Children's Literature Responds to Terror

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Since September 11, books about Islam and Osama bin Laden and dusty academic tomes about past wars have flown off bookstore shelves to the top of the best-seller lists. Among children's literature, a similar trend is occurring, although on a slightly smaller scale. Books about Islam and war written for children have received new life in the weeks since Sept. 11th. This hour, three authors of children's books on Islamic culture discuss how publishing has responded to Sept. 11th and how books can help young people better understand the people and events they have been hearing about over the past two and a half months.


James Rumford, author and illustrator of Traveling Man. The Journey of Ibn Battuta 1325-1354.;
Deborah Ellis, author of "The Breadwinner";
Khephra Burns, author of "Mansa Musa"

This program aired on November 23, 2001.


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