Little Free Libraries warm my heart every time I see them, and this example is no exception. Repurposing a dead old stump into an actual mini library is a stroke of brilliance! It's such a fun way to create something new and useful out of something most people would simply get rid of, and it serves the community at the same time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From the inferior value of women to the chaste, virginal vision of the perfect woman on a pedestal, it seems that the alt-right is majorly lusting after some Jane Austen literature.
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.
While there are plenty of books floating around with positive messages, social issue commentary and progressive lessons to be learned, too many are filled with banal platitudes or saccharine endings that do not provide justice for reality and truth. That’s why books like The Journey are so important.