From holiday baking to special gifts, reading the Bible to not sweating the small stuff, readers wrote about special ways books have played a role in their holiday traditions. What do books have to do with your holidays? For this month’s Readers Write, we asked: What books have made a difference for you at end-of-year holidays? How have you incorporated books into your holiday traditions? What are the best books to give as gifts? […]
Town after town, lake after lake in Minnesota, the names given have their origin with the Dakota people. But until the recent publication of the award-winning history book Mni Sota Makoce: Land of the Dakota, a Dakota version of their history in Minnesota had been too often misrepresented. Gwen Westerman and Bruce White changed the historical landscape, opening the path for people to tell a richer story about the Dakota people and their homeland by adding the Dakota voice. […]Read more...
Army wife Judy Davis has become acquainted with various states in her mobile lifestyle, states like Colorado, Texas, and Missouri. The one she’s been in lately is particularly familiar: a state of flux. When her husband received unexpected orders for a move coinciding with the release of her first book, Right Side Up: Find Your Way When Military Life Turns You Upside Down, the chaos of relocation became an opportunity for Judy to live out the principles in her book. […]
Books open doors to new cultures, time periods, and ecosystems. They also open doors to higher test scores and academic interests that could turn into careers. With the growing achievement gaps in US schools, educators and nonprofit organizations are working to put more books in the hands of early elementary children. Books On Wings donates books from teachers’ curriculum supplement wish lists, one for each student in the grade, to help at-risk students find a love of reading and learning. […]
With the holiday season comes the tastes, smells, and merriment of holiday baking. For many, holiday baking is a communal activity. Traditions are passed down through the generations. There’s nothing quite like a family cookie exchange party to get in the holiday spirit. In the center of it all, sometimes worn and dog-eared, sometimes sprinkled with flour or smeared with a smidge of butter, sometimes brand new and brimming with new recipes to try, is the cookbook.
Writing a novel is a daunting challenge for every writer, from novice to experienced. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenges writers to write an entire novel, at least 50,000 words, in the month of November. The writing program has attracted an avid following, including Sujin Headrick, who has written at least one novel every November for the past twelve years. “I can type as fast as I think, which is really helpful,” she says. […]