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“I used to teach in a comprehensive school and I know from experience that many children are not capable of reading the books I wanted them to read.” -Nick Hornby

. J.K. Rowling the co-arbiter of what’s important in life, gave us this list: which is probably the only time you will ever see Beatrix Potter cheek to jowl with Joseph Heller.

Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryRoald Dahl
Robinson CrusoeDaniel Defoe
David CopperfieldCharles Dickens
HamletWilliam Shakespeare
To Kill a MockingbirdHarper Lee
Animal FarmGeorge Orwell
The Tale of Two Bad MiceBeatrix Potter
The Catcher in the RyeJD Salinger
Catch-22Joseph Heller

In 1969, two librarians and a publisher happened to notice that no African-American had ever been awarded a Newbery and Caldecott Award, so in an exercise of the separate by equal doctrine they invented The Coretta Scott King Award. Past winners have included Mildred Taylor, Virginia Hamilton and Julius Lester.

On the flip sideFiddy Cent is keepin’ it real by writin’ us some chillin’s books.


Big surprise: Continuing its effort to build the world’s largest library, Google has expanded its Book Search program to the European theater. Scanning hundreds of thousands of non-English language books into its gaping maw.

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