Category Archives: Children’s Literature

The top half of the tree mural at the AWM

The Who, Why and What of Those AWM Squirrels

Writers are Readers, yes? So those 32 squirrels reading away inside the AWM’s Children’s Literature Gallery’s north wall mural are right at home, especially since each is reading a landmark American children’s book. The museum’s founder, Malcolm O’Hagan, earnestly believed the American Writers Museum must honor and thus include American children’s literature. The preeminent children’s […]

The Wonderful Wizardry of Children’s Books

Recently, my sons and I enjoyed the unique pleasure of losing ourselves for a few nights of bedtime reading in a compelling children’s book, Kate Milford’s The Boneshaker (2010). The book, a richly imagined historical novel set in 1914 Missouri, has as much to tell us about history, community, and early 20th century America as […]