Sorry, got a little carried away with the Lake Superior State University List of Banished Words 2008. Click the logo below to see the whole list.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, the time is nigh to cover some recent children’s lit news and notes:

  • Illustrations are enjoyable. It’s true – just look at recent smash hits “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”. New York Magazine recently ran an article on these titles and the ever growing popularity of graphic novels/comics in general. Click here to head over to Mishaps and Adventures, who provides the link and some great commentary.
  • It’s always funny when you discover a book or series that you had no idea kids were into. Earlier this year, I had one of those moments with “The Guardians of Ga’Hoole”. The children’s lit blog BookMoot just made me aware that an animated “Ga’Hoole” is in the works. Maybe the popularity is partially due to the enjoyment one gets when saying “Ga’Hoole”. I’ll look into that one. Click here to read more.

  • I don’t usually like to do this, but you really should check out the Simpsons spoof of Harry Potter. Click the logo below to take a look. (Thanks to Gawker for the link)

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