"How do you define ‘kid lit," the Los Angeles Times asks today, "It’s grown so vibrant, with more sophisticated themes, that the question has become harder to answer."
Ho ho ho…If you write, illustrate, read and/or collect kidlit, you’ll enjoy reading these answers! Alongside their well-considered responses to the question at hand, the reporters also list their favorite children’s books of 2009.
The Best of Word Play in 2009
The big picture:
My pick as best picture book of the year, [Liz Scanlon’s] "All the World"
(Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster: $17.99, ages 3-7), could easily replace the traditional holiday greeting card as a perfect expression of peace and goodwill. (Read more.
Which Titles Should You Choose For Your Kids?
We adults should introduce books they might not otherwise discover, books that can help them decipher what it means to be human. (Read more.)
With a Reluctant Young Reader, the Grosser the Better
When it comes to getting a child to read, snobbery gets you nowhere. […] In my opinion, any book is better than no book and far better than TV and video games. (Read more
Eco Books for Kids: Saving the Planet, One Book at a Time
Kids don’t need indoctrination; they’ll draw their own conclusions soon enough. A parent’s job is to give children the confidence to face things about which we don’t yet have a clue. And among the components of confidence are hope and imagination, which are much more effectively fostered by good books than by well-intentioned ones. (Read more