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Creepy Fairy Tales

If you're familiar with the origins of most fairy tales, you know that many of them have bloody, heinous origins. You might know about Cinderella's stepsisters' feet being mutilated in order to fit the glass slipper, or Snow White's stepmother being forced to dance in red hot shoes until she died at her wedding. 

Third Grade Reading Retention Law

Forget No Child Left Behind. In 2020, Michigan will join 15 states pushing a Third Grade Retention Reading Law, which states that children who can't read at grade level will be held back in third grade rather than progressing to the next grade level. While there are definitely pros and cons to the program, those against it are worried that it will put up to 70% of ELL students behind due to its restrictions. 

Fall Reading Lists

As fall rolls in, it's time to think about your fall reading lists! Whether you're assembling a library list to read during chilly evenings around a fire, a school list for AR points or college texts, sometimes it can require a lot of thought. Luckily libraries, used books and the Internet can usually make the process less painful, especially in the case of books for classes, but even then you do have to spend a bit to a fortune sometimes, depending on your class load.

The Nordic Theory of Everything

In the West, we tend to de-value free time, down time and even sleep, taking pride in not taking time off, rushing around and being busy. Socrates said, "Beware the barrenness of a busy life," and he was right. Many other countries, particularly Nordic ones, know that pleasure and self-care are instrumental in a happy, healthy life. In Anu Partanen's The Nordic Theory of Everything, you will learn about everything from stress reduction to improving relationships.

Should Any Books Be Banned?

When it comes to banning books, most bibliophiles are vehemently against the practice. There’s no room for censorship among artists and free thinkers, right? When parents want to ban books like To Kill a Mockingbird or One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest from high school reading lists, most lovers of literature protest, arguing that the themes of these books are important for young adults to experience.

The Cozy Life

Living hygge is all the rage right now, and one of the simplest guides to embracing this Danish concept is The Cozy Life: Rediscover the Joy of Simple Things Through the Danish Concept of Hygge. Author Pia Edberg shares her firsthand knowledge about the concept from growing up in Denmark in order to help readers embrace hygge, from recipes to personal stories, concrete tips on room transformation to changing your attitude, clothing, and life itself.

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