It’s officially summer, which means two very important things: 1. School is out. 2.” Tons of time for reading! Even if you’re not traveling further than your backyard, these nine classic tales will provide plenty of adventure—so slather on that SPF, grab a spot in the sun and get ready …Read More »
Eight Picture Books You and Your Little Ones Should be Reading
Everyone has a favorite children’s book—and often, those are the stories that are passed on from generation to generation. And while there’s no denying the appeal of decades-old classics like “Goodnight Moon,” “Where the Wild Things Are” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” sometimes they can overshadow the huge crop of …Read More »
Happy Birthday Margret Rey! Each month, we celebrate a birthday of literary significance.
Creator of the beloved Curious George series, the German-born American writer and illustrator Margret Rey was born on May 16, 1906. The creation of the mischievous monkey for which Rey became famous began almost accidentally, when her husband Hans wrote a children’s book, “Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys,” containing …Read More »
Take Me Out to the Ball Game These fun books are the next best thing to being on the field.
Spring sports are in full swing! Whether you’re a tried-and-true Orioles fan, a talented tennis player or a lacrosse lover, there’s nothing better than starting up a new season. Even if you’re not athletically inclined, sports can make for some seriously great stories. Suit up for these riveting reads, courtesy …Read More »
Think Spring These seasonal books will help readers of all ages bloom.
Rainy days are the best. We know, we know—most people don’t feel that way. But hear us out. Sure, you can’t play outside, but those dreary days are the best time to curl up with a good book … or three! And who doesn’t love splashing in the perfect …Read More »
Though Valentine’s Day was first established as the feast day of St. Valentine, it has evolved into a commercial celebration of love far more romantic than its religious origins. But real-life love isn’t all chocolates and roses! As the books below show, Valentine’s Day is also an awesome time to …Read More »
Exploring Other Worlds Science fiction stories for kids of every age
There’s something special about science fiction. Though the genre sometimes gets a bad rap for its over-the-top storylines and—let’s face it—often awful movies, its uniquely imaginative world-building has enraptured audiences of all ages since Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was published in the 1800s. Whether your child is just starting out or …Read More »
Bookmarked: Holiday Reads The best books to cuddle up with this winter, no matter what you’re celebrating.
Books recommended by Rona Sue London of the Ivy Bookshop. There’s nothing better than sitting in front of a fire (or space heater) with a great book—and the holidays are an especially magical time to get lost in a wonderful story. Whether you’re flipping pages on the first night of …Read More »
Bookmarked: Local Authors They say the love of books starts at home. Get even closer with these locally written works.
Maryland has a long history of producing wonderful writers: Edgar Allen Poe, H.L. Mencken and Frederick Douglass, of course and, more recently, Tom Clancy, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Madison Smartt Bell, to name a few. But our great state’s authorial talent extends much further. Though perhaps not household names, countless Maryland …Read More »
Bookmarked: Graphic Novels Shake up your reading routine with these nontraditional novels.
As kids get older, the books they read have fewer and fewer pictures—and by the time they get to young adult fiction, the number of illustrations is next to none. One notable exception to this rule? Graphic novels, or stories told in comic-book format. Unlike comics, however, which focus on …Read More »