Hansel and Gretel: What Folk and Fairy Tales Teach Readers

Hansel and Gretel is one of the many oral folk tales that German brothers, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, first published into written literary works. The Grimm brothers, Charles Perrault, and Hans Christian Anderson were architects of children’s literature. The Grimm’s first publishings were not intended for children due to the subject matter. In fact, they revised editions to better suit children. For example, in Hansel and Gretel, the wicked stepmother was originally the mother. In modern literature, fairy tales are often labeled as cliche, however; they teach important life lessons and psychological concepts. Read More

The Art of Storytelling in Children’s Literature

I have sailed across a sea of words to ask if you will come away with me.

Have you ever read a book to your children and through the magic of it’s words and illustrations, transported you back to your own childhood? When adults immerse themselves in children’s literature, there is tremendous benefit for both the parent and child. A union of two distinct worlds coming together, learning from one another’s intellect and emotions. Children’s literature is an enriching process for the child’s personality. Shaping universal concepts such as character, purpose, morals, and meaning.

A Child of Books is unlike any other book. In fact, the book’s creators are two illustrators. Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston’s brilliant collaboration is an exquisite ode to classic children’s literature. Read More