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7 New and Upcoming Book-to-Screen Adaptations

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • February 24, 2021

With theatre experiences still limited by the pandemic, streaming options are more available (and needed!) than ever. Here are some of the exciting new book-to-screen adaptations available to watch—and of course read—right now.

Happy Birthday to Seuss!

Celebrating the Work of Theodor Seuss Geisel

By Theia Griffin • February 22, 2021

On March 2, 1904, a boy with soaring and spontaneous imagination was born. His work would go on to touch the lives of children around the world. We're celebrating the birthday of the wonderful Dr. Seuss with a look back at this life and career. Learn about his first book, how he got started, and more and take a peek at some extra-special, vintage copies of his books.

The New Classics of Black History

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • February 19, 2021

Recent events have shone a light on the inequality and violence threatening Black Americans. In response, many of us are looking for ways to educate ourselves and effect change. This has led to an explosion of galvanizing new content around Black history and culture. Here we spotlight some of the prominent voices that have emerged over the last few years.  

How to Be Kind: Books to Inspire Kindness for the Whole Family

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • February 17, 2021

Happy Random Acts of Kindness Day! As we all know, reading is a great way to foster empathy and compassion toward others. Here we share books to inspire kindness in kids of all ages.

Poetry in the Spotlight

12 Fresh Voices in Verse

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • February 15, 2021

From the spellbinding elegance of National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman’s recent spoken-word performances to Instagram poet Kate Baer’s bestselling debut collection, poetry is definitely having a moment. Here we spotlight fresh new voices in verse.

Presidential Fiction: Reimagining the Lives of U.S. Presidents

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • February 12, 2021

Celebrating Lincoln’s 1809 birth (February 12) and Presidents' Day, we thought it would be fun to explore the appearance of US presidents in fiction. From imaginative retellings to alternate histories to intimate depictions of behind-the-scenes relationships, here are some fun novels about America’s commanders-in-chief.

What is it About a Duke?

The Best Bodice Rippers to Read and Watch

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • February 10, 2021

Has Netflix's adaptation of Julia Quinn’s Regency-era Bridgerton series left you breathless for more corseted couplings and lustful liaisons? We have suggestions for your next book, movie, or series!

Romance Movies to Fall in Love With

By Barbara HagenFebruary 08, 2021

It's February, the time for all types of love and romance movies! There are countless varieties to choose from, be it classics, to period pieces, to kids, to comedy. With all there is to offer, here is a Valentine's Day composition of old favorites and new discoveries of some Valentine's Day staples.

14 Book Releases We're Excited About This Month

And What You Can Read in the Meantime

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • February 03, 2021

Our TBR lists are already too long, but that doesn't stop us from perusing (and purchasing!) the new books we're excited about! February is packed with must-reads. Here are fourteen releases that we can't wait to pick up, along with suggestions of what you might want to read first.

The Man Behind Perry Mason: Erle Stanley Gardner

How His Real Life Informed His Writing

By William Shelton • February 02, 2021

Starting in 1923 a young attorney, who was suspended from Law school for boxing, and found the actual practice of law mundane and boring, began typing out with two fingers hair raising legal yarns involving the most salacious of crimes. It was the incomparable Erle Stanley Gardner, a man who did more to defend the rights of the downtrodden than his literary creation, Perry Mason. Learn more about the life of the man that created the famous detective.

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