The new pitch
man monkey for the Library of Congress. Curious George is reportedly starring in a new ad campaign for the Library of Congress, with print and TV ads encouraging parents to read more to their kids.
Alexander and the Hopefully Not Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Movie. Variety has news on a "high-concept family comedy" based on the classic picture book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, directed by Shawn Levy (who directed Night at the Museum).
"Comics Are Key to Promoting Literacy in Boys, Study Says." Publishers Weekly reported on a new--if not too surprising--study that says "comics and graphic novels may hold the secret to promoting literacy in young boys." The report concluded that girls were more inclined to read than boys, but "that's partly because their literary interests aren't well represented in school libraries and classrooms."
Five million copies for Wimpy Kid #5! The fifth installment in Jeff Kinney's wildly popular series comes out in November, with a whopping five million book print run. Kinney also describes why he sees the book as the "linchpin" in the series: "Since Greg Heffley is a cartoon character but also a literary character, I've always wondered if he should grow up or stay in a state of arrested development forever. This book answers that question once and for all."
Kids' books with "seriously dubious lessons." Lemondrop has a fun list inspired by a single question: "Children's books: innocent initiation into literacy, or sinister agents of fatal misinformation?" (E.g., with the Polar Express: "We don't care if he's Santa, and we don't care if it's a train. If a strange vehicle pulls up to your house and tries to lure you in with hot chocolate, do not board!")
The end of Artemis Fowl! Eoin Colfer says he's writing just one more book in this epic series. ("There's not going to be any huge battle, and going up the stairs to heaven, it's not going to be that kind of finish.")
Comic-Con kid-lit slideshow. Check out these fun pics of kid-lit personalities on the floor of Comic-Con. We particularly loved this shot of the authors behind two of our favorite series, Jarrett Krosoczka of the Lunch Lady books flanked by Jennifer and Matthew Holm of Babymouse: