Childrens books

Please, Let’s Not Extend the Literary Genre Wars to Kids’ Books

Now that the furor has died down around an essay scolding adults who read children’s literature for engaging in a lowbrow and immature pursuit, the question has arisen: are kids who read this stuff also lowbrow? A piece by Rebecca Mead in The New Yorker takes square aim at popular kids’ literature, even when it’s only meant for kids. … Read More

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LeVar Burton to Publish His First Children’s Book This Fall

This fall, everyone’s favorite bookish TV personality and children’s literacy advocate will take a break from reading other people’s… Read More

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Gorgeous Vintage Children’s Book Covers From All Over the World

Some facts for you: everyone loves children’s books, and everyone loves vintage book covers, and everyone loves books from far-flung lands. So why not amuse yourself this Friday by looking at a collection of lovely children’s books from decades past and from authors both foreign and domestic? After the jump, find a modest collection of particularly beautiful vintage children’s books — just 20 out of the hundreds that are out there — and for the good of everyone’s eyeballs, please add links to your own favorites in the comments. … Read More

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New VIDA Count Suggests Shocker: Women Don’t Own Children’s Literature, Either

Pop quiz: name a children’s writer. Think about them in your brain. You’re thinking about a woman, right? Probably someone like J.K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, or Suzanne Collins. Or maybe you’re thinking of people like John Green and Neil Gaiman? Male writers are really the outliers in children’s publishing, all the way up to YA, where the majority of heavy hitters are women. I can report that a friend (who is male) with a YA book out next year was at a retreat with his agency where he was basically the only guy in the room. But you’ll read a million features about John Green before you hear about the legions of other (female) writers out there. Occasionally someone like Maureen Johnson, the author of ten wonderful young adult novels, will stir the pot with a provocative idea, like her “Coverflip” pitch, which points out how cover images, the gender of the author, and the content inside are all inextricably linked together. While it went viral, did it make a difference? … Read More

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10 Great Multicultural Children’s Books

The lack of diversity in children’s books is, sadly, nothing new — as NPR pointed out in a new article on the subject, book critics have been talking about the problem for some 50 years. The latest statistics, though, are alarming, especially in the face of America’s changing demographics. According to NPR, only “3 percent of children’s books are by or about Latinos — even though nearly a quarter of all public school children today are Latino.” Add that to the fact that “nearly half of today’s children under 5 years old are non-white” and it seems especially ridiculous that parents still have to look to find books with protagonists who look like their children. Well, here’s a start: Flavorwire has compiled a list of a few great children’s books with diverse characters and stories, sure to be gobbled up by any child you know. … Read More

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The 25 Books Every Kid Should Have on Their Bookshelf

This month marks the 70th anniversary of one of our favorite children’s books of all time, the beautiful, contemplative novella The Little Prince. To celebrate the book’s legacy (and to encourage any parents currently dragging their feet to get it for their little ones), we’ve put together a list of 25 essential books that every kid should have on his or her bookshelf growing… Read More

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10 Celebrities’ Favorite Children’s Books

If you’re a fan of children’s books (or ever were), today is the day to brush them off and take a new look. That’s right, International Children’s Book Day, which falls every year on Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday. To celebrate the day, we recommend curling up with a good picture book. If you need any suggestions, check out the favorite kids’ books of ten famous readers after the jump. What’s your favorite children’s book? Let us know in the comments. … Read More

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The Top 10 Trends in Children’s Books for 2013

We all know what trends in children’s books and YA were big this year (hello, dystopian futures), but what can we expect in 2013? Scholastic Book Clubs editorial director David Allender knows the answer — among other things, we’re going to see a lot of books about bullying, more tough girls, and (thanks in part to the new Common Core State Standards) a particularly good selection of nonfiction. After the jump, watch Allender talk in detail about the top ten trends he expects to see in kids’ lit in the upcoming year, and wax a little poetic on some of his favorite reads. … Read More

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The 20 Most Beautiful Children’s Books of All Time

[Editor’s note: It’s Labor Day, so your devoted Flavorwire team is taking a break. To keep you entertained, we’re leaving you with our most popular features of the summer months. This post originally ran July 9th.] Ever since Chris Van Allsburg’s birthday last month, we’ve been feeling a surge of appreciation for the plethora of beautiful picture books in our lives. In fact, we think some of the loveliest illustrations we’ve ever seen have been in books (or maybe that’s just the association with a great story talking), so we decided to round up a few of the most beautiful children’s books — at least according to us. Keep in mind: we’re going for beauty, not iconic status — so Tenniel’s Alice drawings and a few other iconic, innovative illustrations, while dear to us, don’t make the cut. Leaf through our picks for the most mindblowingly beautiful picture books after the jump, and since we can only draw from our own personal knowledge and tastes, and we know there are scores upon scores of gorgeous children’s books out there (thank goodness), be sure to add any other favorites of yours to our list in the comments! … Read More

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