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Here Are Nearly 1,200 Coursera Courses That Are Still Completely Free

Courses from 166 universities, including Stanford, Georgia Tech, Yale, Duke, and Michigan, are part of the list.<p>Are Coursera courses still free? At Class Central, we get that question so often that I wrote a guide to answer it. Generally speaking, Coursera courses are free to audit but if you want …

Online Education

Elon Musk Urges People to Watch Chris Paine's A.I. Movie While It's Free

"Do You Trust This Computer?" is now available to stream.<p>Elon Musk is concerned about the future of humanity. The tech entrepreneur shared a link …

SEO Is a Long Game — So Focus On Evergreen Content

Everyone wants to be found.<p>And ranking on the first page of search engine results is the holy grail of content marketing.<p>There are tons of articles …

Engines

The Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies Our Staff Can’t Stop Eating

I was five, maybe six or seven or eight, sometime in the late ’90s. There was a bake sale at my elementary school. Cookies, cakes, brownies, blondies, the usual suspects—except wait!—except for those, those sugar-crusted, dark chocolate cookies with peanut butter bellies and the very cutest name:</i> …

The Best Children’s Books of 2015

From power-hungry sheep to power-hungry tigers, by way of ghosts, E.E. Cummings, and the unseen Dr. Seuss.<p><i>“I don’t write for children,”</i> Maurice Sendak scoffed in his final interview. <i>“I write — and somebody says, ‘That’s for children!’”</i> Some generations earlier, J.R.R. Tolkien vehemently asserted …

Kenny’s Window: Maurice Sendak’s Forgotten Philosophical Children’s Book About Love, Loneliness, and Knowing What You Really Want

“A wish is halfway to wherever you want to go.”<p><i>“I don’t write for children,”</i> <b>Maurice Sendak</b> (June 10, 1928–May 8, 2012) told Stephen Colbert in his last on-camera appearance. <i>“I write — and somebody says, ‘That’s for children!’”</i> Having fallen in love with his work as an adult myself — none of it made …

The Brownstone: A Lovely Vintage Children’s Book About Accommodating Each Other’s Differences by Trailblazing Graphic Designer Paula Scher

Playful assurance that however vast our differences, there is always a mutually satisfying solution to be found.<p><i>“New York blends the gift of privacy with the excitement of participation,”</i> E.B. White wrote in his sublime 1949 ode to Gotham, one of the most beautiful books ever written. As singular a …

Finding Winnie: The Improbable and Touching Real-Life Story of the Baby Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

How a real-life act of kindness with a touch of serendipity sparked one of the most beloved children’s stories of all time.<p>On August 24, 1914, a kindly Canadian veterinarian named Harry Colebourn bought a baby bear from a trapper at a train station, where he had taken respite on his way to heal …

Cry, Heart, But Never Break: A Remarkable Illustrated Meditation on Loss and Life

“Who would enjoy the sun if it never rained? Who would yearn for the day if there were no night?”<p><i>“Each day, we wake slightly altered, and the person we were yesterday is dead,”</i> John Updike wrote, <i>“so why … be afraid of death, when death comes all the time?”</i> Half a millennium earlier, Montaigne posed …

The White Cat and the Monk: A Lovely 9th-Century Ode to the Joy of Uncompetitive Purposefulness, Newly Illustrated

A wonderful counterpoint to our culture of competitive self-comparison, reminding us that we can choose to amplify each other’s accomplishments because there is, after all, enough to go around.<p><i>“If you want to concentrate deeply on some problem, and especially some piece of writing or paper-work,”</i> …

A Lovely Vintage Children’s Concept Book About How the Imagination Works, Newly Discovered and Illustrated

A poetic game of possibility in the language of shape and color.<p>In the late 1950s, children’s book author <b>Ann Rand</b> collaborated with her then-husband, the graphic design legend Paul Rand, on a series of unusual and imaginative children’s books — <i>Sparkle and Spin</i> and <i>I Know a Lot of Things</i>. Even after …

Daytime Visions: A Tender and Unusual Illustrated Alphabet Celebrating the Whimsy of Words

“Words are a wonderful kind of glue.”<p><i>“We live in the word,”</i> Elizabeth Alexander observed in contemplating writing and the self in language, <i>“and the word is one of the ways we have to reach across to each other.”</i> And it is often in learning to live in the word — that is, in those formative years of …

Literature

The Rocket Book: A Conceptually Ingenious, Stunningly Illustrated 1912 Children’s Book About Urban Living

An irreverent wink at the challenge of separate lives sharing space in the city.<p><i>“How alive the city is,”</i> Alfred Kazin exclaimed in his journal in the late 1950s, <i>“how alive, how alive, how alive. Each of those windows has someone behind it… A network of people, a living field — each grass a soul,</i> …

Wave: A Most Unusual Coloring Book by English Artist Shantell Martin, Inspired by Life in Japan

An illustrated ode to the art of affectionate surrender to the ebb and flow of existence.<p><i>“A sight, an emotion, creates this wave in the mind, long before it makes words to fit it,”</i> Virginia Woolf wrote in contemplating writing and consciousness. Nearly a century later, this powerful image of the …

Creativity

A Child of Books: An Illustrated Love Letter to the Wondrous World of Words and Stories

