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Books are good for body as well as brain

It's important for kids to read in order to become well-rounded, knowledgeable adults and positive members of society. It turns out there's another benefit to reading -- it can lead to weight loss. Scientists at Duke Children's Hospital in North...

Cartoon bunny attempts suicide, real-life children follow suit

(Click the photo to see the Top 10 Children's Books on Life Changing Subjects) A 12-year-old from Shanghai tragically committed suicide this week -- but one bookstore isn't blaming bad parents, exam pressure, or playgrounds bullies. Instead they're...

100 books every child should read

Author Michael Morpurgo believes that if children are to become readers for life, they must first love stories. That sounds so basic and true that one wonders why it needs to be said in the first place. But, as Morpurgo points out, learning to read...

KidderLit: for Internet geeks who are into kids' books

If you're an Internet nerd, like I am, in addition to your blog, your Facebook or MySpace profile, and the hefty number of subscriptions in your feed reader of choice, you probably also have a Twitter account. The site is mostly devoted to a kind of...

Julianne Moore's new childrens' book

Even though I'm well aware that acting is a job, and those who are good at it, in theory, are nothing like the people they portray on screen. However, given some of the roles Julianne Moore played over the past few years, it was hard to imagine her...

Literature in the loo

I was talking with some parents from Jared's school the other day when one mentioned that her daughter has taken to reading while sitting on the toilet. She even goes so far as to have her younger sister fetch her another book after finishing one....

Erotica by and for moms

We all have needs. Even mommies, with paper lunch sacks and homework rules, have needs and, yes, I mean those needs. Dressed in baggy sweatpants and juice-stained, dried-cereal-encrusted t-shirts, mothers still want to feel attractive, desirable,...

Most disturbing children's books of all times?

BoingBoing has a picture from a page of what could possibly be the "most hilarious/disturbing children's book ever written." The picture features sketched white horses smoking cigarettes and boozing. Admittedly, it's perplexing, but I am beginning to...

Teens dig books

It seems that while they might be old school, books are definitely not out of style with the teenage set these days. According to this article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, teens are buying books faster than they have in ages. If the upcoming...

Parents try to ban Maya Angelou's book from school curriculum

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the autobiography of best-selling author, actor, playwright, historian, educator, civil rights activist and former U.S. poet laureate Maya Angelou, is under attack from parents in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. The book...

From the Literary Mama: combining art and children

As I mentioned, I'm slowing working through the internal dialogue-provoking Literary Mama: Reading for the Maternally Inclined. Yesterday I took a mental break from the track coaching clinic I was attending to read Nicole Cooley's essay,...

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