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As kids head back to school this week across Canada, many will be victims or perpetrators of bullying. (Shutterstock)

A new way to reduce playground bullying

A new mentorship program uses fiction to teach children's rights, and to help kids understand and prevent bullying.
Snow White and other stories from Grimms’ Fairy Tales offer examples of abusive “childism” in children’s literature. (Wikamedia Commons)

How to choose picture books that will empower, not damage, a child

For centuries, most children’s books reinforced messages that children are unimportant, incompetent and powerless. Children need to shape up and adopt adults’ values. Children must change to fit into an…
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.

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