Spin the globe on the International Children's Digital Library's glossy, state of the art website and read public domain children's books from all over the world. Perfect for all those times you find yourself needing to read a bedtime story from your computer screen to your second cousin visiting from Chandigarh, doubly perfect if you are a grown-ass woman looking to practice the Dutch you learned from an iPhone app.
Happy Children's Book Week, children. For those children who can read, we have below an interview with Sheila Heti, the author of We Need a Horse, an illustrated book for children featuring art by Clare Rojas. Heti is also the author of four other books, including How Should a Person Be?, which was nominated for The Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly The Orange Prize) in March.
AF: I love how deeply you are playing in your work, and as you know, I am a huge fan of We Need a Horse. [...]
Everyone knows there's a gender imbalance in children's literature. From Babar to The Cat in the Hat, kids' books tend to cast put boys in the lead roles, leaving young girls on the sidelines yet again. Here are a few of the most beloved children's books of all time, reimagined to ignite the feminist motors of little girls far and wide.
As the title suggests, Go the F*** to Sleep mocks the parental frustrations of trying to lay a child down to bed. Crass in concept and execution, this is an expletive-filled bedtime story intended solely for the amusement of parents. [...]
Nobody is suggesting that there's a connection between Adam Mansbach's book and child abuse or child neglect. Still, there's no denying the reason Go the F*** to Sleep should be kept out of reach of children is because of its violent language and because of the way it demeans children.
NPR's Backseat Book Club, which is a series dedicated to young readers, has put together this straight Murderer's Row of must-reads and it's just the best thing we're going to see all week (runner-up goes to this Tumblr). Ostensibly the list is for kids age 9-14, but really, the limpid writing and sharp plot of a good children's book is for all of us! The expected Greats are all in here (Bridge to Terabithia, From the Mixed-Up Files), but there are some sleeper hits (Half Magic, The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, The Twenty-One Balloons) as well as a few picks from the last decade [...]