More Winnie-the-Pooh

After the last post about Winnie-the-Pooh, I see in the latest Publisher’s Weekly eNewsletter (see Book News) that David Benedictus has written an authorized sequel to the Winnie-the-Pooh books. Illustrated by Mark Burgess, the book is to be released October 5, 2009. Now they just need to send Rabbit around to tell everyone.

Books in Cereal Boxes

This week I bought a box of our usual breakfast cereal and guess what was inside? A children’s book! What a great idea to get kids to read. The book was by a popular author. It had been printed as a paperback in a special small size to fit easily in the box. My son and I both enjoyed reading it.

I was especially excited because I had just heard an interview a few weeks ago on the radio that 80% of all households in the US did not purchase a single book last year. (As I’ve long suspected, I have been almost single-handedly keeping bookstores open). If you want to listen, check out 11:00Emma Walton Hamilton: “Raising Bookworms”  on the Diane Rehm show. Note:  Emma Walton Hamilton is Julie Andrews’ daughter.

My conclusion:  If you want to get your children to read more, stuff a book in their cereal.