On this Tuesday's Central Standard, a look at a tradition of African American verbal combat and insults that’s ruled neighborhoods and childhoods long before rap. At the heart of this tradition? 'Yo Mama jokes.
There's no debating that a good non-fiction book can bring life to overlooked history. But when everything's been told about that event....or you have an idea for an "alternative" history, where to turn? Historical fiction.
School’s out for summer, so keep your kids' brains busy, and develop that summer reading list.
Thursday on Up to Date, Steve Kraske welcomes Johnson County Library staffers Kate McNair, Debbie McLeod (ret.) and Bradley Debrick to share their favorite picks, from No Sleep for the Sheep to The ABCs of Baseball.
The great thing about modern technology? We can easily and cheaply access data on just about anything 24/7. The down side? It’s being done in such great quantity and with such little regard for quality that it has led to "information obesity."
In this Sept. 25, 1985 file photo, author Maurice Sendak poses with one of the characters from his book Where the Wild Things Are, designed for the operatic adaptation of his book in St. Paul, Minn. Sendak died, Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Conn. He was 83.
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Published in 1963, Where The Wild Things Are was a different approach to children's books — full of dark forests and fierce-looking monsters.
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Sendak signs prints from The Mother Goose Collection in July 1990 — part of a benefit for homeless children in New York City.
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Sendak (from left), film director Spike Jonze and actor Max Records pose at the New York premiere of the film Where The Wild Things Are in 2009.
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"There are so many beautiful things in the world which I will have to leave when I die, but I'm ready," Sendak told Terry Gross in 2011.
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Maurice Sendak wrote and/or illustrated more than 100 books during his career. He received a National Book Award, a Caldecott Medal, the Hans Christian Andersen Award for children's book illustration, and the National Medal of Arts.
Children's book writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are, died on Tuesday at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Conn. He was 83.
Author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, whose classic children's book Where the Wild Things Are became a perennial and award-winning favorite for generations of children, died Tuesday. He was 83.
Sendak appeared on Fresh Air with Terry Gross several times over the years. In 1989, he told Terry Gross that he didn't ever write with children in mind — but that somehow what he wrote turned out to be for children nonetheless.
Children's books seem simple, but good ones are deceptively complicated to write and illustrate.
"Traditionally illustrated books are books where the text makes sense on its own. It doesn't necessarily need words," writer Martin Salisbury tells NPR's Renee Montagne, whereas with picture books, neither the text nor the images stand separately — they need each other.
Meg Wolitzer is the author of a book for young readers, The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman.
In reality, I may be a middle-aged woman with two nearly grown sons, but in my heart I am a teenage girl who has found herself pregnant and doesn't know what to do. For if you came of age, as I did, reading Paul Zindel's My Darling, My Hamburger, then you probably still feel that you know what it's like to be a high school student whose life almost derails.
The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC has written a new book called Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power. It's about how we've been living in a state of perpetual war, and how war has become more secretive and the public more disconnected from it.
There are plenty of pop culture references to the dangers of a close mother-son relationship. From the myth of Oedipus to the movie Psycho, narrative after narrative harps on the idea that mothers can damage their sons, make them weak, awkward and dependent.
But for millions of men, the opposite has turned out to be true, author Kate Lombardi tells NPR's Laura Sullivan. Lombardi — a mother herself — is the author of the new book, The Mama's Boy Myth: Why Keeping Our Sons Close Makes Them Stronger.
Lionel Shriver's new novel, called The New Republic, is actually an old manuscript with a star-crossed history. As Shriver explains in a prefatory note, this satire on (among other things) terrorism was finished in 1998, but, back then, publishers weren't interested. That was five years before Shriver's break-through novel, We Need to Talk About Kevin. Then, Sept. 11 happened: sincerity was in; irony was out. Publishers wouldn't touch this story that offered an ironic take on violent extremism.
Next week marks the return of the Reading Reptile’s annual literature festival, the DNA LitFest. Six children’s authors and illustrators travel to Kansas City to discuss the creative process and storytelling.
The construction of the U.S. Capitol began with a building plan adopted in 1793. Its history of being built, burnt, rebuilt & extended meant its completion came at the most crucial point in our nation’s development: the Civil War.
In recent years, there’s been a renaissance of books about tough, inner-city life which are popular with teen audiences. The genre has been called urban fiction, hip-hop fiction or ghetto lit, and it’s often filled with profanity, sex, violence and illegal activity. Some of popular titles include Thugs and the Women Who Love Them, Hooker to Housewife and Golden Hustla.