In last month’s issue, we published our 100th article celebrating how books are making a difference in the world. Thank you for celebrating with us! While we love hearing from our readers anytime, in this month’s Readers Write, we decided to pause to ask your input on the direction of the magazine. Thank you to our subscribers and web readers who responded to our brief survey. Here’s what you told us: […]
It began when a young military spouse reached out for help. More than forty military family writers responded by sharing their encouraging stories and experience from both everyday and extraordinary moments. The result? A menu of personal stories about life, amidst the added challenges of military life. And a worldwide gathering of friends, bringing civilian and military communities to the table to support military families. […]Read more...
Retired New York City firefighter Tim Hoppey was inspired by the courage of children to write The Good Fire Helmet. For all the brave feats he accomplished as a first responder on 9/11 and through the 27 years he worked as a firefighter in Spanish Harlem, Tim believes some of the bravest people he has seen are not always who you think they would be. Children have inspired him to see courage from a different perspective. […]
In our January issue, we brought you the backstory of how a children’s book author prompted a new day in court for a group of civil rights activists known as the Friendship Nine, half a century after they served jail time for attempting to sit at a whites-only lunch counter in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Due to the overwhelming response from our readers, this month we bring you coverage of the historical events that followed. […]
Reading Shakespeare in prisons is not new, but doing so in solitary confinement, with those considered to be the most dangerous and hardened inmates, was unheard of—until Laura Bates gave it a try. Laura’s book Shakespeare Saved My Life shares the success of her Supermax program and the transformation of convicted killer Larry Newton. Though he’ll spend his life in prison with no chance of parole, Larry says he’s free. Laura’s book has prompted other prisons to set up similar programs. […]
Children’s librarian John Schumacher, otherwise known as Mr. Schu by his students and Twitter followers, reads an average of 2,000 children’s books a year and posts his recommendations for books with staying power. Elected to the Newbery Committee, John takes his love of books way beyond a few blog posts. His road trip to promote Katherine Applegate’s The One and Only Ivan took him to the zoo in Atlanta where he met the real-life inspiration for Ivan. The gorilla even autographed John’s book. […]