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Best children’s and teens books of 2020

This painful year has produced some inspiring books full of poetry, adventure, powerful emotion and consoling humour. Oliver Jeffers’s newly released picture book, What We’ll Build (HarperCollins), follows a father and small daughter as they construct both a house to live in and a shared future. They’ll build a wall to keep enemies out, but […]

Best science books of 2020

In one of many unexpected outcomes of 2020, “the science” has become big news. Politicians are claiming it, protesters are disputing it, and all of a sudden everyone is an expert on superspreader events, RNA vaccines and what happens at the bottom of an Excel spreadsheet. It’s hard to know who to trust, and it’s […]

Best poetry books of 2020

While the pandemic might have stopped poets gathering physically, poetry itself is in good health. This year books of urgency and contemplation have jostled for attention, and striking new voices have emerged. Prime among these has been Will Harris, whose RENDANG (Granta) won the Forward prize for first collection. Harris writes with a piercing clarity […]

Best books of 2020

All illustrations by Mike Lemanski Sat 28 Nov 2020 04.00 EST Last modified on Sat 28 Nov 2020 18.15 EST Fiction Hilary Mantel, Ali Smith and Tsitsi Dangarembga completed landmark series, Martin Amis turned to autofiction and Elena Ferrante returned to Naples – Justine Jordan picks the best novels of the year, including a host of brilliant […]

Passing sentences … what’s the worst kind of book thief?

A 13th-century inscription in an early copy of Bede’s commentary on the Gospel of Saint Luke (originally from Reading Abbey and now in the British Library) reads “Quem qui celaverit vel fraudem de eo fecerit anathema sit”, translated as “Anyone who conceals or does damage to it, may he be cursed”. Such curses in manuscripts […]

These are the big books this holiday season, to read or give

African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song, Kevin Young, editor. You’re not meant to read this thick, handsome anthology from cover to cover, but if you did you could make out the shape of history. From slavery to Civil War, jazz to civil rights, MOVE to Katrina, and so on. As editor Kevin […]

Gift Books for Children (That Adults Will Also Love)

THE ART OF RAMONA QUIMBYSixty-Five Years of Illustrations From Beverly Cleary’s Beloved BooksBy Anna Katz Essays by Annie Barrows and Jacqueline Rogers256 pp. Chronicle. $40. (Ages 8 and up) Five different illustrators have drawn Ramona Quimby, from her first appearance in the Henry Huggins series, begun by Beverly Cleary in 1949, through a new set […]

RISE Black Library reaches 1,000 books

WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) – Waynesboro based organization, RISE opened their Black library in August of 2020. They now have more than 1,000 books available to the community. Article source: https://www.nbc12.com/2020/11/27/rise-black-library-reaches-books/

6abc Dunkin’ Thanksgiving Day Celebration in the books – WPVI

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — This year’s reimagined 6abc Dunkin Thanksgiving Celebration was a different format than usual but still jam-packed with fun. 6abc’s Karen Rogers cut the ribbon to get this celebration going on a Thanksgiving unlike any other. We had help from a lot of our friends, including Carson Kressley and ABC’s Ginger Zee. America’s […]

6abc Dunkin’ Thanksgiving Day Celebration in the books – WPVI

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — This year’s reimagined 6abc Dunkin Thanksgiving Celebration was a different format than usual but still jam-packed with fun. 6abc’s Karen Rogers cut the ribbon to get this celebration going on a Thanksgiving unlike any other. We had help from a lot of our friends, including Carson Kressley and ABC’s Ginger Zee. America’s […]