Actress Julianna Margulies to Publish Children's Book

Julianna Margulies

Julianna Margulies

According to Publishers Weekly, award-winning actress Julianna Margulies will work with Random House Children's Books to publish her debut children's picture book. The story centers around three sisters whose father takes them to the zoo every week. They are given balloons that take them on magical nighttime journeys.

The story was originally told to Margulies and her sisters by their father, and advertising executive when they were children. After her father's death, a manuscript of the story was found, which is the basis for the picture book. Expected publication date is May 2016.

BBC List of Best Children's Books Triggers Strong Responses

So, the BBC recently released a list of the top 11 best children’s books of all time and needless to say, many people are extremely dissatisfied with the BBC’s choices. Personally, I LOVE the fact that the BBC went out on a ledge and chose “favorites” among an unending ocean of beautiful children’s literature. Why? Because one of the best parts of reading books is talking about them with others. As I browsed the social media sites, and read the offended comments from people who claimed that all of the books were “too old,” I noticed that each person decided to post their own top ten list of favorite books. Then, you can imagine what happened next. People started reminiscing and connecting based on a mutual love for one beloved book or another.

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Dear Writer of Children's Books, Please Stop Underestimating Your Audience

Any parent who was an enthusiastic reader as a kid has probably noticed that children’s books look a lot different these days. All you have to do is go to the book section geared towards the 7-10 year-old crowd and you’ll see the book-equivalent of a loud cartoon smattered all over neon-colored pages.

Not only do children’s books have way more illustrations compared to years past, but the text is often bolded or broken up into small chunks reminiscent of a mom hiding an extra serving of vegetables in her spaghetti sauce. On top of that, story lines are often fast-paced, repetitive, and have minimal character development. What’s the deal? When did writers start to underestimate a child’s ability to appreciate good literature?

I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve purchased a couple of these freakishly frenzied books for my own two kids, thinking they would be enticed to pick these up on their own accord. One of these purchases include the George Brown Class Clown series. True, my kids enjoyed the first two books in the series. They are cute, silly, and predictable. However, by the third book, both of my kids were bored because they were all the same. And no, they never did feel inclined to read these on their own. So I put away the “book candy” and tried to find something more meaningful.

A day later, we started reading a book from my own childhood, The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks. I wasn’t sure if my kids were going to stay engaged in the quiet story about an average boy and his magical cupboard especially since the illustrations were not only sparse, but (gasp!) black and white. But they did stay engaged, in fact, they loved every minute of it and protested each night when I stopped reading. Even to this day, they remember so much about that book and still talk about the characters. Why? Because the story has depth, and real human emotion that even our little ones can relate to. I really hope this trend in children’s books comes to a much-needed end soon enough. Our kids deserve better.

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In the past, I’ve had conversations with parents who had certain books they did not want their children to read. By this time, technology was well-ingrained into our everyday society and “too much screen time” was a common phrase used when talking about raising kids. So, it was confusing to me why in the world, parents would deny their children any type of reading at all, regardless of what the character says or does. Isn’t the fact that your child is reading enough? Well, it turns out, I was wrong.

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