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Popular Kid Covers Modernized To Benefit Indie Bookstores: Today In Books

Popular Kid Covers Modernized To Benefit Indie Bookstores

Raj Haldar, co-author of P is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever, has not only done a modernist take on his own book cover but also famous children’s books including The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Wanting to help indie bookstores during the pandemic he decided to release a poster print of his modernized P is for Pterodactyl with all profits going to Book Industry Charitable Foundation.

In Sad News Author Rachel Caine Has Passed Away

Roxanne Conrad who penned more than 50 books under the name Rachel Caine passed away on November 1st. She had been diagnosed in 2018 with soft tissue sarcoma, a rare type of cancer. She wrote adult and YA across genres including sci-fi and thrillers with bestsellers including her serial killer thriller Stillhouse Lake and The Morganville Vampires YA series. You can read her personal wishes and lovely messages from her friends and family in this statement.

Minnesota Police Officers Want Book Explaining Racism Removed From School Teachings

Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice has been used in elementary schools to help children understand the public discourse surrounding police shootings of Black people “and counter racial injustice in their own lives.” The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association are especially upset over its use as a 4th-grade assignment in Burnsville and have written a letter to have the book removed. “In response to the complaint, the Minnesota Departments of Education and Health issued a joint statement saying: “‘The book in question won multiple awards and was authored by psychologists seeking to help children process a difficult set of issues.'” They went on to point out how the MPPOA left out information from the book and took quotes out of context.

Vandalization at Major Libraries Aims At Voter Intimidation

Three libraries, including two major metropolitan downtown facilities, have seen vandalism related to voter intimidation in the last two weeks.