children's books http://kcur.org en Experts Say Dark Humor Has Always Been Part Of Kid Lit http://kcur.org/post/experts-say-dark-humor-has-always-been-part-kid-lit <p>Local children's author and illustrator Daniel Miyares&nbsp;visited the <em>Central Standard </em>studio to discuss his recent picture book, <em>Pardon Me!</em></p><p>The book, aimed at 4-7 year-olds, tells the story of a bird on a perch who is visited by several of his supposed swamp friends until the frustrated critter is so crowded he can't take it any more. In the end, the bird is (spoiler alert!) finally left alone, only to be eaten by a crocodile who finishes his meal with a burp. "Pardon me," says the crocodile. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:05:49 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Sylvia Maria Gross & Matt Hodapp 58147 at http://kcur.org Experts Say Dark Humor Has Always Been Part Of Kid Lit Inside The Creative Mind of William Joyce http://kcur.org/post/inside-creative-mind-william-joyce <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">William Joyce has captivated young audiences and their parents with his whimsical and imaginative characters in film, TV, and in books. &nbsp;The creator of <em>Rolie&nbsp;Polie Olie </em>and <em>The Guardians of Childhood </em>has a new book and film,&nbsp;<em>The Numberlys</em>. &nbsp;Joyce talks with Steve Kraske about what inspires the characters he creates.</span></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 17:24:59 +0000 Steve Kraske & Jenny Whitty 56446 at http://kcur.org Inside The Creative Mind of William Joyce Summer Reading Recommendations For Kids & Teens http://kcur.org/post/summer-reading-recommendations-kids-teens <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From haunted hotels, to the real life story of Nazi hunters in Argentina, these summer reading picks are sure to get your young ones' imaginations churning.</span></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 18:47:26 +0000 Steve Kraske & Cody Newill 56111 at http://kcur.org Summer Reading Recommendations For Kids & Teens Museum Plays Pivotal Role In New Novel From Nelson-Atkins Docent http://kcur.org/post/museum-plays-pivotal-role-new-novel-nelson-atkins-docent <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Barbara Stuber has shown generations of schoolchildren and adults through the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. She’s worked as a docent there for 25 years. Stuber’s new novel, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Girl In Reverse</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, highlights the museum’s collection - including its Asian art.</span></p><p>The book’s set in the early 1950s, the Korean War is underway, and teenager, Lily Firestone, who’s adopted and Chinese, faces discrimination. But, at the museum, she finds a link to her culture and her past.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 16:37:54 +0000 Laura Spencer 56038 at http://kcur.org Museum Plays Pivotal Role In New Novel From Nelson-Atkins Docent The Most Checked-Out Children's Books At Johnson County Libraries http://kcur.org/post/most-checked-out-childrens-books-johnson-county-libraries <p>In recent years,&nbsp;<em>Harry Potter</em>, <em>The Hunger Games</em>&nbsp; and <em>Twilight</em> series have&nbsp;been favorites among young readers. However, a&nbsp;survey of the most frequently&nbsp;checked out books at the Johnson County libraries also includes classics from decades past.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Danie Alexander 55651 at http://kcur.org The Most Checked-Out Children's Books At Johnson County Libraries Banned And Challenged Children's Books http://kcur.org/post/banned-and-challenged-childrens-books <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dav </span>Pilkey's<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.scholastic.com/captainunderpants/" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Captain Underpants</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> series recently received the dubious distinction of topping the American Library Association's</span><a href="http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10#2013" style="line-height: 1.5;"> list of most-challenged books</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of 2013. Wed, 07 May 2014 17:14:25 +0000 Gina Kaufmann & Matthew Long-Middleton 55360 at http://kcur.org Banned And Challenged Children's Books Best Books Of 2013 For Children And Teens http://kcur.org/post/best-books-2013-children-and-teens <div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The cold weather is starting to set in, and your kids will need something to keep them occupied—or you may risk a case of cabin fever.</span><br /><br />&nbsp;</div><div>In the second part of Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, three librarians join us to offer their recommendations for the best children's, young adult and teen reads.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><br /><br /><strong>The "Best of 2013"</strong><p></p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 17:20:52 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 48530 at http://kcur.org Best Books Of 2013 For Children And Teens Kansas City Illustrator Shares His New Collaboration, 'Chocolate Me!' http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-illustrator-shares-his-new-collaboration-chocolate-me <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas City author and illustrator, Shane Evans, will be at two events this weekend showcasing his new children's book and film,&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Chocolate Me!.</em></p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 16:18:36 +0000 Susan B. Wilson & Esther Honig 47857 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Illustrator Shares His New Collaboration, 'Chocolate Me!' Children's Book Puts Reader In The Story http://kcur.org/post/childrens-book-puts-reader-story <p>A boy gets a book he thinks is cheesy-- a tale about a bunny and his birthday. His next move is to take a pen to the pages of the book and make the story a bit more interesting.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 45610 at http://kcur.org Children's Book Puts Reader In The Story Hot Summer Reads For Kids http://kcur.org/post/hot-summer-reads-kids <p>When you <strong>read a children’s book</strong>, you can <strong>peek in on aliens</strong>, take a nature hike or <strong>learn about friendship</strong> from a couple of hippos.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 28 May 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff, Steve Kraske & Kaitlin Brennan 37486 at http://kcur.org Hot Summer Reads For Kids Writers' Roundtable: Children's Book Authors http://kcur.org/post/writers-roundtable-childrens-book-authors-0 <p>It’s a <strong>special blend </strong>of characters, engaging stories and occasionally, <strong>a bit of magic</strong> that goes into a <strong>great children’s book</strong>.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Thursday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, &nbsp;Steve Kraske hosts a roundtable of children's book authors, including <strong>Brian </strong></span><strong>Selznick</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, <strong>Richard Peck</strong>, <strong>Sarah Weeks</strong> and </span><strong>Avi</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to discuss their methods for putting together award-winning tomes with that extra spark of fun.</span></p><p> Thu, 02 May 2013 17:21:43 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 36081 at http://kcur.org Writers' Roundtable: Children's Book Authors Best Children & Youth Books Of 2012 http://kcur.org/post/best-children-youth-books-2012 <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">It’s hard enough to keep your kids away from the Xbox on a normal weekday… it must be even tougher when they’re home for winter vacation.&nbsp; But technology might just help this time around: perhaps you can even convince your child to turn off the video game and pick up a Kindle...or a Nook… an iPad or even (yes!)&nbsp;</span><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">paper</em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">…and&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">dig deep into a great story</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">If you're looking for a really good present for your son, daughter, or other kid in your life, consider <strong>the gift of reading</strong>.</p><p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 01:00:00 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 29296 at http://kcur.org Best Children & Youth Books Of 2012