Does gender matter?
Is inclusive language necessary in children's literature?
A lost opportunity
Not this author's best effort.
Was Snow White’s Evil Stepmother a Victim of Circumstance?
Have you ever wondered what is meant by, "They lived happily ever after?"
A “Must Have” for Every Child’s Personal Library
An absolutely charming collection of stories from the woman who wrote the lyrics to "Morning Has Broken."
Need a Laugh?
This is the funniest, cleverest, most entertaining story I've read in ages. Keep the tissues handy, because it will have you crying with laughter.
Beyond This Point There Be Dragons
A tongue-in-cheek fairy tale.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
An engaging story about true happiness.
A modern retelling of an old fairy tale for young adults.
Wisdom’s Kiss: a book for brave readers
I love Catherine Gilbert Murdock's writing because it is intelligent, highly unconventional and always makes me laugh.
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Edward the rabbit travels far and wide to find his heart in this modern classic.
Noah Barleywater Runs Away
John Boyne's new fairy tale has the marks of a true classic.
Lost Books and Small Miracles
Have you ever wondered why some books are no longer in print?
Fairy Tales: The Foundation of Education
Old stories provide a basis for character education.
The Adventures of Pinocchio
This original version of a well-known story is a worthwhile read for children of all ages.
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|highly recommended: you must read this!
recommended: age-appropriate and entertaining
acceptable: not outstanding but not problematic
some reservations: contains potentially problematic scenes or concepts
not recommended: not appropriate for intended readers