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An image from the book cover for ‘SLAY,’ one of the top 2019 five books for young critical thinkers. (Simon and Schuster)

5 great reads for young critical thinkers

A list of 5 great reads for young critical thinkers and the adults in their lives — in time for holiday gift-giving.
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.

From ‘Wild Horses’ to ‘Wild Things,’ a window into Maurice Sendak’s creative process

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.
There is a rich tradition of trees in mythology. Shutterstock

Why treehouses are all the rage in children’s books

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.
The Harry Potter series on display in Windsor, England. Anton Ivanov/Shuttershock.com

Rethinking Harry Potter twenty years on

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…
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…

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