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So You Say You’re Not a Scientist?

Science Books for Non-Scientists
“We are part of this universe; we are in this universe.”
Neil DeGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and author of Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandries.

Science books for the non-scientists among us help us experience the wonder of life through fascination, entertainment, and humor. A big thanks to Kerry McHugh at Shelf Awareness for her thoughts and book selections on this important subject!

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Colorful Poetry: Poems for all seasons, all faces, all beings

Reading to your kids? Try reaching for a book of poetry during this National Poetry Month. We have loads of kids poetry books, from whimsical to poignant – and our friends at Brightly have offered even more selections, with their list of diverse poetry books.

From the Brightly blog: “I love poetry because it’s so universal, unique, and accessible to kids. The compact, songlike nature of many poems can make learning language feel almost effortless to children. They don’t even realize how much they’re retaining by reciting a simple nursery rhyme or short poem.” – Charnaie Gordon

Sharing the SeasonsVisit our children’s poetry display; you’ll find all sorts of poems – lyrical , funny, imaginative, nostalgic, and silly.
Pick up something poetic to share with your little ones, such as Sharing the Seasons: A Book of Poems. Happy Poetry Month!


Feed your brain and soul: April is National Poetry Month

…Resistance is futile.

move & roll on to this poem
do not resist this poem
this poem has your eyes
this poem has his head
this poem has his arms
this poem has his fingers
this poem has his fingertips

-Excerpt from “Beware: Do Not Read This Poem,” by Ishmael Reed

Whether you are a poet and ya know it, or have nightmares of analyzing poetry in high school, it may be time to approach the subject anew: you may just be surprised at what speaks to something within. Here are some ways to dip your toe back into that poetry pool….

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Celebrating Women’s History Month

Rosie the riveter photo“When women and girls are empowered to participate fully in society, everyone benefits.” -Melinda Gates

There are so many ways to celebrate Women’s History Month; read books and articles, watch videos, and even listen to books as we multitask our way though our days of work, both inside and outside the home. Continue reading Celebrating Women’s History Month

Book Trailers for Teens

There are so many cool resources for finding books, such as your local librarian, or online databases like Novelist. There are also online book trailers, which are similar to movie trailers, but for books. Book trailers are a great online resource from publishers and bibliophiles (book fans) for finding book recommendations. They are creative and differ from the standard book talk or article. Book trailers are wonderful for visual learners and those of us who just want a unique way to find our next read.

Here are some book trailers from publishers Epic Reads, Random House, and Simon & Schuster.

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