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Pope supports book about gay parents that was banned by Venice mayor

Piccolo Uovo (Little Egg) is an Italian children’s picture book about an egg that goes on a journey to meet families of all shapes and colors. Author Francesca Pardi wrote the story to help children understand and accept different family structures (…
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Children’s book promises to put your kid to sleep — and some say it works

Are you at wit’s end with getting your toddler to sleep? Have you tried everything from singing “Twinkle Star” dozens of times to rubbing your child’s back endlessly? Enter The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep, a children’s book designed to se…
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Long-lost Dr. Seuss story hits bookstores today

Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, passed in 1991, but the beloved children’s author lives on through the ridiculous rhymes and illustrations featured in dozens of books read by children throughout the world. And today a newly discovered illu…
Categories: Books, Dr. Seuss

Roald Dahl’s pro-vaccination letter reemerges as measles cases surge

Roald Dahl — the beloved children’s book author of classics such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Fantastic Mr. Fox — lost his 7-year-old daughter, Olivia, to measles in 1962. More than two decades later Dahl wrote a heart-breaking letter…

Potty-talk superhero reigns as king of the 2014 banned book list

Who is faster than a speeding waistband, more powerful than boxer shorts, and can leap over a tall building without getting a wedgie? If you’re 8 years old, you know that’s Captain Underpants — the fearless hero who wears briefs and a red cape an…

Long-lost collection of Dr. Seuss stories hits bookstores today

Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, passed in 1991 but the beloved children’s author lives on through the ridiculous rhymes and illustrations featured in dozens of books read by children throughout the world. And today a new book featuring a c…

Richard Scarry’s ‘Best Word Book Ever’ turns 50

“Find the pollywog,” my dad used to always say. For several years, my father and I flipped through Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever almost every night and my job was always to find the pollywog. I loved closely examining the detailed drawings…

Readers’ picks: multicultural children’s books

We asked for your help to put together a list of children’s books where the characters are kids and families of different races, colors and backgrounds. Unfortunately, there aren’t too many of those books today, but there are some well-read readers…
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Despite changing demographics, children’s books remain white

Nearly a quarter of all U.S. schoolchildren are Latino. In California, where I live, that number is even higher with Latinos now making up the majority in the state’s public schools. You’d think that library bookshelves would be chockfull of books …
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Hats off to America’s great children’s author: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Theodor Seuss Geisel’s birthday is March 2. If the beloved children’s book author, best known as Dr. Seuss, were alive today what might you give him? You couldn’t go wrong with a hat. Dr. Seuss was a great lover of hats and he often included them…