Children's Books

The 50 Best Books for 11- and 12-Year-Olds

Eleven and twelve is a time of big change for kids, both emotionally and physically. Which is why reading coming-of-age books becomes very relevant …

Books

The space-horror movie Life is a creepy but familiar cover of Alien

With a dash of Gravity thrown in for dizzying effect<p>One of the great gifts Ridley Scott’s 1979 horror classic <i>Alien</i> brought to the world was a space monster that felt like it had a little science behind it. It’s standard for the creatures in creature-features to get scarier as the movie goes along, …

What You Didn't Know About The Setting of HBO's Big Little Lies

Find out which celebrities (besides Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman) hang out in Monterey, plus other surprises about the coastal Californian town<p>When HBO's <i>Big Little Lies</i>—a miniseries based on the same-titled best-seller by author Liane Moriarty—debuted in February, it had all the makings of …

Reese Witherspoon

50+ Baby Names For Parents Who Grew Up in the '90s

If you're still secretly obsessed with all things '90s, then you may want to consider naming your child after a teenage heartthrob (Leonardo …

Andre Agassi

Refugee Stories for Young Readers

Today, more than half of the world’s refugees are children under the age of 18. That’s nearly 50 million young people, making this the worst child …

Refugees

Under Trump, Muslim Book Publishers Are Fighting Against Hate

Nuanced visions of Islam are needed more than ever.<p>According to the Southern Poverty Law Center ― an organization that tracks hate crimes and promotes tolerance ― there are currently 101 anti-Muslim groups in America, out of 917 total hate groups. According to The New York Times, anti-Muslim hate …

Publishing

WALL STREET JOURNAL-BEST SELLERS

Best-Selling Books Week Ended March 19th.<p>FICTION<p>1. "Dragonwatch" by Brandon Mull (Shadow Mountain Publishing)<p>2. "The Cutthroat" by Clive Cussler and …

Wall Street

Pinkalicious’s Brother Lands Leading Role in 'Peterrific'

Victoria Kann, the creator of the bestselling Pinkalicious series, shines the spotlight on that spunky heroine’s younger brother in a spinoff picture …

April Fools' Day

Crush your soul with these children's books rewritten for a Trump presidency

Curl up for reading time, America. (Hide under a blanket if you need to.)<p>Teaching kids the ABCs of politics and current events without terrifying them is a challenge. So we've made it easier with a series of children's books reimagined for Donald Trump's presidency.<p>In the coming weeks, we'll roll …

Humor

'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' reimagines Trump as the author of classic children's books

Can you imagine the Cat in the Hat as a Trump supporter? Well, the <i>Ellen DeGeneres Show</i> tried to in a recent episode. In a Donald Trump parody …

Comedy

The Best Bookstore in Every State

When you think of a great local bookstore, you probably single it out for its conscientious curation, enthralling events, and splendid staff. But …

Tracey Baptiste champions diverse children's books

Tracey Baptiste has been thinking a lot about this — and about <i>who</i> gets to tell stories.<p>As an author, a former elementary school teacher, and …

Literature

11-Year-Old Literacy Advocate Promotes Books For Black Boys

Another African-American child is vigorously advocating for the availability of books in which Black children can see themselves.<p><b>Sidney Keys</b> III, an …

African-American News

How celebrity deals are shutting children's authors out of their own trade

As Frank Lampard, George Galloway and Cara Delevingne land big-money book deals, established writers look on from the fringes – or turn away altogether<p>Another day, another celebrity announces they are to “pen” a children’s book. Already this week, Jamie Lee Curtis has announced a “selfie-themed” …

Publishing

When My Kidneys Failed Me My Sense Of Humour Thrived

I am 25 now, but a year ago, almost to the day, I went out for a curry and came home with a kidney.<p>My kidney failure story is somewhat out of the ordinary, both in the way in which I held off any symptoms or reality of organ failure for 21 years (I was diagnosed when I was two) and also in which, …

British Humour

PAX East Report: Two unmistakably Australian games

When I wrote about the Australian videogame industry last year, one thing that stood out to me was how many Aussie games strove to erase all trace of …

Game Development

Making Virtual Reading Sessions Work For Your Family

<i>So, let’s be honest. I don’t come across a lot of parents at the playground that geek out about kid lit quite like I do. As a result, one of the best</i> …

Parenting

Gimme a C (for Collaboration!): Book Clubs with Heart

Collaboration. In theory, an easy concept. As a school librarian, I understand the importance of collaborating with my public librarians, and I try …

Education

11 Body-Positive Books Every Kid Needs on Their Bookshelf

Raising a body-positive kid can sometimes feel like an uphill battle, especially with so many negative messages out there about the ways boys and girls should look and act. Today, we’re sharing our fave children’s books that celebrate differences and teach kids to love themselves and others, no …

Kids

5 Businesses You Can Start For Under $200

5 Businesses You Can Start w/Under $200<p>Have you ever dreamed of starting a business? No more having to answer to anybody but yourself. No more …

Money

Your Quantum Nose: How Smell Works

Science

The Biggest Secret to Life (and Work)

It’s time for each of us to realize the biggest change we need is one of mindset.<p><b>Day #79 of</b> <b>Sanity</b><p>We’ve been thinking a lot about competition lately. …

Success

A step toward greater diversity in children’s books: Hena Khan’s ‘Amina’s Voice’

As a child, Hena Khan loved bringing home a grocery bag filled with books from the library.<p>“I relished the world of unread pages ahead of me,” she said by phone from her Rockville, Md., home, a mere two miles from where she grew up.<p>As an aspiring writer and second daughter of four children, Khan …

Simon & Schuster

5 Fantastic Books for Young Scientists | GeekMom

Science is a priority in our homeschool. My children, at 8, 7, and 5-years-old, have had a number of science obsessions in recent years. One summer …

Science

Spring, the unsung season

<b>(CNN) —</b> Spring had long been my fourth favorite season.<p>No offense, spring, but you lack the best holidays, snow, swimming, falling leaves, fireworks and my birthday, for starters. Summer has a lock on beach getaways and frozen cocktails. Fall emits an electric energy and vibrant natural beauty.<p>Even …

Opinion

Teen Service Award Winners Fight Illiteracy and Climate Change

An inaugural awards program from National Geographic Student Expeditions honors youth for service to their communities.<p>A new awards program honors teens who are making a difference in their world.<p>Two of three young adults taking home prizes from the National Geographic Student Expeditions Inaugural …

Climate Change

Long live the diverse, multicultural NHS

NHS staff | Gendered language | Wasted coffee cups | Article 50 | Oddly named meals<p>During a recent 10-day stay in a London hospital I impertinently asked each of the 49 people who came to my bedside where they were from originally. Ten were British, five Portuguese, four Spanish, three Philippino, …

NHS

New Crop of Young Adult Novels Explores Race and Police Brutality

Angie Thomas started writing her young-adult novel, “The Hate U Give,” in reaction to a fatal shooting that took place some 2,000 miles away. But to her it felt deeply personal.<p>Ms. Thomas was a college student in Jackson, Miss., when a white transit police officer shot Oscar Grant III, an unarmed, …

The Arts

New York City Expands Elementary School Literacy Program

New York City officials plan to more than double the number of literacy coaches in elementary schools next fall in a push to get children reading on grade level by the end of second grade.<p>In the coming school year the city Education Department aims to have about 243 coaches, up from 103 today, …

Education

US boy launches book club to unite male peers who love reading

An 11-year-old Missouri boy has been celebrated for launching his own club aimed at raising literacy levels among his male peers.<p>St Louis resident …

St. Louis