Childrens Books

The Brian Lehrer Show

Go The F**k to Sleep

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Parenting isn't always sweetness and light. Writer Adam Mansbach talks about his popular new book, Go the F**k to Sleep, described by David Byrne as "a children's book for grown-ups." 

EVENT: Launch party tonight at New York Public Library.  Tickets available here.  Adam Mansbach and illustrator Ricardo Cortés are joined by Judah Friedlander and the voice of Werner Herzog.

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Talk to Me

Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Remember that old adage about not judging a book by its cover?  Turns out it’s true.


Studio 360

When You Reach Me

Friday, January 29, 2010

Rebecca Stead just won the Newbery Medal for her children's novel When You Reach Me. Stead tells Kurt how she based her heroine, a sixth-grader named Miranda, on her own latchkey childhood in gritty 1970s New York City. There's a time travel twist to the plot ...


Studio 360

Encyclopedia Brown

Friday, December 25, 2009

Forty-eight years ago, Donald J. Sobol put sneakers on Sherlock Holmes and set him in small-town America. Produced by Studio 360's Derek John.


Studio 360

From Books to Bands

Friday, May 22, 2009

Rick Richter was the president of the children's division at Simon and Schuster until last December, when he was laid off. But instead of crumpling, he decided to rekindle an old passion -- music. Produced by Gretta Cohn.

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Studio 360

Translating Judy Blume

Friday, April 11, 2008

Zarife Öztürk works at a publishing house in Istanbul. A few years ago she made it her mission to translate Judy Blume's children’s books into Turkish. Öztürk fell in love with Blume’s books when she was 10 years old, and about to attend ...

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Studio 360

Deconstructing Harry

Friday, July 13, 2007

Kurt considers the shockwaves surrounding the final installment of modern literature’s most beloved English school boy, Harry Potter. Will JK Rowling really bump off the little wizard? We'll hear from obsessive pre-teens, child psychologist Wendy Mogel, and Sara Nelson, the editor of Publishers Weekly, ...


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Kids' Books

Saturday, April 17, 2004

We asked two prominent book critics the question: How do you write a serious review of a book called Everybody Poops? Produced by Matt Holzman.


Studio 360

Charlotte's Web

Saturday, April 03, 2004

In children's literature, spiders have a history as heroes. Eric Carle's Very Busy Spider and David Kirk's Miss Spider's Tea Party are both modern classics of arachnophilia. The spider who won our hearts first, 52 years ago, is Charlotte, the heroine of E.B. White's Charlotte's Web. The novelist Susan Minot ...


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Toni Morrison

Saturday, September 20, 2003

Novelist Toni Morrison has won the Nobel Prize and the Pulitzer, and sold millions of copies of her books such as Beloved, Paradise, and Song of Solomon. Recently, she began writing books for children and has just completed six traditional fables she adapted with her son Slade. Morrison ...


Studio 360

Children's Lit, Not That Innocent

Saturday, November 30, 2002

Why does revenge show up so much in kids books? Critic Leonard Marcus and Valerie Lewis, the owner of a children's bookstore in San Jose, explain.

(Originally aired: May 2, 2002)


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Saxton Freymann Goes to the Grocery Store

Saturday, May 05, 2001

We take a trip to the grocery store with an artist and children's book author who doesn't paint or write odes to food; instead, he uses fruits and vegetables as the raw material for his whimsical sculptures.