Breaking Dawn in Two

Cinematical has the news that the principal stars of the Twilight movie franchise have been signed to do a fifth film.  That was the major stumbling block in having Breaking Dawn broken into two films. 

Summit films is also said to be looking for “high-end” directors to do the final movie. 

So Twi-hards, what do you think of two films?  And what dream director would you love to see tackle the final films?

2010 Notable Books for a Global Society

Selected by a committee of the Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association, these are 25 books that enhance student understanding of people and cultures throughout the world.  The books must have been published in the US the previous year.

Happily, some of my favorite books are on the list.

Ajmera, Maya. Faith. Written by Maya Ajmera, Magda Nakassis, and Cynthia Pon

Baskin, Nora Raleigh. Anything But Typical.

Bausum, Ann. Denied, Detained, Deported: stories from the dark side of American immigration.

Bryan, Ashley. Words to my Life’s Song. Photographs by Bill McGuinness.

Burg, Ann E. All the Broken Pieces.

Combres, Élisabeth. Broken Memory: a Novel of Rwanda. Translated by Shelley Tanaka.

Deedy, Carmen Agra. 14 Cows for America. In collaboration with Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah. Illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez.

Edwardson, Debby Dahl. Blessing’s Bead.

Griffin, Paul. The Orange Houses.


Hoose, Phillip. Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Freedom.

Khan, Rukhsana. Wanting Mor.

Lin, Grace. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.

Marshall, James Vance. Stories from the Billabong. Illustrated by Francis Firebrace.

Murphy, Jim. Truce: The Day The Soldiers Stopped Fighting.

Naidoo, Beverley. Burn my Heart.

Napoli, Donna Jo. Alligator Bayou.

National Geographic. Every Human Has Rights: a Photographic Declaration for Kids.

Nelson, Marilyn.  The Sweethearts of Rhythm: The Story of the Greatest All-Girl Swing Band in the World. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney.

Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux. Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie.

O’Brien, Anne Sibley. After Gandhi: One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistance. Written by Anne Sibley O’Brien and Perry Edmond O’Brien.

Partridge, Elizabeth. Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary.

Perkins, Mitali. Secret Keeper.

Reynolds, Jan. Cycle of Rice, Cycle of Life: A Story of Sustainable Farming.

Russell, Ching Yeung.  Tofu Quilt.

Stork, Francisco X. Marcelo in the Real World.


Thanks to Mitali for the link.

Kitten’s Spring

Kitten’s Spring by Eugenie Fernandes

Take a walk along with Kitten as Kitten explores a farm in spring.  As Kitten goes through the farm, readers will see pairings of adult and baby animals.  These include frogs and tadpoles, birds and eggs, chickens and chicks, ducks and ducklings, a cow and calf, pig and piglet, sheep and lamb, and owl and owlet.  The book is written in rhyme that adds to the appeal.  The illustrations are eye-catching and lovely with a real dimensional feel to them that will offer young children lots to pore over.

Fernandes is a well-known Canadian author.  Her ability to create a book with a specific feel and theme shines here.  Using only a few words per page, she writes with a simplicity that is welcoming for very small children.  Her art is equally warm and friendly, filled with tiny details that make it fun to visit again and again.  It is done in clay, acrylic paint and collage.

This book would be perfect to add to a toddler story time about spring, farms or cats.  Its small size is also very inviting for lap reading and children will love to talk about the animal noises and the other things they see in each picture.  Appropriate for ages 1-4.

Reviewed from copy received from publisher.

Also reviewed by Becky at Young Readers.

Hunger Games Part III

Scholastic has revealed the title and cover of the final Hunger Games novel.  It is due to be released August 24, 2010.


Thanks to EW’s Shelf Life for the info.