Opinion

Where Have the Unicorns Gone?

Thursday, February 18th, 2021

It started with a discussion of Unicorn Day.

For years, we've been meaning to put together something fun to celebrate Unicorn Day (April 9th, in case you need to mark your calendar), and as we were brainstorming recently, we were listing our favorite unicorn books for young readers.  Slowly, we began to notice an unexpected trend...

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In Defense of the Rom-Com

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021

It's no secret that I love a good rom-com. From Casey McQuiston's Red White and Royal Blue to Emily Henry's Beach Read, and even Emma Lord's Tweet Cute, there's always at least one that makes its way into my favorite books of the year. Sometimes, there's nothing I want to read more than a quick, relatively lighthearted story knowing that regardless of what drama ensues, it's almost guaranteed to have a happy ending.

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On Power and Protest

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

My family has been diving deep this week into discussions of the first amendment and what a healthy protest looks like. There has been a lot to unpack for all of us, and these aren't straightforward conversations, especially for young people.  That makes them all the more important, however.  There is so much responsibility in being a good citizen.  We need to understand our rights and how our actions affect those around us.

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What's in a Genre?

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

When you walk into a bookstore, chances are the shelves are marked with signs denoting genres.  But what happens when a book isn't so easy to categorize?  Caitlin explores the pros and cons of this particular system of classification.

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Finding Different Joys

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

We're living in "unprecedented times."  How often have we heard that phrase recently?  Or perhaps its close cousin "difficult times."  Both have started to feel pretty meaningless, a pretty platitude that glosses over the truth:

None of us signed up for this.

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On J.K. Rowling's Latest Statements

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

“There are all kinds of courage," said Dumbledore, smiling. "It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

-J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

I first read this quote when I was just a kid, and it's always stuck with me. A lot of things in Harry Potter have stuck with me, actually. The idea that love is the most powerful magic of all. The idea that no matter who you are or where you come from, you can do great things. And the idea that our actions, more than our words, are what truly make a difference in the world. I cheered when Harry stood up to Professor Umbridge, refusing to back down from his assertion that Voldemort had returned, even after she forced him to repeatedly write "I must not tell lies" with a quill that magically cut the words into his flesh. I have often wondered if I would have the same resolve to do what he was doing in order to stand up for what I knew was right.

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There's No Such Thing as "Boy" or "Girl" Books

Friday, February 28th, 2020

 

"I'm looking for a good book for a ten year old boy..."

Fantastic! There's nothing our booksellers like more than combing through our shelves to find a young reader his next favorite read.We'll ask a few questions -- does he prefer fantasy or realistic fiction? How does he feel about historical fiction? Are there any specific topics he loves or hobbies he has? -- and then we'll go ahead and start building our recommendations.

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