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DiverseLit: 10 New Summer Reads 2014

Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.–Vera Nazarian   The weekend was beautiful, sunny but not too warm, breezy but just enough to cool the face. It's going to be an awesome summer to go to the beach, backyard, or lay out on the… Continue reading DiverseLit: 10 New Summer Reads 2014

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Writing Strong Women

  Last year, I read “The Sandoval Sisters,” an award winning historical fiction book by Sandra Ramos O’Briant and enjoyed it so much that I began to follow her blog, http://www.bloodmother.com.  I was pleasantly surprised when she asked me to be part of a blog adventure initiated on Twitter #weneeddiversebooks and #diverselit, in which we… Continue reading Writing Strong Women

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American Library Awards 2012

It's been a long time since my kids were tots or tweens but we still have favorite books like "I'll Love You Forever," whose cover captures a little boy playing with the toilet paper. (My sons thought it was about playing with TP so of course they wanted me to buy it). The last page… Continue reading American Library Awards 2012