50 Years of Books!

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Look what was witing for us when we returned from a week away in Denver at the American Bookseller Association annual conference.   50, (yes fifty!) new Brilliant Books Monthly subscribers from all over the country.

We have room for more. So if you know anyone who wants "The Best Year of Reading You'll Ever Have," sign them up now.

LEGO Anniversary

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Today is the official anniversary of the LEGO brick patent!

Ole Kirk Christiansen, Danish inventor of the LEGO, patented the toy on January 28, 1958. The interlocking plastic bricks have become a must-have toy for children all over the world. Celebrate the anniversary of the LEGO by building an amazing structure with your family and friends!

Happy Birthday to Lewis Carroll!

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Happy birthday to Lewis Carroll, who was born on this day in 1832!

Today celebrates the 184th birthday of Lewis Carroll, author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Born Charles Dodgson, he is known for his use of word play and logic in his literature. He was also a photographer and had an interest in mathematics. He died of pneumonia in 1898.

Kwame Alexander: A Say Yes Person

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Kwame Alexander gives a moving speech about bookselling at the Winter Institute conference.

This morning, in Denver, author Kwame Alexander spoke to booksellers from all across the country at the eleventh Winter Institute conference. With his say-yes attitude, Alexander spoke about diversity in children's literature and the power of booksellers to use their creativity to bring important books to kids of all backgrounds. Reading, he said, is an opportunity for everyone to experience growth.

Even Bookish People Get Cold!

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Warm your neck and your heart at the same time with literary scarves.

January is one of the coldest months of the year. It's time to bundle up to protect yourself from the elements. Wrap up in a library card scarf to share your love of books this winter. Available in three cozy colors.

2015 Children's Award Winners

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Prestigious children's book awards for 2015 have been announced!

The awards for great children's books were announced at the ALA Midwinter conference on Monday, January 11th. These awards include the Newbery Medal and the Caldecott, the most prestigious awards for most distinguished contribution to children's literature and most distinguished picture book, respectively.

Find the list of the winners here.