Selecting The Best Movie Adaptations Of Young People’s Literature

By admin | July 16, 2013

Selecting The Best Movie Adaptations Of Young People’s Literature

Movie adaptations of children’s books often disappoint. That’s because it’s difficult for a film’s imagery and performances to match what kids imagined when reading the story. The following movies, however, lose little if any of their power in the translation from page to screen.

“The Wizard of Oz” (1939): Filmmakers took author L. Frank Baum’s epic fantasy and added vaudeville-style comedy, brilliant songs, dance routines, and an array of sophisticated – for the time – sets and special effects. The result Read the rest of this entry »

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Timeless Book Classics For Every Young Person

By admin | May 19, 2013

Although many new children’s books are published every year, some children’s books remain instructive and relevant through each generation. Here are five classic choices that will delight any child:

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

Armed with only a purple crayon, Harold goes sailing and battles monsters in an adventure that teaches kids just how far their imaginations can take them.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Eric Carle’s collage illustrations provide a textured and colorful world for children to explore while they follow the life cycle of Read the rest of this entry »

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Recommended Literature For Children On Difficult Life Journeys

By admin | March 21, 2013

Kids in tough situations often have trouble processing and expressing their emotions. For this reason, parents, caregivers and counselors often use children’s literature to communicate with young ones.

The following is a list of recommended books for kids in difficult times.


Just Kidding by Trudy Ludwig helps kids differentiate between friendly teasing and mean bullying. Ages 6-9 years.

Matilda by Roald Dahl is about Matilda, a young girl with magical powers who is mistreated by her parents and school headmistress. Ages 7 and up.


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Books for Kids: A Parent’s Shopping Guide

By admin | February 13, 2012

There are more children’s books out on the market than there are grains of sand on a beach, but in order to give your child the best experience you need to know what to look for and that means doing a little bit of research on the side. Especially if you don’t want to end up declaring bankruptcy from buying so many books at one time.

For starters, you are going to want to consult the critics. There are a wide number of critics who can all give you the professional appraisal you seek but the final verdict should ultimately fall on you. You are your child’s parent and you get to decide what is best for them. Once you have an idea what book or books might be best for your child, seek them out in a book store and actually read them. You don’t have to read the whole thing, just maybe the first five or ten pages. Get an idea for the book and where it’s going.

Finally, make sure the book is teaching something you want your child to know. Far too often parents will turn a blind eye to potentially offensive or objectionable material under some excuse like “oh it’s just a silly kid story.” WRONG. Children are very impressionable and the last thing you need is them absorbing the wrong kind of messages.

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Best Children’s Books To Teach Moral Values

By admin | September 20, 2011

There are so many books out there that we can read to our children to help teach them important values in life. It’s hard sometimes to see what the value may be in some books, so we want to make sure that what we are teaching our children is important and something we ourselves hold dear. Here is a list of children’s books and the values that they teach our little ones to help them become better people as they grow up.I found some more information here.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein – A wonderful story that teaches generosity and the spirit of Read the rest of this entry »

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Fun Learning Activities To Compliment Children’s Literature

By admin | September 18, 2011

Literacy is arguably the most important aspects of education. The absolute best way to encourage a child to be a life long reader is to instill a love of reading early in life. Experts encourage parents to read to their babies as early as when they are in the womb.
For older children who are just beginning to learn to read, fun activities that correspond with the literature can make all the difference. Parents and teachers can ensure that children will enjoy themselves while reading Read the rest of this entry »

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Finding Appropriate Titles And Authors For Teen Readers

By admin | September 15, 2011

We all want our children to enjoy reading and love literature. Although it can sometimes be quite harrowing to find appropriate material for our teens to read. Many individuals feel that many of the classics are too gritty or explicit for younger readers. Others feel that whatever the level of questionable material is in the classic works, these are invaluable in the development of sound, responsible adults.

There are some science fiction and fantasy/adventure novels that are well worth the purchase if one is serious about getting and keeping their Read the rest of this entry »

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Best Animal Stories For Children Under Ten

By admin | September 13, 2011

There is somethng about thethrill of having your parent read a bedtime story to yu as you doze off to sleep. While many children would love to sit up and watch tv or play video games long into the night, the best thing a parent can do for them is read one of the classic children’s bedtime stories to help them get to sleep.

Fun furry character sparade through their minds as they drift off. Try the Ugly Duckling or maybe even the Read the rest of this entry »

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