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Tag Archive: children’s literature

Jul 16 2012

Goodbye Encyclopedia Brown: Thank you Donald J. Sobol

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One of my first introductions to critical thinking was through the Encyclopedia Brown books.  They were more like riddles than mysteries, but they always taught you to pay close attention to the details and figure out which part was bullshit. The author of these wonderful books, Donald J. Sobol, has passed away today. If you …

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Oct 12 2009

Why I Write for Children; Why I love Children’s Media

Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket knows that children have the best appreciation for the imagination at work. I’m not there because I subscribe to the specious and lunkheaded notion that children are unspoiled spouters of true wisdom. (Let’s mothball that idea, next to the one that African-Americans are inherently rhythmic and Latinas can’t be on …

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