The Holocaust in Children’s Literature

MAY / JUNE 2013: BY LYDIA JACOBS The Holocaust is probably one of the most difficult historical events to explain to children today. They know it was a horrible thing that happened a long time ago, but have no idea how it relates to them. Because it’s such a difficult subject to talk about, many... Continue Reading →

A Girl Named Cat

MAY / JUNE 2013: BY TASHA BRANDSTATTER 18th-century London. Full of gangs, thieves, slavers, aristocrats, business men, writers, political cartoonists, and radicals—and the orphan Cat Royal get to meet them all. She was abandoned as a baby on the steps of the Royal Theater in Drury Lane, and grew up with the theater manager for... Continue Reading →

Tomboy Lady

MAY / JUNE 2013: BY LAURA F. Rites of passage from childhood to adulthood vary by era and culture. For some, a task must be accomplished; for others, a skill set must be learned; for yet others, an age limit must be passed. In pioneer America, a combination of age and acquired skills were required.... Continue Reading →

The Melendys

MAY / JUNE 2013: BY CHRISTY McDOUGALL When I first met the Melendys, Randy Melendy’s bike was carrying her out of control down a hill and into the back of a bus, resulting in an encounter with an alligator in a bathtub and a plateful of doughnuts. At the time (I was about seven), the... Continue Reading →

Little Women

MAY / JUNE 2013: BY VERONICA LEIGH Every girl remembers when she came across that literary heroine she connected personally with. My introduction occurred in the spring of 2000, at a church yard sale. My mother, sister and I were assisting with the sale and while we were there, we stumbled on a few interesting... Continue Reading →

A Historical Epic

MAY / JUNE 2013: BY TRYNTSJE CUPERUS Growing up in The Netherlands, I didn’t know of most of the books in this issue until I started reading English in my early twenties. We had our own array of children’s literature. Among those, the books of Thea Beckman were a very important part of my early... Continue Reading →

Becoming Jess

MAY / JUNE 2013: BY CAROL STARKEY “That’s just a kid’s book.” I’ve heard this phrase uttered with contempt, as though the story hidden between the covers offers nothing but nonsense to anyone under the age of ten. But if you take a peek inside many children’s books, whether a picture book or a novel... Continue Reading →

Scars & Cares: The Witches

MAY / JUNE 2013: BY RACHEL SEXTON The best of children’s literature has all the qualities of all good writing but also does something special. A truly great novel for children respects them. I don’t mean it’s appropriate for their age, though that’s true; the writing acknowledges the particular feelings of kids while not speaking... Continue Reading →

Revisiting Narnia

MAY / JUNE 2013: BY EMILY CALLAHAN All my life, I’ve recalled my summers by what I read. Every summer has its own “theme.” When I was seven it was Pride & Prejudice, eight was Anne of Green Gables, fourteen was Little Women. Many summers were devoted to Harry Potter and my most recent book-of-the-summer... Continue Reading →

Marilla, How Much You Miss

MAY / JUNE 2013: BY HANNAH PRICE Children are encouraged at a young age to use their imaginations, be “themselves” and “follow their hearts.” But what does that really mean? These ambiguous phrases of supposed insight (often found in popular culture through such sources as Disney) lack substance and do little to actualize dream-fulfilling lives.... Continue Reading →

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