It’s heartening to discover that topping the list of the bestselling books across all genres and age ranges including fiction and non-fiction last year was the 8th installment in Jeff Kinney’s middle school saga Diary of A Wimpy Kid, Hard Luck. Selling almost 2 million copies in hardback, this heavily illustrated children’s novel outsold Dan Brown, Stephen King, F. Scott Fitzgerald and even Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James.
As is so often the case forthcoming or newly released film adaptations helped spur interest and ultimately sales in both recent novels like Kinney’s as well as old chestnuts such as Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 11 years to get that many views.
Can you imagine not being able to read a newspaper, a road sign or directions on a bottle of
medication? Sadly, this is a reality faced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living in
remote communities today.
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) aims to raise literacy levels and improve the lives and
opportunities of Indigenous Australians living in remote and isolated regions. This is done by
providing books and literacy resources to Indigenous communities and raising broad community
awareness of Indigenous literacy issues.
The major fundraising day this year will be on Wednesday 5 September. Join individuals,
schools, booksellers and publishers, libraries and other businesses to celebrate and raise funds on
the day. Register your support now and contact The Indigenous Literacy Foundation if you would
like any further information or brochures and posters.
The information above was provided from the Indigenous Education Bulletin, August 2012
There are two types of people in the world: those who realize that this world is constantly reinventing itself and are usually capable of recognizing the new directions in which the world is headed, and those who can’t.