Keywords for Children’s Literature

Lissa Paul talks about our new book, Keywords for Children’s Literature, forthcoming from NYU Press in the Spring of 2011.  I say “our” new book, but we are merely the editors.  We did each contribute an essay of our own (Lissa wrote on “Literacy,” I wrote on “Postmodernism”), but other experts wrote the other 47…

On Friendship

If you enjoy maxims or reflecting on how to sustain healthy friendships, then Timothy Billings’ translation of Matteo Ricci’s On Friendship: One Hundred Maxims for a Chinese Prince (Columbia UP, 2009) will appeal to you.  Written in 1595, the book helped Ricci — a native of Macerata, Italy — make friends and (as Billings says in his extensive and…

Ruth Krauss: Art, Poetry, & Breasts?

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here’s a Ruth Krauss book you might not know: This Breast Gothic, a poetry collection published by the Bookstore Press (Lenox, Mass.) in 1973.  And, yes, the illustration is by Krauss herself. The author of The Carrot Seed (1945) and A Hole Is to Dig (1952) was also…

Halloween Mix I: I Put a Spell on You

Welcome to the first of seven Halloween mixes.  Yes, you heard me correctly: seven.  I’ll be posting one per week until the week of October 25th, when three mixes will appear.  This first mix includes a lot of the songs you’d expect, with a few you might not.  Enjoy! 1.     Bach’s Toccata from…