There’s some preaching to the choir, some inside jokes for people who know the significance of Heather having two mommies and that everyone poops (allusions to children’s book titles), but there’s also a sense that the authors want to appeal to those who might have the wrong image of them as people who work in children’s literature.
Mike Cadden, a past president of the Children’s Literature Association (ChLA) is a professor of English and the director of childhood studies at Missouri Western State University, where he teaches courses in children’s and young adult literature. His books include Ursula K. Le Guin Beyond Genre: Fiction for Children and Adults and Telling Children’s Stories: Narrative Theory and Children’s Literature.
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“The Common Reader,” Washington University in St. Louis’s Journal of the Essay, explores life and learning during the onset of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.