One of the many fun jobs we get as booksellers is seasonally changing displays, pulling out old favorites and bringing in new additions with the changing of season, holidays and special events. Normally with the approach of summer's end, we start gathering our return to school and fall favorites, books for calming nervous jitters and to welcome the changing seasons.
Since we can't have dozens of customers in store as we usually would this time of year, we've come up with other ways to keep our booksellers' recommending skills sharp. The latest challenge? The 90 second book list. Here's how it works. Each bookseller gets a topic and 90 seconds to find as many books as fit that topic as possible.
Friday, June 26th, 2020
By the end of winter and root vegetable season, I am always so excited for the fresh foods of summer.
With the farmer's market back open and so many with home gardens right now, getting creative with vegetables is a must.
Here are some great additions to your cookbook collection, that will brighten your summer meals.
I recently picked up a slight and contemplative book called On Lighthouses by Jazmina Barrera.
Thursday, June 11th, 2020
Many middle grade readers dive deep into these fun mythology based series emerging with a love of mythology, but are unsure what to read next. This tends to be right around the time they are aging into Young Adult books and a whole new world of reading to navigate. Hunger Games are a logical next step for many, Suzanne Collins, has often spoke of the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur influencing her books. But what next?
Luckily there are still lots of great options for those not ready to leave the mythology based fantasy as they move into YA, for the transitional reader and those ready for more mature content.
Thursday, May 28th, 2020
Yesterday's scrubbed Spacex launch has my kids asking a lot of questions about space and space travel. What a great time to work some fun learning into our day, with so much to explore and ponder. From rocket science to planets, there's something fun to focus on for all those curious minds out there.
We are excitedly looking forward to the launch rescheduled for Saturday, but in the meantime, here are some great books for those young people in your life curious about what's out there.
Thursday, May 21st, 2020
And just like that, it's Memorial Day. The sun is shining and summer is just around the corner. I know everyone is looking forward to spending more time outside, enjoying Northern Michigan -- from a safe distance of course!
So, in honor of summer and our beautiful region, here's a collection of books celebrating Michigan and the Great Lakes.
Monday, May 18th, 2020
Spring has been cold and slow coming here in Northern Michigan. We've had little bits of warm weather, but as I wandered the woods this week, the trillium is just starting to open, and the trees were just starting to leaf out. Skunk cabbage is popping up with lovely chartreuse leaves and trout lilies are opening.
I can't wait until those trees leaf out though with their perfect little leaves, in a rainbow of green. The kids and I will definitely be spending more time outside, taking it in. So in celebration of leaves, here's a collection of book all about trees!
Thursday, May 7th, 2020
When my son Henry was five, we picked up a copy of D'Ullaires Book of Greek Myths, and he was hooked! Obsessed! He was particularly fond of Hermes, and spent the better part of that year sporting a stocking cap with some glued on wings that we threw together. At his very awesome school (which we miss much at the moment!) they have an end of year talent show that the kindergarteners through third graders participate in. Henry decided he was going to tell a greek myth story, and stood in front of the entire school and told the story of Hermes! It was amazing!