DON’T SELL A KID SHORT

Foreword Reviews - - Spotlight Children’s Books - BY MICHELLE ANNE SCHINGLER MAN­AG­ING EDITOR

Chil­dren’s books do dou­ble duty: they are fan­ci­ful, fun, and ab­surd; but they also in­tro­duce tough sub­jects that kids are cu­ri­ous about, and they help to bring the still un­fa­mil­iar world into bet­ter fo­cus.

This is as it should be: even at their most play­ful, chil­dren are savvier than they’re given credit for. They can hold fairy sto­ries in one hand and reach for help through tough times with the other; they can han­dle be­ing in­structed on how we should treat one an­other, even while they’re imag­in­ing in­ter­ac­tions be­tween talk­ing prospec­tor’s pans, guf­faw­ing jungle crea­tures, and an­i­mate pen­cils and pens.

The chil­dren’s books in this fea­ture deal with all as­pects of chil­dren’s worlds, both the ob­vi­ously fic­tional and the all-too-real. Our mid­dle grade and young adult fea­tures deal with cancer and aban­don­ment, but also steam­punk and fu­tur­is­tic ad­ven­tures; our pic­ture books in­clude in­for­ma­tion on how to be a good fem­i­nist, from tod­dler­hood up, and also sto­ries in which gi­gan­tic sheep trip through cities, or draw­ing pen­cils vye for their owner’s at­ten­tion. There’s some­thing here for ev­ery wild, bound­less, and grow­ing young mind.

Spot­light front cover im­age from Hedy and Her Amaz­ing In­ven­tion by Jan Wahl, Mor­gana Wallace (Il­lus­tra­tor). Used with per­mis­sion from Penny Candy Books. Re­viewed on page 64. Im­age above © Donna Grif­fith, from Gar­den­ing with Emma: Grow and Have Fun: A Kid-to-kid Guide by Emma Biggs, Steven Biggs. Used withe per­mis­sion from Storey Pub­lish­ing. Re­viewed on page 64.

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