Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 17, 2013

Books in Brief: 02/17/2013


— New Potter covers

NEW YORK — The Harry Potter books are getting a makeover.

Scholastic Inc. has announced that new covers have been commissioned for U.S. trade paperback editions of J.K. Rowling’s blockbuster series. The first new cover, for “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” replaces Mary GrandPre’s iconic sandy-colored design of Harry in flight with a purplish-blue street setting by graphic novelist Kazu Kibuishi. The GrandPre illustrations will still be used for hardcovers and mass market paperbacks.

The new edition of “Sorcerer’s Stone” is scheduled for September, the 15th anniversary of Potter’s debut in the U.S. The British editions are published by Bloomsbury. They have long had separate designs from the U.S. versions.

Moorman visits

SUTTONS BAY — Leelanau Montessori and Suttons Bay Public Schools will welcome nationally recognized author Chick Moorman to speak to parents and educators from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Suttons Bay High School auditorium.

Moorman has more than 40 years of experience as an educator and parent and gives advice on how to communicate with children in ways that help them claim responsibility for how they behave.

The event is $5 per person and is open to the public. Advance purchase of tickets is recommended. Tickets can be purchased at the Leelanau Montessori main office or online at

Parks activity book

DEARBORN — The Henry Ford museum near Detroit has developed a children’s educational activity book that focuses on social innovation and how the civil rights icon took a stand against injustice.

“Be an Innovator Like Rosa Parks” is geared toward kids in kindergarten through fifth grade. It’s on sale in any of The Henry Ford’s stores and online.

The book is shaped like the Rosa Parks bus on display inside the Dearborn museum, which recently celebrated the 100th anniversary of her birth.

Parks was arrested in 1955 for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus to a white man, an act that helped bring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to prominence.

Parks later moved to Detroit. She died in 2005.