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

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

Jamie Lee Curtis Wrote Her Inspiring New Children's Book In Just Two Hours — EXCLUSIVE

You know her name. You know her movies. But did you know that Jamie Lee Curtis is a published children's author? And we're not just talking about one book here, folks. Curtis has penned 11 children books, with her first being released over 20 years…
By Lauren Cox

18 Children's Books So Full Of Lulz, You & Your Tot Will Giggle Off To Sleep

What adult cannot relate to the idea of being a lion not living up to his potential as a carnivorous alpha predator? No honest adult, I think. Such is the premise of How To Be A Lion, by Ed Vere, one of the many new children's books this year that,…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

8 Children's Books About September 11, To Educate Kids About The Tragedy Gently

For those of us who remember the unspeakable events of September 11 — and especially those of us who were in or near New York, Washington, or Shanksville — the anniversary still stirs deep emotions. It seems impossible to believe that 17 years have…
By Shana Aborn

The Kid's Book That Makes Me Miss My Mom The Most, Now That I Have 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 Maryellen Brown

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

After A 5-Year Hiatus, Beloved Children's Book Characters Ivy & Bean Are Back

I freely admit it: I adore children's books. Many of them are better-written and more entertaining than the adult bestsellers. Sometimes I joke that I became a teacher just so I could get to read Eric Carle and Anna Dewdney every day. So when I…
By Shana Aborn

The Anarchic Children's Book That Represents Summer To Me As A Mom, Still

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 Liza Wyles

19 Forgotten Children's Books That Deserve to Be Rediscovered

As a preschool teacher and a mom, I'm well-versed in all of today's best-selling books. I can quote the hot literary cats (Pete, Splat, and the Cat in the Hat) by heart. I can say "No!" to David and the Pigeon. I appreciate the girl-power…
By Shana Aborn

This Utterly Blimmin' Perfect Book Guide Matches You With A Kids' Book According To Your Fav Novel

It is a truth universally acknowledged that choosing a children’s book with which to enthrall and delight your kids is not easy. In fact, I’d say it’s almost as difficult as putting the kids to bed after said book is done, because apparently it is…
By Courtney Gorter

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? You've Got To See Him Now

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

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