Tag Archives: children's books

Why We Love the Cat in the Hat

Dr. Seuss’s “Cat in the Hat” engages children the way Hollywood genre movies engage audiences–but offering titillating transgressive fantasies before hurriedly restoring order.

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Sendak and Children’s Interior Worlds

Maurice Sendak knew how the honor the interiority of children.

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An ABC of Children’s Books

As we enter the holiday season, you can expect a number of posts on children’s books.  I have mentioned several times how one of my father’s great joys when we were growing up was reading us the books he had loved as a child.  We got extra reading around the Christmas season.  Here’s a poem […]

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Books Unleashed in Christmas Carrels

On this Christmas day, I want to acknowledge one of the greatest gifts I ever received from my parents: my love of reading.  Both are voracious readers, and my father (Scott Bates) would read to me and my brothers every evening.  This included, for each of us, both a story or chapter and a poem.  […]

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The Magic World of Children’s Lit

William Kristof, the much traveled Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for the New York Times, wrote recently about the disturbing way that children’s IQ scores often drop over summer vacation. The cause is lack of intellectual stimulation. The problem is more severe with poor than it is with middle class kids. As an antidote, Kristof offered […]

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