There are musical instruments everywhere, on shelves, stands and cabinets — so many it’s hard to easily navigate while walking through the music instruction area of Kurn Hattin Homes for Children. There are even antique instruments secured high on the walls near the ceiling, a decorative touch.
For 130 years, the name National Geographic has stood for exploration of science and culture in the real world. Now, in an unprecedented move, Nat Geo’s kids division is exploring the world of fiction to spur children to learn more about their planet.
On Sept. 4, Nat Geo will debut the first in its seven-book children’s fiction series, Explorer Academy. The initial installment, Nebula Secret, will roll out in the United States and more than a dozen other countries that include the United Kingdom, China, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Taiwan and Turkey. Subsequent books in the series will be published every six months.
By day, she’s a mild-mannered ophthalmic assistant; by night she’s a creator of superheroes. Emily (Watts) Drouin ’04, a graphic design major at Keene State, is all about promoting art education and literacy through comics. A resident of Raymond, New Hampshire, she attended her first comic con (short for “convention”) in 2010, and since then has been creating comic books, including EPLIS, a sci-fi series on which she collaborates with her husband, Jeremy Drouin ’03, and Hyperdork, a romantic superhero series, plus coloring and activity books.
Most of the children running around the front lawn of Haynes International on Tuesday were just excited to see Blue, the famed Indianapolis Colts mascot. The gift they were going to receive will last longer than that initial excitement, however.
Sixty-one foster kids and their families from the Kokomo community gathered at the grounds of one of the city’s leading manufacturers for the 7th annual Books for Youth program. The event, presented by Cargo Services Inc., the Indiana Department of Child Services, the Indianapolis Colts and Haynes International, is held every year to equip foster children with a Colts backpack filled with 25 age-appropriate books.
We ran some data on our 30,000 reviews recently and there were some shocking results.
Actually, I’m kidding; there was absolutely nothing shocking. At least, not for anyone familiar with the industry. 90% of our adult reviewers are female (I love how, when I’m presenting this data to publishers, it’s often to a room where the audience is 100% female). And rather reassuringly, 20% of our readers had chosen to read that book because of its cover. Its cover. Not some fancy gizmo. Not because of the format. The good old fashioned, been around for hundreds of years, cover.
And yet, as an industry, there always seems to be a drive to innovate. That we’re continually waiting for the death of the book as we know it, and some exciting new thing, which is going to blow everything out of the water.
I normally avoid the so-called “celebrity” stories, but I loved a couple of the quotes from Michael in this interview. I’m very happy to hear that his son seems to be recovering so well. Such good news.
“I truly thought I’d never come back to music,” he told the newspaper. “Family is what matters. The health of my children is number one. The relationship with my family, my wife, my faith — all of it is easily number one.”
“I remember sitting in the hospital room thinking ‘I was worried about any of that s***?” he said. “I was worried about record sales or a meme or what some a**hole said about me?”
“In a second it had gotten so clear,” he continued. “That clarity gave me the opportunity to find love (for music) again. I’m going to go back to what I was made to do. I’m going to come back to a world that needs love and romance and laughter more than it has in a long time. I’m going to be a conduit to that.”