Oct 11, 2013 — Ludwig Bemelmans' first introduced the plucky heroine back in 1939. Now, his grandson carries on the tradition of the little girls in two straight lines. And if there was any confusion, he would like to set the record straight: It's not an orphanage; Miss Clavel is not a nun; and Madeline isn't French.
Aug 8, 2013 — Rachel Renee Russell's very popular series stars a not-so-popular protagonist. The Dork Diaries are written by Nikki Maxwell, a misfit at a new school. Russell was inspired to write the books after seeing her own daughters struggle with the "dork" label during their teenage years.
Jul 23, 2013 — Teenager Nikki Maxwell chronicles her "not-so-fabulous life" as the new girl at a fancy school in Rachel Renee Russell's Dork Diaries series. Read along with NPR's book club for young readers, and send along your questions for the author.
Jun 13, 2013 — Looking for a great read for a kid age 9-14? Here are all the titles our kids' book club has read since we launched in 2011. We revisit classics like Black Beauty and The Phantom Tollbooth and explore new stories like Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The Graveyard Book.
Oct 15, 2012 — E.B. White's classic children's book is ostensibly about a spider and a pig. But author Michael Sims says the story is really about the barn the critters live in, based on a real barn on White's Maine farm.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Story of Charlotte's Web: E. B. White's Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic by Michael Sims. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 5, 2011 — It all started one morning in 1949, when White discovered a beautiful web in his barn, glistening with dew. In The Story of Charlotte's Web, Michael Sims explores how White wrote his magical meditation on time, mortality and friendship — for children.
Sep 15, 2010 — Fall fiction blows in with Nick Hornby's novel of a music-obsessed British lad and his sensible girlfriend, E.L. Doctorow's romp through the 20th century with the highborn but hoarding Collyer brothers, Jeannette Walls' scrappy bush-pilot grandmother, and more.
Dec 14, 2009 — Heller McAlpin's picks include: the story of a lifelong crush on Albert Camus, a humorous take on middle-aged malaise, and a no-nonsense look at mortality. The sharp, fresh writing in these memoirs will bring you headfirst into each author's world, with your heart following close behind.
Sep 15, 2009 — Award-winning children's book illustrator David Small's graphic memoir is strictly for grown-ups. Chilling, unsentimental and beautifully drawn, the book recounts a disastrous childhood — and a life rescued by art.