Tales for Little Rebels

In this anthology of radical children’s literature, Julia Mickenberg, associate professor of American studies, and co-editor Philip Nel, collected 43 mostly out-of-print stories, poems, comic strips and primers, that embody the traditions of 20th-century leftists who encouraged kids to question authority.

The result, “Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children’s Literature” (NYU Press, 2008) offers a portrait of many progressive concerns of the 20th century, including labor and civil rights, gender equality, and the environment, through the lens of children’s literature.

”A rarely discussed aspect of children’s literature—the politics behind, or part, of a book’s creation—has been thoroughly explored in this intelligent, enlightening, and fascinating account,” writes Anita Silvey, author of “100 Best Books for Children.”

Check out The Washington Post’s Nov. 4 review of “Tales for Little Rebels,” “Better Read than Red.

Mickenberg goes on the road in December to promote her book. She’ll be signing copies at Follett’s Intellectual Property in Austin at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 10.

For all you New York Texas Exes, NYU Press will celebrate “Tales for Little Rebels” with a book party at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 18 at NYU’s Tamiment Library. RSVP to Betsy Steve at betsy.steve@nyu.edu. Mickenberg also will appear at Bluestockings for a reading at noon, Dec. 20.