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Fairy Tale Winter

Each season of the year has its own unique qualities. But, it's winter, more than any other season, that feels filled with magic. Maybe it's the quietude, the way an uncommon hush from a snowfall can feel like awe; or maybe just the way we still when  spending more time indoors, more time at home. Magic creeps into my reading taste this time of year, but I like to read things that feel fresh, too, in a way. Below are some books that aren't fully fantasy, but that have it creeping at the edges, like ivy on a wintry house.

How Chipmunk Got His Stripes

Origin Stories

How people got rain, night, fire and more

People didn’t always know what caused storms or earthquakes, so they invented stories to explain the inexplicable. Perhaps lightning flashes across the sky when Zeus is angry. Perhaps earthquakes are caused by the writhing of Loki who is imprisoned under the surface of the Earth while poison drips on his face.

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My Introduction to Graphic Novels

Shamefully, I have to admit that I read my first graphic novel two months ago. I wrote them off as childish and because of my ignorance I have missed out on great books over the years. As with most of the books I read, I look for characters that I see myself in: characters that are beautiful, smart, responsible and passionate about the world around them. What makes it extra special for me is finding these qualities in Black people across the African diaspora. Surprisingly, finding graphic novels with such specific criteria was not hard to find in our catalog.  

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A Whale of a Good Read

Whale-forward sea stories for younger readers

The beach without books to read is like the sea without whales. Kids and parents alike will love these creative and sweet whale tales this summer.     Surf’s Up by Kwame Alexander

The Bear and the Nightingale

Game of Thrones Read-a-Like Challenge

Fantasy. Magic. And everything in between.

The most talked about television series of this decade just concluded with an eight season run at the top. As many hardcore fans already know, HBO's Game of Thrones is based on George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. If you're an avid reader of fantasy realms, heroic quests, strange magic, or grandiose battles -- please consider the following recommendations. 

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Ghanaian Authors

Ghana Ghana. The first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence, a regional power in West Africa, and home to 30 million people. Ghana like many other African countries has a rich oral literature history. For this post, I wanted to discover the writings of Ghanaians and I think this selection of books is a good introduction to Ghanaian authors and a peek into Ghanaian culture and history. Each one of these authors were either born and/or raised in Ghana or have a parent who is Ghanaian.

The Temple of My Familiar by Alice Walker

Add a Little Magic

Novels with a pinch (and sometimes a cup) of magic

Much like the rich tradition of magical realism across the Caribbean and the Americas, the literary use of magic of all forms in everyday settings is alive and well across the world.

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Fairy Tales for Adults

New ones, not the ones you know

I love fairy tales. I love the traditional tales, and I like how old characters can be repurposed for new stories like the Fables graphic novels and the Fablehaven series.

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