Tag Archive: Penguin

Tracey’s 2018 Favorite Fiction

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2018 has been a busy reading year. My Goodreads goal was 200 books (not counting picture books), and I had already met that by the end of August! It was quite difficult to… Continue reading

Tracey’s 2018 Favorite Nonfiction

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One of my t-shirts declares: “I read too many books to believe what I am told.” I bought it because I thought it was funny, but in all seriousness, I love learning about… Continue reading

Tracey’s 2018 Favorite Picture Books and Graphic Novels

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Happy holidays! It’s that time of year again, which for me means it’s also time for my annual favorite books of the year posts. I think choosing the picture books is the hardest,… Continue reading

The Season of Love: Appreciating Our Families, Our Communities, Our Selves

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Every holiday seems to have a feeling attached to it. We feel gratitude on Thanksgiving Day, sorrow on Memorial Day, and pride for our military on Veterans Day. St. Patrick’s Day is for… Continue reading

Posters, Marches, and Change: Letting young voices be heard

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Since the 1960s, protesters have used their rights to speak freely and to assemble, guaranteed by the First Amendment, by marching in Washington, D.C. and across the country. Of the five largest protests… Continue reading

New Adult Titles for Summer Reading

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When you hear the words “summer reads”, what do you think of? Most people think of light, fluffy fare that they can breeze through without much thought. I’m sure that you can find… Continue reading

The Lost Art of the Letter: Guest Post by Sheila O’Connor

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Few of us Books in Bloom bloggers remember the good old days of receiving letters—though this blogger in particular does not have as many warm memories of actually writing those letters! I especially… Continue reading

New Middle Grade Series Starters

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My last post was on new middle-grade stand-alone fiction, but there are quite a few new series that have just been published—or will soon. Animal protagonists, oddball families, demons from India, puzzles, and… Continue reading

New Middle Grade Fiction Titles

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Since no one can read all the books that come out each year (though we give it the old college try!), the librarians in Mackin’s Collection Management department divvy up the new books… Continue reading

Black Characters in New Fiction

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Every February, we celebrate the achievements of men and women such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Octavia E. Butler, and Rosa Parks. Most of the lists that I’ve made… Continue reading