Category Archives: children’s literature

Nine Awesome Picture Books with Girls as Main Characters

The girls are missing. Children’s literature is remarkably devoid of female main characters. As a recent video illustrates so drastically, in a study of more than 500 children’s books, 25% had zero female characters. Even though there are loads of … Continue reading

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Children’s Book Week: Postmodern Fun with the Physical Form

It’s Children’s Book Week, so I have a couple of posts featuring some of my favorite children’s books. Today, I’m featuring books that use their physical form to their full potential. They bend what can be done with a book … Continue reading

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Children’s Book Week: Kids’ Lit for Lit Geeks

It’s Children’s Book Week, so I have a couple of posts featuring some of my favorite children’s books. Check out last year’s posts on the topic: Passing Down My Beloved Books, Bizarre Children’s Literature, and Tips on Reading to Babies. … Continue reading

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A Single Bell: The Saratoga and North Creek Railway’s Polar Express

There’s just something about little kids and trains. When you put Santa in the mix, it’s a guarantee for Christmas magic. So it was a lovely gift for our in-laws to give Sprout a ride on the Polar Express run … Continue reading

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In Defense of Scary Stories for Kids

My job as a parent is not to protect my child from monsters; it’s to teach him how to fight them. Because, one day, sooner or later, I won’t be able to protect him, whether that’s because of physical distance … Continue reading

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Book Club: Why Richard Scarry’s Busytown Has the Worst City Government Ever

Book Club – quirky critical and social justice takes on children’s literature. Otherwise known as what happens when someone interested in pop culture and political analysis has read the same bedtime story for the 100th time. Richard Scarry’s Busytown has … Continue reading

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Hidden Gems on my Son’s Bookshelf

Sprout has a lot of books – a consequence of being part of a family of avid readers and a grandchild of a retired teacher. While some are classics, some make us question our mental health, and others are just … Continue reading

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