Here are a few items worthy of your interest!
This is a fantastic piece about Grimm's fairy tales and why they should be widely read. "In fairy tales, as in dreams, we are every character."
Check out Philip Nel's blog for a wonderful and informative recap of the Children's Literature and the European Avant-Garde conference our own Joseph Thomas attended a few weeks ago. Scroll to the bottom to see a group picture; can you find ol' JT?
"What Hath Fan Fiction Wrought on the YA Industry?" In an era where Twilight fan fiction can top the NYT bestseller list, what are we to make of this phenomenon? Jezebel takes a gander.
Popular Children's Books of the 80s and 90s. Several of the books on this list were published well before the 80s, so really this list could be called, simply, "popular children's books." But a few of these fall under that category of "long-forgotten but now jogging my memory and making me kind of misty-eyed." If you were a child in the 80s or early 90s, I expect many of these books were on your bookshelf.
Books for Halloween Chills. PhD student and blogger Liz has compiled a nice little reference list for books to get your spine a-tinglin'.
And speaking of creepy, Ransom Riggs, author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, has a new book of found photographs out today called Talking Pictures. It strays from Miss Peregrine territory, but it still contains the kinds of evocative pictures that beg for a backstory.