Summer reading list: kids' books and YA

Being a compendium of some of my most popular kids' book reviews from the past year, from Glorkian Warrior to Alan Mendelsohn

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Maker Camp: an online summer camp for maker kids


Make and Google have teamed up to offer six weeks' worth of online workshops and programs to help kids 13-18 find and realize their inner makers.

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Kids' Boba Fett minifig cosplay


Toronto awesomedad CGS1 created an amazing Lego minifig costume for his son, documenting it on The Dented Helmet.

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Side-scroller life-lessons


Owl Turd's most recent webcomic, We Go Forward, has a surprising barb hidden in its lighthearted parable about life considered as a side-scroller. It brought me up sharply this morning when I read it, and I can't get it out of my mind.

Singapore library will destroy LGBT-friendly kids' books at behest of bigot


Singapore's National Library Board will pulp three LGBT-friendly children's picture books that it earlier removed from its collections.

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What "open learning" looks like when it's for kids who need it most

It takes more than videos on the Internet to get kids engaged in learning to code, writes Mimi Ito.

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Poesy with my glasses


Boing Boing pal Chris Smith was so struck by the thumbnail from my daughter Poesy's review of the latest Ariol book that he shooped my specs onto her. It's a good look, though I'm hoping that she gets her eyesight from my eagle-eyed wife, not me! (Thanks, Chris!)

Super-cute How to Train Your Dragon kids' costume


Okidz's child-sized Toothless costume from How to Train Your Dragon is amazing and has cute for days. It's made from felt and plush fabric, with the red tail-stablizer and all.

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Poesy guest-reviews the new Ariol book

Our favorite six-year-old guest reviewer, Poesy Taylor Doctorow, is back with a review of the latest volume of Ariol, a French kids’ comic that Papercutz is bringing out in English.

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Mashups of the Reading Rainbow theme

Dj BC and Big D and The Kids Table have released two versions of a mashup track in celebration of the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter. Big D give the theme a stroll/ska treatment and dj BC gives it a mashup/cut-up beat -- this is a great listen!

READING RAINBOW THEME (Two VERSIONS!) (Thanks, dj BC!!)

MUST-SEE Zombie High: teen zombie romcom produced by Canadian high-schoolers

Vincent writes, "'Zombie High' is a 32 minute movie made by the hard-working film students at Oak Park High in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It was conceived as a tribute to Shaun of the Dead and John Hughes, with a bit of Army of Darkness thrown in." This. Is. STUPENDOUS. The writing, production values, acting, and SFX are nothing short of inspired. These are some amazing teen filmmakers.

Zombie High (2013)

A Wrinkle in Time: the graphic novel, still wonderful and fresh two years later

The graphic novel adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time got a rave review here when it first came out in 2012. Two years later, Cory Doctorow re-reads it to his now-six-year-old and discovers fresh delights in a beautiful and fitting tribute to one of literature’s best-loved young adult novels.

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Judy Blume: parents shouldn't worry about what their kids are reading


Judy Blume -- whose books have been frequently challenged in schools and libraries -- is skeptical of the idea that parents need to be worry about whether the books their kids read are "appropriate". Bloom says that any book a kid is captivated by is, by definition, "appropriate": "[Kids] are very good, I think, at monitoring what makes them feel uncomfortable. If something makes them feel uncomfortable they will put it down."

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Collaborating with your kids: the story of "A Dark and Dismal Flower"

JC Herz and her five year old daughter, Eve, created A Dark and Dismal Flower, a beautifully-animated picture book. In this essay, Herz offers her advice on how to collaborate with your own kids.

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