A jubilant paean to books as participatory engines of self-discovery, self-creation, and self-transformation.<p>Half a millennium before Carl Sagan pointed to books as “proof that humans are capable of working magic,” Galileo saw reading as a way of having superhuman powers. For Kafka, books were “the …

Listen! Listen!: A Vintage Invitation to Presence and Attentive Attunement with the World, Illustrated by Graphic Design Legend Paul Rand

From the plop of a raindrop to the crunch of buttered toast, a celebration of life through the soundscape of everyday aliveness.<p>Legendary graphic designer <b>Paul Rand</b> was a creative genius who wore his kindness in cantankerous camouflage. His timeless wisdom on design continues to influence …

The King of the Birds: The Illustrated Story of Flannery O’Connor and Her Beloved Peacock

“It all started with a chicken who could walk backwards and forwards.”<p>On the vast spectrum of great writers and their pets, <b>Flannery O’Connor</b> (March 25, 1925–August 3, 1964) falls on the odder side. An ardent fan of fowl, O’Connor began her avian collection at the age of five with a backward-walking …

Literature

Roland: A Charming Vintage Illustrated Ode to the Imagination and the Animating Power of Kindness

A story of wistfulness and whimsy, told with scruffy tenderness.<p><i>“Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recovered at will,”</i> Baudelaire wrote in his abiding case for the genius of childhood — “a genius for which no aspect of life has become stale.” What keeps the world ceaselessly fresh for …

Literature

The Polar Bear: An Empathic Illustrated Invitation into the World of One of Our Planet’s Most Vulnerable Creatures

A largehearted celebration of the science behind the life and times of the Arctic’s furry monarch.<p><i>“In wildness is the preservation of the world,”</i> Thoreau wrote 150 years ago in his ode to the spirit of sauntering. But in a world increasingly unwild, where we are in touch with nature only …

Moon Man: Tomi Ungerer’s Timeless Vintage Illustrated Fable of How Fear and Cynicism Blind Us to Benevolence

A radiant reminder that we transcend our darkness only by choosing to turn toward the light.<p>For billions of years, the Moon has remained our steadfast companion bearing witness to every tumult and triumph of this world, its benevolent radiance reminding us that even the darkest of earthly eras …

A Voyage in the Clouds: The Heartening Illustrated Story of the First International Flight in 1785

How a Frenchman, an Englishman, a French bulldog named Henri, and an English bulldog named Henry overcame their differences to conquer the skies.<p><i>“I am finished with the Earth. From now on our place is in the sky!”</i> So proclaimed Dr. Alexander Charles in December of 1783 as he landed from the first …

Literature

We Found a Hat: Jon Klassen’s Minimalist, Maximally Wonderful Parable of Transforming Covetousness into Generosity and Justice

“We found a hat. We found it together. But there is only one hat. And there are two of us.”<p><i>“If you perceive the universe as being a universe of abundance, then it will be. If you think of the universe as one of scarcity, then it will be,”</i> legendary graphic designer Milton Glaser observed in his …

The Best Children’s Books of 2016

From love to mortality to the lives of Einstein and Louise Bourgeois, by way of silence and the color of the wind.<p>In his meditation on the three ways of writing for children and the key to authenticity in all writing, C.S. Lewis admonished against treating children, in literature or life, as “a …

The 7 Loveliest Children’s Books of 2017

Profound and poetic illustrated celebrations of solitude, self-possession, friendship, and our place in the cosmos.<p><i>“Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time,”</i> <i>Charlotte’s Web</i> author E.B. White asserted. <i>“You have to write up, not down.”</i> A generation later, Maurice Sendak scoffed …

Literature

Children's Book Review: The Mad Wolf’s Daughter by Diane Magras. Penguin/Dawson, $16.99 (288p) ISBN 978-0-7352-2926-6

The Mad Wolf’s Daughter<p>Diane Magras. Penguin/Dawson, $16.99 (288p) ISBN 978-0-7352-2926-6<p>Set in a rugged Scottish landscape in the early 13th …

Books

Children's Book Reissues: Fall 2017

This fall brings a bountiful crop of picture books given new life in print. From a book of biblical parables by an award-winning author, to the …

Hundreds of children vote in this year’s Sheffield Children’s Book Awards

10 November 2017<p>A story about a book-monster who makes his way into favourite fairy tales, including Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the …

5 Beloved Children's Book Authors Share Their Favorite Novels

1<p><i>The Arrival,</i> by Shaun Tan<p>“Tan’s graphic novel is what genius looks like. A wordless story about the immigration experience (of all things), Tan’s …

Books

The Magic Boat: Brilliant Vintage “Interactive” Children’s Book by Freud’s Eccentric Niece Named Tom

Visionary interactive storytelling designed to “delight and surprise,” with human tragedy on the side.<p>As a lover of vintage children’s books and analog “interactive” treasures, I was delighted to discover the unusual 1929 gem <b>The Magic Boat: A Book to Turn and Move</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a collection of …

Red House children's book award 2015 winner announced

Children and teenagers,Books,Culture,Red House children's book award,Awards and prizes,Children's books: 7 and under,Children's books: 8-12 years,Teen books,Picture books,David Walliams<p><b>Newsflash:</b> The children’s votes are in and the Red House children’s book award 2015 winners have been decided! …