In our February subscriber exclusive, we interviewed children’s author Kimberly Johnson. One of her lasting inspirations is her grandmother’s recitation of poetry. In honor of April’s National Poetry Month, we want to know how poetry has influenced your life. Is there a poem you’ve read many times? A line or two you recite for inspiration? Do you write poetry? Here’s what our readers shared. […]
In his five years enduring WWII labor camps, Max Edelman was beaten blind by Nazi guards and witnessed a German Shepherd maul to death a fellow prisoner. At age seventy, Max pushed through his fear of dogs and began working with his first guide dog, Calvin. The story of how Max came to trust Calvin attracted the attention of dog lover and pet columnist Sharon Peters. Together, they explored the incredible journey that put Calvin in Max’s life and helped heal his heart. […]Read more...
Third-generation military wife Terri Barnes writes transparent, personal, and emotionally universal messages that have made her weekly Stars and Stripes column, Spouse Calls, the newspaper’s longest-running military life column. The relevance of her writing to both military and civilian readers led to her first book, and Terri is both humbled and excited by the effect her book is having in diverse communities to stir conversation and increase understanding of military life. […]
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. […]