Nov 14, 2013 — For many young readers, Dahl is a beloved author. But to Lucy Dahl, he's also Dad. "Matilda was one of the most difficult books for him to write," she says. "I think that there was a deep genuine fear within his heart that books were going to go away and he wanted to write about it."
Nov 7, 2013 — In the many decades since the publication of How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie's self-help classic has been both celebrated and mocked, but it's still selling plenty of copies. Steven Watts' new biography of the man may feel overstuffed, but, as Maureen Corrigan notes, Carnegie's relentless positivity always shines through.
Oct 30, 2013 — In November, NPR's Backseat Book Club is reading Matilda by Roald Dahl. It's the story of an exceptionally gifted girl who outsmarts her cruel parents and the brutish school headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, with the help of her magical abilities and her kind teacher Miss Honey.
Aug 5, 2013 — Earlier this summer, NPR's Backseat Book Club — our book club for young readers — asked you to weigh in on your favorite books for kids age 9-14. We heard from more than 2,000 of you, and our expert panel has whittled your hundreds and hundreds of nominations down to a list of 100 great reads.
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.
May 6, 2012 — Teaching is a tough job: long hours, low pay, and constant criticism when test scores don't measure up. But for teacher advocate Taylor Mali, it's the best job in the world. He's written a new book in praise of the profession and in passionate defense of teachers.
May 3, 2012 — In Nothing Daunted, two women leave New York to teach school in Colorado's wild frontier.
Jul 27, 2011 — In the summer of 1916, Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood left their tradition-bound lives in Auburn, N.Y., to teach on the Colorado frontier. Woodruff's granddaughter, Dorothy Wickenden, pieces together their story in Nothing Daunted, which enjoys its second week on the list.
Jul 24, 2011 — In 1916, best friends Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood left the comfort of New York society for a pioneer settlement in Colorado. Woodruff's granddaughter, Dorothy Wickenden, tells the story of their adventure in Nothing Daunted.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of The English Major by Jim Harrison. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.