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Scandinavian Children's Books Get Away With Way More Sex and Violence

Scandinavians are just a lot more relaxed about certain things. Like, one popular Norwegian book for eight-year-olds includes lessons on how to masturbate. Author Ingelin Røssland, writing in the Guardian, explains just how far children’s and young-adult titles can go in Scandinavia. » 8/27/15 1:54pm Thursday 1:54pm

And the next beloved children's book Ghibli is animating is...

When Marnie Was There, the 1967 novel by Joan G. Robinson. It was #18 on Hayao Miyazaki's list of recommended children's books, so this shouldn't be a shock, although it's worth pointing out that Marnie will be directed by The Secret World of Arriety's Hiromasa Yonebayashi, as Miyazaki still maintains he's retired. » 12/12/13 9:20am 12/12/13 9:20am

Let Oderus Urungus of GWAR read Goodnight Moon to children you hate

Know any children who won't go to bed? Well, sit them down in front of this video, in which the demonic lead vocalist of the legendary metal band GWAR reads this classic children's book to them. It won't help them sleep, but they should run into their bedrooms in pure terror immediately, and that's close enough. » 10/24/13 2:40pm 10/24/13 2:40pm

Great Children's Books That Look Death in the Eye

Children's stories have been dealing with death since the days of fairy tales where the Princess doesn't wake up. And some of the most soulful depictions of death aimed at kids come from the science fiction and fantasy genres. Except, in the ever-optimistic tone of children's books, death is a mirror for how wonderful… » 6/08/12 4:40pm 6/08/12 4:40pm

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