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The Best Horror Stories For Children  Some of your books are weird.

The Best Horror Stories For Children 

Are they appropriate for my child? "I do not know your child. But I will say I do not subscribe to the notion that every book is for every child. First Foods: 25 Homemade Baby Food Recipes to Get Baby Started on Sol… What Makes a Baby: An Inclusive and Imaginative Illustrated Guide to the Modern Family. Parrots Over Puerto Rico: An Illustrated Children’s Book Celebrating the Spirit of Conservation. By Maria Popova The heartening story of one of Earth’s most beautiful bird species, an underdog of geopolitics and evolution.

Parrots Over Puerto Rico: An Illustrated Children’s Book Celebrating the Spirit of Conservation

Most children’s books are full of animals — as protagonists, as pets, as age-old standbys in fairy tales and alphabet primers alike. But, as Jon Mooallem poignantly observed in his bittersweet love letter to wildlife, by the time each generation of children grows up, countless species of animals that roamed Earth during their childhood have gone extinct — today, scientists estimate that one species ceases to exist every twenty minutes.

Love Is Forever: A Children’s Book That Helps Kids Deal with Losing a Loved One. By Maria Popova A tender lesson in living with loss from Little Owl.

Love Is Forever: A Children’s Book That Helps Kids Deal with Losing a Loved One

What If We Admitted to Children That Sex Is About Pleasure? A couple of months ago, the sex education notice came home in my nine-year-old son’s backpack.

What If We Admitted to Children That Sex Is About Pleasure?

I didn’t realize that, in our district, sex ed starts in the fourth grade. Another sign of the state having more access to my baby than I sometimes wish. When I handed the note to my mate at the dinner table, our son said with something of a proud smile, “I told Mrs. Reverby we’ve already talked about it at home.” The mate and I looked at each other and obviously had the same thought. And quite a lot about sex. “You know,” my mate said to our son, “this is one of those times when you have to not help the teacher even if you know how something works.” I busted out laughing at the admonition. Visionary Vintage Children’s Book Celebrates Gender Equality, Ethnic Diversity, and Space Exploration. By Maria Popova “The blackness of space was dotted with stars.”

Visionary Vintage Children’s Book Celebrates Gender Equality, Ethnic Diversity, and Space Exploration

For all their immeasurable delight, children’s books also have a serious cultural responsibility — they capture young minds and plant in them the seeds that blossom into beliefs about what is socially acceptable, what is right and wrong, and what is possible. A Picture-Book Like No Other. By Maria Popova The gloriously illustrated story of an errand turned adventure turned existential parable.

A Picture-Book Like No Other

The Moomin series by Swedish-Finn artist, writer, comic strip creator, and children’s book author Tove Jansson (1914–2001), recipient of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Medal, is among the most imaginative storytelling of the past century. Partway between children’s books and comics, her lovable family of roundish white hippopotamus-like creatures have captivated generations since their birth in 1945. The crown jewel of the series is arguably the 1952 picture-book The Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My (public library) — a playful and philosophical tale that falls somewhere between Øyvind Torseter’s The Hole (which was possibly inspired by Jansson) and Dr. Seuss, with a touch of Edward Goreyesque creaturely magic and Alice in Quantumland mind-bending. Tove Jansson with her Moomins in 1956. Thanks, Jad Donating = Loving Brain Pickings has a free weekly newsletter.

Io9. The Gashlycrumb Tinies: A Very Gorey Alphabet Book. By Maria Popova It’s no secret I have a massive soft spot for alphabet books.

The Gashlycrumb Tinies: A Very Gorey Alphabet Book

In 1963, prolific mid-century illustrator and author Edward Gorey published an alphabet book so grimly antithetical to the very premise of the genre — making children feel comfortable and inspiring them to learn — that it took the macabre humor genre to a new level. “A is for Amy who fell down the stairs,” The Gashlycrumb Tinies begins. 7 (More) Children's Books by Famous "Adult" Literature Authors. By Maria Popova What a magical car engine has to do with social justice, a parrot named Arturo and the history of jazz.

7 (More) Children's Books by Famous "Adult" Literature Authors

A week ago, we featured 7 little-known children’s books by famous authors of “grown-up” literature, on the trails of some favorite children’s books with timeless philosophy for grown-ups. The response has been so fantastic that, today, we’re back with seven more, based on reader suggestions and belated findings from the rabbit hole of research surrounding the first installment. Aldous Huxley may be best known for his iconic 1932 novel Brave New World, one of the most important meditations on futurism and how technology is changing society ever published, but he was also deeply fascinated by children’s fiction.

In 1967, three years after Huxley’s death, Random House released a posthumous volume of the only children’s book he ever wrote, some 23 years earlier. The wonderful We Too Were Children has the backstory. Thanks, stormagnet Thanks, Rachel Thanks, SaVen Share on Tumblr. You Are Stardust: Teaching kids about the whimsy of the universe in stunning illustrated dioramas. By Maria Popova “Every tiny atom in your body came from a star that exploded long before you were born.”

You Are Stardust: Teaching kids about the whimsy of the universe in stunning illustrated dioramas

“Everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was … lived there — on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam,” Carl Sagan famously marveled in his poetic Pale Blue Dot monologue, titled after the iconic 1990 photograph of Earth. The stardust metaphor for our interconnection with the cosmos soon permeated popular culture and became a vehicle for the allure of space exploration.