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Philip Nel
Attended Vanderbilt University
Lives in Manhattan, Kansas, U.S.A.
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This may be of interest primarily to children's lit academics, but... here it is!  Please share!
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Sergio Ruzzier's Two Mice (Clarion, 2015) exemplifies the elegant efficiency of the picture book. Illustrate just the right moments in the narrative, add a few well-placed words, and you can create an engaging, imaginatively rich story. Well, I say you. But, most likely, you can't.
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"like all attempts to safeguard children’s innocence, removing books from libraries and curricula are not only doomed to failure; they are an abdication of adult responsibility" #BannedBooksWeek  
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"Always be publishing," "Do not define success according to academe’s terms" and 10 other pieces of advice for graduate students, recent PhDs, adjuncts who aspire to the tenure track, and those recently hired on the tenure-track (or hired as lecturers in UK & Australian systems).
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Fats Waller! Hoosier Hot Shots! Moon Mullican! Also, video of me attempting to perform these songs. 
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Jim Averbeck and Yasmeen Ismail's One Word from Sophia (2015) was published this month. Here are for reasons you should get (buy, borrow, barter) the book for the young people in your life — or for yourself. (Grown-ups can read children's books, too, you know.) It's funny.
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Announcing... my next book!
Here's some news I've been itching to share: Oxford University Press will publish my next book, Was the Cat in the Hat Black?: The Hidden Racism of Children's Literature, and Why We Need Diverse Books. Also, this coming Monday, I will be turning in (to Oxford) the complete manuscript of the book ...
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"The narrative that we are all the same underneath is a fear of difference.” —Christopher Myers
This is not the title of the talk that Christopher Myers gave here on Thursday. It was called “Please Don't Agree with Me: the Need for Disagreement in Debates About Literature for Young People.” However, I've aligned these three words — disagreement, difference, diversity — in my title because ...
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My "Manifesto for Children's Literature," in the current issue of the Iowa Review.
Those of us who read, create, study, or teach children's literature sometimes face skepticism from other alleged adults. Why would grown-ups take children's books seriously? Shouldn't adults be reading real books? There are many responses to these questions: 1. Children's books are the most ...
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upgrade vortex, n. The hidden temporal, cognitive, and/or financial costs of getting a new electronic device (tablet, smart phone, computer, etc.).
upgrade vortex, n. The hidden temporal, cognitive, and/or financial costs of getting a new electronic device (tablet, smart phone, computer, etc.). We need a term to describe the experience of obtaining a new technological item, and then the (guaranteed but never mentioned) troubleshooting and ...
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On the ‪4th of July‬, a lesser-known chapter in the history of American anti-racism: the planned integrated community of Village Creek (Connecticut), founded in 1949 and still going strong.
For America's Independence Day, here's a little-known chapter in the history of American anti-racism. Following the Second World War, progressives founded a dozen planned integrated communities across the country. While working on my biography of Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss, I learned about ...
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On what would be his 87th birthday, a look at Maurice Sendak’s will & what it tells us about him.  Special bonus for children’s literature nerds & devoted Sendak enthusiasts: pdf of will included.
Wills offer unique insights into people's lives — what they value most, how they see themselves, how they hope to be remembered. Ruth Krauss left most of her estate to homeless children, a fact which floored Maurice Sendak, when I told him: she died the same year that We're All in the Dumps with ...
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I write books about children's books & comics.
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Professor of English. Books include:
  • Crockett Johnson's Barnaby Volume Two: 1944-1945, co-edited with Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics Books, 2014)
  • Crockett Johnson's Barnaby Volume One: 1942-1943, co-edited with Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics Books, 2013)
  • Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children's Literature (UP Mississippi, 2012)
  • Keywords for Children's Literature, co-edited with Lissa Paul (NYU Press, 2011)
  • Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children's Literature, co-edited with Julia Mickenberg (NYU Press, 2008)
  • The Annotated Cat: Under the Hats of Seuss and His Cats (Random House, 2007)
  • Dr. Seuss: American Icon (Continuum, 2004)
  • The Avant-Garde and American Postmodernity: Small Incisive Shocks (UP Mississippi, 2002)
  • J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter Novels: A Reader's Guide (Continuum, 2001)
Forthcoming:
  • Crockett Johnson's Barnaby, Volumes 3-5, co-edited with Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics, 2015-2017)
Education
  • Vanderbilt University
    English, 1992 - 1997
  • University Of Rochester
    English and Pyschology, 1988 - 1992
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