Beatrix Potter’s silence concerning her sources means the Brer Rabbit folktales that helped create her stories are passed over without acknowledgement or celebration.
Children’s books implicitly shape the minds of young readers - and are covertly censored in many ways. But revising occasional words will usually not shift the values regarded as outdated in the text.
Jacqueline Wilson is reinventing a Enid Blyton’s classic, but can new authors do justice to old favourites?
Enid Blyton’s books made for great plays, offering children an alternative to star-studded pantomimes for the first time.
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.
It might seem like nostalgic escapism, but the show has a revisionist impulse at its heart.
The late QC Jeremy Hutchinson only got away with it because the prosecution weren’t quicker on the uptake.
Julia Donaldson’s tale of brains and brawn may only be 16 years old, but like Harry Potter it has joined the ranks of the all-time greats.
What do several early myths have in common? They suggest women must be ruled by men because they are disobedient and curious.