The Hare & The Tortoise

The Hare & The Tortoise
UK singer Pixie Lott reads this classic tale and discovers that sometimes slow and steady wins the race.

The Lion and the Mouse

The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse

The Girl Who Stopped Winter

The Mantis And The Ostrich

The Enchanted Cat

The Dragon And The Shoemaker


The 100 best children’s books of all time

The 100 Best Children’s Books of All Time
TIME compiled this survey in consultation with respected peers such as:

  • U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt,
  • children’s-book historian Leonard Marcus,
  • the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature,
  • the Young Readers Center at the Library of Congress,
  • the Every Child a Reader literacy foundation

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“The Golden Compass” turns 20

‘The Golden Compass’ Turns 20 (Its Daemon Has Probably Settled)
September 26, 2015

There is a special place in the canon for the truly sophisticated children’s fantasy series — Tolkein, LeGuin, Lewis, L’Engle … and Pullman. This year, the first book in Philip Pullman’s famed His Dark Materials trilogy turns 20 years old.

Pullman tells … that stories are the way to teach morality.”I’m not the first person to observe this fact, that people remember stories better than they remember commands,” he says. “One of the greatest storytellers of all time, Jesus of Nazareth, told stories in order to make his moral teaching more memorable.”

A Cold and Snowy Tale

For Wintry Weather, An Especially Cold And Snowy Tale
December 26, 2014

It’s my favorite of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales. It’s also the strangest, and the one he wrote the fastest — in a rare burst of inspiration.

It’s “The Snow Queen” — a tale that took just five days to create.

‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ Director Guillermo del Toro

‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ Director Guillermo del Toro
May 18, 2007

Writer-director Guillermo del Toro grew up in Mexico; his film Pan’s Labyrinth, which won three Academy Awards this year, is out now on DVD. With his friends and fellow directors Alfonso Cuaron (Y tu Mama Tambien) and Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu (Amores Perros), he’s sometimes known as one of the Three Amigos.


lucid dreaming

‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ Is Realer than Reality Itself
December 29, 2006

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Pan’s Labyrinth

100 Must-Reads For Kids 9-14

The Ultimate Backseat Bookshelf: 100 Must-Reads For Kids 9-14
August 05, 2013

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Summer Reading List
May 31, 2013


Following The Yellow Brick Road Back To The Origins Of ‘Oz’

Following The Yellow Brick Road Back To The Origins Of ‘Oz’
April 15, 2013

“Baum wanted to create a new, modernized fairy tale,” Hearn says. “…
He wanted to eliminate the stereotypical ‘genie, dwarf and fairy,’ as he said, that you find in the Grimm brothers, Hans Christian Andersen, and other traditional fairy tales. He wanted one based on American materials.”


Hungarian Folk Tales