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Stories of Virtue and Vice: Stories and Character Development

Stories can have a powerful influence on the formation of character and values in children.  As such, the potential for character formation via stories is an important criterion for adults to consider when selecting books for children.  In this article, I will describe how stories of virtue and vice can shape character in children, and […]


Character Development in Children: Books with Exemplary Characters

Today I continue my (lately dormant) series of articles on how to choose children’s books.  In the last article in this series, “The Complexity of Children’s Stories and Social Development”, I discussed the “developmental value” of complex stories for children.  Specifically, I argued that children’s books with complex plots and characters can promote important aspects […]


Plato on Developmental Value in Children’s Stories

I couldn’t resist posting this quote I came across recently in Plato’s Republic about stories, children, values, etc.: “Socrates: You know, don’t you, that the beginning of any process is most important, especially for anything young and tender?  It’s at that time that it is most malleable and takes on any pattern one wishes to […]


Selection Criteria for Children’s Books: Good Stories

This is the fifth in a series of posts on how to choose children’s books.  “How to Choose Children’s Books” is the first in the series if you would like to read from the beginning.  Last time, in “Illustrations in Children’s Books,” I discussed how to choose books with illustrations that are attractive to kids […]