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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Dark Archives: Come for the floating goat balls, stay for the...

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Enlarge / These might look like your standard leather-bound texts, but they are actually bound in human skin—a practice known as "anthropodermic bibliopegy." All five are housed in the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia.Mütter Museum/College of Physicians of Philadelphia) There's rarely time to write about every cool science-y story that comes our way. So this year,…
8 Ways to Get Your Kid to Read More

8 Ways to Get Your Kid to Read More

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Photo: Pinkasevich (Shutterstock)Not only do many kids stop reading for fun around age 9, we’re also in the midst of a pandemic that has brought much of their learning into the virtual space. That has many parents and educators worried about the potential for a “COVID slide,” in which some kids fall behind academically—even more…
Do You Read ‘Problematic’ Books to Your Kids?

Do You Read ‘Problematic’ Books to Your Kids?

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Photo: mrPliskin (Getty Images)To understand the often unspoken depth with which we were raised in a sexist and racist society, one needs only to become a parent and decide it would be fun to experience some of our favorite books, movies, or cartoons from our childhood with our kids. Suddenly it’s abundantly clear that we…
The madness of Susanna Clarke, fairy princess

The madness of Susanna Clarke, fairy princess

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell fans, it's a good fall. Do fairies exist? To steal us away, to cast curses, to impurify our bloodlines? Let’s say yes. We have artists, don’t we? Sensitive types, so fragile and retreating. The best of them seem touched by an otherness, an otherlandishness, of being. Maybe a small part…
These Curated Children’s Books Help Tough Conversations With Kids

These Curated Children’s Books Help Tough Conversations With Kids

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Photo: Chinnapong (Shutterstock)Scholastic has launched a new resource on Instagram called “Scholastic Bookshelf” to curate books on important topics parents may want navigate with their kids, including anxiety, civil rights, bullying and gender. The account launched last week with more than 65 curated topics with stories that Scholastic’s website says can “help kids and grownups…
Help Kids Learn Important Life Skills With This Book

Help Kids Learn Important Life Skills With This Book

Image: Catherine NewmanThe timing of the release of the new book How to Be a Person: 65 Hugely Useful, Super-Important Skills to Learn before You’re Grown Up really couldn’t be better. I’m sure author Catherine Newman wasn’t expecting or intending for her book focused on teaching kids basic life skills to be released during a pandemic,…
Check Out This List of More Than 100 Diverse Children’s Books

Check Out This List of More Than 100 Diverse Children’s Books

Photo: ShutterstockIn light of the events of the past week following the death of George Floyd, parents—particularly white parents—should be asking themselves: Am I doing enough? Am I exposing my children to diverse voices and cultures? Has racial diversity and systemic racism been an on-going topic of conversation in my home? Because while Floyd’s death…
How to Get Your Kid Started on Stephen King

How to Get Your Kid Started on Stephen King

Photo: Jaclyn Youhana GarverMost Stephen King readers I know discovered the man in their youth. They stumbled on a copy of Cujo or Firestarter in a library book sale and carted it home, and then they couldn’t put it down, and then their tiny story-loving minds exploded. In the best way possible.There are plenty of…
Sign Your Kids Up for Summer Reading While Libraries Are Closed

Sign Your Kids Up for Summer Reading While Libraries Are Closed

Photo: ShutterstockParticipating in the summer reading program at my local library was always a Very Big Deal when I was growing up. I’d ride my bike to the library (this was a thing we could do!), submit my lists of titles and, in return, I’d receive raffle tickets that might earn me a free T-shirt.…
We now have more evidence that Galileo likely never said “And yet it moves”

We now have more evidence that Galileo likely never said “And...

Enlarge / Portrait of Galileo Galilei by Justus Sustermans, circa 1640. Galileo Galilei famously stood trial for his insistence—based on astronomical observations through his telescopes—that the Copernican model of the Solar System was correct. The Earth revolved around the Sun, not the other way around, contrary to the Catholic Church's teachings at the time. He…

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