Issue Nº 15: Raising feminist sons, historical biographies for kids, and Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls


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For the Discerning & Literary (Older) Child

Alice in Wonderland (this beautifully illustrated version from Anna Rifle Bond).

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. Albert's Alphabet by Leslie Tyron.

Llama llama, Time to Share

Hervé Tullet's Doodle Cook.

Following along with the conscious kid library on Insta.

Such a neat concept: a newly discovered Mark Twain fairytale is going to be turned into a picture book (by Philip and Erin Stead). A gift-worthy book for an aspiring photographer.

From refugees to voting rights, books to inspire a just, inclusive society.

On the nightstand: Violet and Victor write the best-ever bookworm book by Alice Kuipers, A perfectly messed-up story by Patrick McDonnell, Every thing on it: poems and drawings by Shel Silverstein, and Dory and the real true friend by Abby Hanlon.

Getting kids interested in poetry with Kwame Alexander.


Asides, Ideas, Miscellany

Via Pooja's bi-monthly newsletter, The Feminist Parent: How to Raise a Feminist Son.

Writers, take note: who decides if a book should be published? Productivity-philes, take note: this is somehow both soothing and intense at the very same time. I have mine: it's Betty Bear's Birthday by Gyo Fujikawa. Free yourself of your harshest critic and plow ahead.

How to raise a reader.

This 15-year old writes a daily politics newsletter with a subscriber-list that includes MSNBC anchor, a contributing-editor at the Atlantic, and the White House correspondent for CBS news. According to his website, he's on hiatus for the summer because he's at summer camp.

38 years of books, through Michiko Kakutani's eyes. Measuring vocabulary height.

Still slow-reading Slow-Writing. Yay: the Girl Scouts add 23 new badges in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. A Tribute to Seth Godin's Book Recommendations.

"I'm going to pass. Best of luck getting this published."

Here (with two years of exhausting photographic detail) is how to write a book.

From the mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, fifty years later.

This lady made my whole day (via Austin Kleon).

If you need an excuse for watching anything at all in times like these: in defense of escapism.

The magnificent James Baldwin in I am Not Your Negro.


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