- Books Received
Conversations with Madeleine L’Engle. Edited by Jackie C. Horne. University Press of Mississippi, 2019.
Part of the University Press of Mississippi’s Literary Conversations series, this collection of thirteen interviews with Madeleine L’Engle date between 1967 and 2006. In these wide-ranging interviews, she often comments on A Wrinkle in Time and some of her other books for children and young adults.
Kindness and Wonder: Why Mister Rogers Matters Now More Than Ever. By Gavin Edwards. Dey Street Books, 2019.
Gavin Edwards divides Kindness and Wonder into two sections. The first section focuses on Fred Rogers’s life and his long career in children’s television. In the second section, Edwards distills Mister Rogers’s approach to life down to “ten ways to live more like Mister Rogers right now.”
Tween Pop: Children’s Music and Public Culture. By Tyler Bickford. Duke University Press, 2020
In this scholarly work, Tyler Bickford straddles the fields of childhood studies and popular culture. Bickford examines the rise of popular music aimed at pre-teens during the first decade of the 21st century and discusses the reasons behind the mass appeal of such artists as Justin Bieber, Kidz Bop, Miley Cyrus, and Taylor Swift.
Video Games and American Culture: How Ideology Influences Virtual Worlds. By Aaron A. Toscano. Lexington Books, 2020
This cultural analysis of video games shows how video games reflect underlying American values and tastes. Aaron A. Toscano does not focus on children’s video games, but he does carefully analyze the notion that the playing of video games causes children to behave in violent ways. In a chapter titled “The Specious Link Surrounding Video Games and Violence,” he explains that his goal is to “debunk studies that claim playing violent video games leads to real-world violence” (41). [End Page 407]