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On the Books: Elon Musk disputes parts of biography

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Elon Musk’s biography is still a week from its release, but he’s already disputing passages from the book via Twitter. In response to a section that said Musk once scolded an employee for missing a company meeting to be at the birth of his child, Musk tweeted that the claim was, “total BS & hurtful,” adding that he “would never do that.” In other tweet regarding that same story, he commented that the biography “was not independently fact-checked” and “should be taken w a grain of salt.” In the same Twitter argument, he corrected two quotes from a Washington Post article ranking the book’s most memorable quotes: 

(MarketWatch)

Thomas the Tank Engine turns 70 today, and the famous steam engine is still rolling in the dough despite its outdated language and featured methods of transportation. Thanks to the 1,600 Thomas & Friends products available worldwide, the classic children’s story is still selling merchandise every two seconds, totaling nearly $1 billion in sales annually. In honor of the 70th anniversary, The Telegraph published a history of Thomas as well as an analysis of what has made it a classic mainstay in children’s toys. (The Telegraph)

Linnea Johansson is a cartoonist and illustrator whose goal is to make a difference for kids that don’t fit in through her empowering coloring books that break stereotypes (her first edition was Super-Soft Heroes, which showed Superman crying over his dropped ice cream). In her latest installment, Super Strong Princesses, popular princesses like Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Frozen’s Anna and Elsa are put in completely reverse situations from those of their respective movies, including Aurora rejecting Prince Phillip’s awakening kiss. Read Johnasson’s story behind the creative coloring books on Huffington Post and download your own copies of the illustrations on her website. (Huffington Post)

The worldwide book-sharing initiative Little Free Libraries is celebrating its third year of being a nonprofit, and in celebration the organization is holding a book drive for kids. People with new or used children’s books can drop them off at one of the 25,000 Little Free Libraries set up around the world on May 16 in participation of the drive and post a photo with the hashtag #givebooks to be eligible for prizes. The organization also has a Kickstarter campaign currently running to raise funds to put the little libraries in neighborhoods in need. (LA Times)

Another Kickstarter campaign was launched May 11 to fund a new LGBT-themed children’s book titled Square Zair Pair that “celebrates the diversity of couples in a community.” Jase Peeples, the book’s author, has set a goal of $10,000 in order for the book to be published, as all of the artwork and layout are “nearly complete.” Samantha Newark, the original voice of Jem from Jem and the Holograms, is taking part in the project by lending her voice to the book’s audio version, which is awarded to those who pledge $100 or more. (Advocate.com)