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Children’s books need better representation of people of color. Ariel Skelley/Getty Images

Rooting out racism in children’s books

Books can help children develop a sense of identity. But when characters of color are portrayed negatively, that can send a wrong message to kids.
Preschool is an opportunity to develop important social skills like taking turns, working in groups and making friends. John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

It’s not just ABCs – preschool parents worry their kids are missing out on critical social skills during the pandemic

Kids ages 3 to 6 may be missing out on important social, emotional and behavioral lessons during at-home learning.
Sorrow and Song by Edmund Blair Leighton. Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

Five historical romances to escape into during a pandemic

During the second world war, people found solace in the formulaic narratives of historical romances and during the pandemic they could once again provide readers comfort.

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