New Releases for Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, a month-long celebration to pay tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. It is vital to recognize Indigenous voices all year round, but this critical time of the year to acknowledge the actual historical accounts and legacy of Native Americans and not rely on fantasy and stereotypes.

The good thing is that with the increased need for diverse books, we have seen an increase of books written by minority authors and what better way to learn about a cultural heritage than written by an author of that said culture? So in honor of this month, I am highlighting newly released books by indigenous authors that will not only entertain you but give you more insight and enlightenment in your everyday reading life:

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Books to Get Out of the UK and Ireland: October Edition

Are you looking for your next great read? Why not try out the books from across the pond? Despite from what governments say, books are essential and are needed now, more than ever. So if you are need of a variety and want to read diverse stories, then I suggest you try out some British and Irish titles!

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Books to Get Out of the UK and Ireland: September Edition

Are you looking for your next great read? Why not try out the books from across the pond? Despite from what governments say, books are essential and are needed now, more than ever. So if you are need of a variety and want to read diverse stories, then I suggest you try out some British and Irish titles!

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Books to Get Out of the UK and Ireland: August Edition

Are you looking for your next great read? Why not try out the books from across the pond? Despite from what governments say, books are essential and are needed now, more than ever. So if you are need of a variety and want to read diverse stories, then I suggest you try out some British and Irish titles!

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Lambda Literary Awards 2021: Children and YA Winners

My friend and fellow librarian extraordinaire, Whitney Davidson-Rhodes had the opportunity to be on the judging panel for the 2021 Lambda Literary Award season. Lambda Literary Award gives recognition and promotion to LGBTQ books and authors and every year they award the best of the best. To see the full list of the 2021 winners, check them out here.

But for this post I asked Whitney, out of all the books she read, to list her favorite ones. And no surprise, these are also my personal favorites. So let’s get the book recommendations going:

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Waterstones Children’s Book Prize Shortlist 2021

Here is the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize shortlist for 2021. This annual prize’s shortlist is always chosen by Waterstones’ booksellers and strives to commit to championing the best and newest talent in children’s writing and illustration today. Make sure to check back to see the winner of this prize!

Now here are the nominees:

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Books to Read This Month: May Edition

May is another one of my favorite months. Not only the weather starts turning into that comfortable weather that makes it ideal for walks and sitting in the park. But May is also a great time to start making your reading list for the summer! May always has a great selection of new releases that are perfect for “summer reading” and May 2021 is no different from any other. From World War II stories to time travel middle grade fiction, here are some great new releases that will get you excited for the hot weather:

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Books To Celebrate Refugee Week

This week is Refugee Week, a week long festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees. Now more than ever, we need to shut down the misconceptions that we have of refugees and bring forth more positive encounters and promoting a culture of learning from one another and also, of welcoming one another. And there is no better way to facilitate that feeling through reading.

Below, you will find a list of book recommendations that are great conversation starters. If you want to know more about Refugee Week, the organization’s purpose and education resources, please visit their website:

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