E-Reader, Tablet or Paper: How Are Your Kids Reading These Days?

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The primary questions around kids and reading used to be: What do they read? And how much? These days – stuck in some sort of netherworld between competing technologies and traditional paper books — I find another question is being asked just as frequently: How are they reading? I fully transitioned to digital reading years ago, doubling up my book collection to regain some shelf space and buying only e-books going forward. But with the kids, the situation has been far more complicated. Continue reading

Blockbuster Stew of Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and Twilight: A Review of The Bone Season

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Into the cauldron that is her debut urban fantasy novel, The Bone Season, Samantha Shannon has wisely sprinkled every element for potential success. Continue reading

New Covers for Harry Potter Books 5 and 6

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The sixth new Harry Potter cover by Kazu Kibuishi was revealed today at Comic-Con International in San Diego. David Saylor (Vice President, Creative Director, Scholastic) unveiled the cover, which shows Harry and Dumbledore standing on a rock, near the entrance to a particular cave. Continue reading

Have Geeklets, Will Travel: Storybook Vacations

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Actively going to where a story is set opens a fantastic starting point for discussing a book: Why here? Location can become an integral part of a story, as important as the characters themselves. Harry Potter simply wouldn’t be Harry Potter without Hogwarts. (And yes, you can go to Scotland and ride the Hogwarts Express right now!) Eloise couldn’t be Eloise anywhere other than New York. And yes, you can even sort of visit Middle Earth if your goal is to get inside Tolkien’s head and see how environment can influence the plot line (even if… uh… Mr. Tolkien wrote those books in Oxford, England and not New Zealand). Continue reading

Harry Potter Book 4 Cover Revealed

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So while I’ve been attending bits and pieces of LeakyCon in Portland, some other big Harry Potter news happened in Chicago. The new cover of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, illustrated by Kazu Kibuishi, was revealed at the American Library Association convention. Continue reading

Have Geeklets, Will Travel: Exploring Conventions

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There are gatherings for every imaginable fandom — from Minecraft to anime to Doctor Who. You can hit a comic convention and see a plethora of characters, or zero in on a particular television show, such as Star Trek. We’ve rounded up a few that will take place in various parts of the US this summer, but start Googling to find out if people are gathering to discuss and celebrate your favorite things. Or better yet, throw together your own informal convention at home by trying to get a critical mass together to discuss a particular show, movie, superhero, or video game. Continue reading

Universal Orlando Announces New Harry Potter Attraction Diagon-Alley Opposite the Wizarding World

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Universal Studios Florida in Orlando will be getting a new Harry Potter attraction next year, to go along with The Wizarding World in Islands of Adventure. This Potter fan can’t wait! Continue reading