Despite a rise in feminist-themed books for children, picture books remain highly gendered overall.
Boys are scientists, girls are ballerinas - that's if girls appear at all. A recent analysis of bestselling picture books shows gender stereotypes are alive and well.
Preliminary drawing of title page for ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ (New York: Harper & Row, 1963), 26:7, The Maurice Sendak Collection.
Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Library. © The Maurice Sendak Foundation.
The book took eight years from conception to publication. In the earliest dummy, the monsters that millions have grown to love actually started out as horses.
Later animations have told the tale of Peter Rabbit and friends, but none have reflected the power of the original.
These books will kickstart a lifelong love of reading, and build a bedtime bond between parent and child.
Children will be responsible for the future protection of our fragile planet. Their knowledge and engagement are critical.
This image is from Te taniwha me te poraka, an issue from the Junior Journals series He Purapura, aimed at fluent readers.
Children's picturebooks are often underestimated, but bilingual books can be powerful in promoting a minority language.
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.
Still from DIsney's Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)
The history of children's books gives us very few really villainous female characters – and most of them are witches or evil queens.
Beyond fuzzy sweaters and warmth, feeling cozy at home gets a boost with great child-centric books.
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.
Well looked after.
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.
Miriam Ackroyd from Life is Beautiful Photography
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?