Saturday, April 2, 2011


According to the Writers Almanac 
Today is the birthday of Hans Christian Anderson
In his honor, his birthday was declared International Children's Book Day,
a day to promote children's literature, and foster a love of reading in the world's youth.

I remember with what mixed emotion my first reading of 'The Little Match Girl' was felt at about age 7 years. Here is an animated version that tells the tale:

In 1939 Disney put out this little classic cartoon, and I remember seeing it early in my childhood, probably sometime in the fifties when we got our first black and white Television:

By then, I was already a voracious reader of fairy tales.   Much later, in adult life I began to understand the greater meaning these stories had for me, and have for all children, across many cultures and down through the ages.

The Uses of Enchantment
The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales
by Bruno Bettelheim

One of the inspirational blogs I follow

Vintage Kids Books My Kids Love
Another great source

The PEN American Panel on Children's Literature
posted here days ago 

  Purchase, or Check-Out from your nearest Library
Get a book for a child you care about.
Offer to read it out loud with them.

There is no greater gift than the gift of literacy.

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