children's books

13-Year-Old Marley Dias Wants Every Black Girl To See Themselves Reflected In Books

You might remember when Marley Dias first made headlines in 2016, after she launched the #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign to celebrate diverse kidlit that wasn't all about "white boys and dogs." Now 13 years old, Dias has published a book of her own, Mar…
By Kristian Wilson

People Challenged These 10 Books More Than Any Others In 2017

The American Library Association (ALA) has just released its list of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books in 2017, and the public's reasons for attacking these books, many of which are aimed at children and young adults, prove that we still have a long w…
By Kristian Wilson

9 Picture Books For Adults That You'll Probably Find Painfully Relatable

Pressures of the adult world getting to you? Pretty much every book offers the reader a brief respite from the demands of their everyday life, but irreverent picture books for grownups go the extra mile, packaging a lot of inappropriate fun into a fe…
By Kristian Wilson

Publishers & Book Organizations Are Partnering To Donate Over 400,000 Free Books To Kids

Across the U.S., too many people live in "book deserts": places without bookstores and libraries in easy reach. These environments contribute to the so-called word gap — the disparity between the potential vocabularies of privileged and marginalized …
By Kristian Wilson

J.K. Rowling's Excuse For Not Turning A Book In Is Honestly Too Good Not To Share

Every one of us has missed a deadline or two in their life, and most people agree that that is an understandable, if unfortunate, circumstance, provided that you can offer a legitimate reason for the delay. Well, the Internet just learned that J.K. R…
By Kristian Wilson

John Oliver Just Announced A Children's Book Specifically Meant To Troll Mike Pence

John Oliver of Last Week Tonight pulled off an excellent trolling of Mike Pence on Sunday night, when he released a rabbit-themed children's book to counter one written by Second Lady Charlotte Pence. Written by Last Week Tonight writer Jill Twiss, A…
By Kristian Wilson

21 Quotes From 'A Wrinkle In Time' That You Won't Be Able To Forget

With the film adaptation coming to theaters on Friday, now is an excellent time to revisit the 21 best quotes from A Wrinkle in Time, because we could all use a little more Mrs Who, Mrs Which, and Mrs Whatsit in our lives. First published in 1962, A …
By Kristian Wilson

This New Podcast About Women Who've Changed The World Is Guaranteed To Be Your New Favorite

The "anti-princess picture book" Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is becoming a podcast in March, and you're going to love their first subject. Tune in on March 6 to hear The Night Of's Poorna Jagannathan read about NASA engineer Margaret Hamilton,…
By Kristian Wilson

You Can Join These YA Authors At Gun Violence Protests Across The Country

Children's book creators aren't leaving it up to younger generations to do all the fighting for gun control. A few kidlit authors are taking on gun violence with #KidLitMarchesForKids, a series of protests planned for Mar. 24, the same day as the mor…
By Kristian Wilson

Here's What To Know About A Petition To Essentially Ban LGBTQ+ Books At An Iowa Library

A small city in Iowa has drawn national attention as its public library faces an attempt to label and separate LGBTQ+ books from the rest of the collection. According to the Des Moines Register, "more than 300 people have signed a petition to either …
By Kristian Wilson

17 Fantasy Books You Missed As A Kid — But Should Read As An Adult

I've spent a lifetime reading fantasy novels, but there are so many novels and series that I didn't have the chance to read when I was younger and could have enjoyed them more. If you're burned out on today's magical book offerings, I've got 17 great…
By Kristian Wilson

Reese Witherspoon Donated Books With A Simple Instagram Post — And You Can Do It, Too

You next good deed is just a shelfie away. In a project announced by actress and noted book-lover Reese Witherspoon on Instagram, Disney will donate one book to a child in need for each shelfie posted to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #MagicOf…
By Kristian Wilson

Harry Potter Book Night Is Coming To The U.S. For The First Time Ever

If you've spent years gazing longingly at Harry Potter events that are only held across the pond, start tracking down your nearest Books-A-Million location right away. This February, Books-A-Million will host the first-ever Harry Potter Book Night in…
By Kristian Wilson

Ursula K. Le Guin Has Passed Away At The Age Of 88

A pioneer in the world of literary science fiction and fantasy, author Ursula K. Le Guin has passed away at the age of 88, The New York Times reports. She died in her home in Portland, Ore. on Monday, according to her son, Theo Downes-Le Guin. He did…
By Cristina Arreola

21 Books That Should Be On Every High School Curriculum

There's been a lot of debate in recent years over what books should be included in students' English curricula, but I think we can all agree that there are some books schools need to teach their students. Reading fiction increases empathy, an all-too…
By Kristian Wilson

Apparently Dolly Parton Has A Book Club & She Gives FREE Books To Kids

If you know someone with a baby on the way, do them a big favor by encouraging them to sign up that little bundle of joy for its very first book club. Dolly Parton's Imagination Library gives free books to kids, and participating will certainly brigh…
By Kristian Wilson

This James Baldwin Children's Book Is Coming Back Into Print For Young Activists

The author is best known for his novels and essays, but now James Baldwin's only children's book is coming back into print. First published by Dial in 1976, Little Man, Little Man: A Story of Childhood will be re-released by Duke University Press in …
By Kristian Wilson

This 4-Year-Old Read 100 Books In One Day & It Was All Streamed On Facebook

No matter how awesome your weekend was, you probably didn't accomplish as much as Caleb Green. The four-year-old boy read 100 books in one day, and his parents streamed the entire thing to Facebook Live from their Chicago home. The stream garnered a …
By Kristian Wilson

5 Literary Organizations To Donate To This #GivingTuesday

After the year we've all endured, it's impossible to deny that it's hugely important to do the most good we can, and to connect with others on a large scale. Thankfully, the sixth annual #GivingTuesday movement is here to help us out with that one. C…
By Kerri Jarema

These Never-Before-Seen Harry Potter Covers Are Too Gorgeous To Believe

Attention all Potterheads: There is a new batch of Potter-related art out for your viewing pleasure! These unreleased Harry Potter covers by Olly Moss are full of magic and mystery, and the fact that we can still be impressed, after all this time, al…
By Kristian Wilson