ted-ed-logoTED talks are very popular, but are you familiar with TED-Ed? TED-Ed presentations are original lessons on all sorts of subjects that “feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators.”  They are shorter than TED talks, and are used to explain ideas, not to put forward someone’s point of view or experiences.  The TED-Ed presentation on the evolution of the book is an excellent example of what they offer.  And to the right of each video you will see four areas for exploration: “Watch” (which is where you are), “Think” (a quiz about the content of the video), “Dig Deeper” (additional resources), and “Discuss” (a series of comments on the topic).  Topic areas include the arts, literature & language, science & technology, philosophy & religion, and psychology.  You can see what’s available by clicking here.

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 Author Ann Patchett and the staff at her bookstore in Nashville choose the 75 best books published over the past 75 years to celebrate Parade magazine’s seventy-fifth anniversary.  The only restriction was that all books on the list had to be published originally in English.  Be sure to see the printable list.

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ScarryIf you have children (or grandchildren) you are probably familiar with one or more books by Richard Scarry, but you probably know little or nothing about him.  To correct this deficiency in your education Mentalfloss offers 12 interesting facts about this prolific author/illustrator.

One of the items has to  do with subtle changes in later editions of his books that have taken place in an attempt to be more culturally and socially sensitive.

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 The next edition of the live author interview program In-Depth on Book TV (C-SPAN2) will air Sunday, July 3, 2016 from noon to 3:00 p.m. ET.  The featured guest will be author Sebastian Junger.  His books include The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea, and Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging.

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