Posts in “recommendations” (252)

Even if you’re not a big reader of comics and graphic novels, there’s a good chance that you’re familiar with graphic novel memoirs . After all, these are the books that have won… continue reading

By Jennifer E.   April 4, 2018   

Spring is the season of renewal and new beginnings, so why not renew your love of reading and films with these new titles available in April? There are serious, off-beat, thrilling, and funny… continue reading

By Paul A.   April 3, 2018   

There have always been illustrated versions of classic novels—from comic book versions of Moby Dick , The Three Musketeers, or even Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Boycott . It’s… continue reading

By Rachel F.   March 28, 2018    1

Three upcoming new books, coming out in three consecutive months, will focus on the subject of the workings of the human brain. Helen Thomson, a freelance science journalist, tells the… continue reading

By Ai Leng N.   March 23, 2018   

Author/illustrator Maria Van Lieshout has a series of books aptly called Big Kid Power . Drawing from her own experience as a mother, the books are meant to help caregivers and children reach… continue reading

By Monica C.   March 19, 2018   

Brenda Jackson was the first African-American author to make the New York Times Best Seller list in the Romance series category. Publisher’s Weekly has called her "a master" and… continue reading

By Kim B.   March 13, 2018   

March brings us many things—weather that is all over the place, early spring flowers and feelings, and inevitably, St. Patrick’s Day. It's my understanding that St. Patrick's… continue reading

By Rachel F.   March 12, 2018   

This month's new titles include the debut children’s picture book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz (in English and Spanish), about memories, family, and heritage; a… continue reading

By Paul A.   March 1, 2018    2

Earlier this month in Denver, CO, a room full of children's and teen librarians erupted in cheers, gasps, and wild applause for the newest batch of books chosen to receive Youth Media Awards .… continue reading

By Peter SM   February 27, 2018   

I was so excited when I heard the announcement that Matthew Cordell had won the 2018 Caldecott Medal for Wolf in the Snow . While not a retelling of the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood , the… continue reading

By Monica C.   February 20, 2018   

So we’ve all seen the trailer for the Black Panther film right? And we are all super-duper excited for it, yes? I know I am beyond hype and come February 16th (ish), my popcorn and I will be… continue reading

By Rachel F.   February 12, 2018   

February may be the month of celebrating Presidents’ birthdays and romantic love, but our new title suggestions mostly give you a break from all of that. Try a children’s book on… continue reading

By Paul A.   February 1, 2018   

209 years ago today, one of the most peculiar poets and apparitional authors to ever hold a pen was born: Edgar Allan Poe . His macabre and gothic tales have fascinated and entertained readers for… continue reading

By Peter SM   January 19, 2018    1

When I go for a walk or ride on a bus through the city streets as night begins to fall, I can’t help but look at windows. As I pass each townhouse or apartment, I get a glimpse of a… continue reading

By Monica C.   January 18, 2018   

Ah Haiti, our neighbor to the south that shares an island with the Dominican Republic. Surviving earthquakes, dictators, revolutions, and producing an amazingly creative diaspora (which as you… continue reading

By Rachel F.   January 12, 2018    1

Book clubs seem to be more popular than ever—we've even got two right here at the Free Library: our annual One Book, One Philadelphia reading selection creates citywide conversations… continue reading

By Peter SM   January 9, 2018    5

Every year I read a lot of books. Out of the 339 that I read in 2017, I've picked out the 36 that I liked the best . 2017 was a hard year, and I found myself looking for books that were happy… continue reading

By Dena   January 2, 2018   

So, the holidays are over and we got a bit more serious with the themes of our January recommended titles, picking from socially-conscious topics and current events. There’s a book for young… continue reading

By Paul A.   January 2, 2018    2

As another year comes to a close, I'm looking back on one of my favorite hobbies: reading comic books! Whether they were new stand-alone stories, retro reissue collections, original… continue reading

By Peter SM   December 28, 2017   

As I've written about on this blog in the past, I'm constantly on the lookout for rare gems, overlooked oeuvres, or just new-to-me films. Whether they are award-winners , cinema classics ,… continue reading

By Peter SM   December 26, 2017    5

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