Too often, all we say about children’s books is “awwww.” Not today. Tod, Julia, and Rider dig deep into classics and new books for kids.
4 Responses to Episode 118: Children’s Books
Have any of you guys read “Mystery in the Night Woods” by John Peterson? This was my all-time favorite book as a kid! I repurchased it as my copy was missing pages and the cover and gave it to my daughter. I reread it and was completely baffled by how adult themed this book was. I wanted to get your(as in all of you!)opinion of this book. It’s a weird book but it somehow got me to love reading! Also, you guys are awesome and I love the show!
Weird and adult themed? Perfect! I’m getting it for my 3 year old.
It’s always the books that unsettle us that have the most influence, methinks.
Thanks for the kind words.
Hey guys! I’m a big fan of the podcast and, as an elementary school teacher, enjoyed hearing your perspectives on these kids’ books. Not for the first time while listening, I thought about this book I read in undergrad that really influenced how I think about children’s literature called “The Uses of Enchantment” by Bruno Bettelheim. I thought you might enjoy it too.
Also, before even hearing this podcast, I read “We March” to my class before our MLK day discussions. It’s definitely not the most interesting book but I adore the illustrations and it was a great segue into our history discussion. My kids (20/22 are black) seemed to really enjoy it. Make what you will of that!
Ooo, I’ve never read that Bettlheim book, I totally just ordered it. Right up my alley.
Thanks for the note. And while I’m at it, thanks for being an elementary school teacher who cares!