Category Archives for Holidays

April Fools & Children’s Stories

How kids appreciate moron jokes, stupid folks, and playing the dummy

01. April 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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Irish Children’s Stories: Folk & Fairy Tradition

Irish storytelling embraces folkloric materials and the matter-of-fact inclusion of fairies

18. February 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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George Washington & the Cherry Tree

The legend meant to encourage truth-telling was itself a fabrication (from the Los Angeles Times)

12. February 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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Living Toys

For the very young, the whole world is alive–from talking teddy bears to the North Wind (from Parents’ Choice)

04. February 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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African-American Children’s Books: Busing & Flying

We often understand the history of the Civil Rights Movement in terms of the contributions of heroic adults. Even so, a good deal of the burden for initiating social change actually fell upon the frail shoulders of children (from Parents’ … Continue reading

19. January 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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In Praise of the Grinch

“For a person of unblinking honesty, the holiday season (as wonderful as it is) offers plenty of things to hate” (from Parents’ Choice)

25. December 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Monsters Aren’t What They Used to Be

Nowadays, I am sorry to say, monsters aren’t what they used to be (from the Los Angeles Times)

27. October 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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The Ghastly History of Halloween

From Día de los Muertos & the Irish begging “soul cakes” door-to-door, to Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” & Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” . . . (from Parents’ Choice) 

26. October 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Monsters at Halloween

Halloween provides an opportune time to consider scariness and monsters in children’s lives and stories (from Parents’ Choice)

23. October 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Two Touching Christmas Stories

I wear my heart on my sleeve (from Parents’ Choice)

21. September 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Travel Plans Via Kids’ Books: Western Europe

 Read “Heidi” in the Alps, “Babar” in France, “Pinocchio” in an Italian gondola, and “Sleeping Beauty” in a German castle.

29. August 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Kids’ Authors & Their Homes: Literary Tour of U.S.

Favorite authors and locales associated with their stories. Here are a few museums dedicated to North American children’s writers and their homes . . . 

09. April 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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