Childrens literature

Older mothers have happier children, according to study – 9Honey

Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2017

A new study has discovered that older mothers are more patient and therefore have children with less behavioural, social and emotional difficulties. According to Aarhus University, Denmark, older mums are less likely to punish and scold their children while raising them. And these emotional benefits stay with the children well into their teen years. The average maternal age has increased steadily for many years – and there are many reasons…

Manhattan Theater Club Adds ‘The Children’ to Broadway’s 2017-18 Season – Variety

Posted: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

New York nonprofit Manhattan Theater Club has added Lucy Kirkwood’s play “The Children” to its 2017-18 Broadway season, along with an Off Broadway production of Anna Ziegler’s “Actually.” The two titles add up to three female-penned plays on MTC’s 2017-18 slate, which will also present Eve Ensler’s “In the Body of the World” Off Broadway next season. Harold Prince revue “Prince of Broadway” will get a run at MTC’s Broadway venue…

Family thankful after children in stolen vehicle found safely in Flint – MLive.com

Posted: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

BURTON, MI — Courtney Patterson’s tears of concern became those of joy after finding out her grandchildren were found safe in Flint a few hours after the vehicle they were in was stolen Wednesday morning outside a Burton gas station. “They’re safe, their mommy and daddy have them,” she said while surrounded by family and reporters at the Burton Police Department where a command center had been set up to…

Lead Poisoning Among Children in Some California Locales Higher Than Flint – NBCNews.com

Posted: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Dozens of California communities have experienced recent rates of childhood lead poisoning that surpass those of Flint, Michigan, with one Fresno locale showing rates nearly three times higher, blood testing data obtained by Reuters shows. The data shows how lead poisoning affects even a state known for its environmental advocacy, with high rates of childhood exposure found in a swath of the Bay Area and downtown Los Angeles. And the…

‘To the parents of children who stare at my disabled daughter’ – Washington Post

Posted: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Daniel Willingham is a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1992. His research once centered on the brain basis of learning and memory, but for more than 15 years, he has focused on the application of cognitive psychology to K-12 schools and higher education. He was appointed early this year by President Obama to be a member of the National Board for Education…

Why poetry is making a comeback in US schools – Houston Chronicle

Posted: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The American poet William Stafford was often asked by friends, readers, students and colleagues: When did you become a poet? The response he regularly offered was: “The question isn’t when I became a poet; the question is when other people stopped.”

Making Poetry Their Own: The Evolution Of Poetry Education – Huffington Post

Posted: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

No surprise, then, that children delight in the pleasures of lullabies, nursery rhymes, chants and jingles. They bounce, clap, dance – responding in ways that involve their whole bodies. Yet as they get older, their delight in poetry often fades. Their pleasure in language and form lessens. In Stafford’s words, they stop being poets.

Popular coverage for children under 26 may be health law’s Achilles’ heel – CNNMoney

Posted: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Affordable Care Act struck a popular chord by allowing adult children to obtain health coverage through a parent’s plan until their 26th birthday. Now, seeking broad support for their efforts to repeal and replace the ACA, House Republicans have kept that guarantee intact. But it’s not clear whether that provision will be successful or a destabilizing force in the insurance marketplace. ‘; for (i = 0; i 4) {…

Baby born with four legs undergoes life-changing surgery at Advocate Children’s Hospital – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Advocate Children’s Hospital surgeons have successfully operated on a baby from Africa who was born with two spines and an extra set of legs protruding from her neck. The Park Ridge hospital announced Tuesday that 10-month-old Dominique from Ivory Coast, or Cote d’Ivoire, in west Africa, is recovering well from the March 8 surgery. The baby has already started sitting up again, said Nancy Swabb, who is hosting the infant…

Robert Silvers, a Founding Editor of New York Review of Books, Dies at 87 – New York Times

Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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How to talk to your children about sex abuse ‘early and often’ – USA TODAY

Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

It may be uncomfortable, but it’s never too early to talk about sex abuse.(Photo: Golden_Brown, Getty Images/iStockphoto) When it comes to talking to your children about sex abuse, the motto should be start “early and often,” according to Kimberlee D. Norris, co-founder of nationwide litigation practice, Love + Norris, which represents victims of child sexual abuse. In many sexual abuse cases, the abuser is someone the child knows, and the parents may…

Funds crisis pushes more children into care – report – BBC News – BBC News

Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Image copyright Thinkstock More children are being taken into care, some unnecessarily, because councils in England cannot afford to intervene earlier, a report suggests. Late interventions often meant problems had escalated before support could be put in place, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children heard. Its report into children’s social care found 90% of councils were struggling to fulfil legal duties to children. The government said offering early help was…

How to talk to your children about sex abuse ‘early and often’ – USA TODAY

Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017

It may be uncomfortable, but it’s never too early to talk about sex abuse.(Photo: Golden_Brown, Getty Images/iStockphoto) When it comes to talking to your children about sex abuse, the motto should be start “early and often,” according to Kimberlee D. Norris, co-founder of nationwide litigation practice, Love + Norris, which represents victims of child sexual abuse. In many sexual abuse cases, the abuser is someone the child knows, and the parents may…

The Guardian view on music and poetry: growing up together – The Guardian

Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017

The deaths of Derek Walcott and Chuck Berry prompt the question: what’s going to happen to poetry? In their very different ways, the two men worked on opposite sides of the great divide in reading that has grown up since the rise of amplified music. At least since the invention of printing, poetry has been written to be read in silence and perhaps in solitude. The rhythmic subtleties of Browning,…

Amazon Books starts new chapter with Chicago store opening in Lakeview – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017

Amazon launched its online bookstore nearly 22 years ago. On Tuesday, it will open the doors of a brick-and-mortar store in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, giving customers a chance to test the e-commerce giant’s take on offline shopping. It’s just one 6,000-square-foot neighborhood bookstore. But it’s also one of Amazon’s first experiments with live customer service and cash registers, and a sign that one of the retail industry’s biggest disrupters may…

Why literature is the answer to fundamentalism – The Hindu – The Hindu

Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017

For years we have been trying to defuse various kinds of militant fundamentalism by offering alternative messages: Islam is a religion of peace, Hinduism is all-inclusive, America is a nation of immigrants, etc. Such messages have had very little effect on the fundamentalists concerned. As a consequence, liberals and decent conservatives — all those millions of well-meaning people at the centre and a bit to its right or left —…

‘I want my late husband’s children’: the fight for posthumous conception – The Guardian

Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017

Beneath the gloomy gothic archways of the Royal Courts of Justice’s court 33, Samantha Jefferies is fighting the government for the right to have her husband’s baby. Barristers for both sides have made their case and Judge Sir James Munby, president of the family division of the high court, has given her the chance to have the last word. “I’m crossing my fingers that the right decision will be reached…

Derek Walcott’s poetry had grandeur, an exuberance of language – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017

I discovered Derek Walcott in graduate school after a professor of Caribbean literature recommended “The Prodigal.” I read it slowly, over the course of several weeks, taking in a section or a stanza at a time. His poetry demanded a certain kind of work from me, and I resented that. But one afternoon, in order to humorously illustrate how many metaphors he could pack into one line, I read a…

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Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017

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Derek Walcott’s poetry had grandeur, an exuberance of language – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017

I discovered Derek Walcott in graduate school after a professor of Caribbean literature recommended “The Prodigal.” I read it slowly, over the course of several weeks, taking in a section or a stanza at a time. His poetry demanded a certain kind of work from me, and I resented that. But one afternoon, in order to humorously illustrate how many metaphors he could pack into one line, I read a…