A New Children’s Imprint Dedicated to Muslim Characters & Stories: Today in Critical Linking

The first authorised colouring book based on the Lord of the Rings motion picture trilogy will feature “favourite characters” and “enchanting scenes” from its fantasy world. It is scheduled for worldwide publication in June 2016.

Get out your green coloring pencils.

It is now known that the explorer carried with him dictionaries, encyclopedias and books chronicling other dangerous polar expeditions. He took established works by Dostoyevsky and Shelley – but also, explains Alasdair MacLeod from the RGS, “newly published fiction by popular authors of the time”. “The cabin wall on the left also shows a framed print of Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘If’, which Shackleton carried with him on to the ice floe when the ship sank.”

Check out these images of the books aboard the Endurance.

President Obama today announced Carla Hayden, CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, as his nominee to become the 14th Librarian of Congress. The selection comes after months of speculation, following the January retirement of James Billington, a Reagan appointee who took the post in 1987. If approved by the Senate, Hayden will replace associate director David Mao, who is currently serving as the the library’s interim director.

Dr. Hayden will be the first woman and first African American to hold the position.

Ms. Jaffery is heading a new children’s imprint, Salaam Reads, dedicated to publishing books that feature Muslim characters and stories. The imprint, which Simon & Schuster announced this week, will release nine or more books a year, ranging from board books and picture books to middle grade and young adult titles.

Now this is exciting.

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