Odds and Bookends: August 13, 2010

Dora the Explorer celebrates its 10th anniversary
Nickelodeon is commemorating ten years of Dora with an hour-long prime time movie, “Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure,” along with a twelve-minute tribute to the show’s impact on children. In further honor of Dora, Nickelodeon is also launching a campaign to benefit the Children’s Defense Fund.

The return of Captain Underpants
Author Dav Pilkey is bringing back Captain Underpants for another four books in an effort to attract more readers. His potty humor has captured the interest of many young readers, especially boys. The first of his new books has released this week with a worldwide printing of 1 million copies.

McDonald’s looks to ‘introduce children to the glories of reading’
McDonald’s may be looking to increase its appeal with parents and educators by releasing its own line of children’s books aimed at encouraging literacy in children.

Random House publishes its first enhanced e-book
Random House Children’s Books released its first enhanced e-book on August 10 as a movie tie-in to FLIPPED. The enhanced e-book will feature video clips from the movie as well as interviews with the author Wendelin Van Draanen.

‘Oragami Yoda’ inspires creation of children’s book
Tom Angleberger is the author of “The Strange Case of Oragami Yoda,” a children’s book inspired by a finger puppet replica of the sage Star Wars character. He will be signing copies of the book at the Vero Beach Book Center Children’s Store today.

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