Diverse Beginning Readers for Every Kid

Authors of beginning reader series have heard that #WeNeedDiverseBooks! New readers will grab all of these engaging titles off the shelves. Two new series feature city kids creating their own fun. Go on some neighborhood adventures with the Bradford Street Buddies in Backyard Camp-out and Block Party Surprise. In the Confetti Kids series, Lily explores New York City and makes…
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Tough Broads 3

Minerva Koenig's sequel to Nine Days, South of Nowhere, is out, to which I say, hooray! Julie Kalas is renovating a house while recovering from stab wounds inflicted by the woman she bought the house from when she discovers a mummified corpse in the heating chase. Must be time for a very long vacation in, say…
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#TBT: Lady Gaga Is Born

For this Throwback Thursday, I'd like to look at the stratospheric rise of Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, who turns 30 on Monday, March 28. In less than a decade since her first album, The Fame, Lady Gaga has made an indelible mark on pop music, even drawing comparisons to Madonna. There has…
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Adventures in Neuro-Atypicality

Lucy, the narrator of Michelle Adelman's Piece of Mind, suffered a brain injury at the age of three and lives with her loving, protective family in Westchester County, New York. She can do many things, particularly draw animals and memorize facts about them, but is hopeless at others: moving gracefully, organizing, and other executive functions. When…
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5 Food Memoirs for Hungry Readers

If you, like me, are drawn to books that incorporate personal anecdotes, food descriptions and literary references, I offer you these personally vetted food memoirs. Voracious by butcher and food writer Cara Nicoletti spawned from her literary supper (book) club with friends. It offers well-crafted stories about literary food scenes from Nicoletti's impressive reading lists since childhood. Her tasty recipes will leave you craving jelly…
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