Good Comics for Kids
December 11, 2023 by Betsy Bird
How do you write a picture book with a message that isn't dull and preachy or didactic and poorly conceived? Let these books show the way.
December 11, 2022 by Betsy Bird
Today, we look at books that desire to send some kind of a message to kids, and who do so we grace, care, and skill.
October 26, 2022 by Betsy Bird
Today author Sara Greenwood joins us to give a glimpse into why she wrote the picture book My Brother Is Away about an incarcerated loved one.
May 13, 2022 by Betsy Bird
A book about sexual abuse by trusted family members. Or, put another way, a messy, complicated, unique, necessary creation for those who will need it most.
December 11, 2020 by Betsy Bird
I like to celebrate those books, with some kind of "message" to impart, that do so with minimal didacticism. These books do a great job of teaching without forcing. I salute their worthy efforts and the folks who brought them to life.
May 17, 2019 by Betsy Bird
Today I look at an infinitely gentle take on the feelings we lug around inside of ourselves and why we don’t have to always lug them on our own. Maybe Tomorrow? is, at its heart, about how to be a good friend. A seemingly simple lesson for a deeply complex world.
December 13, 2018 by Betsy Bird
The earliest American picture books had only one goal: To provide some form of moral instruction. These days books with clear messages are exceedingly common. The ones that do it well? Much rarer. Here are the 2018 titles that knew what they were doing this year.
May 29, 2018 by Betsy Bird
The Rabbit Listened By Cori Doerrfeld Dial (an imprint of Penguin Random House) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-7352-2935-8 Ages 4 and up On shelves now Lest we forget, the only reason that children’s books were invented in the first place was to teach small human lessons. That is, in fact, the very backbone of the book business […]
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