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The Best Kids' Books of 2017 So Far


2017 is really flying by and while I'm grateful (really, really, grateful) for summer, it's still hard to believe that we're halfway through another year.  Looking back on all the books of the last six months, it's clearly  been a treasure trove so far, especially for kids, and from what I've seen coming this fall, there are even more gems to come.  Below are links to our top 20 editors' picks from January through June by age--just in time to counteract the summer slump and keep kids reading or get them started on something new that may ignite a love of books that they haven't had before.

Weekend Reading


In this edition, identity crisis, a look under the hood at Uber, and more... Sarah Harrison Smith: I can’t wait to read more of Conversations with Friends, a debut novel by the young Irish writer Sally Rooney, which Hogarth is publishing next month.

This Emblem Leads You to Adventure!


As a child, I was a Cheerios aficionado. And it was on the back of a cereal box, in 1974, where I saw a mail-order offer for volume 53 of "Franklin W.

James Patterson Speaks out against "Word Bullying"


Bestselling author and storyteller James Patterson calls his new kids' book, Pottymouth and Stoopid, "the most important book I've ever done." Aimed at middle-grade readers—and especially boys—his tale of two kids who've been nicknamed Pottymouth and Stoopid will resonate with those who have felt the lash of word bullying.

The Best Books of the Year...So Far


It's hard to believe that 2017 is almost halfway through, and just in time for summer reading season we are excited to reveal our picks for the Best Books of the Year So Far, published from January through June.

Edward Luce Discusses His New Book "The Retreat of Western Liberalism"


Edward Luce's new book, The Retreat of Western Liberalism, is getting a lot of attention lately and for good reason.

Sheryl Sandberg’s Five Tips for Thriving in Adversity


When Sheryl Sandberg’s husband died in 2015, it was a tragic turn of events for a woman who operated at the highest levels of business and society.

Passing Notes. In Books.


Cath Crowley won over many YA fans with Graffiti Moon a handful of years ago, and her new novel, Words in Deep Blue will win her many more.  Words in Deep Blue is the story of Henry and Rachel, fast friends who share a love of books and working in Henry's family's second hand bookshop, Howling Books.  A misunderstanding and a move put an abrupt end to their bond, but years later Rachel and Henry end up back in each others orbit, at a time when they need each other the most.  One of the beautiful things about Words in Deep Blue is that it's also largely about the powerful connection we can feel to an author's words and stories, a connection shared by people known to us and complete strangers.

A Debut Novel Takes Its Whacks at an Infamous Crime


Hot days here in the East Coast bring to mind one of the most infamous crimes in New England history – and one of the novels I’m most excited to read this summer.  On the morning of August 4, 1892, in Fall River, Massachusetts, Andrew Borden, a rich but miserly 69 year-old and his 64 year-old second wife, Abby, were killed, brutally, with multiple hatchet blows to their heads.

Challenging Misconceptions About Victorian Women: A Q&A With Jessica Shattuck & Sarah Perry About "The Essex Serpent"


In Sarah Perry's The Essex Serpent, a pragmatic, whip-smart widow and naturalist teams up with a devout man of faith to investigate the veracity of a fantastical claim: a diabolical beast has returned--after 300 years!

The 2016 Lambda Literary Award Winners


Last week in New York City, the Lambda Literary Awards—also known as the Lammys—celebrated excellence in gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender books published in 2016.

Author Robyn Harding on How Not to Throw a Sweet Sixteen Party


Robin Harding's The Party, which was a June Best of the Month pick in Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, is the story of a Sweet Sixteen party that you wouldn't want a loved one to attend (and probably not your enemy).

Bookmark It


In today's edition, nonfiction for fans of Jurassic Park, a dark and quirky debut reminiscent of Flannery O'Connor, and a book that alleges that Peter Pan wasn't as sweet and innocent as he was portrayed...

The Best Biographies and Memoirs of June


Here are a few of our favorite biographies and memoirs for June. See more of our picks, and all of the Best Books of the Month.

The Best Biographies and Memoirs of June


Here are a few of our favorite biographies and memoirs for June. See more of our picks, and all of the Best Books of the Month If you’re a woman in America, chances are, no matter your size, you probably have a somewhat fetishistic relationship with food.

Looking Deeper into Maurice Sendak’s Children’s Books


Maurice Sendak, perhaps the greatest of all children’s book authors, told Bill Moyers in a PBS interview that as a child, his lack of self-confidence led him to “hide inside this modest form called a picture book and express myself entirely.  I wasn’t going to paint or do ostentatious drawings or gallery pictures, I would just hide somewhere where nobody would ever find me.” But found he was—by the art historians, teachers, parents, and above all, the children who loved his books.

Looking Deeper into Maurice Sendak’s Children’s Books


Maurice Sendak, perhaps the greatest of all children’s book authors, told Bill Moyers in a PBS interview that as a child, his lack of self-confidence led him to “hide inside this modest form called a picture book and express myself entirely.  I wasn’t going to paint or do ostentatious drawings or gallery pictures, I would just hide somewhere where nobody would ever find me.” But found he was—by the art historians, teachers, parents, and above all, the children who loved his books.

Pride-Worthy Reads


June is LGBTQ Pride month - a time for the community to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City, while also celebrating and standing up for all that we are, all that we have done, and all that we have yet to accomplish.

Pride-worthy Reads


June is LGBTQ Pride month - a time for the community to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City, while also celebrating and standing up for all that we are, all that we have done, and all that we have yet to accomplish.

Pride-worthy Reads


June is LGBTQ Pride month - a time for the community to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City, while also celebrating and standing up for all that we are, all that we have done, and all that we have yet to accomplish.


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