Tag: Children’sBooks

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This 6-Year-Old’s Statement About His Favorite Book Is All Too Real

There’s no feeling quite as homey as re-reading your favorite books; books from your childhood, books that held your teenage heart, books that adult you has used as guide points while you navigate through life.


Books can act as tiny, magic, paper-filled mentors helping you to feel less confused, less misunderstood, less alone. I know that I’m definitely someone who turns toward their favorite books when life gets too hectic or wild or hazy and I just need grounding and something to remind of me who I am. 


Yay, books!


But, given the deep and powerful love we can feel for the books we hold dear, it goes without saying that sometimes we might get a little bit defensive guarding them. While it feels great to share your favorite books with your favorite people, it can also get a little scary because, like, “what if they hate it? What if they say something bad about it? What if they love it more than I do?” 


Everyone’s been there. Everyone’s felt the fear and jealousy that can come with loaning out something that’s so intensely personal to you to someone else because you can’t help but feel like they’ll never quite understand just how much it means to you; it’s never just another book.


And, this fear of sharing something you love too much with others is nothing new to Twitter user Laura (@Mum_Reader) and her son, James; last Wednesday she posted a tweet of her then-six-year-old son’s old homework assignment all about books:





I feel you, kid. And, clearly the Twittersphere understands too as the post has gone completely viral.


Sharing is fun but, like, sometimes not sharing is fun, too. Ya feel?


And, it turns out James wasn’t wrong in wanting to keep this book to himself, as the book in question (There’s a Dragon in My School by Philip Hawthorne) is currently going for more than ninety dollars on Amazon.



Keep on reading on, James! (And never let anyone come between you and the books you love.)





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[NSFW] These Photoshopped Children’s Book Covers Are Totally Ridiculous

Let’s be honest, a lot of times, the covers were the best part of our favorite children’s books. “Animorphs” had those crazy covers of people transforming into animals. And then there was that whole species of children’s book that featured holographic covers.


Well, an anonymous artist has taken the initiative to improve some of these covers. Take a look at some of our favorites.


Cover of a book that features a heroic dog standing in front of a burning building, the fake title reads "Gonna Let This Mother Burn."

via thingsyoushouldlearn.com


Cover is of two teenagers almost kissing, the girl giving the guy a side-eye, and the fake title is "He Just Ate a Whole Bag of Cool Ranch Doritos."

via thingsyoushouldlearn.com


Cover of Sesame Street book featuring Ernie telling Bert that his opinions are shit.

via Buzzfeed


Cover showing two teen girls who look kind, but the fake title is "We Ate Our Parents."

via thingsyoushouldlearn.com


The cover shows a beach volleyball game with an explosion in the sky in the background, and the fake title reads "Fucking Run the Sun Exploded."

via thingsyoushouldlearn.com


Cover of a 101 Dalmatians children's book with all the puppies on the cover, and the fake title is "Because We're Catholic."

via Pinterest


The cover is of two teenagers tied up in a basement with an older man walking up the stairs, looking at them, and the fake title reads "Either of You Boys Want a Coke?"

via thingsyoushouldlearn.com


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Cute Animals in Pants Don’t Improve Kids’ Behavior, Study Shows

From Wilbur the pig to Sylvester the donkey and Luna the bat, children’s books are chock-full of cuddly anthropomorphic animals designed to teach kids some lessons about how to live a moral life. But an increasing amount of scientific research is showing that dancing pigs and rabbits in T-shirts may not be the best way to teach kids values like sharing and empathy.


According to a study conducted at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), children who were read books with human characters were far more likely to share their belongings than peers who read stories featuring animals. Both groups read Mary Packard’s Little Raccoon Learns to Share, with one version featuring raccoons and the other featuring humans in the lead. A book about seeds served as the control group. 


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Before they were read to, the children were allowed to pick 10 stickers to take home with them, while also being told that an anonymous child would not be receiving any stickers at all. If they were feeling generous, the researchers told them, they could donate stickers by putting them in an envelope when the experiment conductor was not looking. After story time was over, the children were given 10 more stickers and were once again asked if they would like to give some to their sticker-less counterpart.


