Winners of the 2020 Waterstone Children’s Book Prize

The UK bookseller, Waterstones, has just announced the 2020 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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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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The Heart of the Matter

I am not good at talking about politics or current events. Just because I have been silent on social media about what is going on, does not mean that I am not aware that I do not care about what is going on. My heart broke when I saw that video. My soul was in despair when another minority was lost to police brutality.

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Fierce Reads for Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month and though most of us are stuck at home, that shouldn’t stop us from celebrating the strength and endurance that women bring to society. And reading great books is a great way to do that! So here are some YA book selections about fierce female characters by strong female (with some male) authors. Continue reading “Fierce Reads for Women’s History Month”

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15-October 15 marks the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, a month long celebration that recognizes people’s contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the country’s history, culture and heritage. If you are looking for ways to celebrate (or just educate yourself more about the hispanic heritage), here are some great book selections that will have you on your way:

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Books to Read This Month: September Edition

Fall is just around the corner…and there are exciting highly anticipated new releases that will make you excited for the cooling weather! And this month is perfect to make use of your library card (or sign up for a new one) because of National Libray Card Sign-Up Month.  From highly sought out sequel to an upcoming romance from a popular author, September will be one busy month from book lovers:

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Friday Debate: Women and Fantasy

Friday Deabte

Welcome to Friday Debate, a feature on cup of tea with that book, please, where every Friday a question will be posted that tantalize the brain and expands our horizons. For this week’s question:

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Book Review: A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 385 pages

Published: June 12, 2018

Publisher: SJP for Hogarth

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Expand Your Horizons: Great Diverse Books To Read

During Black History Month, we are not only encouraged to celebrate the history and accomplishments of  black people but to read most of their inspirational writings. However, we should also take the time to celebrate the diversity of our culture and society. And there are no better depictions of diversity than the ones illustrated in literature. So if you are looking to “diverse” your TBR shelf, you can’t go wrong with these books:  Continue reading “Expand Your Horizons: Great Diverse Books To Read”

Lupita Nyong’o To Publish Children’s Book Celebrating Color — Black America Web

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o is writing a children’s book that’s slated to drop in 2019. The New York Times reports the 12 Years A Slave actress will title the book Sulwe which means star. The word comes from her native language Luo. The book will be catered to kids between the ages of 5 and 7. It will tell the story […]

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