What's the right age
to introduce children to literature with challenging themes? Authors, teachers, librarians and critics weigh in. (SLNYT)
"This is about a girl that goes mining. I don’t know why, but she looks like she would go mining, mining for gold. "
Judging a Book by its Cover: A 6-Year-Old Guesses What Classic Novels are All About.
Enclyclopedia Brown is a children's fiction series written by Donald J. Sobol since 1963 and still very popular today. These are the 10 most ridiculously difficult mysteries
in the series and baffling as to how a child is supposed to be able to solve them.
Martin Amis hates children,
ok, not children but children's literature. "People ask me if I ever thought of writing a children's book," Amis said, in a sideways excursion from a chat about John Self
, the antihero of his 1984 novel Money. "I say, 'If I had a serious brain injury I might well write a children's book', but otherwise the idea of being conscious of who you're directing the story to is anathema to me, because, in my view, fiction is freedom and any restraints on that are intolerable." Remarks about children's books made by Martin Amis on the BBC's new book programme Faulks on Fiction
, broadcast this week, have caused anger and offence among children's writers.
The Giving Tree
(1973), animated short based on Shel Silverstein's 1964 children's story and narrated by the author. [more inside]
"The Baldwin Project
seeks to make available online a comprehensive collection of resources for parents and teachers of children. Our focus, initially, is on literature for children that is in the public domain in the United States. This includes all works first published before 1923." [more inside]
The Book of Accidents: Designed for Young Children
(1831). "In presenting to his little readers The Book of Accidents
, the Author conceives he cannot render a more important service to the rising generation and to parents, than by furnishing them with an account of the accidents to which Children, from their inexperience or carelessness, are liable. If generally studied it will save the lives of thousands, and relieve many families from the long and unavailing misery attendant on such occurrences." [Via]
My Beautiful Mommy
is a children's book for children whose mothers suddenly come home from the doctor with giant hooters, or significant amounts of fat suddenly missing. A bold new market
in childrens publishing awaits.
- tons of stories, tales and poems suitable for younger readers: HTML, PDF, and MP3s. From Baa, Baa, Black Sheep to Jane Eyre, Frankenstein, and Flatland.
Scientific Sleuth Cracks Code to $54,000 Treasure
The treasure was the 12th and last set out in Treasure's Trove
, a children's book published last fall. People shared information
on many forums
. The solution
to the Beetle puzzle is in this forum. Missed out? All is not lost. Apparently, a new 14th puzzle has been announced.
Maybe we can solve it together.
Online collection of children's literature circa 1850 and up.
Primarily American and British, from thrilling stories of the ocean
to a peep at the beasts
. Every page (and even the spine) digitized in both JPEG and PDF format, and in some cases color-corrected
collections have been posted
10 Books to Feed the Imagination.
Just in time for World Book Day
, Lady Georgia Byng
offers her favorite tomes for sparking a child's fancy. The usual suspects are here (Roald Dahl, J.K. Rowling, Philip Pullman) with a couple of welcome surprises (Yann Martel and Jostein Gaarder). But tell me, MeFites ... which others did she miss?
Comrade, is Piglet revisionism getting you down? Don't be an enemy of the people. Brush up on your Maoist theory with the Mao of Poo
How to get a Ph.D. in the Hardy Boys.
I wish *I* was that creative. :-) I still like the originals best. [Spotted at GirlHacker's Random Log