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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.

Children's Book Banned By Illinois School District For Gay Parent Reference

Posted 06.01.2012 | Gay Voices

An Illinois school district has reportedly banned the otherwise-well-received "The Family Book" because of a reference to same-sex parents. Think ...

Honor Maurice Sendak with Play

Darell Hammond | Posted 07.09.2012 | Parents
Darell Hammond

Where The Wild Things Are shows us that children need to be free to roam, explore and invent in order to understand their place in the world that surrounds them.

Trayvon -- Killed by an Idea

Zetta Elliott | Posted 07.02.2012 | Black Voices
Zetta Elliott

In 2009, a year after the publication of my first picture book, Bird, I wrote an open letter to the children's publishing industry. I appealed to the ...

Meet Alfonse

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 06.24.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

I will always remember one of my first reading groups in Yonkers, N.Y. One afternoon four little girls walked in and took a seat with me at our reading table. I said, "Oh, it's us girls today!" Then little Alfonse walked in and I said, "And one boy!"

The Problem With Curbing Curiosity

Nancy A. Scott | Posted 06.12.2012 | Impact
Nancy A. Scott

If teachers (or family, or media) don't ask questions, then usually children will stop asking as well -- and their natural curiosity and imagination, which are the stepping stones to skeptical thinking, become censored in the meantime.

"Charlotte's Web" and the Power of Words

Leah Singer | Posted 05.27.2012 | Books
Leah Singer

As E.B. White so beautifully says, Charlotte is indeed a true friend and a good writer. The beauty lies with that little spider who changed (and saved) lives through the power of her writing. I only hope I can live up to Charlotte and do the same with my words.

He Should Have Been There All Along: Let Us Remember What Democracy Is All About

Pam Allyn | Posted 04.28.2012 | Books
Pam Allyn

Are we really so uncertain and so unsure of how stable our society is that we would become this afraid to share the perspectives of those who have experienced feelings of isolation -- or loneliness in our society or who have a different story to tell?

More Children's Book Awards

Monica Edinger | Posted 04.22.2012 | Books
Monica Edinger

While the ALA awards for children's books and media may be the most well-known, there are many other worthy awards for children's books as well. All of these are excellent sources for those looking for great reads for the children in their lives.

Dreaming of Dresses: Transgender Books for Children

B.J. Epstein | Posted 04.16.2012 | Books
B.J. Epstein

I am unfortunately aware of no texts about transgender characters for readers between 5 and 12 or so. However, there are a couple of picture books, which at least can be used with children up until the age of 5 or 6, regardless of whether they are themselves trans or know any trans people.

"You Are Worth Keeping Safe": Condoms, Teenagers and the Media

B.J. Epstein | Posted 04.01.2012 | Books
B.J. Epstein

Young adult literature -- which is where adolescents might get some of their ideas about sex -- is not quite there in terms of safe sex.

Newbery, Caldecott Winners Announced

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 03.24.2012 | Books

NEW YORK — This year's winners of the top prizes in children's literature were honored for stories of resilience over the most everyday troubles...