Winners of the 2019 Waterstone Children’s Book Prize

The UK bookseller, Waterstones, has just announced the 2019 winners of their Children’s Book Prize. Celebrating their 15th anniversary this year, 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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More Than Just Romance: Books About Women Finding Themselves

Are you tired of reading books that involve women finding the elusive “the one”? When I was a teen, I was constantly bombarded by books that characterized women needing to find a guy in order for their lives to be whole and complete. In this ever-changing society, books in the publishing world have started to reflect the independence and resilience of women. And thankfully, I have recently read great books that hit the mark: Continue reading “More Than Just Romance: Books About Women Finding Themselves”

Book Review: Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 384 pages

Published: January 29, 2019 (first published February 8th 2018)

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Continue reading “Book Review: Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard”

Book Review: Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America edited by Ibi Zoboi

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 416 pages

Published: January 8, 2019

Publisher: Balzer +Bray

Genre:  Young Adult, Contemporary, Anthologies, Short Stories Continue reading “Book Review: Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America edited by Ibi Zoboi”

Book Review: Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 400 pages

Published: February 12, 2019

Publisher:Bloomsbury YA

Genre:  Young Adult, Contemporary Continue reading “Book Review: Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan”

Books to Read: September Edition

Looking for something else to read other than a scary book? From piracy to utopia worlds, these new releases will guarantee you exciting but spook-free October:

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Banned Books Week 2018: Top Challenged Books

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Fight for your right to read!

This week is Banned Books Week, a week-long annual celebration that celebrates the freedom to read. Everyday, books are challenged and banned for their content, just because there is a chance that it might offend someone. So that is why the book community -librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and book lovers alike-come together to celebrate and value of free and open access to information. Everyone has the right to seek and express new ideas, even it turns out to be unpopular to some people.

So, here are the top challenged 10 books of 2017. Make sure to read these books in defiance:

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Books to Read this Month: August Edition

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Excessive summer heat getting to you? Be safe and stay inside with a pleasurable activity that will certainly keep you cool and entertained! We’re almost halfway through the year and there are amazing books to still look out for: Continue reading “Books to Read this Month: August Edition”

Books to Read This Month: April Edition

There are so many books released each week, so it is hard to decipher which ones you really need to get your hands on. Don’t panic! Here I am to give an abridged list of the hottest new releases that will have you either running to your nearest bookstore or library. From Greek goddesses to race-divided societies, here are some books that will have you entertained all month-long. Continue reading “Books to Read This Month: April Edition”

The Hate U Give Wins 2018 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize

HateUGive_10-10SnapThe popular YA novel, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, is the Overall Winner of Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2018. The well reviewed novel, which also won the Older Fiction category, was considered to be “remarkable debut seizes the sorrow and hope of the Black Lives Matter movement and creates a story that blazes with injustice and inspiration”.  Continue reading “The Hate U Give Wins 2018 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize”