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Let's get Creative

As we continue along this April road, I wanted to step away from the more specific posts I’ve been doing and focus on something a little broader…in this case, creativity. Creativity is, quite simply, the use of imagination. Maybe you’re looking to expand yours, or give it a little kick start—or maybe you just want to celebrate its amazing potential. Either way, here’s a collection of books for all ages that will inspire and encourage your creative spark. 

 

 

 

Celebrating Poetry Month for Teens and Adults

April is here again, which means it’s also National Poetry Month- National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Since then, it has become one of the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture. For the first half of this month I’ll be recommending some classic and maybe some not so well known poetry books for all ages. This week I’ll be focusing on the older crowd-eight for teens and eight for adults.

 

 

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

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