Brett Ratner to direct the 39 Clues

Because I know many of you just get all giddy when prospective new Brett Ratner films come up, here’s his latest potential project: The 39 Clues, which is not an Alfred Hitchcock remake, but an adaptation of a young-adult book series. It sounds a bit like a kids’ version of National Treasure, and all the details are after the break. => http://bit.ly/khLmBw

Children’s authors rail against Michael Gove’s reading lists

Children’s authors rail against Michael Gove’s reading lists
Michael Rosen and Alan Gibbons line up to reject proposal for primary schools floated by national curriculum panel

Michael Rosen has said he would profoundly distrust prescribed reading lists for primary school children. Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian
Children’s authors are gearing up for a fight over whether schools should be given government-approved lists of books that children should have read by the time they reach a certain age. => http://bit.ly/lXMPKh

Charles Roger Hargreaves and the Mr Men books

Charles Roger Hargreaves was born on this day in 1935!

“What does a tickle look like?”
This was the question asked by a six year-old boy of his father, one morning in 1971 that inspired Roger Hargreaves to create a little orange man with a big toothy grin, a blue hat and extraordinarily long arms. And so, Mr. Tickle, the first of the Mr. Men, was born!

Amazon has a range of collections and the individual books here => http://amzn.to/jpoVXA

Child Development and Helping Your Child Excel In Life

A breakthrough tool in child development from Awake2000.com. This tool helps the child develop their mind using the power of their own suggestion, parents guidance, and their subconscious mind.

Allan Ahlberg – a life in writing

“If I get stuck for an answer, I can just start reading the walls,” Ahlberg says, and although he’s rarely lost for words, he is constantly reaching for evidence to illustrate what he is saying – reading out poems-in-progress to reinforce an anecdote about his home town, or showing a page of intricate early drawings for his 1981 story Peepo!, to explain how he and his late wife, Janet, worked together on picture books.

Read the whole article => http://bit.ly/k6nFyC

FlickerLab: Combining Tech and Stories

More than ever firms like FlickerLab, an award-winning e-book, multimedia app developer, and animation studio, are serving as examples of the kind of multimedia developers finding partnerships in the book industry. FlickerLab has partnered with a wide variety of artists and media partners—from filmmaker Michael Moore to PBS Kids—and is currently working with Barnes & Noble to develop enhanced digital picture books for B&N’s NookColor and the iPad. => http://bit.ly/iIWwuq

Responsibility for education

A comment I get pretty regularly when people find out that we unschool our children is “I could never do that! I couldn’t be responsible for my child’s education”

Guess what-EVERY SINGLE PARENT is responsible for the education of their child.

That means YOU. Regardless of where your child goes to school, if they go at all, the responsibility for your child lies with their primary caregivers.

=> http://bit.ly/iGlIwr

Ten Things I Have Learnt As A Stay-At-Home Dad

It wasn’t a very difficult decision to make when we sat down to decide how we’d structure our lives once our second child – Lewis – came along. Reservoir Mum loves to work and makes a lot of money doing it. Reservoir Dad doesn’t like work very much at all and made a lot less money. We assumed the kids would be happier at home with us than at child care.

=> http://bit.ly/iMhmd2

FlickerLab: Combining Tech and Stories

More than ever firms like FlickerLab, an award-winning e-book, multimedia app developer, and animation studio, are serving as examples of the kind of multimedia developers finding partnerships in the book industry. FlickerLab has partnered with a wide variety of artists and media partners—from filmmaker Michael Moore to PBS Kids—and is currently working with Barnes & Noble to develop enhanced digital picture books for B&N’s NookColor and the iPad. => http://bit.ly/iIWwuq

Chess compulsory in schools

Armenia is making chess compulsory in schools, but could mandatory study of a board game really help children’s academic performance and behaviour? http://bbc.in/lZdKFf