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Suspense Writer James Patterson Takes on Middle School Set

Credit: Amazon
James Patterson's books often deal with murder, mayhem and the truly dark corners of human experience.
In his latest book, however, prolific author plunges into what could well be the very heart of darkness ... middle...
James Patterson embarks on mission to get kids to read.

Books for Kids Full of Gender Biases, Report Shows

Books for kids show gender bias. Credit: Getty
It's hard to escape the boy's club -- even when it comes to books for kids.
A new study shows a sizable gender bias when it comes to the last century of children's literature, The New Y...
Children's books feature few Madelines, but plent of Babars.

Librarians Come Out With List of Most-Challenged Books, Gay Penguins?

Credit: Amazon Gay penguins are rather unusual in children's literature, but you have to admit they would have really spiced up "The Wind and the Willows." But while birds do it, bees do it and even educated fleas do it, the thoug...Gay penguins are apparently much worse than sparkly vampires.

Kids, Vote Now for Your Favorite Children's Books

Vote now for your favorite Children's Books. Credit: Amazon
Hamsters, monsters, lunch ladies, vampires and zebrafish are all contending characters in the race for the title of top books for kids.
The winners of t...
These awards allow kids to vote for their favorite books.

The 10 Best New Picture Books for Spring

Every season brings bright new picture books, and Cabin Fever has the great pleasure of choosing from among the riches the very best. With help from my personal focus group of readers (and pre-readers), here's what made our shortlist of top new pictu...

So Your Child Wants to Be a Rock Star? Here's Some Advice...

So, there's a drum kit in your basement, your child's best friend has dragged over an electric guitar and an amp, and your neighbours are shooting you dirty looks. Chances are, you're harboring a budding rock star. And you may have some questions. ...

Book Review: Red Ted and the Lost Things

Prepare to fall in love with Red Ted. Credit: Candlewick Press
Red Ted and the Lost Things by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Joel Stewart (Candlewick, $17) Corduroy. Don Freeman's sweet, stuffed-bear icon of the '60s is bound to come to mind...

Book Review: The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress is a movie-ready feel-good tale. Credit: Razorbill Books
The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams, illustrated by Quentin Blake (Razorbill) The title may scream button-pushing controversy and hot-topic scandal, but this ...

Mike Mulligan smokes and other bad habits kids learn from books

"Mommy, Mike Mulligan smokes a pipe," my three year old son told me the other day while we were digging in the garden. I knew right away what he was talking about: we'd been out for pizza the night before, and on the way to the car he was gleefully ...

Books that encourage picky kids to eat

You've tried giving healthy foods magical names. You've tried the deceptively delicious approach and have even resorted to packaging foods with Big Mac paper to get your kids to eat their veggies, but it's still a struggle. Maybe it's time to throw i...

Choose your own adventure books are back

Books are a permanent part of the fabric of my childhood. Certain authors hold chunks of the eighties: Beverly Cleary, Roald Dahl, Judy Blume. My imagination was a rich, vibrant place. I cherished it and books fed it, and even now I keep some of my f...

Raffi targets Baby Beluga grads

I've always thought that music defineds segments of life better than anything else.  For me, the Scorpions were junior high (I was a "rocker".  I know) Soundgarden was high school.  Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven will forever be a s...

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