March Literary Holidays

Aside from calendar noted holidays in March like Purim and Saint Patrick’s day, there are a few literary days of note that might peak your interest.  

On March 2nd there is Read Across America day, which also happens to be Dr. Seuss’ birthday. It was created by the National Education Association as a day to devote to getting children excited about reading. Dr. Seuss’ birthday was selected as the day to encourage reading on. So enjoy Oh, The Places You’ll Go! or Green Eggs and Ham both by Dr. Seuss. Or branch out from Dr. Seuss and try one of the books listed here Our Favorite Children’s Picture Books of 2017 or Race and Social Justice Books for Children K-5.

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January Literary Celebrations

January comes with a break from the holidays, but if you enjoy celebrating and love books, here are some ideas for literary celebrations for January.

We’ll start off with Tolkien day on January 3. It’s his birthday and a day celebrated by the Tolkien Society. They recommend a very simple celebration: find somewhere to have a drink, and at 9 PM make a toast with friends simply saying, “The Professor!” Let me suggest a couple books about Tolkien if you’d like to enrich your knowledge of him. A great book to share with children or just read to yourself is John Ronald’s Dragons: The Story of J.R.R. Tolkien by Caroline McAlister. With gorgeous illustrations it tells a little about his life. Another option is Mythmaker by Anne E. Neimark, a thoroughly researched biography exploring Tolkien’s extensive interests that influenced his writing. Continue reading “January Literary Celebrations”

#BookBingoNW2017: Young adult

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Need a book for that Young Adult square but aren’t quite sure where to start? Young adult fiction has come a long way since Sweet Valley High, with captivating, well-written titles that cross and blend just about every genre out there.  There is, of course, an abundance of teen romance but there is also excellent historical fiction and realistic fiction that shows just what it means to be a teen in 2017.  With thousands of titles published for young adults each year it can be a challenge to find books that will resonate with adult readers.  Here are some of our favorites: Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2017: Young adult”

Book Bingo: Young Adult Book

Join The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Arts & Lectures for our 2nd annual Summer Book Bingo for adults! Follow us throughout the summer for reading suggestions based on each category.

YAEven if I wasn’t a Young Adult librarian, I would still read tons of YA literature.  While I love the maturity and intellectual demands of adult literary fiction, sometimes a YA novel just hits that sweet spot of delivering a fully satisfying read that is challenging and fresh, yet doesn’t require too much time or mental energy to complete. Continue reading “Book Bingo: Young Adult Book”

Book Bingo: Young Adult Books

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This summer The Seattle Public Library, in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures, is Book Bingo YAexcited to offer a summer reading program for adults called Summer Book Bingo! In order to help you along on your quest to complete your bingo sheet, we have pulled together some book suggestions based on each category. Stay tuned for more throughout the summer!

If you are joining in with the Summer of Learning Book Bingo fun, then I have some recommendations for your Young Adult selection.

Alanna: the First AdventureMy top choice is Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce. Alanna’s wish is to be a knight but since she is a girl, she is being sent off to a convent by her father. She hatches a plan and manages to be excepted at the palace, as a boy. I’ve always loved reading this book and following Alanna on her journey to become a knight. It’s enjoyable to see her confusion over people being nice to her for no more reason than they enjoy her presence. I also like seeing that she pushes herself to overcome her weaknesses and stands up for herself time and again throughout the book. Continue reading “Book Bingo: Young Adult Books”