Children's Books

You can stop asking writers who inspired them — all of the answers are now in one place

Welcome to Vox’s weekly book link roundup, a curated selection of the week’s best writing on books and related subjects. Here is the best the internet has to offer for the week of April 24, 2017.<p>At the Atlantic, James Somers tells the story of how we <i>almost</i> got instant digital access tothe …

Books

Douglas Coupland headlines list of 2017 B.C. Book prize winners

The seven winners of the 33rd annual B.C. Book Prize winners have been announced following a gala at Vancouver’s Pinnacle Harbourfront hotel.<p>The …

Books

Emma Donoghue: seven kids and four parents – bigger is better in children’s books

In classics from Eve Garnett to Arthur Ransome, there are always enough kids to form a world without adults – and a hardcore tomboy can have a place in the gang<p>My publishers initially choked when I offered them a novel about eight children, with four parents. One editor suggested I trim this down …

Books

Read up on 15 of Chicago's best independent bookstores

With Amazons’ fifth brick-and-mortar bookstore opening its doors in Chicago this past month, some consider it more important than ever to support the city’s local and independently owned bookshops. Chicago is incredibly proud of its talented and homegrown artists, musicians, chefs and business …

Books

Children’s books roundup: the best new picture books and novels

Mole’s missing specs, a new outing for the Little Mermaid, a love song to the planet and Beetle Boy returns<p>Buds are bursting, lambs are leaping; slough off Easter’s chocolate coma with books about biodiversity, mermaids, battles, beetles, song, ships, grief, star-gazing and growing up.<p>For …

Books

One Naked Baby

• Overview<br>• Editorial Reviews<br>• Product Details<br>• Related Subjects<br>• Meet the author<p>Overview<p><b>Count your way through a baby’s busy day!</b> <br>Count from 1 to 10 as this …

Babies

50 Of The Best Indie Bookstores In America

How many have you visited?<p>“Indie Bookstores are Back,” The New York Times proclaimed early last year. “People Are Still Buying Books At Indie Bookstores,” Forbes announced a few months later, somewhat incredulously. A quick piece from The New York Post on the “indie-bookstore boomlet” this month …

Publishing

The Charming, Disgusting Paintings of Tala Madani

Recently, the Iranian-American artist Tala Madani was sitting in her studio in Los Angeles, tweaking a video in progress. It featured a young girl wearing a bow in her hair and a yellow-gold cardigan, her legs akimbo in a pose that conjured Courbet’s “The Origin of the World.” The animated film …

Art

Literary Treeson?: A Revisionist Take on a Beloved Children’s Classic

<i>Once there was a tree, and she loved a little boy.</i>*“A few weeks ago, rummaging around the Strand, I came across a fiftieth-anniversary edition of …

Books

The Nazi Board Games of World War II

During World War II, the Nazis fueled children’s enthusiasm for both their war effort and genocide partly by stocking toy stores with …

History

UK Book Sales Hit New High

2016 was a record-setting year for the UK’s publishing business, with sales of books and journals reaching a new high of £4.8 billion ($6.5 billion). …

Publishing

Looking Elsewhere for Imports

If, as I am, you are interested in reading picture book imports, you know precisely which publishers will take chances here in the U.S. on stories …

Books

8 indie bookstores in Denver to help your reading stay local for Independent Bookstore Day

You’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but go ahead and judge a city by its bookstores.I know I do.A city that can’t support a great local …

Books

ebook sales fall blamed on screen fatigue

Industry figures showed overall publishing revenues - including books and journals - rose 7% to a record £4.8bn in 2016.<p>But ebook revenues were down …

Publishing

from White: An Abstract

This book documents white American identity as it occurs in everyday moments of a life<p>This book attempts to documents a white American identity as it …

Babies

Britons Eschewing E-Books In Favor Of Hardback Versions

Remember how Captain Kirk put on a pair of reading glasses and opened an antique book in one of the “Star Trek” movies, extolling the physical feel …

Publishing

Real books are making a comeback

Sales of real books in the UK rose by 8% to £3 billion last year - the highest level since 2012 - according to figures from the Publishers …

Publishing

Top 10 UK guided walks and tours for families

Avoid moans of ‘walking’s boring’ by trying a children-focused tour, where guides channel Robin Hood and Mary Poppins, or lead ghost trails and fossil hunts<p>Ghost trails<b>,</b> Oxford<p>If you’re looking for “gently spooky” rather than “give the kids nightmares for weeks”, then this is the ghost tour for …

London

The stories behind the Books of the Year

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry<p><i>Sebastian Barry's</i> Days Without End<i>, published by Faber & Faber and shortlisted for Fiction Book of the Year, is</i> …

Books

Walt Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase program encourages the creation of new children’s books

The creative legacies of Mary Blair & Bill Peet extend far beyond the time that these two spent at the Mouse House. And that is largely because – in addition to all the classic animated films & shorts that these Disney Legends contributed to – Mary & Bill also worked on children’s books.<p>In Blair’s …

Animation

45 Of The Best Aww-Inspiring Quotes About Books

We love books. And these authors get it. This is literally just 45 of the best, most aww-inspiring, warm and squishy quotes about books and why we …

Books

Comics Illustrator of the Week: Erin Hunting

<b>Comics Illustrator of the Week: Erin Hunting</b><p><b>Featured Art(top):</b> Rick and Morty #25 variant cover<p><b>Origin:</b> In addition to comics, Erin illustrates …

Archie Comics

'Screen fatigue' sees UK ebook sales plunge 17% as readers return to print

Consumer sales down to £204m last year and are at lowest level since 2011 – when Amazon Kindle sales first took off in UK<p>Britons are abandoning the ebook at an alarming rate with sales of consumer titles down almost a fifth last year, as “screen fatigue” helped fuel a five-year high in printed book …

Publishing

Gina Pollinger obituary

Leading literary agent who guided Nobel- and Booker-winning novelists, and paired Roald Dahl with Quentin Blake<p>In 1961, in a lift in Rockefeller Center in New York, a British editor working for Simon & Schuster met a young literary agent. The editor was Gina Conquy; the literary agent was Murray …

Books

Religion Can Divide. Joking about It Can Help Unite.

With something as sensitive as faith, humor isn't just a handy way to bring people of various religions together, it's an essential tool for social …

Religion

My Universe Continues to Expand

She was the kind of smart, sturdy, effortlessly cool, blond girl you secretly envied in high school. Not because she was popular, she wasn’t, but …

Russia

Syrian-born artist shares images of civil war

An exhibit in the heart of Terre Haute is the latest effort by a Syrian-born artist to bring the suffering of that nation's civil war into focus in …

Syria

Once Upon A Time...

Recently a reader forwarded me an excerpt from this children's book:<br>Which implicates riding without helmets in the extinction of the dinosaurs:<br>On the …

Cycling

Everything You Need To Know About Creating Characters For Children’s Books

In my first two posts in this series, I wrote about tips to get you started and common themes in children’s fiction. In today’s posts, I want to …

Writing

Even in playoff ouster, the Maple Leafs gave Toronto a reason to believe again

TORONTO—In the two children’s books he’s authored, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman has always wanted to share a lesson. For the kids that read …

NHL