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Authors of the World Unite! | 6 March 2013

Dear Subscriber,


"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island."

–Walt Disney

While books had been published specifically for children’s education and entertainment since at least the 1600s, the genre boomed in the 19th century with increases in population, literacy, and ease of printing. From the recording of centuries-old fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, and Russian and Indian authors to original tales like Treasure Island, Tom Sawyer, and Swiss Family Robinson, the most popular stories were always about adventures, often with children or animals as heroes.

The 20th and 21st centuries have seen kids’ adventures expanded with comic books, movies, television, and more books. This week, we’d like you to blog about your favorite children’s adventure stories. Is it a classic you had read to you as a child, or a modern creation like Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events or adaptation like Adira Rotstein’s twist on pirates, Little Jane Silver? Let us know about the caped crusader, school for wizards, or flying boy who never wants to grow up that you love the most.

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Warmest Regards,

Gina Misiroglu

Executive Editor, Red Room

  "Wait," Honey said to herself, as she realized something amazing. 'I’m already an excellent flyer. Maybe I can fight crime too.'”  
-Emlyn Chand
in her kids’ book about birds who save the day, Honey the Hero


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