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Missouri could jail librarians for lending ‘age-inappropriate’ books

A Missouri bill intended to bar libraries in the US state from stocking “age-inappropriate sexual material” for children has been described by critics as “a shockingly transparent attempt to legalise book banning” that could land librarians who refuse to comply with it in jail. Under the parental oversight of public libraries bill, which has been […]

Children’s Books: Gentle Lessons About Dignity and Difference

As there are stars in the sky and grains of sand on the beach, so without number are the children’s books devoted to the idea that being “different” is good. Those who depart from the norm not only have value, the argument goes, but probably also possess finer qualities than those who run with the […]

Powerful women writers dominate the 10 best books of January

1. Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick by Zora Neale Hurston Eight lost stories by Zora Neale Hurston? Sign me up. The iconic Harlem Renaissance writer (“Their Eyes Were Watching God,” “Barracoon”) cast her insightful eye on race, class, love, and gender in these stories while she was the lone black student at Barnard College […]

Three Books on the Enigma That Is Modern Russia

Yaffa draws on Soviet and czarist history and literature to describe the persistence of a national archetype — the “wily man,” as a leading sociologist puts it — shaped by the need to survive through adaptation to a repressive system. The book glosses over some of the fundamental reforms of the 1990s, which ended when […]

Some Northern Virginia parents wanted two books with LGBTQ characters removed from schools. Officials said no.

Experts said the battle roiling Loudoun County, an increasingly diverse suburb where the median household income is roughly $140,000, is playing out across the country. Christopher Finan, the executive director of the National Coalition Against Censorship, said a backlash against LGBTQ texts began building several years ago, driven by the legalization of same-sex marriage. In […]

16 of the Best Books to Read this January

New year, new reads. Article source: https://www.oprahmag.com/entertainment/books/g30459040/best-books-january-2020/

This is your child’s brain on books: Scans show benefit of reading vs. screen time

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what’s happening in the world as it unfolds. Article source: https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/16/health/child-brain-reading-books-wellness/index.html

This is your child’s brain on books: Scans show benefit of reading vs. screen time

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what’s happening in the world as it unfolds. Article source: https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/16/health/child-brain-reading-books-wellness/index.html

‘The Crying Book’ author Heather Christle searches out books for pleasure and plight

Advertisement CHRISTLE: I’m working on a new nonfiction project, which is about Kew Gardens, the royal botanical garden outside of London. I’m reading many books on and to the side of that subject. The biggest one is “The History of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew” by Ray Desmond, a five-pound book that I just took […]

‘The Crying Book’ author Heather Christle searches out books for pleasure and plight

Advertisement CHRISTLE: I’m working on a new nonfiction project, which is about Kew Gardens, the royal botanical garden outside of London. I’m reading many books on and to the side of that subject. The biggest one is “The History of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew” by Ray Desmond, a five-pound book that I just took […]