All posts by LPL Staff

Editor-level access to both the private LPL Staff Homepage and the public LPL Books and Beyond blogs.

Just in time for Valentines Day: 9 Literary Crushes to LOVE

Literary swooners

Ah, the thrills of unrequited literary loves . . .
Pride and Prejudicekill a mockingbirdThere’s Mr. Darcy, the famed hero of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  Or Heathcliff (sigh), Atticus Finch, and so many more swooners! Search our collection for some yummy literary leading men (now how would you catalogue THAT!?) Or try these character recommendations from Brightly. Then curl up with someone or something swooney, and celebrate the joys of a good love story.

Characters of Color: 7 Must-Read Picture Books Featuring African-American Characters

Black history characters-of-color-hero
credits: Image credits: Aunt Flossie’s Hats (and Crab Cakes Later) by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard, illustrated by James Ransome; Summer Jackson: Grown Up by Teresa Harris, Illustrated by AG Ford; Summer Sun Risin’ by W. Nikola-Lisa, illustrated by Don Tate; Do Like Kyla by Angela Johnson, illustrated by James Ransome; Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse, illustrated by Jon J Muth.

Classroom libraries and children’s bookshelves sometimes fail to reflect a true reading rainbow. This lack of diversity has a direct impact on how our little readers develop, especially as they begin to shape their view of the world around them. Here are seven must-read books that feature memorable characters of color that your little one will love, and that will prepare them for the real, wonderfully diverse world in which we live.
Thanks to Brightly for sharing these valuable resources with us!

Unpublished Black History: Revealing moments in black history, with unpublished photos from The New York Times’ archives


Hundreds of stunning images from black history, drawn from old negatives, have long been buried in the musty envelopes and crowded bins of the New York Times archives. None of them was published by The Times until now. Were the photos — or the people in them — not deemed newsworthy enough? Check out the finally published NY Times photos of Black Americans who shaped our history and called us to dare to dream in “full color”.

A Family Book Club: Stella by Starlight

stella by starlightOur friends at Brightly have created a way for families to explore important topics through books, and have some fun! The idea of a family book club is that everyone in the family reads the same book and then gathers together to discuss it and take part in book-themed activities.

You can even pair up with other families to double the fun. It’s a great way to spend time together and encourage a lifelong passion for books in your children.

This month’s pick is Stella by Starlight, by Sharon Draper. When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town.