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Women's History Month-Part III

From March 1st to the 31st, we celebrate Women’s History Month—a month that highlights the contributions of women throughout history and into today.  This entire month I’ll be posting blogs centered around the lives of amazing women, both fictional and not. This week the focus is on teen and adult books with strong female characters. 

 

 

 

 

Women's History Month-Part II

From March 1st to the 31st, we celebrate Women’s History Month—a month that highlights the contributions of women throughout history and into today.  This entire month I’ll be posting blogs centered around the lives of amazing women, both fictional and not. This week the focus is on children's books with strong female characters. 

 

 

 

 

 

Women's History Month- Part I

From March 1st to the 31st, we celebrate Women’s History Month—a month that highlights the contributions of women throughout history and into today.  This entire month I’ll be posting blogs centered around the lives of amazing women, both fictional and not. This week the focus is on  women’s history and biography, for all ages. 

 

 

 

Non-Fiction for African American History Month

February is African American History Month, a time dedicated to “paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society” (africanamericanhistorymonth.gov. Last week it was all about fiction, so now we're moving on, to non-fiction. Regardless of age, there's somehting here for everyone. 

 

 

 

Fiction for African American History Month

February is African American History Month, a time dedicated to “paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society” (africanamericanhistorymonth.gov). For the next two weeks I’m going to offer up recommendations on both the fiction and non-fiction side of things.  These recommendations are separated by age range, and are a mix of historical and modern settings. Today, we're talking fiction.

 

 

 

 

The Greatest Love Story of All

Let's be honest: a lot of supposedly grand love stories tend to, well, let us down in the end. But there is one special relationship that never truly let's us down. What's that you ask? As any good bibliophile knows, the answer, of course, is books. Their stories can sweep you away, provide a laugh, a cry, an escape-- and you don't even have to take it out to dinner. Valentine's Day is upon us once again, so here are a few titles, for kids, teens and adults, to enjoy.

 

 

Graphic Novels for All Ages

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that graphic novels “don’t count” or that they aren’t “real books”. Many people look down on the genre, assuming that it’s somehow less than in comparison to the more traditional novel. But. There are so many good reasons to pick up this style of book and encourage others to do so as well! For one, they’re great for visual learners. They help to develop the ability to read between the lines, also known as inference, as well as contain high level vocabulary. Let’s face it, in this modern world there are many different kinds of literacy, and graphic novels are a great way to learn and hone these skills. 

 

 

The Best Books I Read Last Year (Non-Fiction Edition)

I told you guys that these next two blogs were going to be purely self-indulgent. I'm turning “books I like” into a workable (worthwhile is still under debate) theme, and we're rolling forward into non-fiction. These are the books I read and loved this year. I’m not saying they’re the best of the best, but they’re the stories that stuck with me and now I’m sharing them with you. I've got some for all ages, and maybe even interests, here, from picture books all the way up to adult. 

 

 

 

The Best Books I Read Last Year (Fiction Edition)

I think we can all agree that 2018 gave us some good, and not so good, things. It did, however, produce some pretty amazing reads. So these next two blogs are purely selfish, I must admit. I mean, can “books I like” actually be a worthwhile theme, and if so, is it worthwhile enough to dedicate two weeks to? You never know until you try is my motto, so let’s do it. This week it’s about fiction, and the books I read and loved this year. I’m not saying they’re the best of the best, but they’re the stories that stuck with me and now I’m sharing them with you. I've got some for all ages, and maybe even interests, here, from picture books all the way up to adult. 

 

 

 

New Year, New You (Again)

Look, everyone does it. They make promises to themselves, and out loud to others, about what’s going to change in the new year. From dieting to dating, spending habits to cleaning-nothing is safe from the new year purge. But. They break. A month or so later and all of those well intentioned plans are out the window because let’s face it--most New Year’s resolutions? Not really long-term material. Or, you make the goal to lose five pounds, you do it, and then what? With that in mind, I’m not going to give you a bunch of fad, trite self-help books (at least, in my opinion). These are books that attempt to do a little more than just tell you to clean out your closets—or, if they do, there’s a little extra something behind it all. 

 

 

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