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“Beauty & the Beast”: Dating Advice, Marriage Manual

The Meanings of “Beauty and the Beast”: A Handbook. By Jerry Griswold Using Beaumont’s classic story as a touchstone, this work shows how “Beauty and the Beast” takes on different meanings as it is analyzed by psychologists, illustrated in picture books, … Continue reading

08. February 2017 by Jerry Griswold
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Two Touching Christmas Stories

Ok, ok. I wear my heart on my sleeve. Angela and the Baby JesusBy Frank McCourt; illustrated by Raul ColonScribner, $17.99 (Hardback) Onthe bestseller lists for months, Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes was an immensely popular and personal memoir about his Irish … Continue reading

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Hans Christian Andersen’s Bicentenary

“Geek does good” Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons. Born in Denmark in 1805, Hans Christian Andersen is remembered for his fairy tales: “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Little Mermaid,” “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” “The Princess and the Pea,” and some 150 others. This … Continue reading

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Young Adult Novel by Roddy Doyle

Famed Irish writer turns to adolescence (from the New York Times) WILDERNESS. By Roddy Doyle. 211 pp. Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic. $16.99. (Ages 12 and up) If the problems of adolescence were not so familiar, one might be alarmed by the behavioral … Continue reading

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KidLit: 7) Authors & Artists

Hans Christian Andersen, Mark Twain, Frank Baum, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Michael Sowa, David Weisner, more Hans Christian Andersen (and Sex) The Year of Mark Twain L. Frank Baum: Oz & California Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Discovering Michael Sowa The Picture Books of … Continue reading

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James Marshall, We Love You

Jim Marshall, and who he was Miss Nelson is Missing! Story by Harry G. Allard. Houghton Mifflin: $5.95 (paperback). When James Marshall died in 1992 at the age of fifty, many felt someone special was prematurely subtracted from our lives. In … Continue reading

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Mother Goose

The Mother of All Rhymes (from the New York Times Book Review) FAVORITE NURSERY RHYMES FROM MOTHER GOOSE. Illustrated by Scott Gustafson. 96 pp. Greenwich Workshop Press. $19.95. (Ages 2 and up) Praising nursery rhymes, Vita Sackville-West observed, “The direct statement can … Continue reading

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KidLit: 5x) People

Roald Dahl, Bruno Bettelheim, William Steig, Frank Baum, Hans Christian Andersen, Nicoletta Ceccoli, . . . Roald Dahl: Can Grown-Ups Be Trusted? Berta & Elmer Hader Sid Fleischman: A Remembrance Remembering a Day with Bruno Bettelheim William Steig: Shrek & Co. Roald Dahl … Continue reading

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Cinco de Mayo

Francisco Jiménez and Pam Muñoz Ryan In his prize-winning The Circuit, Francisco Jiménez tells how his family crossed the border and came from Mexico to California in the 1950s. They labored as migrant farm workers, living in the growers’ camp, picking … Continue reading

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Children’s Literature Talks in April: Dublin, Alicante, Galway, & Cambridge

Dublin. Thursday 14 April 2016 (4-5 pm). “The Facebook Lectures: Children’s Literature & Literary Critics in the Era of Social Networks.” St. Patrick’s College (B139), Drumcondra 14. RSVP JulieAnn.Stevens@dcu.ie   Dublin. Friday 15 April 2016: English Department, Centre for Children’s Literature, St. Patrick’s College: A Symposium “IRISH AND … Continue reading

07. April 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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The Literary Moms of Children’s Books

In Storyland every day is, more or less, Mother’s Day . . . 

07. March 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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Whale Watching

When we could, say, be squirrel-watching or cow-watching, why are we especially drawn to the whale? (Photo credit: Wikipedia) During the twice-a-year migration season, boatloads of schoolchildren and families leave the coasts and head out into the deep for whale watching. … Continue reading

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How Rush Limbaugh Stole Thanksgiving

In a caper that rivals Dr. Seuss’ Grinch (who stole Christmas), Rush Limbaugh has photoshopped himself into American history and stolen Thanksgiving

26. November 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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Map Reading

 “I don’t know if you have ever seen a map of a person’s mind. Doctors sometimes draw maps of other parts of you, and your own map can become intensely interesting, but catch them trying to draw a map of … Continue reading

16. September 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Interviews: Jonathan Cott

 Seuss, Sendak, Steig, Lindgren, Achebe, Travers, Opie

24. April 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Travel in England Via Kids’ Books

Next time I fly into Heathrow, I will present both my passport and my library card.

22. April 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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E-book Backlash: Children’s Stories Savage the iPad

With children’s literature, a choice between the book and digital media? * * * * * There’s a war going on in the world of children’s books between traditional print offerings and e-stories displayed on tablets. The issues are: Should youngsters be … Continue reading

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Reading for Fun

Whatever Happened to Reading For Fun? In a 2004 study “Reading at Risk,” the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) noted an alarming Adownwards trend in book consumption by Americans@ and concluded, AOur worst fears about American reading have been confirmed.@ … Continue reading

01. April 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

In bucolic Western Massachusetts where Rural meets Academic and Yankee goes Bohemian.

21. February 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Fantasylands

With the news featuring the appearance of the seventh and last J.K. Rowlings’ book (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”), the time [June 2007] seems right for considering where fantasy comes from and why the young find it so appealing. 

12. February 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Presentation Feb 23 at Warwick’s in La Jolla, CA

Warwick’s is hosting author Jerry Griswold on Monday, February 23rd at 7:30pm to present his trailblazing historical account of American children’s literature, Audacious Kids: The Classic American Children’s Story. Jerry Griswold is professor emeritus of literature at San Diego State … Continue reading

22. January 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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