Kidlit radio and news #2

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The coming week’s bookish radio delights to listen out for include:

  • Alan Garner’s Elidor – Radio 4 Extra 9.00 and 16.00, Sunday 15th January
    Episode 1: Unexpected adventure awaits Roland, Helen, David and Nicholas Watson in a derelict church.

  • Jungle Book – Letting in the Jungle – Radio 4 Extra 9.30 and 16.30 Sunday 15th January
    3/5. Mowgli mounts a rescue and meets the Father of the Cobras.

  • Word of Mouth :Stories from other cultures – Radio 4 23.00 Monday 16th January
    Michael Rosen hears the traditional stories that are being passed down the generations.

  • The 4 O’Clock Show – Radio 4 Extra, 16.00 Monday 16th January
    Mel Giedroyc goes hunting for buried gold on Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. The 4 O’Clock Show often features short items on children’s literature.

  • As news items from last week, I’d love to know what you think about these:

  • McDonald’s to give away 9m Michael Morpurgo books with kids’ meals (via The Guardian)

  • Quentin Blake and his art for hospitals (via The Telegraph)


  • Did you read or listen to anything particularly interesting this last week relating to children’s books?

    4 Responses

    1. Amy

      Hmmm…the Guardian article is really interesting – thanks for sharing the link. I think, while there are so many issues with fast food and kids and marketing to them that I have undecided and sometimes conflicting opinions on, I have a hard time being against anything that gets books in the hands of kids. Especially, as one of the people quoted said, in the hands and homes of people who are maybe not as likely to have books in their homes.

    2. Susan Stephenson, the Book Chook

      I am actually ashamed of my first reaction to the McDonald’s news item – I felt that it might somehow cheapen the books and reading in general. Yet if it gets books into kids’ hands, it must surely be A Good Thing (said in my best Milne voice.)
      Susan Stephenson, the Book Chook recently posted..Read to Kids!

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