Art not only saves lives, it casts ripples, as Kurt Vonnegut surely knew when he replied—at length—to five New York City high school students who’d contacted him as part of a 2006 English assignment.[...]
A straight shooting sex ed film from 1955? That’s hard to imagine. In my experience, the films of that period tend to beat around the bush.
The reticence of those sharing its playing field makes Your Body During Adolescence all the more remarkable. It doesn’t seem so at first.
From January 24 through April 27, 2014, The Morgan Library and Museum is staging an exhibition on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, a story that speaks to the hearts and minds of children and adults alike. Though Saint-Exupéry was French, he wrote and published his great tale while living in New York City in 1943.[...]
The Chorus Project is the sort of opportunity parents dream about—talent-based, high profile, and helmed by visionary adults in tune with teenagers’ emotional and pre-professional needs. The select few—there are 39, leading one to wonder what happened to number 40—range in age from 14-18.[...]
Many of us came across our favorite book serendipitously. No surprise: it’s easiest to be completely blown away by a work of art or literature when you approach it without any pre-existing expectations. For BoingBoing’s Cory Doctorow, that book was Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland.[...]
This morning, we’re serving up some green eggs and ham. Or rather Neil Gaiman is. Whenever I think about someone reading Dr. Seuss’ classic children’s book, I can’t help but think back to Jesse Jackson’s classic reading on SNL in 1991.[...]
In one of its final acts of 2013, the New York City Council got with the times, passing a ban on polystyrene foam food containers and non-biodegradable packing peanuts.
The widely hailed reform isn’t slated to go into effect for another year, ostensibly to give the container industry a chance to squeeze into its environmentalist suit.
Today, I was eavesdropping on a young couple in a cafe. The man asked the woman to recommend a book, something he wouldn’t be able to put down on a long, upcoming plane ride. The woman seemed stymied by this request. Exhausted, even. (A stroller in which a fairly newborn baby slumbered was parked next to them).[...]
‘Tis the very nature of parenthood to view one’s children as exceptional.
Another aspect of the condition is spending time in the company of other parents, some of whom have yet to master the art of self-restraint.
For all of the free literature and essays available online, a surprisingly small amount is geared toward children. Even less is aimed at children who speak foreign languages.
The International Children’s Digital Library offers children ages 3-13 free access to the best available children’s literature in more than 40 languages.