These are some of the funniest, coolest links we've been loving this week from across the web. From viral videos, to cool concepts, we've found some great links to kidslit-related content all over the web.
1. La Munkya
If you have a kid who tells wild stories (or even tame ones), we've found the coolest guys to bring it to life. Ghostbot Animation Studios is a rare studio that actually thrives off of the most imaginative stories out there - the ones told by kids! These stories are featured in a webseries called "Written By a Kid". If you remember our "Raise a Storyteller" article, you know we think young ones are some of the most talented storytellers out there. Ghostbot was founded by Rhode Island School of Design alums, and RISD writes of them on their blog:
Sometimes grown-ups just don't get it. In the web series Written By A Kid, animation artists Roque Ballesteros 98 FAV,Daniel Strange 98 FAV and Evan Larson 99 IL definitely do get it: The ingenious, sometimes side-splitting series creates animated versions of stories narrated by kids.
The episode featured was La Munkya, which is told by a 6 year old girl. Here's the synopsis:What kind of horse walks into a county fair, wins a paper-making contest and winds up in jail after eating the prize money? A ravenous horse made out of paper, silly! Kudos to Ghostbot for encouraging imaginative, creative thinking in kids!Watch the video above!
2. Read for the Record Day - October 4th!
We first heard about Read for the Record Day on the Today Show, when Ashanti endorsed the project by reading the "record day" book to a bunch of students (the book, for your information, is called Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad)To see the kick-off video from September 25th, watch here on MSNBC.com.
Read for the Record was started by Jumpstart, an early education organization giving students the extra push they need to learn valuable language and literary skills, "setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late." as they say on their website. This campaign was initiated to not only encourage literacy in a fun way, but also raise awareness on the Education Crisis effecting our young students.For the full story behind Jumpstart and this record-breaking story, read the press release in full here.
3. We Give Books
In tandem with Jumpstart is We Give Books, which partnered with Read for the Record. We Give Books is a campaign started by Penguin Publishing. Their mission can best be summed up in this video from their website. What's amazing about this program is that there are tons of beloved children's books - as well as some new ones - available to read for free online. One of our favorites is the classic "The Snowy Day" -You can even read the Read for the Record Day book selection on this website too! Here's the link for Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad
4. It's Banned Book Week!
It's that wonderful time of year again - Banned Book Week. Popular books given scrutiny this year include "The Hunger Games" series, "Gossip Girl" series, Brave New World, To Kill a Mockingbird (which has graced the list time and time again) as well as many more books. Many of the most influential books of our time have been on the list to be censored, but we don't really think we can say who can or cannot read certain literature. Recently our Brookline friends over on Brookline Patch also posted on Banned Books Week. How do you weigh in?Check out the coverage on Publisher's Weekly, as well as the official website.
5. Adorable Kid Gets a High-Five from Obama
Just for kicks, we decided to throw this silly photo into our link round-up. The look on this kid's face is priceless as President Obama gives him a high-five. Thank you buzzfeed for the awesome commentary:"This new king of the playground is never washing that right hand."
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