Catching Fire catching fire. The sequel to Hunger Games doesn't come out until September, but a few coveted advance copies have begun trickling out. Read one lucky reader's happy early assessment. The blog Collecting Children's Books has a great idea for the next advance-reader release: put out a *single* copy and let people duke it out in a Hunger Games-style battle royal for the right to read it.
Horn Book's latest stars. Read Roger recently revealed which titles would receive starred reviews in the July-August Horn Book Magazine, including Machines Go to Work and a Silas favorite, The Sleepy Little Alphabet.
The BBC on "Blood and bedtime stories." "There's rarely room in children's books for scenes of slaughter and pictures of people being impaled, so why does one author want to change this?" (via Bookninja)
Diversity in board books. We previously mentioned this post on board books from the new PBS kid-lit blog Booklights. Thanks to some of the comments, they've followed up with another board-book post, this time about titles with more racially diverse characters (including Spike Lee's Please, baby, please).
(via Super Punch)
Don't miss these classic reissues. School Library Journal has a roundup of "fresh new reissues," new editions of beloved kids' books. We pretty much freaked out the first time we saw the new edition of 1971's Theodore and the Talking Mushroom.
James Preller interviews Fuse #8's Betsy Bird. Ha ha ha. Includes references to ferret-dancing, cheese logs, Freemasonry, and a certain similarity between Ralph Nader and Dr. Seuss.
Details on Coraline DVDs. Industry newsletter Cynopsis Kids has an exhaustive rundown on all the specs:
"Universal Studios Home Entertainment releases the stop-motion animated feature film Coraline, available on Blu-ray HD combo pack, 2-Disc Collector's Edition DVD and single disc DVD on July 21, 2009. While all editions feature both the 2D and 3D versions of the film and four pairs of 3-D glasses, the Blu-ray HD and 2-Disc Collector's Edition DVD also include a digital copy of the movie, as well as a range of bonus features. The Blu-ray HD combo back also includes a standard def DVD of the movie, and additional bonus features, including more interviews with director Henry Selick and behind-the-scenes exclusives within Universal's U-Control and BD-Live features."
(via Cynsations) --Paul