Caldecott Winner’s New Book

At the end of each year, I love looking at all of the Best Of The Year lists that are published by magazines, blogs, libraries, and more. It is a great way to discover – or rediscover – some of the most celebrated books of the past year. I came across After the Fall by […]

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Who needs resolutions?

The new year always brings big talk about resolutions, ending bad habits, and doing better. However, I’ve finally accepted that I’m a horrible person and likely to stay that way. It’s a time-saving attitude, I feel, and frees me up to worry about where my next good book is coming from. Luckily, I’m a horrible […]

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Pigging Out on Books

With more holiday feasts on the horizon, it’s no wonder that most people think of “pigging out” as an act of mass consumption. When I talk about pigging out, though, I mean something somewhat different – thanks to Patrick who is 9 and loves pigs, I’ve been consuming (reading) lots of books featuring pigs. I’m […]

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History for horror fans

Do you adore ghastliness? Are you a fan of the horrid? If you said “yes” to these questions, these nonfiction picks will appeal to your ghoulish nature. Chosen for their revolting subject matter, they are sure to disgust you. The Hot Zone by Richard Preston- A thriller of science “fact” that explains  gruesome filoviruses and […]

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An Australian thriller

When Luke Hadler kills his family, then himself, it splits the small Australian town of Kiewarra apart. In  The Dry, by Jane Harper, Luke’s boyhood friend, Aaron Falk, comes back for the funeral after twenty years, having left as a teenager under the weight of suspicion that he and Luke had had something to do […]

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Bibliotherapy: Finding Comfort Through Reading in Times of Grief

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” –Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll   Reading has the power to provide us with comfort and insight during difficult times. Re-reading beloved stories can conjure nostalgic feelings of contentment and happiness, providing emotional comfort and physical relief from stress. Immersing the […]

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