Growing up to be an artist is a popular theme in children’s literature. Here are two older books about boys wrestling with definitions of masculinity at odds with their artistic vocations.
When an extraordinary news story breaks, everyone remembers where they were, and what they were doing. In the same way, there are remarkable books which, when first encountered, are forever impressed with a timestamp of memory.
As a child I read this book until I wore out the cover. How, then, did I miss the death of an important character?
About a year ago I was asked to give a talk at a fundraising dinner for literacy. This post is an excerpt.
There is much I love about adult fiction. But children's literature, when done well, has a special quality.