Childrens books

The Books That Raised Eyebrows When We Were Kids

The American Library Association has just released its list of most frequently challenged books of 2009. Check out a roundup of some of the most surprisingly “controversial” books from 20 years ago after the… Read More

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A Is for Anarchy: ABC Books for Hipster Spawn

Forget about Baby Mozart, it’s time for Baby Angus Young. Does that send a shiver of revulsion or a twinge of delight down your spine? If it’s the latter, then you may be the target audience for Soundscreen Design‘s twist on the classic children’s ABC books. They come in three musical flavors — metal, country, or punk.

Get a headstart on teenage rebellion with Never Mind Your Ps and Qs — Here’s the Punk Rock Alphabet. Nurture the next frontman for your Morbid Angel tribute band with M is for Metal. Or cultivate that high lonesome sound in your wee one with ABC&C: The Country and Western Alphabet. Billed as “perfect for every hipster child,” they’re just as appropriate for the aging music obsessive who wants to remember how to read. Each volume is filled with charming illiustrations and 2-year-old-ready doggerel. See a selection of our favorites after the jump. … Read More

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10 Awesome and Inappropriate Books for Kids

Curious Pages is a blog that scans and posts strange and wonderful children’s books that time forgot. Browsing through its archive, we were reminded of just how weird kids’ books could be — in a good way this time. We caught up with the site’s editors to hear what sparked the idea, and find out their favorite inappropriate and incredible books for kids young and old. … Read More

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5 Books That Would Have Traumatized Us as Kids

The Huffington Post has compiled a slideshow of the creepiest children’s books ever, and while many of their picks are only off-putting because of their silly bathroom humor, there are a few that we believe could cause deep psychic trauma in a child. Having a pair of gay uncles? Not creepy — in fact, it sounds rather ideal. Having a pair of gay uncles with no respect for personal space who are leering at your gender indeterminate head from behind a curtain? Suddenly we’ve got the heebie-jeebies. … Read More

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Goodnight Keith Moon & Other Twisted Kids Book Parodies

Remember the kid’s book Goodnight Moon? So many of us have fond memories of being lulled to sleep by this comforting classic.

“In the great green room
there was a telephone
and a red balloon
and a picture of–
the cow jumping over the Moon” -Goodnight Moon

Well, brace yourself, because comedians Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd have parodied the old favorite and the result is warped. “Goodnight Keith Moon” gives us new found gems to fall asleep to (and have awful, cold-sweat inducing nightmares about, of course).

“In the great green room
there was a telephone
and a dead Keith Moon
and a picture of–
Townsend jumping over the moon” -Goodnight Keith Moon

See the whole thing, and other equally twisted children’s book parodies after the… Read More

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10 Best Books for Girls and Young Women

One of our favorite gentlemanly blogs, The Art of Manliness, recently posted a list of their picks for the 50 best books for boys (specifically for ages 9 to 12, but really for boys of all ages). We liked it, but then we thought — what about the girls? Are we going to let our young girls be relegated to Mormon propaganda like Twilight and stories about simpering princesses? We think not! Here are our top ten choices of books for girls and young women — we have some overlap with TAOM’s list (because why should girls only read books about girls?) but we’ve also picked out some spectacular novels particularly for the young ladies. Our claim: boys will like them too. Let us know what we’ve missed — we limited ourselves to ten and we know there are lots more out there — and tell us about your personal childhood… Read More

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The Artist as Illustrator: Work by Warhol, Chagall, Picasso, & More

A set of illustrations by Andy Warhol depicting the story of the Little Red Hen will be put up for auction in New York on December 9th as part of a 365 item-strong sale by Bloomsbury Auctions. You may not recognize these drawings as Warhols, as they’re a far cry from the style he’s famous for, but we spy a sense of color and whimsy (and a super fabulous hen) that are solid markers of the man himself. Check out images of Warhol’s work and some more of our favorite book illustrations from Chagall, Picasso and others after the… Read More

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New They Might Be Giants Book Available Early on Amazon

The blogs have been abuzz with anticipation for Kids Go!, the newest endeavor from sweet indie rock standbys They Might Be Giants, and it seems that satisfaction has come sooner than expected. Kids Go! mysteriously became available on Amazon October 24th, though its release date was set for November 3. According to the TMBG wiki, the book was also shipped early to brick and mortar retailers, though the band offers no explanation. Oh well, we’re not… Read More

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Twitter Games: Failed Children’s Book Titles

Wouldn’t you know it: On the day we post an interview with Lizzie Skurnick about her about her favorite YA reads, over on Twitter they have a hashtag game brewing called Failed Children’s Book Titles (#failedchildrensbooktitles). Take a look at a few of out favorites (of the ones that were safe to reprint) below, and then give us your ideas for the best children’s-book-title-that-wasn’t in the comments. Or even better, send us a tweet @flavorpill.

SJGames Anne of Soylent Green Gables
atencio: You ARE My Mother (With a foreword by Maury Povich)

InterruptingDad: Charlotte’s Web of Lies

AllTurdReality: Green Eggs and Salmonella

jonathan_dunn: The Little Engine That Shot Liberty… Read More

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Three Things We Didn't Know about The Very Hungry Caterpillar

I have a very vivid memory of reading my little sister The Very Hungry Caterpillar as a kid, so when I came across this post on UnBeige about the fact that the book is turning 40, it made me kind of nostalgic for the day’s when I could finish a book in one sitting.… Read More

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