hotTEAs of Children’s Literature: Philip Nel

I write books about children’s books. I also teach, read, edit, grade, and occasionally sleep.


☕ CUPPA OF CHOICE: I like a cup of tea because it caffeinates me, but not as much as coffee does. (I also like coffee, but it tends to amplify my manic tendencies to the point of distraction.)

☕ HOT OFF THE PRESSES: Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children’s Literature (University Press of Mississippi, 2012); Crockett Johnson’s Barnaby, Volume One: 1942-1943 (co-editor with Eric Reynolds, Fantagraphics Books, 2013); Crockett Johnson’s Barnaby, Volume Two: 1944-1945 (co-editor with Eric Reynolds, Fantagraphics Books, 2014). Forthcoming: Was the Cat in the Hat Black?: The Hidden Racism of Children’s Literature and Why We Need Diverse Books (Oxford University Press, tentative pub date, late 2016).



☕ FAVE FOODIE CHILDREN’S BOOK:  Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins (Chronicle Books, June 2015).

☕ Visit Phil Nel’s Kansas State University Homepage and his blog Nine Kinds of Pie. Phil also contributes to The Niblings Facebook Page. 🙂

☕☕ JUST ONE MORE SIP: Check out The Crockett Johnson Homepage!

☕☕ ☕ CAN’T GET ENOUGH: Enjoy Phil’s recent post, “Seuss on Film.”  Interesting to see clips from the 1940’s, 1958, and 1964. The first, “Unusual Occupations,” is the earliest known film footage of Dr. Seuss. 🙂



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12 thoughts on “hotTEAs of Children’s Literature: Philip Nel

  1. What a fab mug! Classy b&w artwork.

    I am always pleased to “meet” people who write attentively and intelligently about children’s lit. Ever since the Johnson and Krauss book I’ve been intrigued and lurking on his blog(s). Smart people who don’t let us forget where we as children’s book folk come from are the best!


    1. I feel so much smarter whenever I read one of his blog posts. 🙂 Also wish I had thought to name my blog Nine Kinds of Pie — perfect!


  2. Gosh — thanks, everyone, for your kind words! Glad you’ve enjoyed the Seuss clips (Iza) and the bio. (tee+d). I’ll try to do more on the blog. I’ve been overwhelmed lately, and have been a less active blogger.


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