Books
Krieg Barrie

Books of the resistance

Children’s Books of the Year | A wave of activist-themed children’s books has surged in the Trump era
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 2/14/19, 02:17 pm

“One remarkable feature of Donald Trump’s constantly surprising tenure,” reported Publishers Weekly last May, “is this: he is a professed nonreader whose presidency just might launch a thousand books.”

Indeed, shortly after the election of 2016, the publishing world rose up with cries of “Resist!” Dozens of children’s authors expressed their dismay, followed shortly by determination to push back against this new wave of supposed racism, sexism, and xenophobia. Within months, books aimed at encouraging teen activism were rolling off the presses.

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Matt Marcinkowski

From hand to heart

Children’s Books of the Year | A Q&A with author and illustrator John Hendrix
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 2/14/19, 02:16 pm

Illustrator John Hendrix’s picture book Miracle Man: The Story of Jesus gathered rave reviews three years ago. This year, The Faithful Spy, an unabashedly Christian take on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, has attracted even more attention. Hendrix, a Presbyterian Church in America elder, has a secular publisher that has never made an issue of his spiritual themes. “Christians are a market, and my editor recognizes that,” he says.

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Krieg Barrie

Against the grain

Children’s Books of the Year | Our 2019 Children’s Books of the Year stand out from an increasingly troubling crowd
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 2/14/19, 01:42 pm

Many Bible-readers know Proverbs 22:6, which reads, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” So do many publishers of children’s books, and they may not have the best interests of your child at heart.

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