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Surprising Jolts of Children’s Literature: Of Bunnies, Cats, Monsters and More

CarlaHayden

It continues! As ever, folks just can’t seem to write books without slipping references to children’s books into them, left, right, and center. And while it seems an odd exercise to collect these titles, it’s also oddly informative. I’m still trying to piece together a unified theory about why this happens at all. No answers […]

Surprising Jolts of Children’s Literature: Happy 4th of July!

VelveteenDaughter

In case you’re confused, there is actually no direct connection between today’s post and Independence Day. I just felt somewhat bad about appropriating the holiday without acknowledging its existence and so here we are. Happy 4th! And now, some random adult books with tangential connections to books for kids. The Velveteen Daughter by Laurel Davis […]

Surprising Jolts of Children’s Literature: Spring 2017 Edition

TheresMystery

Not a terribly long list today, I’ll confess, but want to know a little secret?  Come close. I’m buying a house. Yep!  After living in nothing but apartments (and currently renting a home that doubles as both a mystery house and a hospice for yellow jackets) I’m finally being a great big grown-up and owning […]

Unexpected Jolts of Children’s Literature

AmiableBigTeeth

It’s that time again!  Because my day job actually consists of buying adult books, not children’s, I am privy to a whole different slant on how children’s literature is perceived by the wider publishing world.  What assumptions do adult authors make of our profession?  How do books for children affect the cultural conversation?  I don’t […]

Unexpected Jolts of Children’s Literature: Ramona invented the original Portlandia

libertariansprairie

Ooo.  Lots of adult books with smatterings of children’s literature littered about the pages today.  Don’t even know where to start with this one.  Let’s see, eeny meeny miney . . . MO! Libertarians on the Prairie: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane, and the Making of the Little House Books by Christine Woodside This […]

Surprising Jolts of Children’s Books in Unexpected Places

GoldilocksWaterBears

Time for another post that justifies my current job.  As you may or may not know, as Evanston Public Library’s Collection Development Manager I buy all the adult books.  Which is to say, they apparently make them for people over the age of 12 these days.  Who knew?  Happily, there are plenty of connections to […]

Surprising Jolts of Children’s Literature in Unexpected Places

Another Brooklyn

It’s back!  I’ve been doing my thing, buying lovely adult titles for my library system, and time and again I’ve run across ideas or names that fall squarely in the children’s book realm.  Here then are some real beauties. Things you just might not know about otherwise. I know and like Elisha Cooper but I’m […]

Jolts of Children’s Literature in Unexpected Places

Murder42ndStreet

This is one of those series I like to do, regardless of whether or not anyone else finds it interesting. So, in effect, it’s the most self-indulgent of my postings.  Still, I think these books say something about how children’s literature is viewed by mainstream culture.  And in that there is a benefit. Onward! I […]

Jolts of Children’s Literature in Unexpected Places

WonderfullyWordless

It’s that time again!  Time for me to bring your attention to a variety of strange and interesting books never meant for children, but that contain some hint of influence (little or big) from the literary world of the youth.  Feast thine peepers on the following: We Were Brothers by Barry Moser It’s not that […]

Even More Unexpected Jolts of Children’s Literature in Very Adult Places

SecretLifeStories

And now it’s time for yet another edition of Unexpected Jolts of Children’s Literature in Very Adult Places.  This is where my job as a Collection Manager comes in handy.  I go through all the new adult titles coming out, and locate the books with a children’s book focus or mention.  And today, I’m starting […]

Finding MORE Children’s Literature in Unexpected Places

HumbugMurders

Not long after starting my new job with the Evanston Public Library system I wrote a post called Unexpected Jolts of Children’s Literature in Rather Adult Places.  The impetus came from the fact that within the capacity of my new job I see quite a bit more adult literature than I ever did back at […]

Unexpected Jolts of Children’s Literature in Rather Adult Places

LittleMan

Reading through the most recent issue of The New Yorker, you may encounter the short story “Little Man” by Michael Cunningham.  It’s a rather cunning retelling of Rumplestiltskin that veers oddly close to the original tale.  Granted Cunningham has no idea how spinning wheels work (see: Paul. O. Zelinsky who actually put in the research […]