What is “the Dark”? Lemony Snicket and John Klassen Offer One Interpretation
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What is “the Dark”? Lemony Snicket and John Klassen Offer One Interpretation

Two legends have joined forces to bring readers this elusively short picture book The Dark. On the one hand, you have Lemony Snicket, the author of the quirky, but beloved international best-selling A Series of Unfortunate Events, which has sold over 60 million copies. On the other, you have Jon Klassen, winner of the 2013 … Continue reading

Life Lessons Learned from “Green Eggs and Ham”
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Life Lessons Learned from “Green Eggs and Ham”

Today, on Dr. Seuss’s birthday, it seems right and fitting to celebrate one of his most beloved children’s books, Green Eggs and Ham. While textual and pictorial absurdity are part of what made Green Eggs and Ham, along with Seuss’s other works, stand out in a market dominated by titles like Dick and Jane, this silly classic … Continue reading

My Little House on the Prairie
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My Little House on the Prairie

Growing up as a girl in the Midwest, it can be hard to escape the appeal of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic children’s series Little House on the Prairie. While the East Coast has the original colonies and the West Coast has the wild west, pioneer farmers constitute the bread and butter of the central United … Continue reading

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10 Lesser-Known Female Authors Who Helped Shape Children’s Literature

Women have long played an important role in shaping the growth and development of children’s literature. Whether through  their own choice or social constraints, women like Louisa May Alcott, Anne Frank, L.M. Montgomery, Beatrix Potter, and Laura Ingalls Wilder advanced the creation of children’s literature as a distinct field and dictated what it should entail. … Continue reading

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Start a New Holiday Tradition: A Book on Every Bed

We all have holiday traditions which have been passed down through the generations. For my family, an integral part of the Christmas day experience entails sitting at the top of the stairs to be photographed in newly gifted Christmas pajamas (after which the photographs become blackmail material resourcefully used by conniving parents). At the same … Continue reading

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A Last Minute Literary Stocking-Stuffer for the Kids In Your Life

While children sit counting the seconds until Christmas morning, parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles everywhere are checking their lists with panicked fervor. Here is one last idea to consider as you make your final preparations for a magical holiday. Cutting-edge independent publisher Sourcebooks just released a new children’s ebook platform which will soon be revolutionizing … Continue reading