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Reading Rainbow Host LeVar Burton Reads Go the F*ck to Sleep; Shackleton's Journey Makes the New York Times's "Best Illustrated" List!

Everyone was tickled when Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson read Adam Mansbach's Go the F*ck to Sleep. But what happens when a true staple of childhood literature reads the quickly rising classic? Former Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton gave his own rendition on October 25 as part of Rooster Teeth's Extra Life fundraiser telethon to raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospital. The video quickly went viral with over 250,000 views on YouTube in one day! The reading was picked up by forty-five outlets, including NPR who also posted the video to their Facebook page. Burton's reading managed to raise over $440,000!

Today the New York Times announced the winners of the Best Illustrated Books Awards for 2014. Shackleton's Journey from Nobrow Press/Flying Eye Books was one of the ten chosen books! New York Times children's book editor Maria Russo announced the news on Twitter, calling the book "grueling icy terror, rendered with exquisite charm." A huge congratulations to Flying Eye! Illustrator Yaseen Ismail was also selected for her book, Time for Bed Fred. Ismail is the illustrator of the two activity books for Blue Apple Books: Inside, Outside, Upside Down and the forthcoming title, Push, Pull, Empty, Full
 
Go the F*ck to Sleep | Adam Mansbach; Illustrated by Ricardo Cortés | 9781617750250 | Akashic Books | $14.95 | 06/14/2011 | Paper over Board | eBook available
You Have to F*cking Eat | Adam Mansbach; Illustrated by Owen Brozman | 9781617753787 | Akashic Books | $14.95 | 11/12/2014 | Paper over Board | eBook available
Shackleton's Journey | Written and illustrated by William Grill | 9781909263109 | Nobrow Press / Flying Eye Books | $24.00 | 02/18/2014
Push, Pull, Empty, Full | Written and illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail | 9781609055691 | Blue Apple Books |  $9.99 | 06/09/2015
Inside, Outside, Upside Down | Written and illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail |  9781609054045 | Trade Paper | Blue Apple Books | $9.99 | 11/26/2013

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