The Children's Book Author Parents Are Obsessed With

"Significantly less murder than I was expecting," wrote GoodReads user Anna Smithberger in a review of the children's picture book We Found A Hat. The third book in a trilogy by author and illustrator Jon Klassen, it was the first not to end with…
By Janet Manley

Calvin And Hobbes Taught Me Everything I Need To Know About Feminism

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Jessica Wakeman

The Book That Saved Me At Bedtime With My Young Kids

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Amy Bloom

The Weirdest Children’s Book Of All Time Is Exactly What We Need Right Now

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Catherine Newman

The Book About A Bunny That Nails The Smallness Of Toddler Life

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Carley Moore

The Book That Helped My Son Rediscover Reading

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By David McGlynn

The Book That Captures The Childhood We Can’t Quite Reach

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Sam Miller Khaikin

There Is A Children's Book About Death That Handles It Exactly Right

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Janet Manley

The Book That Taught My Daughter To #Resist

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Anita Felicelli

The Book That Got Me Through My Mom Funk

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Jam Kotenko

Everything I Needed to Know About Motherhood, I Learned From 'Charlotte's Web'

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Leah Campbell

The Book That Cured Me & My Son Of Our Perfectionism

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Phaea Crede

'A Wrinkle In Time' Changed My Life As A Kid

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Samantha Taylor

'Harry Potter' Helped Me Come Out To My Mom

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Courtney Gorter

The Book That Helped Me Survive Being Abandoned By The Person Who Brought Me To Life

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Alex DiFrancesco

The Book I Wrote For My Daughter After Our Infertility Journey

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Jason Pinter

The Book Every Little Ginger With A Wild Head Of Hair Needs To Read

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Kinsey Gidick

The Books That Helped Me Come To Terms With Having A Boy In A Poisonous World

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Erinn Salge

Remember The Saddest Bookworm?

Back in 2015, a more innocent internet age, you may recall your mom's friend Barb emailing you a Yahoo link to "The saddest bookworm," a viral YouTube video in which a baby would burst into tears every time his mother reached the end of a story. It…
By Janet Manley

This Feminist Version Of 'Little Red Riding Hood' Made Me Love Fairytales Again

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Phaea Crede

This Theory Explains Why Your Kid Wants To Re-Read 'Goodnight Moon' Over & Over

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Lilly Stevens

Why We Have To Believe In Winnie-the-Pooh, According To The Author Of 'Mother Bruce'

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Ryan T. Higgins

My Friends Banned 'Garfield' In Their House — Here's Why We Let Our Kids Gorge On Those Books

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Mary Kenagy Mitchell

This Storybook Pig Based On A Real-Life Sow Will Steal Your Heart — See The Cover First Here

What is it about pigs that just tug at the heartstrings? Have you ever rooted for a character as much as Wilbur from Charlotte’s Web? Or Babe from the eponymous novel and movie? Well, it’s time to meet your latest pig best friend in Emma, a real…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

A Beaut Children’s Book For Every Day Leading Up To Christmas

If ever there was a month to get cozy with the kiddos and read a million books, it'd be December. Holiday season is pretty bonkers for most folks, especially those of us with little kids who require more Christmas planning than any non-parent could…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

The Book That Taught Me Dads Could Cry

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Paul Eiche

This Adorable Children's Book Is All About Fashion, Individuality, & Girl Power

This month, fashion maven turned children's book author Eva Chen is celebrating the release of her brand new book Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes. This story, a celebration of all things individuality, fashion, and girl power, also serves as…
By Caroline Hogeveen

The Picture Books That Defined 2018 & What They Say About Us

Presented in partnership with The Longest Shortest Time podcast. For a short 24 pages, I sure have no clue how most picture books will end. Truly, if you thought Ulysses was esoteric, let me introduce you Secret Pizza Party, in which a raccoon goes…
By Janet Manley

The Gender Gap In Children's Books Is Way Worse Than You Think

Presented in partnership with The Longest Shortest Time podcast. The story I always requested at bedtime as a child was Princess Smartypants (2005) by Babette Cole, a picture book about a princess who doesn't want to get married. She's more…
By Samantha Grindell

The Dutch Classic That Helped Me Bond With My Toddler

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Christie Drozdowski

The One Book That Helped Cure My Loneliness During The Holidays

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Lane Moore

This Sweet Kids' Book Is About Giving, But Not In The Way You Think

On The View recently, the biggest guest turned out not to be Anthony Scaramucci, aka, "The Mooch," but a little baby with a gloriously oversized bow on her head who was met with a reverent silence by the otherwise rambunctious studio audience. The…
By Samantha Grindell

9 Spooky Books To Read With A Snuggly Little Skeleton On Your Lap

I like to think that every holiday is a good chance to get some new books. (My bookshelves are always begging for mercy.) Halloween is no different. Sure, you'll also need to stock up on candy and cider and pumpkin-spice-flavored-things, but I think…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

Boys Get A Boost With Their Own Book Of Inspo — & We Have The Cover Reveal

By now, you’ve seen her on bookshelves, the steely-eyed tween swimmer staring out of you, her strong little arms crossed in a pose that is so packed with attitude it takes a moment to understand what is so revolutionary about it. The cover image…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

This Picture Book Is Better Than Guided Meditation — Tomie DePaola Explains How He Did It

As a parent, when your hair isn't on fire, you are likely surrounded by the blare of, say, The Octonauts ("Creature report! Creature report!"). Life is wall-to-wall activities and noise; you're alway hurrying to or from something. Sometimes I feel…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

Shannon Hale's Beloved Kids' Graphic Novel About Friendship Is Getting A Sequel — & We Have The Cover Reveal

Many parents feel every jolt of their kids' ride into the bumpy world of friendship — littered with cliques, attacks on their self-esteem, bullying, and anxiety — and want to know how they can prepare them for those experiences. So when the graphic…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

10 New Children's Books That Are A Balm For Your Feminist Rage

OK folks, it's been a tough week (month? year? presidential term?) for womankind. But children's publishing has a salve for all that burning rage, giving us a wealth of children's books that lift up some of history's greatest women. It's a facet of…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

This Book's Magic Spell Helped Me Find Home

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Aimee Christian

The Book That Taught Me How To Grieve My Mom

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Samantha Grindell

12 Picture Books That Are Legit Works Of Art

Of people who work in children's literature, author Gary D. Schmidt said, "They are artists, who make their most beautiful work for children." It was at a conference I attended, and really struck me, because I feel like my most emotional responses…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

14 Beloved Children's Books That You Won't Believe Have Been Banned Before

Ever felt like doing something radical and daring, yet simple at the same time? Something that makes an important point, and that you can share with your children? Something that supports a cause others may disagree with, but that won't land you in…
By Shana Aborn

12 Cute Halloween Children's Books That Are Way More Sweet Than Spooky

Let's face it, Halloween can be a pretty scary holiday for young kids. Last year, I went for a fall walk with my toddler, and when she spotted a life-size zombie hanging from a neighbor's tree she was understandably terrified. When you stop and look…
By Kate Miller