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Do You Read What I Read? 14 Romance Novels for the Holidays
By September 26, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Do You Read What I Read? 14 Romance Novels for the Holidays

It might only be September, but for romance readers it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas—or Hanukkah! Every year the number of holiday romance titles with which publishers gift readers increases exponentially, and 2019 is no exception. The good news is that with such a bounty of choices, there truly is a holiday […]

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Happy Holidays from Bookends!

Happy Holidays from Bookends!

Cindy: If you work in a public library and have a Pinterest account, chances are you’ve built a Christmas tree out of books for a holiday display—we certainly did. This year, fireplaces are all the Pinterest rage. I put our Something About the Author series (pictured) to use in one library, and our recently withdrawn New […]

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The Night Before Thanksgiving

Cindy and Lynn: One of our favorite Thanksgiving books is Dav Pilkey’s Thanksgiving spin on the Clement Clarke Moore* poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving (published in 1990, still in print 26 years later) looks at the holiday from the perspective of children on a school field trip to a farm. […]

More Winter or Less? Picture Books for Groundhog’s Day

More Winter or Less? Picture Books for Groundhog’s Day

Lynn: Funny how things change! The last two years have brought record-breaking winters here in Michigan and all that we snowbound people wanted last year was an early spring. As I write this year, it’s 45 degrees with dense fog and misty rain. Ugh—I think I prefer snow! Will the groundhog help me out? That question […]

The Booklist Reader’s Oddly Specific Guide to Holiday Gift-Giving
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The Booklist Reader’s Oddly Specific Guide to Holiday Gift-Giving

If there’s one thing we know about holiday gift-giving, it’s that one size never fits all. Even those white cotton tube socks your Uncle Buzz gave you each year—in the hope that you’d spend less time composing poetry and more time trying out for the basketball team—always fit funny, their lack of a fitted heel strangely symbolic of how […]

Bone-Rattling Fun: Picture Books for Día de los Muertos

Bone-Rattling Fun: Picture Books for Día de los Muertos

Cindy: One of my favorite research projects my middle school did last year was for Día de los Muertos, or, the Day of the Dead, which is celebrated on the first and second day of November—right around the corner! Senorã Dykstra, one of our Spanish teachers, asked her students to research deceased Hispanic artists and […]

An Advent Calendar in Haiku!

An Advent Calendar in Haiku!

Cindy: Waiting for Christmas has never been so delightful! Santa Clauses: Short Poems from the North Pole (2014), by Bob Raczka, has a haiku for each day of December leading up to Christmas Day. Santa wears many hats, and one of them is that of a poet. On the first day a blizzard of letters to Santa […]

By December 18, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Going Dark in a Season of Light: Christmas Noir

Over on Booklist Online, Bill Ott takes a nontraditional approach to both the “Great Reads” feature and the idea of holiday entertainment. Yes, he has his own Christmas traditions (eating Steak Diane, drinking Santa’s scotch) and always appreciates a chance to watch Bing Crosby in Holiday Inn. But, Bill writes: On the other hand, there is something […]

Gingerbread Fan? Don’t Let These Picture Books Get Away!

Gingerbread Fan? Don’t Let These Picture Books Get Away!

Cindy and Lynn: ‘Tis the season for gifts, wrapping, sleigh bells, and, of course, gingerbread! We have two new books that feature that wonderfully spicy and delicious treat. So break open the cookie tin, make some hot chocolate, sit back and enjoy. Cindy: Forget believing in Santa, Marshall doesn’t believe that gingerbread men can run […]

‘Tis the Season! These Holiday Picture Books Are True Gifts

‘Tis the Season! These Holiday Picture Books Are True Gifts

Lynn and Cindy: It’s going to be a great holiday season! Already we have the gift of some really lovely holiday books to add to the fun. Lynn: I’m leading off with Eric Kimmel’s oh-so-lovely story Simon and the Bear: A Hanukkah Tale (2014). As young Simon leaves his family to immigrate to America, his mother realizes Hanukkah is […]