Ellen Handler Spitz

Maurice Sendak's Sexuality
February 21, 2013

His last book reveals under-acknowledged features of his work.

The Age of Adolescence
November 07, 2012

As one reads Jepp, Who Defied the Stars, present and past entangle just as childhood and adulthood spar.

Learning to Matter
August 15, 2012

Betsy Rosenthal's delightful book tells the story of her mother, Edith, who is “number four” in a family of twelve children.

Remembering Maurice Sendak, Who Brought Loneliness to Children's Literature
May 09, 2012

Like many other enduring contributors to children’s literature (Hans Christian Andersen, Lewis Carroll, Beatrix Potter, James M. Barrie, and Margaret Wise Brown), Maurice Sendak was childless.

For Midnight's Children
April 04, 2012

There is the countervailing widespread public opinion in India that children’s books should be utilitarian, printed in functional English, and crammed

Gingrich 0, Obama 0
November 17, 2011

When children’s books evade uncomfortable truths and whitewash the history of what is real, they betray their audience. In addition to manipulating ch

Pedagogy in Purgatory
September 21, 2011

By now, hundreds of children’s books about the Holocaust have been published—fiction and non-fiction, as well as hybrids of varying quality: books abo

Yellow Brick Philosophy
May 25, 2011

Notwithstanding the whirlwind of adaptations, adulterations, dramatizations, spin-offs, ad-ons, pop-ups, memorabilia, and kitsch that have spiraled th

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
April 13, 2011

In a mere hundred pages, Simon Winchester’s new book encapsulates reams of research and commentary in the overcrowded field of Charles Lutwidge Dodgso

Life Lessons
December 29, 2010

Two recently published picture books, remarkable examples of biography for children, eschew romanticization of their subjects and the perpetuation of