From bagels to tzimmis, American cooking has been undeniably influenced by Jewish culture. And the reason why is readily apparent -- just glance through one of these amazing volumes, and you'll find a wide variety of flavors and textures. From sweet to savory, Jewish cooking is undeniably diverse and delicious!
Where do we come from? Who are we? Where are we going? These questions were famously posed by painter Paul Gauguin. And we're still asking them today. With recent advances in the fields of genetics, anthropology, and evolutionary biology, some answers are emerging. Sometimes disturbing, always fascinating, the story of our human origins has been a popular topic writers have been exploring for many years. Here are several titles that address the many questions about our human journey.
While there’s a wealth of picture books depicting the Native American experience, many of them are by white authors. The importance of #OwnVoices works, particularly when it comes to pieces for children who may not yet have the skills to determine what is an accurate portrayal of Native life and culture, is clear.
Orville and Wilbur Wright and the quest for human flight
From the earliest days of recorded history, we humans have longed to fly. Although the only known flying mammals are bats, Orville and Wilbur Wright, and other twentieth century inventors, built aircraft that enabled our species to soar through the skies. These titles tell the story of their achievements and the many failures they experienced along the way.
Fairy tales aren’t just for children. These seven young adult novels will chill teens and adults alike with spooky and haunting bits of magic and fables woven into reality. From a man who moves like corn stalks to a journal that takes its writers to an impossible past in the now, these books will make you want to settle in for the weekend and explore their strange, strange worlds.
As Lorde sings, “we’ll never be royals,” and maybe it’s for the best. This list includes stories of the royal life not being all it’s cracked up to be. Although we might have dreamed of running our own kingdoms as kids, now fiction tells us how fraught that experience would be. Enjoy your peasant status while you read about stressful politics, assassination, kidnapping and other trials in the court.
YA and Children's fiction with summer vibes for all ages
Summertime, and the livin’ is easy… The weather is starting to warm up, but it’s not quite summer yet. If you’re yearning for those hot-hot days and warm nights around the campfire, visit June, July and August through these stories. These YA and juvenile reads are great for their target audience -- and adults too!
Connect with little literatis through graphic works
Sometimes, the best way to connect with the kids in your life is over a good book. But you might be wondering what constitutes a good book when it comes to little literatis. Fear not, the Children’s Librarian is here! Below, find six great graphic novels (and two graphic format nonfiction) to share with kids, whether you’re looking to start a conversation or just want a good story.
Published in 1892, “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman has left a lasting impression on readers interested in feminism and mental health. While Gilman’s is one of the better-known stories about women, mental health and their treatment in western society, many authors have also approached the subjects before and since its publication.
There are a lot of librarian stereotypes out there: we’re all women (false), we’re all either uptight and impersonal or coding nerds with tattoos (false), we like to shush people (false), and we have either read everything in the library or we only read books you’d find on lists of importance (definitely false and false).