There is a rich tradition of trees in mythology.
From the Thirteen-Storey Treehouse to the Magic Faraway Tree, kids loves treehouses. These books tap into a rich tradition of mythology, which takes characters into forests to come to terms with life.
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The history of children's books gives us very few really villainous female characters – and most of them are witches or evil queens.
Stories that create ‘hygge’ — that Danish concept of security, connection and coziness — could be considered to achieve the highest expression of human rights, especially for children.
Stories that create connection, comfort and security aren't just perfect holiday reading. They also provide inspiration - a vision of how life should be.
Shepard’s sketches helped build the bear.
Milne and Shepard were a classic partnership of children's literature.
The Harry Potter series on display in Windsor, England.
The twentieth anniversary celebrations of the highest-selling book series of all time are now coming to a close. 2017 has been a milestone year for Harry Potter fans in their twenties and thirties, who…
Both systems are dangerous in the wrong hands.
The bear of little brain has become a literary inspiration.
As kids head back to school this week across Canada, many will be victims or perpetrators of 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.
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.