How to keep kids interested in books after Reading Month is over
As March comes to a close, so does National Reading Month, a time where we encourage young people to read more, keep them engaged and make reading fun. But how do you keep this going all year long? Tati Amare spoke with Jennifer Kendall from Coreander’s Children’s Bookshoppe in Grosse Pointe to give us her expert advice on how to keep the kiddos interested in reading.
CNET's Ackerman on the products and trends that will define tech in 2022
With 2021 almost in the books, we're looking ahead to the year to come in our new series "What's New in '22." In the first installment, CNET's Dan Ackerman joins “CBS Mornings” to talk about the big tech trends and products of 2022, including big leaps in augmented and virtual reality devices.news.yahoo.com
Conservatives target books amid anti-critical race theory push
Accompanying the anti-critical race theory push has been a building effort to rid school libraries of certain books. Often, these books are deemed to be sexually explicit. But others included acclaimed works about race and racism.washingtonpost.com
This book shares a personal story of being Latinx
On this last day of National Heritage Month, we were joined by a Detroit author who is educating children about Latin culture and showing them that everyone who is Hispanic or Latinx does not necessarily look the same. She has written the book, “Latina Looks Like Me,” a personal story of her own upbringing.
The push for LGBTQ civil rights stalls in the Senate as advocates search for Republican support
Advocates’ hopes of passing a capstone expansion of rights for queer Americans, the Equality Act, have run aground amid GOP concerns about religious freedom and broader attacks on transgender rights.washingtonpost.com
AFC Ann Arbor, local organizations launch new community youth program in Ypsilanti
Association Football Club Ann Arbor and Washtenaw My Brother’s Keeper, in partnership with the Hart & Tay Train Foundation, the Rob Murphy Foundation and the Mighty Oak Project, have launched a new community youth program called CLR Academy.
“Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives” producer shares stories behind classic American dishes in new book
Have you ever tasted a classic dish and wondered how it was created? Take Detroit-style pizza for example, how did we come up with a square shape? Well, you can find the story behind that dish and many other American favorites in the new book, “Food Americana” by David Page.
Ann Arbor’s Literati Bookstore to host events with authors Neil Gaiman, Jenny Lawson in April
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Throughout April, fans of downtown Ann Arbor’s Literati Bookstore will be visited over Zoom by internationally-known authors, humorists and beloved food writers. On April 8, the independent bookstore will welcome authors Jenny Lawson and Neil Gaiman. The following week on April 16, Literati will host New York Times bestselling author Jeff VanderMeer and author Kristen Roupenian. The book launches will be hosted by publisher HarperCollins through the virtual events platform Crowdcast. Literati Bookstore is at 124 E. Washington St.
Beloved children’s author Beverly Cleary dies at 104
From left are: blues musician Buddy Guy; dancer and artistic director Suzanne Farrell; Bush; children's book author Beverly Cleary; and actor-director Ron Howard. Cleary’s publisher HarperCollins announced Friday that the author died Thursday in Carmel Valley, California, where she had lived since the 1960s. Trained as a librarian, Cleary didn’t start writing books until her early 30s when she wrote “Henry Huggins,” published in 1950. Among the “Henry” titles were “Henry and Ribsy,” “Henry and the Paper Route” and “Henry and Beezus.”AdRamona, perhaps her best-known character, made her debut in “Henry Huggins” with only a brief mention. Ad“Dear Mr. Henshaw,” the touching story of a lonely boy who corresponds with a children’s book author, won the 1984 John Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
Dr. Seuss books shoot to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list
Dr. Seuss' never-before-published book, "What Pet Should I Get?" Books by Dr. Seuss have flooded Amazon's U.S. bestseller list after it was announced that six of the author's publications were being pulled over racist imagery. In total, 15 Dr. Seuss publications were in Amazon's top 20 list on Friday morning. Former Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama mentioned Dr. Seuss in their previous speeches. "Research in recent years has revealed strong racial undertones in many books written/illustrated by Dr. Seuss," the statement said.cnbc.com
Local author teaches important life lessons through children’s books
She is a local children’s book author, former teacher, public speaker, she started her own publishing company, and now she is even hosting a classroom of her own online. At the time she was a teacher and realized there were not many books for kids that had characters that looked like them. The book teaches kids to have the courage to be themselves. AdAs an author, publisher, and former teacher she was invited into a lot of classrooms to be a public speaker. Like many, she did the pandemic pivot and decided to bring her lessons to their homes with Sunny Side School, a virtual classroom.
6 Dr. Seuss books won’t be published for racist images
“These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises told The Associated Press in a statement that coincided with the late author and illustrator’s birthday. “Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families,” it said. Books by Dr. Seuss -- who was born Theodor Seuss Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904 --- have been translated into dozens of languages as well as in braille and are sold in more than 100 countries. Ad“Research in recent years has revealed strong racial undertones in many books written/illustrated by Dr. Seuss,” the school district said in a statement. “The Cat in the Hat,” one of Seuss’ most popular books, has received criticism, too, but will continue to be published for now.
