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Childrens Literature

The Shocking, Twisted Stories Behind Your Favorite Nursery Rhymes

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 11.20.2014 | 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 11.17.2014 | 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 10.22.2014 | 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.

From AIDS Reporter To Children's Author? Why It's A Natural Step

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 07.02.2014 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

It's a normal and deeply human need we have to nurture the next generations. It's not exclusive to heterosexuals. Judging from my own experience, it's not even necessary to want children of your own to feel this desire to "pass on" and share what you have learned.

Chopping the Cherry Tree: How Kids Learn Honesty

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.30.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

In the '90s, in the midst of the so-called culture wars, dueling miscellanies represented a fundamental and acrimonious division over how to raise the next generation of American citizens. Lost in the bickering was a much more basic question: Can we really transmit a moral code to our children through the use of stories?

The Collective Power of a Nation of Readers

Kyle Zimmer | Posted 06.16.2014 | Impact
Kyle Zimmer

They are part of First Book, a nonprofit network of teachers, librarians, community leaders and program administrators serving kids in need -- a network that stretches across the country and around the world.

Screenwriter of My Girl Writes First Novel About Faith: An Interview With Laurice Molinari

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 04.13.2014 | Religion
Danielle Tumminio

The novel chronicles a young boy's discovery and the training he receives in a mystical place called The Ether, as well as the battles he fights in that pit good against evil.

2014 Spring/Summer Picture Book Preview

Minh Le | Posted 04.06.2014 | Books
Minh Le

With the American Library Association announcing its choice for this year's Caldecott Medal (the very deserving Brian Floca for Locomotive), it's time to turn the page on 2013 and take a look ahead to some of the great titles heading our way in 2014.

9 Life Lessons Everyone Can Learn From Their Favorite Classic Children's Books

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 02.03.2014 | Books

Our very favorite children's books left an irreversible impression on our childhoods and on our lives. Some of our most cherished storybook characters...

Kate DiCamillo Wins Newbery For Best Children's Book

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 01.28.2014 | Books

NEW YORK (AP) — Kate DiCamillo's "Flora & Ulysses," a comic superhero tale featuring a mighty squirrel, has won the John Newbery Medal for the year'...

5 Things You Can Do to Promote Literacy Over the Holidays

Zetta Elliott | Posted 02.14.2014 | Black Voices
Zetta Elliott

Here are five simple steps you can take to promote literacy in your home, in your community and around the world.

Out of the Closet and Into the Library at Age 8

Richard Alther | Posted 02.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard Alther

The Secret Garden cemented my love affair with books -- well, novels -- and their power primarily to shield me from nay-saying, which I came to realize much later as bulwark against internalized homophobia.

Best Picture Books of 2013

Minh Le | Posted 02.03.2014 | Books
Minh Le

2013 was the first full year after the death of the legendary Maurice Sendak. While it's impossible to replace an icon like Sendak, this year's offerings reminded us that children's literature is still rich with talented writers and illustrators to carry on the tradition of making great picture books.

What Does it Mean that Most Children's Books Are Still About White Boys?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 11.11.2013 | Parents
Soraya Chemaly

"Do you know how many books with boys in them I read?" she said. "You should read girl books, too. Not reading them just because they're about girls is sexist." I'm pretty certain that what my 9-year old told her classmate was more than most adults can muster.

Surprised by C. S. Lewis Fifty Years After His Death

Michael Gilmour | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

It was the relatively late work Surprised by Joy (1955) that got me hooked. Here Lewis tells the story of how the atheist became a theist and eventually a Christian.

Library Releases List Of 100 Great Children's Books

AP | KAREN MATTHEWS | Posted 10.02.2013 | Parents

NEW YORK -- Beloved authors Judy Blume and Eric Carle helped the New York Public Library celebrate children's literature Monday as the library release...

Why I've Stopped Writing Children's Literature

Gary Soto | Posted 11.25.2013 | Books
Gary Soto

At eight years since the publication of the book, I will say that it wasn't a mistake. As an author, I come clean. I made the mother say this--she's my character, right? I have stopped writing children's literature. At my age, the genre is too dangerous.