National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang challenges readers to “read without walls.” He says: “Read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you, about a topic you don’t know much about, or in a format you don’t normally read such as a graphic novel or a book in verse.” Gene’s challenge is a great way for readers of all ages to explore the world and expand perspective. To help you meet Gene’s challenge and find your next great book, in this month’s Readers Write we talked with Books Make a Difference book lovers about their experience reading books outside their comfort zones. […]
One heart speaking to another doesn’t require a publisher, book tour, or notch on the bestseller list. Well-chosen words and stories carry the assurance of love. They share knowledge and reveal the ties that connect family and friends to the world and to each other. Whether in the form of advice for a life milestone, photo collection, or a legacy journal, a personalized wisdom book communicates love and belonging, and can make a difference, even to a readership of one. […]Read more...
Authors often compare producing books to birthing babies, and novelist Sally Hepworth finds more than the usual similarities, including the nine months it takes her to write a book. She’s now awaiting the arrival of her third baby and publication of her fourth book, The Mother’s Promise. Birthing and mothering are prevalent themes throughout her writing. Her books are not all about having babies, however. Through the lens of motherhood, Sally examines a variety of topics in her writing: single parenting, infertility, children with special needs, aging parents. […]
John Muir, often called “The Father of Our National Parks” wrote about the beauty of America’s natural lands and the spiritual interconnectedness of humanity and nature. His writings influenced a grieving President Theodore Roosevelt to establish additional national parks, monuments, and federally-protected forests. President Barack Obama continued the legacy, using executive action to protect more than 265 million acres of public land and water. As the National Park Service celebrates its centennial anniversary, Muir’s words continue to inspire people of all ages to enjoy nature and preserve our natural resources. […]
Grammy-winning children’s Americana folk artists The Okee Dokee Brothers, award-winning solo indie pop/rock artist Korby Lenker, and legendary country music singer and songwriter Whisperin’ Bill Anderson are all music makers who have made careers of songwriting. Compelled by storytelling, these artists have most comfortably navigated the world of notes and audiences, and each has recently found ways to tell stories on the pages of books as well. Their journeys can teach every storyteller a thing or two about the power of collaboration. […]
We had a book-loving good adventure at Book Expo America 2016 in Chicago in May, looking for Books Make a Difference stories. Inspired by multi-faceted storytelling—from famous and beloved all-stars to emerging teen authors, singer-songwriters who speak in poetry to 3D multimedia entertainers, publishers focused on social empowerment to satirists empowering citizens through humor, writers born of heartache and perseverance to those who would drop a book deal to keep their point of view—we bring you our #BEA16 photoblog. […]