6 Dr. Seuss books won't be published anymore because of racist and insensitive images
6 Dr. Seuss books won't be published anymore because of racist and insensitive images Six Dr. Seuss books will no longer be published because of racist and insensitive imagery, Dr. Seuss Enterprises said in a statement on March 2, the late author and illustrator's birthday.cbsnews.com
17 picture books you’ve never heard of, but that your kids will love
Who doesn’t love “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” (And the polar bear version. And the panda edition!) Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle definitely have that formula down to a science. And well, the classics are the classics for a reason, and most parents can probably agree there will be room for those books on any shelf.
Listen to Devin Scillian’s reading of ‘Pappy’s Handkerchief,’ story of Black family’s journey to Oklahoma Land Run
One of the questions that I imagine “Pappy’s Handkerchief” will inspire is “Is it true?”The answer is yes. AdWhile we talk about the Oklahoma Land Run, there were actually five different runs between 1889 and 1895. Pappy’s Handkerchief isn’t about any one family or even one land run. They were way out on a limb, and the fruit they harvested is alive in the spirit of Oklahoma today. (Enjoy a video/audio reading of the book by Devin in the video player above)Devin’s book, “Pappy’s Handkerchief” is available wherever you buy books online.
Virtual book event at Literati Bookstore to focus on expressions, word games Monday night
They were really strict about it.”Shirley Kobliner (left) and Harold Kobliner (right) were married for 65 years, 13 of which were spent collecting expressions for their book, "So To Speak: 11,000 Expressions That’ll Knock Your Socks Off." During the free event with Literati, Kobliner will discuss how her parents assembled such a large collection and their process for organizing what they heard into 67 categories. She will also show some of the 351 illustrations in “So to Speak” and then treat audience members to some word games. Ad“So to Speak: 11,000 Expressions That’ll Knock Your Socks Off” is available for $16.99 through Literati, which has hosted over 200 authors at its virtual At Home with Literati event series. Play online word games and learn more about the book at sotospeakbook.com.
Here are Ann Arbor District Library’s most requested items of 2020
ANN ARBOR – 2020 was certainly a year for the books -- and many, many other things at Ann Arbor District Library. Each year, the library releases its most requested items and it’s always interesting to see what people sought out the most. I personally enjoy seeing which tools were checked out the most. Below are the top five items requested in each category. FictionNon-FictionMoviesTV and MiniseriesMusicToolsArt PrintsTo see the full list of AADL’s most requested items for 2020, click here.
Ann Arbor’s Literati Bookstore to host Bill Gates, Simon Winchester at virtual events
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Literati Bookstore has announced it will host Bill Gates and Simon Winchester this winter as part of its ongoing virtual events series. Tickets include access to the event and a hardcover copy of the book with a signed bookplate. At 8 p.m. on Feb. 25, Literati will join Seminary Co-op Bookstores for the Chicago Humanities Festival to host Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates. In “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster,” Gates outlines a wide-ranging plan for achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in order to avoid a climate catastrophe. Literati Bookstore is at 124 E. Washington St.
2020 Ann Arbor Jewish Book Festival holds virtual author events in December
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – This year, the Ann Arbor Jewish Book Festival has gone virtual for its 33rd festival. Held annually in the fall, the book festival celebrates Jewish authors and their contributions to literature. It is organized by the Jewish Community Center of Ann Arbor and supported by the Jewish Federation of Ann Arbor. Dec. 11Liel Leibovitz, Stephanie Butnick and Mark Oppenheimer, 8-9:30 p.m.Dec. 13Miriam Udel, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.David Schoenbaum, 7-9 p.m.Dec. 14Myla Goldberg, 1-3 p.m.Eshkol Nevo, 4-6 p.m.Dec. 15David Hopen, 1-3 p.m.Sarah Stein, 7-9 p.m.Dec. 16Steven Levy, 7-9 p.m.Dec. 17Esther Safran Foer, 1-3 p.m.Jonathan Sarna, 8-9:30 p.m.Dec. 21Cleo Stiller, 1-3p.m. Andrew Blauner, 7-9 p.m.Dec. 22Uri Adoni, 1-3 p.m.
Ann Arbor’s Literati Bookstore to host authors Margaret Atwood, Roxane Gay
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Ann Arbor’s independent Literati Bookstore will host acclaimed authors Margaret Atwood and Roxane Gay as part of its At Home with Literati event series. Known for its in-person events, the downtown business pivoted to virtual events after closing the doors to its bookstore on March 13 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Literati has connected over 200 authors to hungry readers through its virtual events. Books and merchandise can be bought online through the Literati Bookstore website. Related:Small Biz Saturday: Ann Arbor’s Literati Bookstore goes virtual, keeps local charm
Ann Arbor author pens “100 Things To Do in Ann Arbor Before You Die”
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Having lived in Tree Town for almost 40 years, author Patricia Majher knows a thing or two (or 100) about the city. Her latest book, “100 Things To Do in Ann Arbor Before You Die” is an ode to adventures in Ann Arbor combining townie favorites with touristic go-to’s. It’s easy to put a dent in your wallet while out-and-about in Ann Arbor, so Majher made sure to include free activities and family-friendly spaces, like the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum or the Creature Conservancy. From around-the-world-eats to free entertainment, the back of “100 Things To Do in Ann Arbor Before You Die” offers itineraries for those looking to explore theme by theme. “100 Things To Do in Ann Arbor Before You Die” can be found at Nicola’s Books, Bookbound and online here.
