The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for Waking Brain Cells!
Here’s an excerpt:
Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 62,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
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Google Alerts can be hit and miss, but this one struck me as one of the best children’s lit fails ever:
Waking Brain Cells turns 11 years old today!
I am honored to have been writing things for you all to read for so many years, even more honored that people continue to read what I write, that publishers continue to work with me, and that teachers, librarians and parents take time out of their busy day to find out about new and beloved books.
Thank you so much for spending time with me and for caring what people read. That is what is worth celebrating.
Winnie the Pooh tops the list of Britain’s best loved children’s books. Here is the entire list and you can check out more information on the Telegraph website. You will note the entire list if dominated by classic reads rather than more modern titles. Don’t expect to see Harry Potter on the list!
1. Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne
2. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
4. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
5. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
7. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
8. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
9. The BFG by Roald Dahl
10. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis
Doll Bones by Holly Black (Hurrah!!!!!)
The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes (Yes!)
One Came Home by Amy Timberlake (Wonderful surprise!!)
Paperboy by Vince Vawter
Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo (Wonderful!)
Journey by Aaron Becker (Great!)
Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle (Wonderful!)
Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner (Hurrah!)
Locomotive by Brian Floca (Perfection!)
Honors the author and illustrator for beginning reader book:
Ball by Mary Sullivan
A Big Guy Took My Ball by Mo Willems (not a surprise, this is HIS award)
Penny and Her Marble by Kevin Henkes (Lovely!)
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli (Wow!)
Outstanding video production for children:
Bink & Gollie: Two for One
Author and illustrator of the most distinguished informational books for children.
A Splash of Red by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet (Wonderful!)
Look Up! by Annette LeBlanc Cate
Locomotive by Brian Floca (Great!)
The Mad Potter by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan
Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore (Hurrah!)
Brian Selznick (Incredible pick)