Sunday, September 12, 2010

Children's Books and Absent Parents

Earlier this summer, NPR interviewed YA author Lesley M. Blume, who shared her list of must-read children's books and, appropriately, her thoughts on children's stories that don't mention parents -- just like ours.

NPR writes, "Her book list includes a fair number of books about orphans, because, as Blume says, kids seem naturally drawn to stories in which the parents are absent: "Any child can relate to the fantasy of creating a kids-only utopia from scratch in the woods... This is something you see over and over again in classic literature and films. No rules, no baths, no schoolwork."

Find the list at and see if some of your favorites made the cut!

Discuss: What would you have put on the list?

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