Kid Canon

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Downtown Eloise

My friend Becky turned me onto the book Suzuki Beane. I think I had mentioned to her how Harriet the Spy was one of the most influential books of my life, and Louise...

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Cool Britannia

Sometimes a new children's book makes me say to myself, Man, I wish this had been out when I was a kid. And since I’ve always been a history fan—I’m the son...

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Chameleon Days

Daniel Pinkwater's Lizard Music isn't a new book by any stretch of the imagination—in fact, it wasn't all that new when I read it back in grade school. But it...

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Tiger Balm

Most parents are familiar with today’s earnestly conscientious children’s nonfiction that tries to teach young readers about environmentalism and conservation....


In Dreams

When The Invention of Hugo Cabret came out a few years ago, to immediate deserved acclaim (this summer, it becomes a Scorsese-directed feature film), I remember...

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