(Children’s) BookNotes, May 31, 2016

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A children’s book author admits to using a ghostwriter, a banned book in New Zealand makes its debut stateside, and moviegoers prepare for the film adaptation of the BFG, this week in children’s book news.

Six-time Olympic gold medalist Chris Hoy admits using a ghostwriter for his children’s book, pointing to a larger trend of celebrities cashing in on their fame by authoring books for kids. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/31/chris-hoy-admits-using-ghostwriter-for-new-childrens-book/ (See last week’s story about Simon Cowell here)

Self-published author Ted Dawe’s Into the River will be released in North America on June 14 by Polis Books. Originally published in 2012 in New Zealand, the book was banned due to racy sex scenes and obscene language. Publisher’s Weekly traces the book’s story here.

Roald Dahl’s classic The BFG will hit theaters in July. Read Richard Lawson’s review in Vanity Fair.

(Children’s) BookNotes April 20, 2016

Harry Potter’s million-audio milestone, French classics professors protest cutbacks, and Cartoon Network’s “Steven Universe” creator gets a kids book addressing gender fluidity, this week in the world of children’s books.

Listen Up! Harry Potter’s Million-Audio Milestone :


Classics Professors in France Protest Education Reform in Style:

Rebecca Sugar announces ‘Steven Universe’ children’s book that addresses gender fluidity: