How to Escape Winter: Grab a Good Book
Spring Break is coming up fast. What are you reading?
We have a selection of books to take to the beach or snuggle up with at home during break. Stop by the store and we'll help you find something to fit your mood and interests while helping you escape the clutches of winter.
"Easter is hopping up on us!" as Jane likes to say. We have new holiday books for and about spring, and we can't wait for the warmer temperatures coming soon.
Caudill, Caldecott and Newbery Lists Just Released
We're slightly addicted to published book lists, and spring has sprung a number of children's book winners. Have you and the children in your life read these wonderful books yet? See how your favorites stack up against the critics' picks this year.
Here are the children's book lists we've added to our website, just in time for spring break reading:
► Rebecca Caudill 2016 Nominees list
► Caldecott Medal winners
► Newbery Medal winners
Play Along with Tournament of Books
Adult fiction readers: We invite you to play along with our Tournament of Books starting March 9.
An annual "battle royale between 16 of the best novels published in the previous year," the tournament is set up like an NCAA basketball playoff. Yet, this contest is highly subjective. Bookstore Staffer Sue recommended All The Birds, Singing to contest organizers and it was selected. It goes up against A Brief History of 7 Killings.
Will Sue’s pick continue on, or become a zombie choice to be resurrected at the end?
► Save the date: A literacy event featuring New York Times best-selling author Melanie Benjamin will be April 16 at the Village Links, 485 Winchell Way, Glen Ellyn. Melanie will speak on "Taking Flight - My Literary Journey and Fact Versus Fiction in the Aviator's Wife" and she will sign copies of her books.
Takeaways from Winter Institute
"Booksellers are professional readers who get to discover works before they're reviewed or released ..." Columnist Robert Gray wrote in Whose Book Is It Anyway? about the relationships between writers and readers.
That idea resonated with Jenny, Renee and Sue, after they returned from the American Booksellers Association's Winter Institute. The event celebrates independent bookselling with three days of educational programming, conversations with 80 authors and networking with more than 500 booksellers.
"You cannot invent an algorithm that is as good at recommending books as a good bookseller," said author John Green in a Buzzfeed article about the event where he was a keynote speaker.
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