Engineering lessons can be found in many books kids already have at home or their local library.
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Picture books and young adult biographies can introduce kids to design-based thinking and engineering habits like creativity and persistence.
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Eric Carle’s famous book about a caterpillar was originally about a book worm.
From talking about death to understanding grief, these picture books can help parents start a difficult conversation about death with young children.
We have compiled a list of award-winning or shortlisted picture books that depict various aspects of diversity.
Detail from ‘Birdsong’ by Cree-Métis artist Julie Flett, which won the 2020 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award for most distinguished book. The story follows an intergenerational friendship and speaks to change in children’s lives.
A researcher who explored 500 picture books created by authors or illustrators living in Canada suggests books that are extraordinary in both text and illustration.
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Here are some books that will make reading time more enjoyable for children and the adults reading to or with them.
Early childhood books shortlisted over the years.
A study shows there is a lack of ethnic and other diversity in award-winning early childhood picture books. This means our children are still getting a narrow window of the world.
Children who love being read to are more likely to find learning to read easier.
Books improve kids’ vocabulary, challenge gender stereotypes, teach maths and science concepts and help foster the imagination. Here are some suggestions of picture books that do all these things.
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.
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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.
Families come in all shapes and sizes, and Australian picture books are starting to reflect that.
In Australian picture books, family representation has been overwhelmingly traditional. But this may be changing.
The confidence to navigate the borders between cultures and languages is essential in the world today. Why not start the education this holiday, with adventure stories?
The confidence to navigate between cultures and languages is essential in the world today. Start the education this holiday, with adventure stories from Guam to the North Pole.
How can you maximize reading’s rewards for baby?
Psychology researchers bring infants into the lab to learn more about how shared book reading influences brain and behavioral development.
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.
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…
Breastfeeding is a cultural taboo in the UK, and the prevalence of bottles in children’s books doesn’t help.
Why stories matter.
What are your kids reading in the new year? What kids read has a strong impact on their perceptions of reality.