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So much that has been said and is being remembered about Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs, is food for thought for all educators.
The following YouTube video is one of my favourites, and a reminder of how important it is to encourage critical thinking, creativity and imagination in students.
R.I.P. Mr Jobs. Your legacy will not be forgotten.
Anyone who knows me knows I love my Kindle - for lots of reasons. Just one of those reasons is the fact that most days there are free titles. And, I do love a freebie!
Sure, these vary in genre and quality, and there's obvious promotional agendas in them being made available: to hook readers into a series, to promote new authors, to clear slow-moving titles, for example. But, with three happy Kindlers in my family, I work on the principle that most titles are worth a look - and if nobody's interested in reading them: left-flick, delete, gone!
So, this morning I was pretty excited to see that publishing heavyweight, Harper Collins, has made available more than 120 titles for FREE to Australian readers. (Most Kindlers know there are geographic restrictions that limit what books are available where, and these titles appear to be Australian-only at the moment.)
Titles span all genres and include fiction and non-fiction, adults and children's fiction. There are several well-known authors amongst the list including:
You can browse the list of 40+ pre-orders HERE and the full list of 120+ titles HERE.
Remember, free titles are always only available for a limited time.
I'll happily confess to being a literature geek. So when I received my morning email from Flavorwire.com with a subject header of 'Incredibly adorable baby pictures of famous authors' of course I was going to click through!
I love peeking through family albums of old pics, and it's even better that these days social media, like Facebook, makes sharing such pictures even easier. While I would not trade the convenience of today's digital photography, there's something special about the faded greys of black and white photos from the past. Maybe it's because there is a nostalgic-value associated with such images and the past itself? Perhaps it's the capturing of a moment in time, and the act of freezing it to preserve it - as is the strength of any family pic? It could also be that it is just a little bit of fun to ooh and ahh, and giggle and point, and compare and contrast with ourselves and loved ones today. For me, it's a little of each, but I also like that it helps to add a depth and reality to my perceptions of people. Seeing images of younger days brings home that those I know, or know of, had full, complete lives, with all the joys, irritations and general range of life's ups and downs - just like me and my immediate family.
Flavorwire features 15 baby and child photos of famous authors and poets, including (as above) Ernest Hemingway, Sylvia Plath, Roald Dahl and James Joyce among others. I particularly like the faded photo of John Steinbeck (Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath) holding his pony. Also, there is a great image of Rudyard Kipling as a child, arms folded and face set in stubbornness or a sulk - at least that's how I imagine him to have been the day the picture was taken.
The slideshow of images features a range of American and European/British authors. I would like to have seen some Australian writers represented, but a quick search before writing this post was unsuccessful in finding any similar-aged shots of Australian composers such as Henry Lawson (my favourite), Barbara Baynton, CJ Dennis or AB (Banjo) Paterson. I did find some early images of Miles Franklin, including a very early baby picture and a family picture taken 1894. You can see them HERE.
If you, too, are a literature geek, then check out the junior author pics at Flavorwire. You might also find another feature at this site interesting: 10 Bestselling books that were originally rejected.
Hope you all enjoyed the long weekend and are looking forward to one more week of school holidays.
Grab a cuppa and sit down for your morning browse of today's ReadWrite Learn's Daily Digest....