Books to Get Out of the UK and Ireland: July 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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Winners of the 2021 Waterstone Children’s Book Prize

The UK bookseller, Waterstones, has just announced the 2021 winners of their Children’s Book Prize. This award, which is chosen by Waterstones’ booksellers, honors emerging writers of exceptional talent and are blooming in the children’s writing industry.

Here are the winners:

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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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Books to Get Out of the UK and Ireland: June 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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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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Asian & Asian American Voices: Great Reads to Celebrate the Heritage

Reading about different cultures other than our own is a great way to not only educate ourselves but creates empathy and understanding in our daily lives. Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month is honored in May and Asian & Asian American voices are always important to highlight but it is needed now more than ever due to discrimination and racism that is targeted towards this ethnicity recently.

So #StandUpForAAPI by learning in the best possible way…through amazing reads that highlight powerful Asian voices and I picked some great books that will be enjoyed by readers of all ages (but I also made sure to divide it to three different age groups). Start loving one another by learning about one another:

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Celebrating Ramadan: Own Voices Books for This Religious Holiday

Ramadan, the holy ninth of the Islamic calendar, began this week and Muslims around the world will observe with charitable deeds, daily fasting and special prayers. There ‘s not much I know about this religious holiday and or about Muslim/Islamic culture altogether. But I am trying to educate myself by reading about books so I can have a better understanding without making assumptions.

If you are looking to go a similar route, I have listed some great book recommendations that are great conversation starters for you and your family to have together, whether you observe the holiday or not. The first step towards the fight against racism and prejudice is empathy and understanding and reading these books are a great start:

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Holiday Reads: December 19, 2020

There is no better gift than the gift of reading.

More than ever, we need heartwarming and uplifting stories this year. So similar to what was done in December, visit here every Friday and view some great book recommendations to get a jumpstart on your holiday reading:

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Holiday Reads: December 11, 2020

There is no better gift than the gift of reading.

More than ever, we need heartwarming and uplifting stories this year. So similar to what was done in December, visit here every Friday and view some great book recommendations to get a jumpstart on your holiday reading:

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