Every year, parents have an opinion on the books on their kids’ reading lists – whether they think the books are stale, unchallenging or confronting. How are books and reading taught?
The idea of healing benefits and emotional catharsis through reading is intuitively appealing. But does it work that way? Jane Turner Goldsmith finds answers in neuroscience, philosophy and more.
A romance writer’s bizarre fake death has gone viral. That her being alive stayed undetected for 2.5 years reminds us that our online and published personas are still separate from real life.
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It’s counterproductive to push your child to read a whole chapter book independently if they are not ready. You might turn them off https://images.theconversation.com/files/496609/original/file-20221121-15-u8qumb.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&q=45&auto=format&w=668reading altogether. Here’s what to do instead.
How can you get your kids to read this summer? Research has found they respond well to reading non-fiction – so we’ve gathered 6 top non-fiction books, recommended by the kids themselves.
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Holidays should be a time for children to relax both their bodies and their brains.
Classic books like Jane Eyre took on new meanings while the lengths of others made us aware of our mortality.
From ghostly love stories to political satires and southern gothic thrillers, these are the best fiction books according to our academics.
The film’s Lady Chatterley and her Mellors have an easier path to love than their literary counterparts.
D.H. Lawrence’s book is a seething commentary on class, exposing his fears for Britain’s future. But the film is a romantic period drama.
The population of River Thames freshwater mussels has declined by almost 95% since 1964.
A new survey has revealed an alarming deterioration in the health of the River Thames ecosystem – but some of the recorded changes may be the result of a cleaner river.
NoViolet Bulawayo, author of Glory.
Glory is a story about Zimbabwe’s violent past told through animals.
Our tales of the natural world are disappearing and we shouldn’t let them.
Following the life of young Joseph Coppock, Treacle Walker is about making sense of the world around us.
The Passenger, Cormac McCarthy’s first novel since The Road in 2006, shows him at the peak of his powers even as he nears his ninetieth year.
Books have shaped societies throughout the ages.
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Books are one of the oldest forms of communication ‘technology,’ a scholar writes, and understanding how they’ve evolved over time provides insights into their role in society.
Thomas Hardy found horror in the Dorset of his childhood.
Black vampires have existed for 200 years in literature.
Simchat Torah celebrations in Netanya, Israel, in 2013.
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Simchat Torah is about more than beginning to read the Torah all over again. It’s about the need to reexamine what we think we know, over and over again.
Inside Daisy Clover, Warner Bros (1965).
When September melancholy hits Simmone Howell, she escapes the cold Melbourne spring to Gavin Lambert’s Los Angeles – and his ‘tough, kooky’ adolescent fantasy figure, Daisy Clover.
Book-banning campaigns often misrepresent how young readers consume and process literature.
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The US is seeing more campaigns to ‘protect’ children by barring controversial books. But research shows children’s reading experiences are complex and unpredictable, explains a literature professor.