Tag: children’s literature

Are the books of Dr. Seuss racist?

Dr. Seuss has always been a hero of mine.  I’ve been a huge Seuss fan since the day I could read, and probably earlier.  I have a portrait of the man, several biographies, and a lithograph of the Lorax graces my walls. When I… Continue Reading “Are the books of Dr. Seuss racist?”

Exploring Children’s Classics: Railway Children and All-of-a-Kind Family

Next in my exploration of children’s classics written by women are The Railway Children and All-of-a-Kind Family, both set around the turn of the century, although The Railway Children was actually published near that time, while Family was published in 1951.  Both novels are… Continue Reading “Exploring Children’s Classics: Railway Children and All-of-a-Kind Family”

Exploring Classic Children’s Series: Betsy-Tacy and Anne of Green Gables

For the Women’s Classics challenge, I’m exploring classic children’s books written by women.  In September I read two books, Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill, and Anne of Avonlea.  I had read the first books in the series, but these two were… Continue Reading “Exploring Classic Children’s Series: Betsy-Tacy and Anne of Green Gables”

Reading Children’s Classics by Women Authors

I haven’t done anything this year for the Women’s Classic Literature Event, which is hosted by the Classics Club, but since it’s September and it’s Back to School time, I was thinking about re-reading favorite classics by women authors. I’m looking specifically at books… Continue Reading “Reading Children’s Classics by Women Authors”

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

I always love reading Newbery award winners, and Lois Lowry has written many great books for children, including The Giver. So this book has been on my TBR list for a while. Considering my family’s history, learning more about the Holocaust is important to… Continue Reading “Number the Stars by Lois Lowry”

The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly

This book was written by Eric P. Kelly in 1928 and won a Newbery award in 1929.  It tells the true story of a 12th century boy in Krakow who dies will blowing a trumpet on the town walls during the invasion of the… Continue Reading “The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly”

Review of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

I’ve been reading rave reviews about Patrick Ness for the last couple of years, and finally got around to reading one of his books.  A Monster Calls was amazing and completely unexpected.  I’m not sure how to review this book so I’ll just recommend… Continue Reading “Review of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness”

Greatest Girl Characters: Who’s on Your List?

This week Biblibio posted on one of my favorite topics: strong female heroines in young adult literature.  The post refers to a list published by The Atlantic on “the greatest girl characters of young adult literature” which includes Laura Ingalls Wilder, Pippi Longstocking, Harriet… Continue Reading “Greatest Girl Characters: Who’s on Your List?”

Review of The Magicians by Lev Grossman

It’s hard to explain how a book that steals so much from existing children’s fantasy series can feel so original.  And yet it does.  The Magicians by Lev Grossman is unlike most of the fantasy you’re probably reading.  It’s a book within a book,… Continue Reading “Review of The Magicians by Lev Grossman”

Review of The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book is cool and spooky and touching all at the same time. I expected great things of Neil Gaiman and this one didn’t disappoint. It won the Newbery Medal in 2009, a prize going to the book each year that makes the… Continue Reading “Review of The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman”

Reading the Newbery Medal Winners

My niece has a challenge at her middle school to read as many of the Newbery Medal winners as she can, so I took a look at the list to see what I could recommend.  It was fun to remember so many favorite books,… Continue Reading “Reading the Newbery Medal Winners”

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the movie, too

Last month I accidentally watched most of the movie The Wizard of Oz twice.  I say accidentally because when it comes on TV it’s apparently impossible for me to turn it off.  Now this is a movie I know backwards and forwards – when… Continue Reading “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the movie, too”

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