While the children read the book with human characters became more generous with their stickers, those read the one with the raccoons or the seeds actually showed a decrease in sharing behavior. “After hearing the story containing real human characters, young children became more generous,” head researcher Patricia Ganea said. “In contrast, after hearing the same story but with anthropomorphized animals or a control story, children became more selfish.”


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The results of the study jar with conventional children’s book wisdom, as critters have long been the go-to population for children’s authors. A 2002 study of 1,000 children’s titles found that nearly half of them focused on animals or their habitats, with most of those animals anthropomorphized.


While Ganea affirmed that children’s book creators should pay attention to the study when crafting their works, many authors stressed the importance of substance over style when it comes to engendering good behaviors in kids. “The slight distancing that [anthropomorphizing] affords the young child does a number of important things,” said picture book author Tracey Corderoy. “But the initial ‘saving-face’ that using animals brings quite often results, I feel at least, in keeping a child reader engaged.”


Oi Frog and Friends author Kes Gray was a little less poetic. “Big hair, big eyes and pink twitchy noses should pretty much nail it,” he said.


Featured Photo by Daniela Rey on Unsplash

Covers of "My Beautiful Birds" and "Lost and Found Cat"

5 Children’s Books That Tackle the Refugee Crisis

The refugee crisis has displaced more people than any time in history. By the end of 2015, 65.3 million people were asylum-seekers, refugees, or internally displaced. That’s almost 1% of the global population. Given how far-reaching this is, it’s important to educate younger generations on how this emergency affects people’s lives. Many children’s authors have risen to the occasion. We’ve assembled a few children’s books that humanize refugees.


5. “Adriana’s Angels” by Ruth Goring, ill. Erika Meza


"Adriana's Angels"

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This book takes readers back to the 1990s in Colombia, where a family must flee to find a new home in Chicago. Following Adriana, the story shows two guardian angels helping her manage during her difficult adjustment. “Adriana’s Angels” will be released September 12.


4. “Lost and Found Cat” by Doug Kuntz and Amy Shrodes, ill. Sue Cornelison


"Lost and Found Cat" cover

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This book follows the true story of an Iraqi family fleeing from Mosul who loses their beloved pet cat. Miraculously, they are reunited four months later…in Norway. Kuntz and Shrodes were volunteering in Greece when they encountered this story, and decided to bring it to young audiences. “Lost and Found Cat” is out now.


3. “Stepping Stones” by Margriet Ruurs, art by Nizar Ali Badr


"Stepping Stones" cover

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This picture book uses Nizar Ali Badr’s unique stone artwork to tell the story of a family fleeing civil war in an unnamed country. They can only bring very little with them as they seek asylum in Europe. “Stepping Stones” is out now.


2. “The Banana-Leaf Ball” by Katie Smith Milway, ill. Shane W. Evans


"Banana-Leaf Ball" cover

via Amazon


Set in a refugee camp in Tanzania, “The Banana-Leaf Ball” follows the story of Deo, who finds peace and safety by practicing soccer with his fellow refugees. “The Banana-Leaf Ball” is out now.


1. “My Beautiful Birds” by Suzanne Del Rizzo


"My Beautiful Birds" cover

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Forced to flee Syria, Sami finds a new home with his family. But he can never really move on knowing his pet pigeons were left behind, and may be in danger. This story explores how refugee children struggle to heal. “My Beautiful Birds” is out now.


Feature images courtesy of Amazon.


Author of Beloved ‘Paddington’ Books Dies at 91


Michael Bond, creator of the children’s book classic Paddington Bear, died at his home Tuesday after a brief illness. He was 91 years old.



Image courtesy of the Guardian


Paddington, a cuddly anamorphic bear transplanted to London from “deepest, darkest Peru”, first appeared in 1958’s A Bear Called Paddington. He has since appeared in countless books, a TV series, and a 2014 movie starring Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) as Paddington.



Image courtesy of Daily Mail


Bond was inspired to create Paddington, in part, by sights of children evacuated from WWII-era London wearing name tags around their necks. “Paddington, in a sense, was a refugee, and I do think that there’s no sadder sight than refugees,” he said.


Bond, who was also responsible for characters like JD Polson the Armadillo, sold nearly 35 million books in his lifetime; a sequel to the first Paddington film is due later this year.



Featured image courtesy of the Telegraph