Ka Pai! Cool stuff from around the internet

Every two weeks we compile, for your browsing pleasure, cool children’s book happenings (and peripherally related news) from around Aotearoa, the world and the internet.

It’s tiny Bruce the Cat!

Cool stuff from New Zealand…

Wellesley College will represent New Zealand at the World Kids’ Lit Quiz in Canada!

Joy Cowley and Philip Webb talk about working with each other!

A dad and daughter have been on a quest to find the 25 greatest fictional girl characters!

Remember tiny Bruce the Cat (above)? Well, he’s about to become a book – and you can help make it happen!

And our agony uncle (and legendary bookseller) John McIntyre signs off after 15 years on National Radio!

And cool stuff from the farthest reaches of the globe (and internet)…

Drag Queen story hour puts the rainbow in reading at the Hudson Park branch of the New York Public Library.

Is this the best idea since sliced bread? Mcdonalds is licensing books to give out with Happy Meals in Canada (there was a promotion with the Little Kiwi books in New Zealand recently).

Apparently children’s love of reading at an all time high, so that’s good, eh!

You can pledge to help refugees and hear Neil Gaiman do a dramatic reading of either the Cheesecake Factory menu – or if it reaches $1 million, Fox in Socks.

Jacqueline Woodson, author of YA verse novel Brown Girl Dreaming, talks about the importance for kids to have access to books that reflect their lives.

It’s not often we hear about the dangers of reading … but then, it hasn’t been so dangerous since the advent of electricity!

In lists … This is not exactly about kids’ books, but here’s a great list of books for and about teachers (because it’s Teacher Appreciation Week in the States). And here are 10 wonderful children’s poets you should know. And here’s the ‘50 Best YA Books of All Time’ according to Booklist. No Margaret Mahy, though? Hmm…

We can’t work out if this is cruel or kind – but here is an extract from Philip Pullman’s forthcoming novel, The Book of Dust!!!!!! Possibly cruel, because you’ll need to wait till October to read the whole thing…

And we’ll leave you with the pretty wonderful trailer for the film of the book Wonder. sob