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Children of Blood and Bone

Toto, I Don't Think We're in Middle-Earth Anymore

African, East Asian, and Middle Eastern Inspired Fantasy

Look, I love a good ole traditional sword-and-sorcery fantasy story complete with castles, dragons, and sundry knights, but these medieval European-inspired epics have cluttered mainstream fantasy for long enough. From J.R.R. Tolkien’s godfather of modern fantasy The Lord of the Rings to George R.R.

The Year of the Dog

It's the Year of the Dog

Celebrate Chinese New Year with these reads for all ages

The Chinese New Year is a time for fresh beginnings, celebrations with friends and family and honoring ancestors. These books will give insight into how Chinese New Year is celebrated, and how centuries-old traditions came to be. The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin

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Why So Series-ous?

Stories so long they need to be split up

Some stories are long. Real long. But often times, authors take pity on us and break the stories up in to chunks. And that's how a series is born. Here are some of my favorite series for kids.  The first book of the series is discussed along with other series like it. The Giver By Lois Lowry

The Weirdness

The Devil and His Pets

In many stories about the Devil, a pet helps him with his mischief, like a witch's familiar.  After all, being the ultimate evil in the world must be tiring, lonely work. Or perhaps the Devil is just a misunderstood character. Whichever the case may be, sometimes he needs the comfort and help that only a pet can bring. I originally wanted this list to be all about the Devil's cat, but I could only find a couple of examples, so I expanded the parameters to include other pets. 

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Cool as a Cucumber

Books to lower your temperature in the dog days of August

Has the sweltering heat and the stifling humidity been getting you down? A tall glass of ice water accompanied by one of these chilly reads will be sure to keep you cool! For Young Readers (Pre-K to 3rd Grade)   Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle

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Picture This . . .

Picture Books That Bring Asia and the Pacific Islands into Focus

Thanks to a congressional act in 1992 Asian/Pacific American Month is annually observed in the month of May. May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

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Tales Magical and Grim

Fairy Tales Reimagined

As a lover of fairy tales from the cut-off-your-heels Grim(m) version of Cinderella to the cheerful Disney rendition of Mulan, I'm willing to be swept away by fairy tales with drama

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Princess Books That Are A Little Bit Different

Love them or hate them, fictional princesses are a popular theme that has been around for some time. From the Grimm's fairy tales to the Disney princesses, countless princess stories have been told.

The Mermaid and the Shoe

Swim and Splash with Mermaids

Picture Books about the Daughters of the Sea

Mermaids. Who hasn't been fascinated with these fantastic creatures of legendary folklore? For the child in your life who can't get enough, here is a list of picture books that feature mermaids. For example, one mermaid loves to explore and another mermaid loves to perform. One mermaid convinces a pirate to talk his way out of a difficult situation, rather than fight his way out of it. Another mermaid follows the courage of her convictions to stand up to a devious troll.

The Winner's Curse

Strong YA Heroines

From Fantasy to slice of life, books that feature diverse, appealing characters

Figures like Katniss Everdeen have become synonymous with young adult literature because they represent fascinating characters with whom audiences can identify. There are many more book characters in the DC Public Library collection who may just become your new favorite: from bold to intelligent to courageous, these characters demonstrate traits that make them fascinating.

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