Small Biz Saturday: Bookbound takes things ‘one book sale at a time’ during pandemic
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Ann Arbor’s independent Bookbound Bookstore is taking things “one book sale at a time” as it marks its seventh anniversary, according to owner Megan Blackshear. Although only Megan and Peter are allowed in the store, Bookbound Bookstore customers can still browse its selection of books from outside the store. “So our goal is to make it through this, one book sale at a time.”Bookbound owners Megan and Peter Blackshear. (Bookbound Bookstore)While some Bookbound customers lament browsing inside the independent bookstore, Peter said they understand why it’s currently off-limits and why the Blackshears have their protocols in place. To get their book-based needs met, Bookbound customers can utilize curbside services at the store from noon to 6 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.
7 Guinness world records we hold in Michigan
Michigan world recordsIt got me thinking -- what records do we hold here in Michigan? Largest Dessert PartyWith 1,558 people in attendance, in June of 2019, Ludington was awarded the Guinness World Record for the largest dessert party. Pavone was only 5 years 10 months and 3 days old when he became a professional according to the Guinness Book of World records, but he was drumming long before that. The Worlds Largest Cherry Pie PanNear Traverse City, famous for its tart cherries, at the Sara Lee Bakery Group, stands the Worlds Largest Cherry Pie Pan. The pan was made to hold the Worlds Largest Cherry Pie at the time, from 1987-1992.
Small Biz Saturday: Ann Arbors Literati Bookstore goes virtual, keeps local charm
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Located in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, Literati Bookstore has had to pivot into the world of digital bookselling and event hosting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through its At Home with Literati virtual events, the Ann Arbor bookstore connects its community of book lovers to their favorite authors as publishers forgo in-person book tours. Ganiard added that people in Ann Arbor get to have something similar to their downtown experience but that the events are also introducing author fans to Ann Arbor and to the bookstore. Literatis online presence has also helped the Ann Arbor community show its love of the bookstore. Literati Bookstore is at 124 E. Washington St.Related:Small Biz Saturday: Nicolas Books fulfills increased demand during COVID-19 pandemicSmall Biz Saturday: Tammys Tastings takes cocktail classes online
Pontiac-native writes own childrens book after noticing lack of diversity
PONTIAC, Mich. A man was inspired to when he noticed a lack of diversity in childrens books and decided to do something about it. The Pontiac-native said he wanted to make sure his daughter could grow up reading about girls that looked like her. Cory J. Andersons Around the World I Go is the the story of a young girl named Imani who dreams of traveling the world. He said the story came to him as he was sitting in one of the most mundane places. The book is also available in Spanish, which Anderson said continues his push for diversity and inclusivity.
Small Biz Saturday: Nicolas Books fulfills increased demand during COVID-19 pandemic
ANN ARBOR Approaching its 25th birthday, Nicolas Books is known as a townie go-to spot for books and book-related events on the west side of Ann Arbor. First named Little Professor, the independent bookstore in the Westgate Shopping Complex was rebranded to Nicolas Books after it was purchased by Nicola Rooney in 1995. In March, Nicolas Books had to shut its doors to the public. Nicolas Books also began selling puzzles, gift boxes and hosting virtual events, like webinars with authors, workshops, storytimes and book previews. She said that Nicolas Books will celebrate its 25th birthday in some fashion but doesnt yet know what that will look like.
Bookstock B.E.S.T. Essay Award winner announced!
The advertiser paid a fee to promote this sponsored article and may have influenced or authored the content. This article is sponsored by The Mike Morse Law FirmBookstock, one of the largest used book and media sales events, was unfortunately canceled this year. essay, where 4th grade students wrote a one page essay on their favorite book character. Mike Morse, of The Mike Morse Law Firm, announced the winner today! Watch the video above to see what Lauryn, Ms. Fluff and The Academy of the Americas won!
The latest "banned books"
Every year the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of books that the public or officials have sought to ban from library shelves. They say it's an annual snapshot of issues that concern Americans the most. Vinita Nair discusses this year's entries.cbsnews.com
A celebration of fake books
A first-of-its-kind exhibit in New York City is drawing crowds of book enthusiasts. Ironically, none of the books featured are real. People who judge these so-called "Blooks" by their covers will have a surprise in store when they discover what's inside these rare, novelty items. Lee Cowan reports.cbsnews.com