national human trafficking awareness day

I want to encourage you to take a few (~20 minutes) to view Lisa Kristine’s TEDtalk from 2012, “Photos that bear witness to modern slavery.” “I truly believe, if we can see one another as fellow human beings, then it becomes very difficult to tolerate atrocities like slavery. These images are not of issues. They…

national slavery & human trafficking prevention month

>>> If you, or someone you know, is a victim of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center’s (NHTRC) Hotline: 1.888.373.7888  it is a 24/7 confidential line. << “Today, millions of men, women, and children are victims of human trafficking. This modern-day slavery occurs in countries throughout the world and in communities across…

{bookishness} banned books week 2015

For many of us, our reading habits do not change during Banned Books Week (ala.org). Our libraries are the oft maligned stacks of inappropriate, if not all-out-dangerous, reading material. Nonetheless, this week is a good time to be intentional and connected and educated at a community level. I hope you’ve a book or three to celebrate,…

{picture book} Max the…adorably funny

  Max the Brave by Ed Vere Puffin Books, 2014 (UK). Sourcebooks, 2015 (US) This is Max. Max the Brave, Max the Fearless, Max the Mouse-catcher…But, in order to be a Mouse-catcher, Max needs to know what a mouse is, so off he goes to find out. With that cover and jacket copy, Mo Willem…

{picture book} wonder-full

Just in time for a baby shower gift, one of my favorites (I have a print on my wall) came out with a new book: not that I wouldn’t have gifted the recently released board book version of Dream Animals (my review). The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin  Random House, 2015….

{bookishness} RIP X

Image used with permission, property of Abigail Larson. It is the tenth anniversary of the always anticipated Reader’s Imbibing Peril (RIP)!! “Ten years ago, when reading challenges were all the rage, I started my very first one.  I did not see a lot of events centered around the gothic and classic horror that I loved to imbibe…

{comic} a secret worth sharing

Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes First Second, 2015 My copy was an Advanced Readers Copy thanks to First Second & NetGalley Welcome to Stately Academy, a school which is just crawling with mysteries to be solved! The founder of the school left many clues and puzzles to challenge his enterprising students….

{book} not in the least beastly or dreadful

Months later (deep, regret-filled sigh) a post on one of my favorite new books. “A marvelously funny mystery that feels refreshingly original while yet channeling the best of Dahl’s characters and Grimm in storytelling.”-my staff rec at work. The League of Beastly Dreadfuls by Holly Grant Random House, 2015. Hardcover, 294. Wondering what could possibly…

{book} Jellyfish & Grief & Marvelous Writing

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin Little, Brown & Co., 2015 Advanced Reader’s Copy thanks to Publisher & NetGalley in exchange for a fair/honest review. After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy was a rare jellyfish sting. Retreating into a silent world…

{book} never a nothing girl

Icebreaker by Lian Tanner Feiwel and Friends, 2015 (orig. 2013). Hardcover 304 pages “Twelve-year-old Petrel is an outcast, the lowest of the low on the Oyster, an ancient icebreaker that has been following the same course for three hundred years. In that time, the ship’s crew has forgotten its original purpose and broken into three warring…

{comic} BFFs

Little Robot by Ben Hatke First Second, 2015. Advanced Reader Copy (thank you First Second/Net Galley) in exchange for a fair review. When a little girl finds an adorable robot in the woods, she presses a button and accidentally activates him for the first time. Now, she finally has a friend. But the big, bad…

{National Poetry Month} Pockets

On Pockets with Poetry by Natalya Lawren {guest writer} To finish out the fantastic National Poetry Month, instead of a post as some fantastically deep reflection, I’m pushing us to do something as active participants. You may have guessed it– tomorrow is Poem in your Pocket Day. At first I was going to write about and feature…