Parenting blogger Bron Mandile (aka Maxabella Love) had a busy schedule. Writing for the Australian website Children's Book Daily, she had to think up 23(!) easy, no-fuss costumes for kids based on books. After exhausting every variation of the Hogwarts uniform, she recalled The Boy In The Striped Pajamas, which had a costume right in the dang title! Sure, it was in fact a novel for adults. About the Holocaust. In which 1.5 million children were tortured and murdered. And the titular "striped pajamas" are a concentration camp prisoner's uniform. But that's why she recommended it only for "older primary kids to honour."
The enormous backlash prompted Children's Book Daily to scrap the article, though many wanted the site to keep it as yet another entry in the Museum Of Easily Preventable Internet Mistakes. Also pushing for a teachable moment was Dvir Abramovich, head of the Australian Anti-Defamation Commission, who used the incident as part of their advocacy for mandatory Holocaust education -- preferably before someone in Melbourne named their German language summer camp "Mein Kampf."
Children's Books Keep Insisting That Black People Loved Slavery
A Fine Dessert and A Birthday Cake For George Washington are two amazing literary resources on American slavery. Yes, they truly teach us all how to absolutely not tackle that issue.
2015's A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat, written by children's author Emily Jenkins and illustrated by Sophie Blackall, shows children throughout the ages learning to make a sugary mess called blackberry fool. It drew some pretty sharp criticism because of one particular entry, set on a South Carolina plantation in 1810. That might be because the book portrays the protagonists, an enslaved mother and her enslaved daughter, having the time of their lives picking blackberries, making the dessert for their white owners, and finally hiding in a closet to lick the master's bowl clean.
Sophie Blackall/ScholasticNothing tastes better than leftovers mixed with spit.