Ronald Dahl: the best gobblefunk words


The BFG holds up a bottle of frobscottle, the delicious green fizzy drink that giants drink instead of water. Warning: if you drink a lot, you end up whizzpopping (This illustrations is used in the Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary). Illustration: Quentin Blake, with permission from A P Watt at United Agents on behalf of Quentin Blake

Did you know Roald Dahl invented 500 words and character names, from the Oompa-Loompas and whizzpopping to the less well known humplecrimp, lixivate and zoonk?

Susan Rennie, chief editor of The Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary, takes us on phizz-whizzing tour of the most scrumdiddlyumptious



Which of Ronald Dahl’s 500+ words is your favorite word to hear spoken aloud, see in written form, or define its use and meaning in your world?

My absolute all-time favorite Dahl word is Scrumdiddlyumptious — defined in the Oxford Ronald Dahl Dictionary as food that is utterly delicious.

“The Fleshlumpeating Giant is very keen to eat the Queen, as he thinks she will have ‘an especially scrumdiddlyumptious flavour.’ ”



The Guardian: Top 10 quotes about tolerance in children’s books


A reader recently suffered abuse online for reading an inclusive picture book to his nieces about two princes falling in love, but children’s fiction promotes tolerance and generosity towards all sorts of people. Here are some of the most moving quotations from children’s fiction about being kind to each other



Read more at The Guardian

Ronald Dahl invent in 500 Words tweets @WordUnited

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Good Bones by Maggie Smith


Found on @Kerrin_McCadden’s Tweet:

Hooray for Philly SRC

Reaction mostly favorable to SRC decision on transgender students
(Note To SRC aka Philadelphia School District School Reform Commission)

The Sane Tribe blog’s thoughts on Orlando

“When evil men plot, good men must plan. When evil men burn and bomb, good men must build and bind. When evil men shout ugly words of hatred, good men must commit themselves to the glories of love. Where evil men would seek to perpetuate an unjust status quo, good men must seek to bring into being a real order of justice.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

#SayHerName – National Day of Action to End State Violence Against Black Women, Girls and Femmes

I had no idea that a National Day of Action to End State Violence Against Black Women, Girls and Femmes was held on May 19, 2016.

Sad 😔 to realize that, because it escaped my notice, such a particularly timely and important day that could have been devoted to education, discussion and action planning on a national level must not have been given the attention it warrants. I would have liked to acknowledge and actively promote a day to commemorate not only the lives lost, but also the ongoing disrespect, humiliation, pain, and injustice that disproportionately impacts black women.

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The following article from Colorlines offers some great ideas on pathways to meaningful policies that we should all work to have enacted by our local, state and federal governments.

Diverse Book Recommendations for Children


I am pleased and grateful to have the opportunity to promote We’re The People – a blog devoted to diversity in children’s and young adult reading material and Full Circle Literary – “a literary agency, representing children’s books from toddler to teen, and more!” Both We’re The People and Full Circle Literary are stupendous finds that I proudly recommend to you.

We’re The People is an amazing blog that I randomly happened upon and have returned to several times to find new recommendations for books to purchase and read to my 2-1/2 year-old niece. I am at a loss for words to properly describe all the feels that came over me when I first encountered We’re The People – sheer joy, yes, but also an ache in my heart that actually hurt and brought tears to my eyes. With today’s plethora of blogs concentrating on book reviews and recommendations, the lack of diversity in the books that children are exposed to and offered in bookstores, libraries and their schools is a glaringly obvious truth. I am astonished that book publishers and my fellow #wordnerds do not more frequently, loudly, and publicly acknowledge and/or address this issue.  We are failing all of our children and must work to do better.

The world we live in it anything but white or colorless – it is a smorgasbord of colors, in every imaginable hue, spanning the entire intensity and saturation gamut visible to the human eye. It is in the diversity of humans that our greatest strength and beauty lies. And yet, we provide no such written word color-wheel to our children. Not only does this greatly and negatively affect the self-image of millions of non-white children who do not see themselves as possible characters in the stories, it also reduces the ability of white children to envision the non-white children in such stories. Neither set of children grow up appreciating the beauty and wonder of the other, and, in fact, seeds of discomfort, fear, and uncertainty of the “other” are deeply planted into their hearts and minds.

I still live close to the uniquely diverse neighborhood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where I was born and raised.  I was a Catholic, white girl from a middle-class, single father home who spent the greater part of my first 10 years in and around the home of my babysitter, a Baptist, African-American grandmother.  On any given day, Ms. Bessie nurtured, disciplined and loved a group of kids of both races and religions.  She, and by default, we, never shied away from noting our differences – they were acknowledged, praised and accepted as just one of the many parts that made each of us who we were.  All of us were given a true gift and we grew up not only tolerating, but sincerely loving, the “other.” Most of us remain close in our adult lives and our children know and care about one another as well.  We were raised together and saw our futures together.

2016 Summer Reading List — We’re The People

Please note that most of the book covers and illustrations found herein were taken from the Full Circle Literary blog.  

Hillary Clinton Begins Advertising Against Donald Trump With a Message: ‘Stronger Together’ — TIME

Hillary Clinton’s campaign will begin advertising ahead of the general election against Donald Trump later this week, beating Trump and the Republicans to the airwaves as Democrats lay plans for a hard-fought summer-and-fall campaign. The one-minute ad, slated to begin showing on Thursday, contrasts some of Trump’s more extreme statements with Clinton, who narrates the…

via Hillary Clinton Begins Advertising Against Donald Trump With a Message: ‘Stronger Together’ — TIME

Find Your Tribe & Love ❤ Them Hard