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Childrens Literature

The Collective Power of a Nation of Readers

Kyle Zimmer | Posted 04.19.2014 | 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.

Jewish Twins Make Sukkot Fun in KidLit Novel

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 11.17.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

Dori, a Jewish educator, began writing these books because she too was looking for modern Jewish books for her own children as well as for the students she was teaching. The options become very sparse for middle school age children who were used to more challenging books like the Harry Potter series.

Anne of Green Gables and Godzilla -- the Japanese love them both

Rachel Dickinson | Posted 11.10.2013 | Travel
Rachel Dickinson

Green Gables Heritage Site lies on the edge of Cavendish. The jewel of the site is the simple white farmhouse with green trim -- the farmhouse that belonged to cousins of Lucy Maud Montgomery's grandmother and that served as the setting for Montgomery's classic Anne of Green Gables.

Coraline, by Neil Gaiman: The First Decade

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 11.09.2013 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

A generation of children has now grown up with, and cherishes, this story of an intrepid, likeable little girl named Coraline Jones, at the end of her summer school holidays in East Sussex, not so long ago.

The Faithful Shopper: Best for Books

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 09.09.2013 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

It's been a couple of years since I've written about the independent bookseller scene - and thank the literary gods, it's as strong as ever! Between t...

Parents Work to Create a School In Memory of Maurice Sendak

Rocco Staino | Posted 04.14.2013 | Parents
Rocco Staino

Due to the efforts of a group of Brooklyn parents, when PS 118 in Brooklyn opens next September, it will welcome students to a school named in honor of Maurice Sendak.

Episode #128: Augmented Reality Apps and Children's Books

Katie Davis | Posted 04.01.2013 | Books
Katie Davis

Show Notes In the show you'll hear 12x12 membership(it's closing soon!) Just Write for Kids Picture Book Course Children's Book Hub Children's...

The One and Only Charlotte's Web (VIDEO)

Monica Edinger | Posted 03.16.2013 | Books
Monica Edinger

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Why Literary Look-Alikes Are Important for Kids

Aimee Eubanks Davis | Posted 03.05.2013 | Education
Aimee Eubanks Davis

Every literacy teacher I know has a story about the day a certain student really came alive in their classroom -- the day they found a book that they really connected with.

PHOTOS: Babar's Legacy

Laurent de Brunhoff | Posted 02.17.2013 | Books
Laurent de Brunhoff

Babar was born in 1931 when I was 6 and my brother Mathieu was 5.

The Book That Let Me Know I Was Not Alone

Leah Odze Epstein | Posted 02.12.2013 | Women
Leah Odze Epstein

As long as we continue to hide the dark parts of our lives and present a one-sided story to the outside world, there will be girls and boys like I was, aching to find characters that show them all the different ways of dealing with life's actual problems.

The Future of the Novel

Warren Adler | Posted 12.02.2012 | Books
Warren Adler

The book business has become a competing stew of infinite taste sensations that are offered up increasingly sliced and diced, and composed for an increasing segmented reading public.

Winnie the Pooh: Examining the Value of Fantasy in Children's Literature

Meryl Koh | Posted 11.27.2012 | College
Meryl Koh

In my thesis I proposed that both fantasy and children's literature were marginalized genres in the world of 'serious' literary academia. I then sought to demonstrate the value of fantasy in children's literature.

Encyclopedia Brown Urges Children To Embrace Their Inner Nerd

Eva Glettner | Posted 09.15.2012 | Parents
Eva Glettner

Children should have more role models like Ms. Andrea and Encyclopedia Brown. Life is so much more interesting when we encourage creativity and let it take hold.