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The New Ghostbusters Visit Boston Hospital In Full Costume

Celebrities visiting a hospital has been a cool thing to do for a while now: Christian Bale and Chris Pratt have been known to stop by to cheer up kids. The latest feel-good story comes with the new cast of Ghostbusters, who stopped by Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center in Boston yesterday. » 8/02/15 2:03pm 8/02/15 2:03pm

If You Want To Teach Children To Lie, Read Them Pinocchio

For generations, parents and teachers have turned to fables to inspire moral behavior among children. Some of the most popular stories teach the importance of telling the truth. A recent study, however, finds that fables that punish the main character for lying are less effective than those that reward honesty. » 6/18/14 7:40am 6/18/14 7:40am

How to raise cloned children without totally screwing them up

We've been thoroughly enjoying Orphan Black, BBC America's show about a young woman who discovers, to her shock, that she's a clone. But what if, instead of being an orphan with no knowledge of her genetic heritage, Sarah was raised by loving parents? How might they try to ensure she grew up to be a happy and fully… » 4/21/13 7:00am 4/21/13 7:00am

No, children are not natural born scientists

We like to think that children are born scientists. Because Neil deGrasse Tyson says so. Because The National Science Foundation proclaims it on its website. Because when Mark Twain warned that school should not "interfere with [one's] education," he clearly meant it as a prophetic indictment of No Child Left Behind… » 11/19/12 12:29pm 11/19/12 12:29pm

The beautiful astronaut book Umberto Eco wrote to teach children about semiotics and tolerance

Umberto Eco is best known for his novels, like Foucault's Pendulum and The Name of the Rose, but he also wrote a handful of children's books. In his marvelous book The Three Astronauts, Eco offered children a lesson on tolerance, while also training their brains in basic semiotics. » 3/18/12 8:00am 3/18/12 8:00am

Watchmen Parody Sends Rorschach Through the Underworld of Children’s Lit

Someone stole Rorschach’s plums and he isn’t happy. “Blotchmen,” a short comic created by artist Kevin Cannon, skewers Watchmen » 10/29/08 2:14pm 10/29/08 2:14pm’s psychotic masked man by putting him exactly where he doesn’t belong: in a children’s book. Rorschach tracks his missing fruit through and , leaving death and mayhem in his wake.Cannon…