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Picture Books: New Takes on Old Topics

There are certain subjects -- friendship, numbers, big cities, the alphabet -- that get plenty of love from the children's book publishing industry. They're old standards, and we see new titles on these topics all the time. So, writers need to work...Writers need to work extra hard to come up with fresh takes on classic kid-lit staples. Luckily for us, they do.

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...
These awards allow kids to vote for their favorite books.

5 Great Children's Books for Women's History Month

When Women's History Month rolls around, the first way my 9-year-old daughter celebrates is by angrily griping, "Month?! We only get one month?" But after that, she likes to put her focus on learning about as many important historical women as she...When Women's History Month rolls around, the first way my 9-year-old daughter celebrates is by angrily griping, "Month?! We only get one month?"

Tired of the Long Winter? Let Laura Ingalls Wilder Put Things in Perspective for You

Is it spring yet? Credit: Amazon When even kids start complaining about the snow, you know we've had a tough winter. But it could be much, much worse. And if you need to remind your children of that fact, read them "The Long Winter" by...When even kids start complaining about the snow, you know we've had a tough winter.

February Children's Books: A Tale for Every Holiday

For such a short month, February is certainly packed with holidays. And we've got great new picture books to commemorate each of them.
Amazon Groundhog Day "Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox" by Susan Blackaby, illustrated...
For such a short month, February is certainly packed with holidays. And we've got great new picture books to commemorate each of them.

Are App Books the New Pop-Up Books?

Kids used to be wowed by the ability to pull a tab and make a little cardboard bee fly back and forth on a page. Now, on an iPad book app, they can tap that bee, hear it buzz, watch it fly figure eights and maybe even swat it with their hand and...Remember when pop-up books used to amaze kids? Now iPad book apps are blowing the minds of parents, too.

Spike and Tonya Lee Discuss Their New Children's Book

Spike and Tonya Lee have written a new children's book. Credit: Bryan Bedder, Getty Images "Giant Steps to Change the World," a new children's book from director Spike Lee and his wife, Tonya Lewis Lee, is a beautifully illustrated...Spike and Tonya Lee have written a new book to inspire kids.

Children's Picture Book Trend for 2011: Cats?

Every so often in the world of children's picture books, a specific animal species will unexpectedly jump into the spotlight. Sometimes you can trace the inspiration for the Flavor-of-the-Month critter back to a popular film, like when "March of...Well, we're only a few weeks into 2011, but the animal taking the most starring roles so far seems to be the oh-so pedestrian cat.

Children's Christmas Books: New Versions of Old Classics

Every holiday season sees several new renditions of the classic Christmas stories '"Twas the Night Before Christmas" and "A Christmas Carol." One really has to wonder how many times those same pieces of text can be re-illustrated. But as unnecessary...'Tis the season for updates of classic holiday stories. Which versions stand out?

Julie Andrews and Daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, on Children's Books and 'Granny Jules'

Emma Walton Hamilton and Julie Andrews attend their book signing of "A Very Fairy Princess" in New York City. Credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images
Julie Andrews -- actually, that's Dame Julie Andrews to you -- and her eldest daughter, Emma Walton...
The mother-daughter team has written more than 20 books for children.

Young Readers: Choose Your Dystopia

What's exciting young readers today? Based on current themes in publishing, it's incredibly awful visions of the future. But thankfully, terrible visions of things to come don't mean terrible books -- a few recent dystopian novels prove quite the...What's exciting young readers today? Based on current themes in publishing, it's incredibly awful visions of the future.

Peter Sis Uses His Own Kids As Inspiration for His Award-Winning Children's Books

Peter Sis started illustrating children's books after Maurice Sendak saw his work. Credit: Macmillan Children's Publishing Group
Madlenka, the charming protagonist of two previous books by children's author and illustrator Peter Sis, is back in...
Sis began his career as an animation filmmaker, but started illustrating children's books after Maurice Sendak saw his work.

Kids' Book Prizes to Include Gay and Lesbian Award

American Library Association announces new award Credit: Getty Images
NEW YORK (AP) - An award for gay and lesbian literature will be included in the American Library Association's annual announcement of children's prizes, a list which features...
An award for gay and lesbian literature will be included in the American Library Association's annual announcement of children's prizes, a list which features the prestigious and influential Caldecott and Newbery medals.

The Many Faces of Children's Author Rosemary Wells

If you have children, chances are you've read a book by Rosemary Wells. The incredibly prolific author (her name appears on more than 60 books) is best known for her bunny-morphic slice-of-life Max & Ruby series, which has delighted...The prolific author has been especially busy these past couple of months, during which we've seen the release of three very different Wells books -- each for a very different audience.

Opinion: Don't Let Picture Books Die!

Dear parents: Illustrations don't make your kids dumb. Illustration by Christopher Healy
Apparently kids aren't reading picture books anymore. That's what's happening, according to an article recently published in The New York Times....
Dear parents: Illustrations don't make your kids dumb.

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