Snow White and other stories from Grimms’ Fairy Tales offer examples of abusive “childism” in children’s literature.
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…
Young adult literature is starting to explore death in depth.
Death used to happen off the page in kids' books, but not anymore. They kill each other in The Hunger Games, and 13 Reasons Why graphically describes the impact of teen suicide.
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He brought insights into modern society as well as marmalade sandwiches when he travelled to London from Peru.
Sarah and Olive Kanake read one of the new breed of girl-power picture books.
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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.
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The Victorians had some interesting solutions to the problem of telling children where our stuff comes from.
A student performs at the 2013 Louder Than a Bomb slam poetry competition in Boston, Massachusetts.
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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?
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Given Pullman’s trenchant critique of despotism, his new trilogy will certainly be read allegorically.
Breastfeeding is a cultural taboo in the UK, and the prevalence of bottles in children's books doesn't help.
Some say coddled kids need to be taught how to persevere through setbacks and disappointments.
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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?
A recent survey suggests that a third of UK parents avoid reading their children scary stories. Is this a worrying trend?
The film's exchange of Titty for Tatty is very much in line with Victorian censorship of profanities for children.
In the late 19th century, three brothers from New Hampshire drew uniforms for the military troops of their imaginary world.
One historian is plumbing the oft-discarded works of kids – from shipwreck tales to diary entries – to augment our understanding of U.S. history.
Why stories matter.
What are your kids reading in the new year? What kids read has a strong impact on their perceptions of reality.
Whether you read to your kids or they read alone, share stories from and about Africa with them.
Traditional African stories often tackle big, occasionally scary and serious themes. This is even true in children's stories – though there's plenty of room for silly fun, too.
A drawing from Lewis Carroll’s manuscript of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, written between 1862-64.
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Alice has always trail-blazed through new and uncharted territory, and this is no less true of her ventures into the 21st century.
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New adult Ladybird books on The Hipster and The Husband fall flat.
The Nursery Alice, illustrated by John Tenniel.
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It’s 150 years since an Oxford mathematics don published the most important work of children’s literature and one of the most influential books of all time. The origins of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland…
Family dinners can whet children’s appetites for reading.
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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.
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.
The idea of the happy ending as appropriate literary fare for children is an illusion.
The very idea of the happy ending as appropriate literary fare for children is an illusion. Most fairy tales are full of darkness and violence, and as often as not do not end happily.