Book Review: Tales from the Inner City, Shaun Tan

Book Review: Tales from the Inner City, Shaun Tan Short Story Collection: Tales from the Inner City, Shaun Tan I’m not sure I have ever used the word “luscious” to describe a book before. I probably would not use it often. I will use it here. Shaun Tan’s Tales from the Inner City is luscious. Beautifully illustrated, […]

Book Review: Trigger Warning: Short Fiction and Disturbances, Neil Gaiman

Book Review: Trigger Warning: Short Fiction and Disturbances, Neil Gaiman Fiction: Trigger Warning: Short Fiction and Disturbances, Neil Gaiman Neil Gaiman has won many literary awards, including the Newberry, Carnegie, Hugo, and Nebula. He is known for his comics, his novels, his screenplays, and his short fiction. When it comes to putting pen to paper (or more […]

Book Review: Gmorning, Gnight: Little Pep Talks for Me & You, Lin-Manuel Miranda

Book Review: Gmorning, Gnight: Little Pep Talks for Me & You, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Illustrations by Jonny Sun Poetry: Gmorning, Gnight: Little Pep Talks for Me & You, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Illustrations by Jonny Sun If you are on Twitter and not following Lin-Manuel Miranda, you are missing out. He regularly tweets short poems/phrases/words of encouragement to start the […]

Book Review: Violent Outbursts, Thaddeus Rutkowski

Book Review: Violent Outbursts, Thaddeus Rutkowski Nonfiction Essay Collection: Violent Outbursts, Thaddeus Rutkowski   I love reading authors who live and write in the margins. Don’t get me wrong. I’m down for a Patterson or Baldacci or Grisham any day of the week. But the authors and books that excite me are those that open a new […]

Book Review: Border Crossings, Thaddeus Rutkowski

Book Review: Border Crossings, Thaddeus Rutkowski Poetry Collection: Border Crossings, Thaddeus Rutkowski   Border crossings are fraught with tension. Some, like India and Pakistan, or the Koreas, have standing armies. One stray move could start a war. Others are peaceful, but full of reminders that you are going from one country to another. Signs in multiple languages, […]

Booklist: Books with Poems & Rhymes for Shared Reading with Children

Booklist: Books with Poems & Rhymes for Shared Reading with Children   Use poetry and song lyrics to introduce your child to the interesting sounds in language. Explore poetry pieces and nursery rhymes with alliteration, rhyming couplets, and onomatopoeia. For older children who enjoy structure, patterns, and math try sonnets with iambic pentameter and haikus. […]