Category Archives for Genres

The Good Sense of Nonsense

  Why nonsense is so important to children  

02. March 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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Patriotic Biographies

  The Lives of the Saints gave way to the Lives of the Patriots. (from Parents’ Choice)

15. February 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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Paul(a) Bunyan: Feminist Tall Tale

“Everyone knows about Paul Bunyan . . . but not many people know about Paula Bunyan, his little sister. Maybe ‘little’ isn’t the right word. After all, she was as tall as a pine tree and as strong as a … Continue reading

09. January 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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Philip Pullman’s Cosmic Fantasies: An Appreciation of “His Dark Materials”

“Pullman’s trilogy has been my all-time favorite reading during the last decade . . .” (from Parents’ Choice)

03. November 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Children’s Authors: Biography & Literary Critics

Two recent books suggest the perils and pleasures of biographies penned by critics. [From the journal Children’s Literature] 

27. July 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Reading “Series Books” Backwards

Series books call attention to a special way of reading literature: over time. We can visit and then revisit Narnia or the Land of Oz. We can follow the further and developing adventures of Babar or the Hardy Boys or … Continue reading

15. July 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Nursery Rhymes

For no other reason than they are delightful  

30. April 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Graphic Novels (& Shaun Tan)

a clash between the super normal and fantasy

29. April 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Board Books (for Babies)

“If it were a vehicle, the board book would be a tank or an armored personnel carrier.”

29. April 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Counting Books

At first, numbering seems to require fingers and toes . . . 

28. April 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Fables: Aesop

Why Aesop’s Fables should be the one literary work sent to outer space to represent us

27. April 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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How Picturebooks Work

Which comes first? The pictures or the text?

23. April 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Mother Goose

“Baa, Baa, Black Sheep,”  “Humpty Dumpty,” “Jack and Jill,” “Little Boy Blue”… (from the New York Times Book Review)

23. March 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Pop-Up Books

In addition to being moveable feats, Pop-up Books are Moveable Feasts. As bookstore owners observe, these kinds of books are flying off the shelves. Deservedly so. We are in the midst of a Golden Age of Pop-Up Books which, in … Continue reading

05. March 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Graphic Biographies

The authors of “The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived” make the case that imaginary characters (King Arthur, Cinderella, Nancy Drew, and others) are more likely to shape our lives than real life folks. I don’t need to be … Continue reading

17. February 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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