Since Geoffrey Chaucer first popularized the connection between Valentines Day and romance in the 14th Century, we have been struggling to find just the right token of affection for our beloved. Flowers, jewelry, a fancy dinner, a trip to the spa, a box of chocolates … perhaps we’re in need of some inspiration to break out of our Valentines Day rut. I found some books in our collection that look at love from several different angles. Continue reading Valentines Day: More Than a Box of Chocolates?
Who doesn’t love to look at the pictures in a book and guess what’s going on? Children almost always seem to, and for that reason wordless picture books can be a fantastic resource to help develop early literacy skills.
With the busyness of December behind us, families are gearing up for kids to return to school. While not as big an occasion as the beginning of the school year, back to school in January is another time of change and adaptation. Check out this blog post from the New York Times for tips on navigating the midwinter back to school routine.
Zora Neale Hurston
January 7, 1903
Born in Eatonville, FL, Hurston became part of the Harlem Renaissance, the black literati in New York City. Continue reading Happy Birthday, Zora Neale Hurston, born today in 1903
2015 was a year of twists, turns, and unexpected sequels. Check out the list on the Brightly website, and find what you’ve missed, then pick up that book and read it. Together!
Studies continue to show that reading to your children is good for their brains. So pull out those books and fill their heads with wonder!