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Sarah and Olive Kanake read one of the new breed of girl-power picture books. Miriam Ackroyd from Life is Beautiful Photography

Friday essay: the feminist picture book revolution

The lack of strong female characters in children's picture books is oft-lamented. But a new crop of books invites girls to write themselves into history.
A student performs at the 2013 Louder Than a Bomb slam poetry competition in Boston, Massachusetts. John Tammaro / flickr

Making poetry their own: The evolution of poetry education

Poetry has been a part of teaching and learning for hundreds of years. But how has poetry education changed? And how are young voices using poetry to express themselves today?
Some say coddled kids need to be taught how to persevere through setbacks and disappointments. 'Flower' via www.shutterstock.com

What’s behind America’s insistence on instilling grit in kids?

One of the newest trends in education is teaching students how to develop grit. But what's even meant by 'grit'? And what if grit means something different for everyone?
Family dinners can whet children’s appetites for reading. Family via www.shutterstock.com.

Dinnertime storytelling makes kids voracious readers

Family meals – with lively conversation, storytelling and discussions of books and the tales they contain – feed children's literacy skills.
There is renewed debate around the lack of honest representations of diversity in Young Adult books. Melanie Holtsman

Telling the real story: diversity in young adult literature

Debate about the lack of diversity in young adult literature isn't new, but thanks to recent campaigns such as We Need Diverse Books, there's renewed focus on why diversity in literature is crucial.
More than 20 years after the death of Dr Seuss, readers will have the opportunity to read a new book by the much-loved author. Steve James

It’s not obtuse to deduce there’s a new Dr Seuss on the loose

Adult and child fans of Dr Seuss are set for a treat in July with the publication of a lost manuscript, What Pet Should I Get? Why is it that the works of the American author have such broad appeal?

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