Whether in defeat or victory, each Olympian’s story is one of dedication and perseverance. Children’s authors have long cottoned on to their literary potential
For parents, skin colour is often a difficult subject and dealing with it through storytelling can be a useful aid.
Picture books and young adult biographies can introduce kids to design-based thinking and engineering habits like creativity and persistence.
Beverly Cleary once said that her fans love Ramona ‘because she does not learn to be a better girl.’
Anguished cries of ‘cancel culture’ rang out with news that six Dr Seuss books would be shelved. But canceling Dr Seuss is not possible, nor is it the best way to build diversity and understanding.
We have compiled a list of award-winning or shortlisted picture books that depict various aspects of diversity.
He called them ‘stinkers’ and ‘nauseating little warts’, but author Roald Dahl’s characterisation of children as vulnerable is necessary for them to ultimately triumph.
Children who may not want to read for pleasure can be influenced to take it up.
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.
Simply drawn, universally appealing. A new exhibition provides an opportunity to marvel at Miffy’s global success.
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.
Evidence shows sharing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories helps break down stereotypes and prejudice. But these stories are absent from the majority of classroom literature.
Produced during a crisis, an emerging collection of books talk to kids about coronavirus.
A children’s novelist chooses her favourite books to keep young people happy and absorbed while stuck at home.
In this time of natural destruction, children’s books featuring Australian wildlife are critical to fostering environmental awareness in the next generation.
There’s a long history of books being banned from public and school libraries.
The promotion of white middle-class ideas and lifestyles in children’s books risks alienating children from minority groups. It could also give white middle-class children a sense of superiority.
The benefits from shared storybook reading do not depend on whether books are bought, borrowed or new or used. Some suggested read-aloud books for children aged about kindergarten to Grade 2.
When writing for adults, authors look towards capturing the five senses – sight, sounds, touch, taste and smell. When writing for children, however, writers should apply these story senses.
Food poverty is increasingly generating child victims, whose only salvation comes from donations of emergency food provisions.