I Re-Read 9 Kids’ Books As An Adult — And Learned Something New From Each Of Them

I think we worry far too much about what age certain books are meant “for.” Sure, I’ll allow that most toddlers aren’t going to get much out of a true crime book, and most 40-somethings can probably handle turning pages that aren’t made of cardboard. But still, a lot of kids do just fine reading far above their official “reading level” (I read A Game of Thrones at age 10 and was only mildly traumatized). And a lot of adults can still enjoy a kids’ book. Here are a few kids’ books that I’m glad I re-read as a grown up, because good literature has no age cut off.

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The 100 best animated movies of all time

Animated movies are among the top-grossing Hollywood films today. Though many of these movies are primarily aimed at children, studios ensure that they are easily enjoyed by kids and adults alike. In recent years, movies such as “Frozen,” “Toy Story 3” and “Finding Nemo” have grossed more than $400 million at the domestic box office, becoming some of the most successful movies of all time.

And audiences show few signs of animation fatigue. In 2004, “The Incredibles” grossed about $328 million in inflation-adjusted dollars at the U.S. box office. A sequel to the film, “Incredibles 2,” is slated for a June 15 release, 14 years later, and is already on track to become the most successful animated movie ever in pre-sale tickets.

Of course, ticket sales do not always indicate the overall quality of a film. 24/7 Wall Street has determined the best animated movies of all time — both foreign and domestic — by using online audience and critic ratings.

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Local organization launches online book-donation platform

Madison Reading Project

A local nonprofit organization has launched an online book-donation platform that allows donors to buy a diverse range of books for underserved children in Madison.

The Madison Reading Project, an organization that provides children’s books and programming to underserved children, teamed up with Collaboration for Good, a communications group that supports other social welfare efforts, to create the online donation platform.

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Kids Con 2018: Comic books come to life as event marks third year

Three-year-old Nathan Allen put three of his favorite superhero costumes in the car before his family headed up to Nashua on Sunday for the third annual Kids Con New England.

However, Nathan – who lives in Lynn, Massachusetts, and was among the scores of children who came to this year’s event at the Nashua Radisson – ultimately decided to leave them in the car.

“He had them ready, but he was just a bit shy” about donning one of the costumes, Nathan’s mom said, adding that he will almost certainly wear one next year.

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New York kids stand against prejudice with art

<p>Art featuring the faces of many people of different backgrounds on the “Being accepted” table in Union Square Park in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>

New York City schoolchildren went to Union Square Park in Manhattan to showcase their artwork and stand for causes they believe in. The students painted tables and benches with kaleidoscopic colors and heartfelt messages, taking a stand against bullying, xenophobia, sexual harassment, prejudice and gun violence.

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What Resulted When a Photographer Gave Rural Children Cameras

Every photographer has a give-and-take relationship with her subjects. Wendy Ewald has more give than most. Since 1975, the American artist has been entwining photography, activism, and education in a series of collaborations that upend our prevailing ideas of authorship and authority. For months, even years, at a time, she has moved into rural communities around the world—from Mexico and Morocco to India and the Netherlands—to teach local children how to use cameras. The resulting black-and-white photographs are credited to both Ewald and her students, who are quoted and named in the titles. (This started twenty years before the term “socially engaged art” entered the lexicon.)

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