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As Halloween Approaches, Spiders Are Our Friends

Vicki Cobb | Posted 10.30.2015 | Books
Vicki Cobb

As the holiday of creepy, crawly things reaches its celebratory date tomorrow, I have to admit I am NOT fond of spiders. I don't exactly suffer fro...

Josh Funk on the War Between Pancakes & French Toast, SCBWI & Getting Published

David Henry Sterry | Posted 10.15.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

It's called Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast, and it's a ripping barnburner full of outlandish action, heroic and dastardly characters, roller coaster rhymes and some absolutely fabulous illustrations by Brendan Kearney.

Librarian Creates 'Books for Kids in Gay Families' Website

Suzanne DeWitt Hall | Posted 10.02.2015 | Books
Suzanne DeWitt Hall

When I discovered that my book, Rumplepimple, had been included in the Books for Kids in Gay Families list I was first thrilled, and then intrigued. I decided to ask her a few questions about how the whole thing came about. Here are her responses

Why Did They Ban Teen Fiction--'My Enemy, My Brother'--in 1983?

Gabriel Schivone | Posted 10.01.2015 | Books
Gabriel Schivone

An eye-catching exhibit during Banned Book Week 2015 resurrects the history of a 1983 book-banning in Tucson, AZ.

Four Classic Children's Books That Are Pure Magic

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 09.08.2015 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

When fantasy readers talk about how we got our start, the same names tend to crop up again and again. But while these might be a common denominator for most of us, I can think of many other books that ignited what would become my lifelong love of fantasy.

When it Rains, it Pours: 50 More Picture Books From a Stellar 2015

Minh Le | Posted 08.24.2015 | Books
Minh Le

Back in February, I said that this year may well prove to be a high water mark for picture books. However, there was no guarantee that the year would continue its torrid pace. Apparently, when it rains, it pours because much to my delight, the wave of great books has continued to roll in.

13 Children's Book Authors Who Should Try Writing Fiction For Adults Too

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 06.24.2015 | Arts

Beloved children's book author Judy Blume released a new book this month. All hail Judy! Except, unlike her 1970 masterpiece Are You There God...

Why Parents Hate the Book "Love You Forever"

Erica Ford | Posted 06.04.2015 | Comedy
Erica Ford

I conducted a very informal poll asking parents what book they most hated reading to their kids. Without a doubt, Love You Forever by Robert Munsch w...

10 LGBTQ Picture Books That Broke Ground In Children's Literature

The Huffington Post | Colton Valentine | Posted 05.28.2015 | Arts

In Kendrick Daye and Myles E. Johnson’s Large Fears, Jeremiah Nebula may not be a bullfrog. But he is the queer, black protagonist of a chil...

Priscilla Frank

Inside The Mind Of The World's Naughtiest Children's Book Illustrator | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.10.2015 | Arts

Tomi Ungerer was, for a brief reign, the king of children's illustration. After moving to New York in 1956, the French artist and writer pub...

Día! Diversity in Action for ALL Families

Mandy Stewart, Ph. D. | Posted 05.19.2015 | Parents
Mandy Stewart, Ph. D.

We can choose to celebrate Día! Diversity In Action year round. Indeed, in is incumbent on all parents to raise upstanders for a better tomorrow and that just might begin with our bedtime stories.

The Children's Book That Will Make You Fall In Love With New York

Off The Shelf | Posted 05.06.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

Clever, sharp, and utterly charming, From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is a classic worth revisiting every year. With characters that are as complex as they are likable, it's the novel's wry (and perhaps unreliable) narrator, Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, who captures our attention.

20 Brilliant Picture Books Coming Out In 2015

Minh Le | Posted 04.15.2015 | Books
Minh Le

I've said before that we are in the midst of a golden age for children's literature. Well, if the early returns are any indication, 2015 might very well be a new high water mark in the modern era of picture books.

The Most Stunning Picture Books Of 2014

Minh Le | Posted 02.01.2015 | Books
Minh Le

Many of the wonderful titles below could stand shoulder to shoulder with the best of any year, and leading the charge is a marshmallowy fellow with a scotch-taped crown determined to do the unimaginable.

The Shocking, Twisted Stories Behind Your Favorite Nursery Rhymes

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 12.01.2014 | Books

Dark backstories often lurk behind our favorite childhood songs and fairy tales. This shouldn't be so surprising. Childhood itself is a fairly recent ...

Why I Decided to Write Fiction Novels for 10-Year-Olds

Dr. Ellen Prager | Posted 01.17.2015 | Books
Dr. Ellen Prager

Bored students are uninspired to learn and less likely to retain what is being taught. Yet we desperately need students to be both inspired and well-educated, especially when it comes to the ocean. Youth are the seeds of an upcoming generation.

How Bedtime Stories Restored My Faith in Humanity

Robert Peake | Posted 12.22.2014 | Books
Robert Peake

We share stories and rhymes about creatures who slither and fart. We laugh. He points at the illustrations. As soon the poem chimes to an end, he asks for another. I begin to read more slowly.

Kid Lit Equality -- Fantasy or Reality?

Zetta Elliott | Posted 11.16.2014 | Black Voices
Zetta Elliott

The publishing industry can't solve this problem, but the relative lack of children's books by and about people of color nonetheless functions as a kind of "symbolic annihilation."

50 New Picture Books for Fall 2014

Minh Le | Posted 11.12.2014 | Books
Minh Le

With summer behind us and another school year underway, now's a great time to look ahead and see what new picture books are about to hit our shelves.

The Tools for Change: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

Books That Grow With You: The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 08.13.2014 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

Out of respect for that fear, and the memories I want to enshrine, I tend to leave my childhood books undisturbed on the shelf. But some books can withstand the test of our aging and grow with us, like a second skin.

How Children's Books Inspire Wonder In Readers Of All Ages

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 05.30.2014 | Books

Children’s literature has the unique ability to inspire wonder in any person who leafs through its pages. By exploring life in such a simple yet pro...

We Gave These Classic Children's Books A Makeover So Today's Generation Can Finally Understand

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 06.11.2014 | Books

Kids these days. Rather than pick up a book -- with pages! -- they busy themselves with nonsensical "reading" on their tablets, if, that is, they both...

Julianne Moore Launches App for her Best Selling Children's Book Character Freckleface Strawberry

Holly Cara Price | Posted 07.25.2014 | Technology
Holly Cara Price

Julianne Moore's acting career began with theatre and television roles in the early-mid 1980's and has since soared to a rarified prominence that very few actors can lay claim to.

It's Not Me, It's You: Letting Go of the Status Quo

Zetta Elliott | Posted 07.18.2014 | Books
Zetta Elliott

Hashtag activism and symbolic gestures have their place, but transforming the publishing industry will take sustained pressure; increasing diversity in children's literature will require support not only for inclusion but innovation.