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KidPop News: Obama, Super Mario, and Literary Lions

Obama Picture Book Due Out in November
Credit: Amazon
I can hear the pundits now: The president wrote a children's book! It's propaganda! It's a stunt for the midterms! I think we can all relax -- It's just a picture book. It's called "Of Th...
Obama's publishing a kid's book and Super Mario turns 25? What is the world coming to?

Time to Swipe the Page: More iPad Picture Books

Our recent roundup of interactive picture-book apps for the iPad focused on fancied-up classics like "Alice in Wonderland" and "Green Eggs and Ham." But there's plenty of new material out there in the world of finger-swipe page-turning. Here, we ta...

Humor Both Dark and Light: The Picture Books of August

A book that can make a little kid laugh is a book he or she is going to remember and want to read again. But different kids laugh at some very different things. Is your child more of a "hee hee, look at the monkey's silly face" type? Or more of ...

Girl Detectives: The Legacy of Nancy Drew

Back in 1930, hard-boiled detectives like Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe were in vogue, making mystery-solving a decidedly masculine occupation. And then Carolyn Keene came along and tossed an 18-year-old girl into the mix. I would dare say Nancy ...

Cry, Laugh, Shiver, and Learn: New Picture Books

Reading a good book can be an emotional experience. Here's a selection of new picture books that can run you through the full gamut.
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"City Dog, Country Frog" by Mo Willems, illustrated by Jon J. Muth (Hyperion, $18) We all know M...

iPad, Read Me a Story

Reading by iPad app-light. Illustration by Christopher Healy.
Whatever you want to do, there's an app for that: It's already a stale joke. But, as they say, there's truth in jest. And when it comes to bedtime stories, yes, there's an app for...

Summer Picture Books You Must Read to Your Kids

In these hot, schedule-mangling summer months, it can be difficult to remember to read to your kids. Here are some of the more pleasantly surprising recent picture books -- breaks from the typical that will help keep you interested as you provide y...

Pop Culture Smackdown: Polar Bears vs. Penguins!

Which cold-weather creature comes out on top in pop culture? Illustration: Christopher Healy
We've always had a fascination with cold-weather animals. Perhaps it's because they live in environments we never could. Polar bears and penguins are ani...

Top Teen Beach Reads: Which Should Scare You, Which Should You Borrow?

Beach season is upon us and tweens and teens, just as much as adults, are going to be grabbing dishy, fun reads to page through while they lie out on the sand. Some are lighthearted and innocent, some are lighthearted and not-so-innocent, some ...

Return of the Masters: New Books From 3 Big Names in Children's Literature

Once an author has a hit of a certain size or accolades of a certain degree, it's expected that every subsequent book they turn out will be just as genius or just as huge as now-classic story he or she is most famous for. Of course, it's not really...

What Year Is It? Retro Kids' Books and Retro Art Styles

Between contemporary illustrators who recreate the look and feel of old-timey picture books and publishers printing new editions of under-the-radar "classics" from decades past, it can sometimes be hard to tell what era a children's book actually o...

Never Mind Iron Man: 5 Very Different Superhero Adventures for Kids

It's been a long time since graphic novels were automatically considered the second-class citizens of the bookstore shelves. Critical darlings like Shaun Tan's The Arrival (not to mention adult graphic novels like Maus and Persepolis) have grant...

Best New Poetry Books for Kids

National Poetry Month might be coming to a close, but that doesn't mean your kids can't continue to enjoy a little whimsical verse every now and again. Parents should never overlook poetry as an economical choice for bedtime reading as well ("I ...

A Web Site You Should Know: One Potato

OnePotato.net digs up great picture books you might otherwise miss. Credit: One Potato
With 80 gajillion Web pages clogging up cyberspace, it's far too easy for a wonderful, helpful site to get lost amid all the status updates, pop-up ads, an...

The Next Big Things in Children's Literature

For ages now, publishers of books for young readers have been hoping to replicate the worldwide mega-success of a certain series about a boy wizard. We have yet to see The Next Harry Potter – and may never -- but that doesn't mean there haven't...

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