What’s What? Weekly

What's What? Weekly

A Round-Up Of Fun Tid-Bits and Bookish News

Those of you who have been holding your breath for the third book in Veronica Roth’s Divergent series will soon be able to breathe easy. It was announced this week that the yet untitled third book in the dystopian YA series will be released on October 22, 2013. I know, I know, that still feels so far away!

Eric Carle, the beloved author and illustrator of such memorable books as The Grouchy Ladybug, will be releasing a new picture book this fall. The book, Friends, which will be released by Penguin’s imprint Philomel, tells the story of two small children and the connections of friendship.

Paste Magazine recently published a review of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars that postulates about what a book can mean. This insightful and thought-provoking review by Ray Deck III had even Green praising it on his Facebook page as one of the most interesting reviews he’s read. This is more than just a great review; it is a philosophical look at the symbiotic relationship between humans and stories.

In an intriguing recent article on Sociology in Focus, “Stereotypes in Kids Books: Girl Animals have Eyelashes,” one sociologist and parent examines gender stereotypes in picture books. While I don’t agree with the articles generalized opening statement that picture books are “simple straight forward stories that beat you over the head with their messages” (picture books can be quite subtle and complex), the article provides an interesting discussion about using gender markers provided by nature when creating illustrations, rather than stereotypical markers assigned by society. Something to keep in mind, Prospective Illustrators.

It has been 15 years since the first Harry Potter book hit shelves and captured imaginations worldwide. In celebration, the books are getting a makeover with new covers. What do you think?

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