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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Read a NEW Children's Book

I've recommended before that we go back and read old books, watch old movies, and see old friends.

But if you don't have a kid of your own, you may not be aware of just how good children's books have gotten since we were kids.

I still love Dr. Seuss and Uncle Shelby, Winnie the Pooh and Sendak's Wild Things.

But I can't help feeling that in some ways children's books have gotten better.

Take a look, for instance, at the Artemis Fowl series, which author Eoin Colfer described as "Die Hard with fairies."

Or Neil Gaiman, whose Graveyard Book thrilled me even more than his M is for Magic.

And if you haven't heard about the fostered "prince" named Harry Potter, sit down and start reading now.

Newer children's literature is also filled with amazing illustrations; check out the sometimes Boschian books by David Wiesner, for example, or the whimsical work of Mordicai Gerstein.

And remember that being a kid isn't all fun and games; the Judy Blume books I read in college (in a children's lit class) have given way to even deeper examinations of the "real world" by such highly-praised writers as Jacqueline Woodson.

So the next time you're in a bookstore, pick something up from the children's section.

You'll be happier.

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