- 2014 Oct 17
What a 'Dahl'
Amy Corcoran reflects on writing to Roald Dahl when she was 7 and getting a letter back.
Where Are the Disabled Characters?
A blogger discusses her concern over a lack of disabled characters in children's books.
'Loukoumi' Makes TV Debut
''Make a Difference With Loukoumi," based on Nick Katsoris's books, makes its television premiere.
The Debate Over E-Reading to Toddlers
An article addressing whether e-reading to toddlers helps or hinders development.
The Birth of YA
An article that traces the roots of YA literature.
What's Next in YA?
An article about next possible trends in YA books.
- 2014 Oct 16
'Baby-Sitters Club' Rankings
Members of the Baby-Sitters Club are ranked.
The Story of Jon Klassen
An in-depth look at Jon Klassen's rise to becoming a prominent author and illustrator.
Jeffers's Quantum Leaps
A look at the many creative feats of Oliver Jeffers.
'Gone Girl' Actress Picture Book Ties
"Gone Girl" actress Amy Dunne's parents wrote children's books starring "Amazing Amy."
'Goosebumps' For Adults
What if "Goosebumps" was written for adults?
Diversity in Names
Author Sita Brahmachari discusses the importance of showing diversity through character names.
Favorite Books Across 6 Countries
A Facebook poll about favorite books internationally, places "Harry Potter" in the lead.
Culturally Diverse Children's Books
A list of 50 culturally diverse picture books.
Videos of illustrators doodling.
Jeff Kinney Talks 'Wimpy Kid'
An interview with Jeff Kinney.
'SNL' YA Parody
Saturday Night Live parodies YA movie adaptations by combining them all into one movie.
Happy Returns for 'Reading Rainbow'
Levar Burton's picture book debut and the return of "Reading Rainbow" online.
'Mortal Instruments' Heads to TV
'The Mortal Instruments' will be adapted for TV.
Video Games Help Build Literacy Skills?
An article argues that videogames like "Minecraft" help kids learn to read.
'Paddington' Release Moved
The movie adaptation of "Paddington" will now release on January 16.
Happy Birthday 'Looking For Alaska'
John Green is celebrating 10 years since the publication of "Looking For Alaska."
Revamping Fairy Tales
An article about recent fairy tale adaptations.
The Enduring Impact of 'Madeline'
An article about the current "Madeline" exhibition at the New York Historical Society and the eponymous heroine.
Potter 'A Lot More'
Warner Bros. plans to expand the Harry Potter series further, with spinoff "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."
'Catherine, Called Birdy' to Film?
If Lena Dunham gets her way, she will turn Karen Cushman's "Catherine, Called Birdy" into a film.
- 2014 Oct 07
Klassen Gets His Hands Dirty
Jon Klassen fills a bookshop window for dirt, to celebrate "Sam and Dave Dig a Hole."
Sedgwick On Where He Writes
Marcus Sedgwick shares the physical space where he writes.
DiTerlizzi's Takes on 'Star Wars'
An interview with Tony DiTerlizzi's new "Star Wars" picture book trilogy.
B.J. Novak Interview
An interview with B.J. Novak on "The Book With No Pictures."
Dunham and Blume Together Again
Lena Dunham interviews Judy Blume.
Emma Thompson and Peter Rabbit
Emma Thompson at Barnes & Noble Tribeca for her Peter Rabbit sequels.
Jason Segel Talks Kid Books
An interview with Jason Segel on "Nightmares!"
When a Kid Isn't a Reader
A writer talks about how some kids just aren't big readers, and that's fine.
Sara Farizan on Writing and Adolescence
An interview with Sara Farizan.
Polarizing Children's Books
A list of books that readers seem to often love or hate.
Spellbound Books Celebrates Milestone
Spellbound Books in Asheville, N.C., celebrates 10 years.
Kinney's Bookstore Set to Open
Jeff Kinney's bookstore in Plainville, Mass., may open in the spring.
Bookstore Goes Crowdsourcing Route
Alexandria, Va., bookstore, Hooray For Books! launches a crowdsourcing campaign.
Guardian Shortlist Announced
Kate DiCamillo, Piers Torday, E Lockhart and SF Said are shortlisted for Guardian children's fiction prize.
School Board Backs Down
The Jefferson County, Colorado, school board backs down from proposed changes to curriculum.
Stine on Giving Kids 'Goosebumps'
An interview with R.L. Stine.
Adults on YA Lit.
A roundtable discussion about the popularity of YA literature.
- 2014 Sep 18
Jon Scieszka Speaks Up
An interview with Jon Scieszka.
Radcliffe On Space Travel, Etc.
An interview with Daniel Radcliffe.
What's In a Name?
Unraveling the mystery behind J.K. Rowling's name.
Maas on the 'Throne.'
An interview with Sarah J. Maas on the Throne of Glass series.
