September, 2011

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Banned Books Week – September 24th – October 1st

This week we celebrate Banned Books Week. According to the American Library Association (ALA), this annual event that takes place during the last week of September, celebrates, “the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.” 

Those books featured during Banned Books Week have been the targets of attempted banning. Thanks to the efforts of teachers, librarians,booksellers and concerned citizens, many books that were targeted have not been banned or restricted.

It might surprise you to find some of your favorite books on the list. Classics such as The Grapes of Wrath, To Kill a Mockingbird, Gone With the Wind, The Call of the Wild, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest have all been targets. Did you know Charlotte’s Web was a target on more than one occasion? In 2002, the ALA listed the Captain Underpants books as the sixth most challenged. The Junie B. Jones series came in at #71 on the ALA’s Top 100 Banned or Challenged Books from 2000-2009.

In honor of Banned Books Week, readers are being encouraged to hold a virtual read-out. Everyone is invited to create a video of themselves reading from their favorite banned or challenged book and upload it to a special Banned Books Week channel.

More information on the virtual read-out and Banned Books Week can be found at

South American Expansion by Global CONNECT of Guardian Angel Publishing

Burch says, “Guardian Angel Publishing’s global presence will continue to grow as Ingram Content Group, both Guardian Angel’s innovative printer and distributor, partner and purchase more facilities around the world.”

Lynda S. Burch, Publisher
Ingram Content Group announces worldwide expansion with the launch of Global CONNECT, a print and distribution program and its first alliance with Brazil’s Singular Digital
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Ingram Content Group Inc. today announced the launch of Global CONNECT, a new worldwide program combining Ingram’s print and distribution services and a network of book manufacturers around the world, with state-of-the-art print on demand technology and connectivity to local networks of retailers. Singular Digital, a leading book manufacturer in Brazil with extensive regional distribution, will launch Ingram’s South American expansion.(The company is the only complete broad-based digital distributor in Brazil, serving over 1,000 Brazilian bookstores – including all the major chains – all the Brazilian book distributors, and the local author and publisher communities.)

“Today’s marketplace is no longer bound by national borders or languages. Global access offers publishers an untapped opportunity, and Ingram is reshaping the content distribution model to help them realize their full business potential,” said David “Skip” Prichard, President and CEO, Ingram Content Group. “The pairing of Ingram’s distribution strength and proven print-on-demand solutions with leading providers in key territories creates a comprehensive solution that is truly unmatched in the industry today.”

Mr. Prichard continued, “Making the right content available, in the right format, to the right audience is key to success. Ingram’s Global Connect program was built to accomplish this for our customers on a worldwide scale.”

Ingram’s Global Connect program is more than just a printer network. It expands the reach of publisher’s physical content beyond Ingram’s current channels, which include Ingram-owned facilities in the U.S., U.K., Australia and France, to new markets through a network of selected book manufacturing and distribution partners. What differentiates Ingram’s Global Connect program from other printer network solutions is the unique combination of print on demand alliances with established local retail channel relationships. Publishers will gain access to new sales channels without the worry of inventory in market, importation and customs issues, and shipping and warehousing costs. No matter where their readers are, publishers can now reach them and never miss a sale.


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Don’t Force-Feed Your Emerging Reader by GAP Author Kai Strand

An important key to a child’s developing literacy is to read and be read to frequently. Our school assigned homework of 20 minutes per day through elementary school. Twenty minutes can be a lifetime to a reluctant reader. Trust me, I know from firsthand experience.

So how do you get your child to put in their required reading time without a lot of whining or a spectacular tantrum? Don’t force-feed them the material. If your child wants to read The Bone Series by Jeff Smith, don’t wrinkle your nose because they are graphic novels. Ask your child to read it to you and experience something new for yourself. If they pick up the board book version of, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, don’t dismiss it as too juvenile. Allow them to read it again and again. Take them to a bookstore and let them browse the section that carries content with the appropriate reading level and let them choose two or three titles without your input.

Handing your child Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, and expecting them to have interest just because it is a classic might turn your child away from reading more than enticing them to read. Setting Charlotte’s Web in a stack of several books for your child to choose from, might result in you experiencing the classic together when your child chooses it to read on their own and you take turns reading aloud to each other.

A child needs someone to guide their choices in order to assure the content is appropriate for their age and reading level, but they don’t need you forcing your childhood reading preferences upon them.

Reading is reading, whether it be a picture book or the instructions to a new board game. Letting your child choose what they read during their required reading time will make the experience much more enjoyable for both of you.

Guardian Angel Publishing has many titles for children from 0 to 12 years old. Browse our online bookstore with your emerging reader and let them choose some titles to fill their required reading time.


About The Author:

Kai Strand is the author of the best selling GAP title The Weaver, a chapbook for tweens. You can stay informed of Kai’s upcoming publications and appearances by liking her author page on Facebook. For more information, visit Kai’s website at

September 2011 Issue of Guardian Angel Kids Magazine Now Available!

Just in time for Back-to-School, Guardian Angel Kids Magazine focuses on good behavior. We’re featuring A Pocketful of Manners by Marliee Crow, and Monster Maddie by Susan Stephenson. Both of these GAP titles were illustrated by K.C. Snider.

Our featured poems talking about forgivness, helping, and taking turns, while our featured stories remind readers of the importance of being careful what you say and sharing. We also have games and painting for the kids.

In our Articles for Parents and Teachers section, Kelly Bakshi offers reminds us of the importance of praising good behavior and Dorit Sasson offers her tips for successful parent/teacher conferences.

Visit Guardian Angel Kids Magazine online at You’ll also find back issues available on our website.

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