Monthly Archive: October 2015

Tidbit Histories – Mr. Toad Takes the World by Storm

In May of 1904, Kenneth Grahame’s son Alastair had a disastrous fourth birthday ending in a flood of tears. In his attempt to comfort his son, Kenneth Grahame promised a bedtime story about any subject his son chose. Alastair, nicknamed Mouse, said he wanted a story about a rat, a mole and a giraffe. The …

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Tidbit Histories – African-American Children’s Literature: The Creative Explosion.

During the first half of the twentieth century there was a very small body of work by African-American authors and illustrators of African-American children’s books (see last week’s post, http://readmeastoryink.com/blog/?p=186 ). However by the early 60s, spurred on by the civil rights movement and Brown vs Board of Education, there was an explosion of African-American …

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