Roald Dahl Confections
Roald Dahl Cakes.
Elizabeth Banks Reads 'Mockingjay'
Elizabeth Banks demonstrates the 6 stages of reading "Mockingjay."
Jazz Jennings on Her Picture Book
Jazz Jennings discusses her picture book, "I Am Jazz."
Kids' Books Meet Contemporary Novels
Classic children's book and contemporary novel mashups.
Terry Pratchett Shares Writing Process
Terry Pratchett on writing 'Dragons At Crumbling Castle.'
Before Drones Were Cool
The children's book "Danny Dunn, Invisible Boy," published 40 years ago, envisioned a world with drones.
Picture Book Bios of Black Women
Eighteen picture books about black women who made history.
Lessons From 'Lord of the Flies'
What "Lord of the Flies" teaches us about boys.
The Minimalist Oz
A look at "Classics Reimagined: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", illustrated by Olimpia Zagnoli.
Scary Stories Are Good For Kids
Actor Ben Miller believes that scary stories help kids grapple with real life anxieties.
Kids Do Read the Book First
A study shows that kids are reading the books that the movies are based on.
'The Pushcart War' Still Resonates
A reflection on Jean Merrill's "The Pushcart War."
The Harry Potter Effect
A look at the impact of Harry Potter on the world.
- 2014 Aug 28
Classic Children's Books for Adults
Books for kids that adults also love.
Horrifying Moments in Children's Lit.
Disturbing and memorable moments in children's literature.
Best Seller List Descriptions
Recognizing YA books by "New York Times" bestsellers lists.
Marcus Sedgwick Talks Books
An interview with Marcus Sedgwick.
Twitter Author Bios
Recognizing children's book authors by their Twitter bios.
Introducing: Lois Lane
Lois Lane will star in Gwenda Bond's "Lois Lane: Fallout."
Booth On 'Kinda Like Brothers'
Coe Booth talks about her latest book, "Kinda Like Brothers."
Rowling Honors Malala
J.K. Rowling turns out for Malala Yousafzai at Edinburgh Book Fest.
Lowry, Bridges, Colbert Talk Dystopia
Lois Lowry and Jeff Bridges appear on The Colbert Report to discuss "The Giver."
Amazon Greenlights Pilots For Kids
Amazon greenlights pilots for five new kids' shows.
'Amelia Bedelia' Hoax
"Amelia Bedelia" hoax sparks discussion about the credibility of Wikipedia.
Elaine Marie Alphin Dies
In memory of Elaine Marie Alphin.
The 'Slut' Question
A discussion of the use of the word "slut" in Roald Dahl's "Revolting Rhymes."
Roald Dahl Book Upset
Super market chain removes Roald Dahl book from shelves.
Engelbreit's Response to Shooting
Mary Engelbreit addresses Michael Brown shooting with a piece of art.
Blackman Responds to Racist Comments
Marjorie Blackman addresses racist abuse following inflammatory headline.
- 2014 Aug 21
Dr. Suess: Political Cartoonist
A look at Dr. Seuss's political cartoons.
How Wattpad has helped teen girls.
Common Core Approval
Two Common Core polls reflect different approval ratings.
Tips for surviving in a dystopian teen novel.
Best Movies Based on Kids' Books
Five movies based on works of children's literature.
YA Road Trip Books
Josephine Angelini compiles a list of YA road trip books.
YA Authors and Pretty Faces
A piece on why we shouldn't encourage ogling of attractive YA authors.
E. Lockhart On 'We Were Liars'
An interview with E. Lockhart.
To Read or Not to Read...YA
An essay on the great YA debate.
Catching Up With James Patterson
An interview with James Patterson.
Jules Feiffer on Cats and Other Topics
An interview with Jules Feiffer.
Lit. Fic. Writers Turn to YA
An article about literary fiction authors writing YA.
Death In YA
Rupert Wallis writes about the ubiquity of death in YA.
Ralph Lauren For Literacy
Ralph Lauren launches a children's literacy program.
'Anne' of Prince Edward Island
A writer visits Prince Edward Island, the setting for "Anne of Green Gables."
Revisting 'The Giver'
A columnist rereads "The Giver" as an adult.
Keith Richards and Theodora Richards talk about "Gus & Me: The Story of My Grandad and My First Guitar."
'The Giver' First PG-13
"The Giver" marks Walden Media's first PG-13 venture.
'Pinkalicious' Heads to TV
"Pinkalicious" will become an animated TV series.
Bridges Writing Children's Book
Jeff Bridges is writing a children's book with his daughter.
Krosoczka: Hero Lunch Ladies
Jarrett J. Krosoczka talks about the power of lunch ladies.
New J.K. Rowling Story
J.K. Rowling writes a story about The Singing Sorceress.
Malala Talks Books
Malala Yousafzai talks about the books she loves.
An article about low-tech and high-tech interactive books for kids.