Ironing Out the Wrinkles—The Complexities of Madeleine L’Engle
November 27, 2012

Leonard S. Marcus’s Listening for Madeleine responds directly to Cynthia Zarin’s image-distorting New Yorker profile.

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.

Sons and Mothers—The Disappointing End of Lois Lowry’s Giver Series
November 01, 2012

Son is primarily concerned with probing the ideas of family and parental relations first presented in The Giver.

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.

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