the brilliance of Dr Seuss in rap video and political satire

the brilliance of Dr Seuss in rap video and political satire

How many Dr Seuss books can (or could) you recite by heart? There was a time when I could rattle off the whole of Green Eggs and Ham while driving—Thomas would sit in his car seat behind me, flipping the pages at the appropriate moment while his two younger siblings looked on. I could give Fox in Socks a good crack too, though I did sometimes have to agree with Mr Knox:

I hate this game, Sir. This game makes my tongue quite lame, Sir.

All the Dr Seuss rhymes are brilliant for little kids who are learning to read, as that great-fun video points out.

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freedom of speech in the shape of storytelling changes lives

freedom of speech in the shape of storytelling changes lives

Writers are still imprisoned for the very act of telling stories; sometimes factual stories, sometimes fiction. This is the telling of their collective story – and of the people they write for. Beautiful, thought provoking and inspiring.
ages 6 years to adult

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an easy introduction to Shakespeare

an easy introduction to Shakespeare

ages 6 years and up
Shakespeare certainly knew how to spin a tale - but reading or seeing one of his classic plays performed live can be intimidating or just plain hard to follow. Try reading these brilliant Shakespeare Stories first, they'll help it all come together and make the original so much easier to love.
 

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Dear Zoo: pets are not one-size-fits-all, it's all about finding a match

Dear Zoo: pets are not one-size-fits-all, it's all about finding a match

ages 0 to 5 years old
DEAR ZOO... Surprises and fun on every page, just add animal noises.  A funny book that is essentially every child's dream—a zoo sends a crazy array of animals for the child to try out as a pet.

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brilliance for children who feel a little left out, or who might be excluding others

brilliance for children who feel a little left out, or who might be excluding others

ages birth to 8 years
Max has two brothers with impressive collections—one collects coins and the other collects stamps. And while Max with his collection comes out as clearly the hero, one of the many great things about this brilliant story is that the work of his brothers doesn't get undervalued. 

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fractured fairytales—a great way to shake up stale thoughts and ideas

fractured fairytales—a great way to shake up stale thoughts and ideas

for all ages
If Goldilocks has to go back and apologise to the Three Bears, or if Belle decides she needs to go to university after seeing the Beast’s magnificent library, or if Jack enters into a partnership with the Giant and they build a theme park in the clouds…. you’re probably enjoying a fractured fairytale!

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