Dear Reader,
    I must apologize for the delay in sending out an email. My household had the Dreaded Cold for about 3 weeks and I know a number of you know just how that makes one feel like being creative. All better now and looking forward to new books!
    What have you been reading? I'm determined to read more books this year than last and find the challenge makes me want recommendations from people even more than usual.

   Valentine's Day is upon us and I'm a big fan. If you don't have a traditional "Valentine Designate" then pick someone who would love a pick-me-up and do something nice for them. It takes so little to brighten someone's day! Or celebrate the newly minted Galentine's Day and treat your friends well.
(If you order anything for the day, use US Priority Mail.)

   It's also Black History Month and we'd all do well to know our entire history, not just the dominant one.

   There are many wonderful books out recently and soon, so take a look below for some recommendations. The front page of the website has many of the recently announced Youth Media Awards featured. Check out the best the American Library Association has named this year!
Take care of each other, and stay warm!

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The Power by Naomi Alderman
now in paperback

All over the world women and girls are discovering they have the power. With a flick of the fingers they can inflict terrible pain, and even death. And with this small twist of nature, everything changes drastically.
Ambitious and provocative, visceral and page-turning, award-winning author Naomi Alderman's THE POWER at once takes us on a journey to an alternate reality and exposes our own world in bold and surprising ways.

If Beale Street Could Talk

Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, Baldwin's story mixes the sweet and the sad. Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and imprisoned. Their families set out to clear his name, and as they face an uncertain future, the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions-affection, despair, and hope. In a love story that evokes the blues, where passion and sadness are inevitably intertwined, Baldwin has created two characters so alive and profoundly realized that they are unforgettably ingrained in the American psyche.
Hello Lighthouse
2019 Caldecott Winner!

Watch the days and seasons pass as the wind blows, the fog rolls in, and icebergs drift by. Outside, there is water all around. Inside, the daily life of a lighthouse keeper and his family unfolds as the keeper boils water for tea, lights the lamp's wick, and writes every detail in his logbook.
Step back in time and through the door of this iconic lighthouse into a cozy dollhouse-like interior with the extraordinary award-winning artist Sophie Blackall.


 (high demand, will be available again soon)
The Self-Driven Child
paperback 2-12

A few years ago, Bill Stixrud and Ned Johnson started noticing the same problem from different angles: Even high-performing kids were coming to them acutely stressed and lacking motivation. Many complained they had no control over their lives. Some stumbled in high school or hit college and unraveled. Bill is a clinical neuropsychologist who helps kids gripped by anxiety or struggling to learn. Ned is a motivational coach who runs an elite tutoring service. Together they discovered that the best antidote to stress is to give kids more of a sense of control over their lives. But this doesn't mean giving up your authority as a parent. In this groundbreaking book they reveal how you can actively help your child to sculpt a brain that is resilient, and ready to take on new challenges.

Most civil rights victories are achieved behind the scenes, and this riveting, beautifully written memoir by a "black first" looks back with searing insight on the decades of struggle, friendship, courage, humor and savvy that secured what seems commonplace today-people of color working in mainstream media.
The Little Book of Bad Moods

Let's face it: we're sick of staying positive. Meditating. Doing yoga. Those things are so boring. How about finding a new and more engaging way to relieve your stress and get you through the hell that is your life?

The Little Book of Bad Moods, an irreverent adult activity book, lets you unleash all that anger and say the things that you can't say out loud. With lots of fun and easy fill-in activities perfect for all the minor annoyances in life, this is the only kind of meditation you'll ever need.


On the first anniversary of the events at Parkland, the acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author of Columbine offers an intimate, deeply moving account of the extraordinary teenage survivors who became activists and pushed back against the NRA and feckless Congressional leaders-inspiring millions of Americans to join their grassroots #neveragain movement.
Nineteen years ago, Dave Cullen was among the first to arrive at Columbine High, even before most of the SWAT teams went in. While writing his acclaimed account of the tragedy, he suffered two bouts of secondary PTSD. He covered all the later tragedies from a distance, working with a cadre of experts cultivated from academia and the FBI, but swore he would never return to the scene of a ghastly crime.
But in March 2018, Cullen went to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School because something radically different was happening. In nearly twenty years witnessing the mass shootings epidemic escalate, he was stunned and awed by the courage, anger, and conviction of the high school's students. Refusing to allow adults and the media to shape their story, these remarkable adolescents took control, using their grief as a catalyst for change, transforming tragedy into a movement of astonishing hope that has galvanized a nation.

Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder

Imagine if you lived without the fear of not being good enough. If you didn't care how your life looked on Instagram, or worry about what total strangers thought of you. Imagine if you could let go of the guilt, and stop beating yourself up for tiny mistakes. What if, in every decision you faced, you took the bolder path?
By choosing bravery over perfection, we can find the power to claim our voice, to leave behind what makes us unhappy, and go for the things we genuinely, passionately want. Perfection may set us on a path that feels safe, but bravery leads us to the one we're authentically meant to follow.


Out of Left Field

Every boy in the neighborhood knows Katy Gordon is their best pitcher, even though she's a girl. But when she tries out for Little League, it's a whole different story. Girls are not eligible, period. It is a boy's game and always has been. It's not fair, and Katy's going to fight back. Inspired by what she's learning about civil rights in school, she sets out to prove that she's not the only girl who plays baseball. With the help of friendly librarians and some tenacious research skills, Katy discovers the forgotten history of female ball players. Why does no one know about them? Where are they now? And how can one ten-year-old change people's minds about what girls can do?


Love Poems of Rumi

Okay, I'm not going to suggest that you give a book of poetry for Valentine's Day, unless you know it's your intended's favorite poet and they don't have this book. I DO suggest that you memorize or read aloud a poem or two that conveys how you feel. Far more personal.

Ahh, Paris!

Any book on Paris is perfect. City of Love and all. But to really make a statement, tickets to travel to Paris would be even better.
Any travel book that is a precursor to a trip is a really, really thoughtful gift. Wine country, the beach, Cleveland- whatever floats your boat.

This is one of my favorites every year. Click the title to get the annotation. I like surprises, and to make it a very sweet one is a lovely think indeed.
Is this relationship going past a romantic dinner? Then it's worth talking about. This is a great book to help you figure out together if what you're doing is aligned with what you each expect, or need. Practical questions to help figure out emotional stuff.
It's THE book all about the musical. And what should you tuck into the book before you wrap it?
That's right.
Hamilton tickets.
Just do it.
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