Classic kid-lit covers. Thanks to 100 Scope Notes for pointing out a Flickr set of children's book covers from between 1860 and 1920, e.g.:
Teaching reading in the classroom. Find some links and knowledgeable observations on the topic from Educating Alice.
A new Daniel Handler series! From a press release, an official statement from Lemony Snicket: "I can neither confirm nor deny that I have begun research into a new case, and I can neither confirm nor deny that the results are as dreadful and unnerving as A Series Of Unfortunate Events. However, I can confirm that Egmont will be publishing these findings."
Good Manga for Kids, August 2009. The indispensable column is back after a several-month hiatus.
No more Reading Rainbow, snif. In case you missed that piece of news.
"Very Hungry Caterpillar Green." That's the color of the special five-foot-long crayon that Crayola awarded to Eric Carle last week. (I am not making this up either: The last such award was given to Oprah Winfrey, whose crayon was "The Color Purple.") (via Bookninja)
A whole month of Roald Dahl. Publishers Weekly has a rundown on all the activities planned by Penguin Young Readers Group for Roald Dahl Month in September (the author's 93rd birthday is September 13). You can also download a calendar with day-by-day suggestions on how to celebrate.
"Color Me Brown." The Color Me Brown Challenge asked book bloggers to read and review books featuring people of color, and Pam at PBS Booklights responded with three that look great in her "Thursday Three."
Speaking of the Fantastic Mr. Fox. Much of the Roald Dahl hubbub, of course, is centered around the release of Wes Anderson's new stop-motion movie, which comes out in November. I finally caught the trailer, and it's hard not to love Bill Murray as a badger: