From Battleship to Barbie, how culture for young consumers shapes the identities they construct
Twenty years ago, as the group’s Millennium album topped music charts, one writer found belonging in an online community she unwittingly helped create.
How one writer came to love the band’s dark, shimmering masterpiece as a teenager 30 years ago
Why one writer still reads the wildly popular books with a mixture of love and disappointment, 60 years after they were revised to remove racist content
The 1988 film introduced an iconic villain in Chucky—just one of many living toys that have haunted cinema for decades.
Growing up, one writer saw the beloved character as a mascot for the Latin American immigrant experience. Sixty years after Paddington’s debut book was published, his story still feels relevant.
On the show, men cry, embrace empathy, and are open of heart. Why one writer wishes he’d been able to watch it as a kid
Trauma and tragedy play a role in a lot of children’s literature. But it was J.K. Rowling’s series that helped me cope with almost dying.
Beloved by generations of Indian children like myself, the illustrated-book series Amar Chitra Katha also reinforced many forms of intolerance.
Released in 1927, the poignant children’s novel Gay Neck was written by an Indian immigrant who became the first person of color to win the Newbery Medal.
The franchise’s evolving complexity, its young protagonists, and its accessibility make it a particularly apt reflection of entering adulthood.
Growing up, I was told my favorite comic-book heroine was white. And yet her struggles always seemed uniquely similar to my own.
When the film debuted 15 years ago, it taught me that shaping a hybrid identity could be a beautiful, inventive, and at times lonely experience.
The famed Japanese animator and director created heroines who defied feminine stereotypes and showed me how to be at home in my own skin.
In the aftermath of 9/11, the young-adult historical fiction series showed me how people move forward after earth-shattering moments.
The children’s series inspired its young audience to appreciate the mysteries and power of language.
Jim Henson’s 1986 film understands at its core that youth is full of mystery, tricks, and danger.
Laura Ingalls Wilder’s popular book series championed emotional restraint—an approach I’ve come to both question and appreciate in adulthood.
Decades before the outcry against the Ghostbusters remake, a 1980s kids show tried—and failed—to subvert male-centric stories.
It has partly to do with a dearth of women behind the scenes, changing audience tastes, and an evolving industry.
The scrappy Belgian reporter was my childhood hero. Reading his books as an adult is a little more complicated.
Last week, Adrienne explored recent efforts by toy giant Lego to reach young girls. For example: In…