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Armchair Travel

Travel with a Book During the Pandemic

Travel and vacations are unlikely at the moment. But luckily, with a book you can travel across the globe without a mask or a million sanitizing wipes. Below are books that are guaranteed to provide an engrossing armchair trip without any of the worries of travel right now. Just sit back and let the words journey for you. 

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Biographies and Autobiographies of Fascinating Female Writers

Famous books have a way of gripping us and holding on long after we finish them. But what about the lives of the authors who wrote them? Their lives can give new insights into their books and are as fascinating as their words.  The following is a list of biographies and autobiographies that chronicle the lives of amazing women writers.

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Middle School is Tough

Books to Get Through It

Middle School can be brutal. Navigating bullies, teachers and making friends can be a dangerous endeavor. Luckily, there are lots of books with humor and class about surviving this difficult period in life. Lions & Liars by Kate Beasley

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Wintery Cozy Mysteries

Curl up at the Fireplace with These Frosty Capers

Have you been pining for snowy drifts with all the warmer weather reports coming our way lately? The only thing to do is turn for a book. So, I’ve assembled a list of snowy, cozy mysteries to keep you company by the fire, even if the weather outside refuses to cooperate. Set in a variety of different places, these mysteries will take you to Cleveland, Ireland, Massachusetts, Minnesota and England—all during crisp winter weather.

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Poetry on the Immigrant Experience

Poetry has a way of saying things unlike any other medium. So few words and yet they strike straight to the heart. This is even more true when they address larger issues like borders, immigration and the experience of being “illegal”. Check out these poetry books for insight into the lives of immigrants.   Citizen Illegal by Jose Olivarez

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Historical Mysteries Set in Britain

If you enjoy tea, biscuits, and a good whodunit, then this list is for you. I’ve compiled a group of enjoyable mysteries set against historical backdrops in Britain. While this is not an exhaustible list of the offerings in this area, it’s a good place to get started if you’ve read all of Agatha Christie’s books and don’t know where to go next.

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Mindfulness Books for Younger Readers

It can be hard to slow down and live in the moment in our fast-paced society. So many things around us are competing for our attention.  Meditation and mindfulness are great tools that can help us appreciate the present more fully. While books for adults on this topic are widespread, there seem to be less for younger readers, but this is still a useful practice for them too. So, below is a list of books geared towards younger readers.

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Graphic Novels about Parenthood and Getting Pregnant

 Are you a parent who is plagued by lack of sleep, toddlers who refuse to go to bed, constant tantrums, or do you have the theme song of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood stuck in your head? Then perhaps it’s time to unwind with a graphic novel about parenting. The following is a list of books about the experience of parenting: becoming a parent, struggling as a parent or just a couple of laughs about that crazy process of raising a kid.

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Inspirational Writing Books

Don't Give Up Your New Year's Resolution

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to write the great American novel or take up another artistic endeavor? Are you now finding yourself a month after New Years, with your goals and hopes dashed? You need a creativity pep talk. The following is a list of books designed to get you back on track, restore your enthusiasm and remind you of why you started that creative project in the first place.  

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Picture Books for Young Environmentalists

Do you have a passionate recycler in your house? A plant and animal enthusiast? An aficionado of the latest energy-saving efforts? Then this book list is for them. Below is a list of several fiction and non-fiction picture books for all the plant-loving young readers out there. Stories about saving the environment in China during the cultural revolution, to a determined girl in present day United States-- there's an array of books to encourage your young environmentalist on this list.