The maternal effect: How mother deer protect their future kings

Do mothers invest more care in their sons if they believe their child is destined to be a king, president or a high-powered leader? The answer is definitively yes – as long as those mothers and their sons happen to have hooves. It always comes up when people are comparing their most traumatic movie experiences:…

Young People’s Pavilion: What is a Good Book?

  It is an indisputable fact that a child’s engagement with good books is important and valuable to her development.  Not only can reading high quality children’s literature expand a child’s cognitive abilities, but it can also spur a child’s emotional, moral, and spiritual development.  However, with one visit a major  online or storefront book…

Rich, Beautiful and Popular: Foul-mouthed Characters in Teen Books Have it All

“To swear is neither brave, polite, nor wise.” -Alexander Pope Bestselling authors of teen literature portray their more foul-mouthed characters as rich, attractive and popular, a new study finds. Sarah Coyne analyzed the use of profanity in 40 books on an adolescent bestsellers list. On average, teen novels contain 38 instances of profanity between the…