Here's the news for the first week of March. As might be expected a lot of it relates to the launch of the Guardian's kids- (and teens-) only site.
First up: A note to parents and guardians, by Michelle Pauli, on how to sign up and use the new site.
Michael Morpurgo and Jacqueline Wilson are launching the site, which is for children only.
Marjorie Blackman speaks for the latest Guardian Children's Book Podcast. (Her latest book for teens, Boys Don't Cry, is written from a teen dad's point of view.
Philip Pullman states he'd "like to be Lee Scorsby" (who wouldn't?) in this fabulous interview in the Guardian.
More on World Book Day from the Guardian:
- World Book Day now includes books for teens.
- In honor of this fact, the Guardian has published a top-teen teen favorite book list. (Harry Potter remains on top for kids ages 13-18.)
Here's a fun article in The Daily Texan about Sarah Pitre and Jenny Bragdon, the bloggers behind Forever Young Adult.
And here's an interesting piece: 10th-grader Yadi Angeles asks "Why are Teen Novels so Dark?" in The Philly Post. Yadi writes, "Teen novels seem so dark these days because as we grow and mature, the need to relate grows within us, and so we see ourselves in others."
Here's a fascinating article about teen fiction in India: Madhusree Chatterjee writes for Sify: India News Portal, "After decades of publishing books for adults and children, publishers are now targeting the young adults segment, which is through with its quota of Enid Blytons. On offer is a quaint mix ranging from thrillers to vampire romance."