Book World: The turbulent lives of six brothers with schizophrenia

Mary would come home from school, for example, to find Donald “transplanting every last piece of furniture out of the house and into the backyard, or pouring salt into the aquarium and poisoning all the fish. … Sometimes he is sitting in the middle of the living room quietly, completely naked.” Kolker is particularly sensitive […]

Explore the world: 10 of the best maps for children

Usborne First Sticker Book Flags, £5.99 Learn the flags of every country in the world by placing the flag stickers on the correct countries on the maps. This contains fascinating facts about countries and why certain flags feature their particular designs. There are fun questions throughout, including, “Which country has a flag with the sun […]

Thought Bubble and Grace, Jerry, Jessica And Me: the month in comics

It’s worth remembering that not everything in the comic-book world has to revolve around Iron Man armour or the location of all six Infinity Gems. Derek Marks, a Brooklyn-based illustrator and webcomic creator, has just published Grace, Jerry, Jessica And Me, available for $3 from his Tumblr. It’s a bizarro, black-and-white, nominally autobiographical comic inspired […]

The best free educational apps for kids

This is actually an all-ages app, but there is a kids’ section with lots of types of exercise for strength, agility, flexibility, and cardio. You can customize a routine by swapping in different moves and adjusting the workout’s timer. The moves are all done by kids, with a voice-over explaining how to copy them. Sworkit […]

Did Second Most Powerful Man at Top Catholic Order Sexually Abuse Teenage Boy?

A dispassionate take of his testimony might conclude that Garza was trying to portray himself, as duped, cutting distance between himself and the galvanizing priest who had betrayed so many others; that he learned very late of Normita’s existence. Garza might have been so denial-programmed after decades of revering Maciel, raising huge sums for the […]

How Russia won the World Cup

That influence was largely due to Jack Warner, Concacaf’s Trinidadian president. Wiry, with glasses over a deeply lined face, he made a point of reminding people that he was a black man who had risen from abject poverty. He was also a born politician, able to whip all of his confederation’s member nations into a […]

20 of the best indoor family activities for half-term

National Wool Museum, Carmarthenshire Wool was once big business in the Teifi valley, west Wales, and these restored mill buildings near Newcastle Emlyn weave together the threads of the story. Families can learn about the process from fleece to fabric on the Woolly Trail, watch demonstrations on the historic looms, then try their hand at […]

20 of the best outdoor family days out for half-term

Temperate House and Great Pagoda, Kew Gardens, London The Temperate House, the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse, reopened at Kew Gardens this summer after a five-year restoration. At half-term, families can soak up the splendour of the great glass building during Siyanda, Protector of Plants, a series of 30-minute storytelling performances about the secrets of plants […]

How humans are polluting the world with noise

Back then, Koch would have been more likely to hear the clash of horse hooves on cobblestones than revving engines on the streets of Germany’s capital Berlin. But within a few years, the city’s famous Potsdamer Platz would become Europe’s busiest traffic junction, with more than 33,000 vehicles roaring through each day. 

Coates hopes ‘Black Panther’ hype transfers to comic book

″(But) if people want something that they can be deeply involved in, if people want something that raises questions that extend out of the comic book and into the real world, if people want to see some amazing high-tech (stuff), this is a good jumping on point,” said Coates, now in his second year writing […]