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.
For grown-ups only.
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.
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.
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?
A Dahl for Christmas.
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Roald Dahl hated adaptations of his work, and often I agree with him. The original books have such a place in so many people’s hearts and open up the imagination so much that once on screen they can feel…
Lord of the Rings 6.
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In 1937 a fairy tale about a reluctant hero with hairy feet was published by a tweedy English academic called JRR Tolkien. The Hobbit was an instant success – and its mighty sequel The Lord of the Rings…
Not unlike the bear himself, the film Paddington has had a long and bumpy ride to the big screen. Paddington’s movie, like the character, unwittingly left a marmalade smeared paw print on the delicate…
National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson speaks to a group of young readers.
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In his 2005 book The Economy of Prestige, James F. English influentially argued that prizes thrive on scandal. Just last week, scholar Kathleen Horning claimed this year’s National Book Awards could change…