Enid Blyton with two children who starred in the stage production of Noddy in Toyland.
Enid Blyton’s books made for great plays, offering children an alternative to star-studded pantomimes for the first time.
The fraught history of the Oompa-Loompas captures the irresolvable tension at the heart of children’s literature and theatre: it is impossible to separate these stories from the ideological fabric of our world.
Sky Brown, Team GB’s youngest summer Olympian ever.
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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
Children need to connect with Australia’s bountiful variety of trees. New picture books are helping them to do so.
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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.
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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.
A newspaper boy hawks copies of the Chicago Defender.
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At the turn of the 20th century, with few children’s books featuring Black characters, one young editor implored his peers to ‘Let us make the world know that we are living.’
Written by Kenneth Grahame as a story for his young son, The Wind in the Willows has also been read as a social satire and a gay allegory.
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.
It is important that children sees themselves in the books that read.
Research shows action is needed to get more kids reading for pleasure – especially those from disadvantaged and minority backgrounds.
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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.
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As a child, there is unbound magic in a garden and during COVID-19 many of us adults discovered their importance anew.
A new film version of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden opens today. First published in 1911, the novel foregrounds Edwardian beliefs about the importance of gardens that still resonate.
A Syrian woman with her children, displaced by the Turkish military operation in northeastern Syria, speaks with a Kurdish worker at the Bardarash camp, north of Mosul, Iraq, in October 2019.
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The COVID-19 pandemic provides parents with an opportunity to consider selecting books that address issues confronting children globally.
Limited promotion and marketing budgets reinforce false ideas about how well diverse books and writers will sell. This leads to a negative cycle for black, Asian and minority ethnic writers.
Produced during a crisis, an emerging collection of books talk to kids about coronavirus.
The new first form at Malory Towers is more diverse than Blyton’s original.
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It might seem like nostalgic escapism, but the show has a revisionist impulse at its heart.
An image from the book cover for ‘SLAY,’ one of the top 2019 five books for young critical thinkers.
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A list of 5 great reads for young critical thinkers and the adults in their lives — in time for holiday gift-giving.
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.