What is children’s literature?

Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down. . . . Some writers for children deliberately avoid using words they think a child doesn’t know. This emasculates the prose and . . . bores the reader. . . . Children love words that give them…

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

” A standout picture book, especially for those who like wheels with their dreams” – Booklist Do you have one of those two or three year-olds who is fascinated with all things construction related: excavators, backhoes, front end loads, bulldozers? Does your preschooler wear a hard hat around the house? When you’re  driving in the…

The Velveteen Rabbit – A New Edition for Readers of All Ages

Do you remember the first time you read THE VELVETEEN RABBIT? The magical story of a stuffed bunny yearning to be real and the vivid feelings of loneliness, longing, love, and friendship seem to strike a chord with all who read it. Now new readers, children’s literature lovers, collectors, and fans of the story can…

A Pinata in a Pine Tree: A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas

CROSSPOSTED ON YOUNGPEOPLESPAVILION.COM Un Pinata en un árbol de pino: un latino Doce Días de Navidad “Beginning with “a piñata in a pine tree” and culminating in “doce angelitos celebrando” (twelve angels rejoicing), the double-page spreads each contain a pronunciation guide for both gifts and numbers.” –Horn Book An award-winning author and a rising star…

Jamal’s Busy Day by Wade Hudson: “This early reader is a real winner”

Jamal, a handsome, energetic African-American boy, is shown making all the necessary preparations for school that his parents make to begin their day. The upbeat message is that both parents and child can work hard and accomplish much in their respective areas, all have something to contribute. Such is the joy in sharing Jamal’s Busy…

Donate to Help Black Children Appear in Children’s Books

The Library of Congress reports 15,000 to 20,000 new children’s books published every year. In 2013, 2012, or any recent year, how many of those showed Black boys as the main characters? Girls? Please name those books. It is time for a SEQUEL! Family relationships were explored and affirmed in my joyful anthology of poems…

Marvelous Math: A Book of Poems

Marvelous Math by Lee Bennett Hopkins is a playful look at the sometimes surprising ways math is part of our daily’s life. The poems cover a vast range of topics from multiplication, division, and fractions to time, counting and measurement, but all relate math to our everyday world. The book is illustrated in full color…