little… Read More »