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Krik, Krik, Krik: How Aardema & Co. Attuned Us to African Folklore

Richard Dorson, the late dean of American folklorists, had a word for folklore that was not authentic, not the voice of the people. He called it fakelore, and to his mind most folklore published for children fell into that category. Dorson and other folklorists didn’t concern themselves with “Cinderella” and the like, stories that had […]

What Makes a Good Gift Book? Step Aside!

I find it hard to give children’s books as presents. First, because I’m afraid my friends and family will think I’m just unloading surplus copies from the office, but mostly because it seems completely impossible to know just which book to give. How was I to know that “everybody” had already read Holes in fifth […]