Goofy and Lovable Bears are an Important Cornerstone in Children’s Literature There’s just something about bears. For an animal so potentially dangerous, they have become a staple in children’s literature. A given a quick glance over their representation in children’s books and it’s easy to understand why — they’re large, fluffy, and endearingly dopey. And for the last nearly 100 years, they have maintained a permanent presence in libraries and children’s bookshelves. We highlight some of the most well-known literary … Continued
With the cinematic adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s seminal work A Wrinkle in Time soon premiering, it’s worth examining the aspect of the book that has made the novel a frequent guest on banned books lists. In short: it really confused and challenged conservative Christians. And I got to witness it all firsthand. In the late 90’s, I went to a very small, very conservative evangelical Christian school, and the religious instruction was more fire and brimstone than love, peace, and … Continued
With the recent surge of interest in Michael Wolff’s White House tell-all, Fire and Fury: Inside The Trump White House, we at Biblio have seen a spike in orders for a variety of books containing the phrase “fire and fury” in the title. But alas, readers are so eager to indulge in the gossip and stable ingenuity of the Trump White House that in their haste to order a copy of the tell-all, they are mistakenly ordering books like Fire … Continued
A Case Against Pottermania
My fellow Millennials, everyone else may hate us, but I think we’re great. We survived the Great Recession and are slowly killing many products and institutions that deserve painful deaths. Death to the diamond industry, death to Applebee’s!
So it is with great love, affection, and a heavy heart that I proclaim: Millennials, we need to let go of Harry Potter. (more…)
If you are in the market for multiple Bibles or other religious instruction books, we have a couple of tips for your search. To start, it is most helpful to have an ISBN number for your desired book. All Bibles and books printed after 1970 will have an International Standard Book Number, otherwise known as an ISBN number. Since a unique ISBN is generated for each edition of a particular book, the ISBN is the best way to search for … Continued
by Ashleigh Redmond
From Idaho to Slovenia, my travels over the past six years have been, at least in part, inspired by Ernest Hemingway. My partner has had a healthy obsession with Hemingway since he was young, and we have been lucky enough to visit some of the most significant places in Hemingway’s life.
Nelle Harper Lee was born in Monroeville, Alabama on April 28, 1926, and she passed away in her hometown earlier today, February 19, 2016.
Harper Lee was best known for the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, which was published in 1960. It was immediately successful, winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1961, and has become a classic of modern American literature. She remained out of the public eye for decades afterwards, and did not publish anything else until 2015, a sequel to Mockingbird: Go Set a Watchman in 2015. (more…)
Authors Lead the Charge for More Diversity in Children’s Literature The 2014 BookExpo America convention was held this past weekend in New York City, and diversity in children and young adult fiction was the hot topic of discussion. The nationwide conversation was jumpstarted by the Twitter hashtag #WeNeedDiverseBooks, first coined by authors disappointed when BookCon released the names of highlighted speakers at this year’s BookExpo, most of whom were white. The announcement came at a time of increased scrutiny upon … Continued
From the Movies to the Books
I just finished reading Lord of the Rings for the first time last weekend, and I had a few thoughts and random observations to share. I know there are a ton of Tolkien fans out there, and many of them will vehemently disagree with many or most of my assessments. Disagreement is fine, even vehement disagreement, and you should post your thoughts below in the comments!
Before I begin, I want to provide some background. My first taste of Tolkien was the 1977 Rankin/Bass animated television special of The Hobbit. I was about seven or eight when I watched it, and it did not go well. Gollum scared me to tears and was the subject of a fun recurring nightmare that would last a few months. After that, I didn’t go near Tolkien until Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Fellowship of the Ring came out in 2001. But that was it. Done–Game Over. I was a fan for life. I loved the movies and impatiently waited until the next one was released.
So, a decade since the last movie was released, I decided to finally sit down and read the actual book. I didn’t read the appendices and I haven’t read any other work by Tolkien yet. But here are my thoughts: (more…)
The Goldfinch Wins Top Prize
The 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced April 14, 2014, and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction was presented to Donna Tartt for her novel The Goldfinch. The Goldfinch won over other nominated works The Son by Philipp Meyer and The Woman Who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis.
Tartt is an established author whose previous works include The Secret History (1992) and The Little Friend (2002). A fan of writing long novels, Tartt took 11 years to write The Goldfinch, which is a solid 784 pages and was published by Little, Brown and Company.
The Goldfinch Enjoys High Critical Acclaim
First released in October of 2013, The Goldfinch was met with critical acclaim and quickly became a best seller. The New York Times raved that The Goldfinch “[is a]…glorious, Dickensian novel, a novel that pulls together all her remarkable storytelling talents into a rapturous, symphonic whole and reminds the reader of the immersive, stay-up-all-night pleasures of reading.” Of course, since such things are subjective, not all were fans of the book, remarking that it was too long and self-involved to be engrossing. However, it is safe to say that The Goldfinch was one of the top books published in 2013.