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Philip Nel
Attended Vanderbilt University
Lives in Manhattan, Kansas, U.S.A.
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Introducing the the third volume in the adventures of 5-year-old Barnaby, and his loquacious, endearing, pink-winged con-artist of a fairy godfather (aka Mr. O'Malley). The classic comic by Crockett Johnson (creator of Harold and the Purple Crayon)!
74 years ago this month, five-year-old Barnaby Baxter wished for a fairy godmother. Instead, Mr. O'Malley — a loquacious, endearing, pink-winged con-artist — flew through Barnaby's (open) bedroom window, and announced himself as the lad's fairy godfather. For the next ten years, devoted readers ...
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"on an armed campus, we’re less likely to explore uncomfortable subjects. Classrooms can offer a place for vigorous debate, spirited exchanges of ideas -- but only if these classrooms are safe." #StopCampusCarry
Guns on campuses make the vulnerable even more vulnerable, argues Philip Nel. They uphold established systems of power: white supremacy, patriarchy and the privilege of the tenured.
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There are many great reasons to vote for Bernie Sanders. Photographs of Hillary Clinton with people you dislike are not among them. 
Perhaps you have also seen these memes drifting through your social media feed. There's a photo of Hillary Clinton and George W. Bush sharing a hug. Hillary Clinton & George W. Bush at Nancy Reagan's funeral. This was taken at Nancy Reagan's funeral earlier this month, but one meme-maker offers ...
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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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10 thought-provoking quotations: Schopenhauer, Charlie Chaplin, Laurie Anderson, Toni Morrison, Charles Simic, & more!
Welcome to the sixth aggregation of quotations that interest me — that is, the sixth blog installment of my “commonplace book,” a sixteenth-century tradition (that continued for several centuries), in which “one records passages or matters to be especially remembered or referred to, ...
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What would Dr. Seuss think of Mr. Trump?
Many have likened Donald Trump to a “schoolyard bully.” Back in September, Mr. Trump even admitted that his own campaign rhetoric had been “a little childish.” To best understand a candidate who addresses voters at a fourth-grade level, we need the stories of one of our most plain-spoken ...
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In celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday, here are four film clips featuring Dr. Seuss himself!  Two of these are almost certainly ones you haven't seen. My favorite is the fourth, in which Seuss explains what happens when the dipolator doesn't throing.
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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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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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