First it was Harry Potter and then Twilight. Fads in children’s and young adult literature have reached a fever pitch in recent years. Lines of fans snake around bookstores in anticipation of midnight releases. Movie adaptations of children’s books are box office winners. But most people aren’t aware of some of recent trends in children’s and young adult books.
Joining us to page through a few is Mary Ann Cappiello, assistant professor of literature at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Mary Ann mentioned these nonfiction books for children during today's piece:
Lady Liberty: A Biography by Doreen Rappaport and Matt Tavares
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson
What Lincoln Said by Sarah L. Thomson and James E. Ransome
The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary by Candace Fleming
The Tale of Pale Male: A True Story written and illustrated by Jeannette Winter
Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City by Janet Schulman and Meilo So
City Hawk: The Story of Pale Male by Meghan McCarthy
Mary Ann also recommends these websites for parents and educators searching for good books:
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