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Bust-a-Gut-Books for Middle-Grade Readers
Summertime should be filled with water-balloon fights, sleepovers, piles of books, and squeals of laughter. So we’ve rounded up some books sure to make...
5 Books for Kids Who’d Rather Watch Movies
In this screen-dominated world, it can be hard to get even bookish kids reading. Not to mention, so many kids’ publications—from the classic to the...
6 Short Stories That Will Blow Your Mind
You know that feeling you get when you would love to sit down to read a book, but you can’t because you have quite literally forty thousand things to do?...
April Fools! 10 of Fiction’s Finest Tricksters
As you read these words, eye blackened from a trick kaleidoscope, you might be tempted to think, “Boy, do I hate April Fools’ Day.” For victims...
The Worst Fictional Kids to Babysit
Being a good babysitter is an uncommon gift. For the rest of us, the best we could hope for back in our babysitting days was that the kid just wanted to...
Our Favorite Talking Animals in Fiction
Can you imagine a world without animals? Would you even want to live in it? That’s the question raised in Piers Torday’s The Last Wild. Out...
Murderers, Kidnappers & Teachers: 10 Children’s Book Characters Who are Legit Insane
Remember how our parents used to tuck us in at night and send us off to dreamland with stories of a woman the size of a mastadon punishing kids by placing...
Celebrating 50 Years of
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
While a number of people and things that changed my life turn 50 this year, including Lucky Charms, Mary Poppins, Nicolas Cage, Arby’s, and Mariska...
Our 7 Favorite Fictional Mice
Mice may be small in stature, but they figure mightily in our collective imaginations. Take a few moments to recall your favorite mice in literature, and...
Top Tweets from Our Favorite Literary Misanthropes
After a holiday season’s worth of making nice with friends and family, perhaps you’re feeling the appeal of heading to the nearest cave/castle...
the deadly sins reading list
The 7 Deadly Sins Reading List: Gluttony
Among the list of the Seven Deadly Sins, gluttony, alongside lust and well-performed greed, is the most fun. Sidling up to a buffet and knocking back a...
The 7 Best Comeuppances in Literature
There is nothing quite as gratifying as a good comeuppance—it can even outmatch a good revenge, in some cases. Although the two definitely overlap,...