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Celebrating Beatrix Potter's 150th Birthday: The Tale of Peter Rabbit Was Self-Published

Meg Waite Clayton | Posted 07.26.2016 | Books
Meg Waite Clayton

My infatuation with Beatrix Potter began not long after my first child was born, when we received a gift set of her "little books": twenty-three enticing hardcovers each no bigger than my hand, in their own little box-bookshelf.

When a Child Has Cancer

Melanie Bishop | Posted 06.26.2016 | Books
Melanie Bishop

The words child and chemo should not be uttered in the same sentence; yet any memoir written by a father about his five-year-old daughter's cancer is ...

If You Think Jeff Kinney Builds Monuments To Himself, You Clearly Don't Know Jeff Kinney

Michael Levin | Posted 06.01.2016 | Books
Michael Levin

Okay, class. Let's start with a pop quiz. Ready?

Guess How Much I Love You: The Song of Spring -- Wonderfully Cute and Perfect for Spring

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 03.23.2016 | Teen
KIDS FIRST!

Join Little Nutbrown Hare and his father, Big Nutbrown Hare, as they romp through more charming adventures!

Not-So-Lonely Phone Booth

Molly Rosner | Posted 02.12.2016 | New York
Molly Rosner

For years, the phone booths on the Upper West Side, past their heyday and possibly destined for destruction, have been the subject of nostalgia, affe...

Ode to Words

Elijah Sevier | Posted 01.20.2016 | Arts
Elijah Sevier

ode to words a-z a. aboulomania pathological indecisiveness kid that's us on the warpath in the way of trust (this is an ode to your frontal lobe...

How to Publish Books in Different Genres: Roxanna Elden on Books, Dogs, Kids and Agents

David Henry Sterry | Posted 01.15.2016 | Books
David Henry Sterry

We first met Roxanna Elden at Miami Dade College where we were teaching a class on publishing. From the second she opened her mouth (which she did frequently) it was obvious she was a published author waiting to happen.

10 Reasons You Should Write a Children's Book in 2016

Kate Klise | Posted 01.06.2016 | Books
Kate Klise

No one thinks pediatric medicine is a lesser form of medicine. So why do some people think writing for children is a lesser form of literature? I happen to love writing children's books. You might, too.

Best Picture Books of 2015

Minh Le | Posted 12.09.2015 | Books
Minh Le

One of the reasons I'm drawn to children's literature is that the right book really is a gift that can last a lifetime. For me, one of those books is ...

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 from ...

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? It's M...

Why Parents Hate the Book "Love You Forever"

Erica Ford | Posted 06.04.2016 | 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 children’s...

Priscilla Frank

Inside The Mind Of The World's Naughtiest Children's Book Illustrator

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 published...

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.