Shaw (Watha T. Daniel)
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Slavery in America

I haven’t had a chance yet to see Washington’s new and acclaimed National Museum of African American History and Culture. Tickets are hard to come by! In the meantime, I’ve been doing some reading to prepare for a visit in the near future. These books of historical fiction succeed in making the unimaginable all too real.

Rat Queens

Strong Women in Comics

Women have always been a part of comics, whether portrayed simply as superheroes, spies, damsels, villains, temptresses, scantily-clad distractions, or merely one-dimensional characters. The following brief (and certainly not comprehensive) list contains more recent titles and women characters who cannot be confined to one-dimensional comic tropes, but more diverse and complicated women of our modern age.

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Eat Your Way to Better Health

Looking for some inspiration to kick your junk food binges and poor eating habits to the curb? A healthier diet not only promotes improved overall health, but you will feel better as well, both mentally and physically. Have you been wanting to eat healthier but are unsure where to begin? Or perhaps you’ve already incorporated healthy eating habits into your lifestyle and are in search of new recipes? Either way, a cleaner way of eating need not be complicated nor overwhelming.Here are six books to help with your “clean eating” journey.

The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall

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Children's Novels Featuring Art and Artists

I've always been a big art fan, so I love when I come across a children's novel that incorporates artwork, artists, or museums in one way or another. The following titles have so much to offer - in addition to their gripping storylines, these books introduce readers to various artists, specific paintings, and styles and movements throughout art history. I hope this list will encourage you to learn even more about the topic at hand, and perhaps inspire future trips to museums near and far!

Dragonflight

A Love for Dragon Lore

There are few supernatural characters that I cannot resist when I peruse new fantasy titles. One is vampires, and the other is dragons! I love stories with dragons and wish dragons were real, so it is incredibly hard to pick favorite stories. However, here are some particular favorites, some classic, some new, and one with tacos (because everyone loves tacos)!

Starve

Visually Appetizing

Graphic Novels About Food!

Welcome to the new food revolution, now in graphic format! Food and cooking are as popular as ever, and now there are many more books that tap into this passion, including graphic novels and comic cookbooks! The following are some great titles and series that will make your mouth water.

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The Boys on the Trains

Adventures On and Off the Rails

Like many residents in the Washington DC metro area, I take the commuter train line almost every day to work from my home in Baltimore. There is something rhythmically relaxing about boarding a train and listening to the sound of the rail cars as you depart from the station. You can read, sleep, meditate or work on your computer all without the stress of driving in rush hour mayhem. It’s a different experience. You see and witness things from a perspective that you would otherwise miss by driving.

Fall is Not Easy by Marty Kelley

Fall Into Autumn

Apples, pumpkins, colorful leaves… There are so many great things that come along with autumn! Even though it may not feel like it outside quite yet, fall is right around the corner. After such a hot summer, I know I’m looking forward to that crisp, cool air that starts to blow in late September. How about you?   Get ready and excited for one of the best seasons of all with these fall-tastic picture books!  

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Happy Birthday, Agatha Christie!

Celebrate the Grand Dame of Classic Mysteries

September 15 is Agatha Christie's birthday!

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Go for the Gold!

In honor of this year’s summer reading theme (Go for the Gold, Read!) and the close of the summer Olympics, here are my favorite inspirational sports films of those achieving their own personal gold.

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