Good news! Awesome parents will soon be able to add The X-Files to the list of important subjects that they can introduce to their children at an impressionable age. An adorable picture book from author Kim Smith entitled The X-Files: Earth Children Are Weird is coming soon. [click to continue…]
When it comes to children’s books about science, projects on Kickstarter appear to be leading the charge. The Science Wide Open series was a recent hit, and “My Name Is Stardust” is looking to follow suit with an adorable book that’s inspired by the famous Carl Sagan quote “we are made of star stuff” and the work of of Neil deGrasse Tyson:
When Bailey was eight years old, she was watching the TV program Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey with her family. In that evening’s episode, the host and narrator Neil deGrasse Tyson said, “The planets, the stars, the galaxies, we ourselves and all of life—the same star stuff.” Bailey was so excited by this idea that she immediately went up to the family computer, opened a new document, and started writing what eventually became this book, so that she could share what she had learned with children everywhere. Bailey worked with her father over the next year to develop a story that they felt would teach children this idea, along with other areas of science such as evolution and astronomy, most effectively. After various versions of the story, and feedback from numerous parents and children, the story for My Name is Stardust was finalized.
The project has nearly reached its funding goal with a little over a week left in the campaign. Check out the project video below to learn more, and head on over to Kickstarter to get your copy. [click to continue…]
As if you weren’t already hyped enough about the upcoming Dark Tower film, Stephen King has written his first children’s book and its rooted in that universe. Charlie the Choo-Choo is like Thomas The Tank Engine, only creepier.
Engineer Bob has a secret: His train engine, Charlie the Choo-Choo, is alive…and also his best friend. From celebrated author Beryl Evans and illustrator Ned Dameron comes a story about friendship, loyalty, and hard work.
Fans will probably recognize King’s pseudonym Beryl Evans and the book Charlie the Choo-Choo from their appearance in the Dark Tower story. Amusingly, Stephen King’s endorsement on the book reads “If I were ever to write a children’s book, it would be exactly like this!”.
We see what you did there, Stephen.
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One of the ways to increase the number of women in STEM fields is to foster interest in those fields at an early age. This Kickstarter project by Genius Games seeks to do just that with a new picture book series called Science Wide Open.
The 3-book set includes Women in Biology, Women in Physics, and Women in Chemistry. It highlights female scientists and their stories while teaching the basics of Chemistry, Biology, and Physics.
It features important female scientists both famous and obscure, including revolutionary cancer researcher Jane C. Cooke, the Newton-correcting Émilie du Châtelet, and element discoverer Dawn Shaughnessy. Learn more in the project video below. [click to continue…]
It appears that the artists and writers at Bungie up and decided to make a children’s book based on Destiny called, appropriately enough, D Is For Destiny. It’s a clever strategy. The time that you should be spending with your kids instead of playing video games can now be spent talking to your kids about video games. Brilliant!
From the world of Destiny, this rhyming alphabet book created by the artists and writers at Bungie takes young readers on a voyage through a universe of adventure. From Four-Armed Fallen to the Mysteries of Mercury and the Moon, D is for Destiny makes exploring the far reaches of the solar system as easy as A, B, C.
Check out some pics from the book below. [click to continue…]
Arguably one of the best episodes of Steven Universe and one of the biggest turning points for kids’ programming on TV was an episode titled “The Answer”, which told the story of how the gem fusion, Garnet, came to be.
Along with the tale being a heartwarming love story with classic tropes (the aristocrat falls for the commoner, the two elope and create something new) the episode, which focused on two gems named Ruby and Sapphire, was groundbreaking in its portrayal of a same sex relationship in a children’s cartoon.
Now, the wildly popular episode and its heroines will be returning in the form of a children’s book written by series creator Rebecca Sugar and illustrated by Elle Michalka and Tiffany Ford.
Read more after the break…
After the viral success of his Evil Dead-inspired short comic “The Littlest Deadite” last year, artist and writer Sean Hughes has launched a Kickstarter campaign to extend the original concept into a full book for children.
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Neil Gaiman is a fantastic writer, that’s a given. But he’s also a pretty amazing person with a track record when it comes to women. Whether he’s calling out Steven Moffat or giving advice on how to write strong female characters, he’s an advocate of women and what’s possible for them.
His newest children’s book with illustrator Chris Riddell, The Sleeper and the Spindle, takes the idea of princess rescuing to a new level.
It’s described as “weaving together a sort-of Snow White and an almost Sleeping Beauty with a thread of dark magic” that includes the Queen rescuing the Princess by awakening her with a kiss.
A representative for Bloomsbury Publishing told Gay Star News “While it is not a gay story in itself there is much to be said about having a female kiss not only described but illustrated in a book for young readers.”
I’m sure this will ruffle a few feathers, but I think there’s something tremendously cool about the idea.
You can also read an excerpt on the publisher’s website.
The Sleeper and the Spindle will be released October 23rd in the UK.
Product Page (£9.09 via The Mary Sue)
Does drawing R-rated movie scenes in friendly cartoons make them okay for kids? Probably not, but Pixar storyboard artist Josh Cooley is rolling with the combination anyway. He’s taken memorable moments from films like the horse head in the bed in The Godfather and the shower stabbing scene from Psycho and illustrated them with drawings you’d see in a children’s book. The captions match the model and very calmly explain what’s happening in the scene.
It’s a fun combination and a clever idea for a children’s book parody. That’s good because it’s coming to a bookstore near you! Movies R Fun will be out on March 1st.
More of the amusing series and the book trailer after the break.
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Neil Gaiman fans, rejoice! The author is releasing a new children’s book this fall and it sounds wacky and delightful. Fortunately, The Milk is the story of a father who goes out to get milk for his children, but he gets sidetracked by a stegosaurus on a hot air balloon, dinosaur police, a ridiculous amount of time travel, and more. In other words, it will be fabulous. And he’s collaborating with illustrators Chris Riddell and Skottie Young. You’ll be able to get a copy or two of the book in October.
The above image is the U.S. cover for the book by Skottie Young.
Watch Neil Gaiman’s video introduction for the book after the break.
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