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Florida Library Bans ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ Soccer Moms Freak Out

E.L. James’ ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ has taken the publishing world by storm, with many deeming the steamy erotic novel “soccer-mom porn.”

And while it certainly isn’t suitable for children, a lot of adults are upset that the libraries in Brevard County, Fla. have banned the book from its shelves.

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R.I.P. Maurice Sendak, Author Of ‘Where The Wild Things Are’

There’s going to be a wild rumpus in heaven tonight. Maurice Sendak, beloved author and illustrator of such children’s classics as ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ and the controversial ‘In the Night Kitchen,’ passed away in Danbury, Conn. following complications from a recent stroke. He was 83.

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Stephen Colbert Wrote A Children’s Book (And So Can You!)

“The sad thing is, I like it.”  Having locked in that back-handed blurb/blessing from Maurice Sendak himself in a hilarious interview on his Comedy Central show in Jan. 2012, Stephen Colbert was already on his way to becoming a popular children’s book author. Now, he’s even closer with the scheduled May 8th release of “I Am A Pole (And So Can You!).”

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Cissy Houston Writing Tell-All Book About Daughter Whitney

The New York Times reports that Whitney Houston‘s mother Cissy is shopping a new book to clear up the “lies” that she believes people have been spreading about her daughter since she died in February.

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How Can the Dr. Seuss Book ‘Yertle the Turtle’ Possibly Be Considered ‘Too Political’ by a Canadian School?

Teachers and management in Prince Rupert, a province of British Columbia, Canada, are currently embroiled in a labor dispute. Now one teacher has been scolded for violating a ban on political messages in schools by having a quote from a Dr. Seuss book visible in her car that was parked on school property.

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Britney Spears + Kevin Federline’s Relationship Inspires Erotic Novel

Britney Spears and Kevin Federline’s marriage didn’t last long, but thanks to a new erotic novel inspired by the pair, their relationship will be immortalized forever.

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Your Grandpa is Gonna Love the New ‘E-Paper’

Newspapers were supposed to die couple years ago. It’s been a long slow death because some people just like to buy an actual newspaper in the morning. Shout out to you Pee-Paw! Now, maybe the newspaper fans can have their ink and read it too. See what we did there?

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Should Parents Pay Big Bucks to Get Their Kids’ Books Published?

Over-indulgent parents aren’t just making kids dumber. They’re also costing themselves money in the process. The latest trend? Shelling out hundreds — or even thousands — of dollars to get books written by their children published.

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The 5 Worst Fantasy Novel Cliches

Fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss, who recently released 'The Wise Man's Fear,' the second novel in a trilogy that began with 'The Name of the Wind' sat down with the LA Times and detailed what he considers the 5 worst cliches in fantasy novels.

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George R.R. Martin Reads a New Chapter From ‘Game of Thrones’ Series Book ‘The Winds of Winter’

"The Winds of Winter" is the next installment of George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, which spawned the Game of Thrones HBO Series.  During a chat with Canadian film preservation group TIFF, Martin reads a chapter from "The Winds of Winter."

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Who Reads More Books – E-Reader Users or Book Owners?

By now you’ve probably seen lots of people toting around e-readers like the Amazon Kindle. They let you carry thousands of books in a slim, lightweight device — but do the people who use them actually read more?

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10 Wonderfully Awesome ‘Berenstain Bears’ Books

Fans of quality children’s books were saddened by the passing of Jan Berenstain, cocreator (with her husband Stan) of the long-running ‘Berenstain Bears’ books series. (Stan passed away in 2005 from cancer.)

Cartoonists and parenting book authors, Stan and Jan sought out to create a series that could deal with the ups-and-downs of parenting. The Berenstain Bears launched in 1962 with ‘The Big Honey Hunt,’ and includes over 300 titles published in 23 languages.

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