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December 11, 2013

Ten Unbeatable Holiday Gifts for Book Lovers

santa-fifty-shadesBy Kimberly Turner

Sure, you could put on actual pants to go partake in some door-bustin’ shenanigans at the mall, but between jingling bells, decking halls, and consuming your body weight in holiday cookies, who has time for that? Not you, my friend. Not you. Know what else you don’t have time for? Sifting through page after page of Mega Lightning Cyber Xtreme Deals, hoping to stumble upon the perfect gift for your loved ones. No! That’s why we here at LitReactor have done the sifting for you and come up with ten amazing presents for your book-loving friends and fam. Think of it as our gift to you.

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October 15, 2012

E. B. White’s “Hymn to the Barn”

E. B. White           (1899 – 1985)

On this day in 1952, E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web was published. Among children’s books, it continues to hold its place at or near the top of the ‘best of’ lists, though White’s pre-publication fear was that his “hymn to the barn” would be too low-key for most kids. And he was sure about the film: “The story is interrupted every few minutes so that somebody can sing a jolly song. I don’t care much for jolly songs. The Blue Hill Fair, which I tried to report faithfully in the book, has become a Disney world, with 76 trombones.”

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February 16, 2012

‘Charlotte’s Web’ and 99 more ‘great’ kids books

By Bob Minzesheimer

Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White’s 60-year-old novel about how a determined farm girl and a noble, vocabulary-building spider save a naïve runt of a pig, is No. 1 on a new list of the “100 Greatest Books for Kids.”

The rankings, released today by Scholastic Parent & Child magazine, are aimed at “generating controversy and conversation,” says Nick Friedman, the magazine’s editor in chief.

In that spirit, why is J.K. Rowling’s groundbreaking debut, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, only No. 6, chosen to represent the entire series?


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June 13, 2011

New book reveals how E.B. White spun Charlotte’s Web

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By Bob Minzesheimer, USA TODAY

In 1943, when E.B. “Andy” White still was mostly known as a magazine essayist, a New York Times critic dismissed White’s writing as “hogwash” and a “racket.”

Katharine White, a legendary editor at The New Yorker, rose to her husband’s defense: “They are not words that should be applied to anyone who is an honest man and an honest writer. Andy is both.”

A few years later, White would adapt his wife’s phrasing at the end of Charlotte’s Web, his classic children’s novel about a headstrong farm girl, a naive pig and a noble, vocabulary-building spider:

“It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.”

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