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10 Amazing Albums on Vinyl

Get Ready for the Grammys by Kicking Back and Listening to One (or More!) of These Incredible Records

By Karen DeGroot Carter • January 25, 2021

Whether or not you're an audiophile who insists music sounds best when played on a vinyl record, it's hard to argue against how soothingly old school it is to pull a record out of a sleeve, place it on a record player, and carefully drop the needle in just the right spot. With the Grammys right around the corner, there's no better time to revisit some classic albums — or discover killer collections of chart-topping hits from way back when.

Nearly 100 Years of Winnie the Pooh

Celebrating All Things Pooh During Author A.A. Milne's Birthday Month

By Karen DeGroot Carter • January 18, 2021

From his humble beginnings in a poem and then a children's story to his starring role in a mega Disney franchise to Novel Knockout champion, kind-hearted Winnie the Pooh has brought joy and comfort to generations of readers and viewers.

What Else to Watch If You Love Cobra Kai

By Karen DeGroot Carter • January 11, 2021

Cobra Kai fever has hit an all-time high with the release of the newest season this month! Whether you’re new to the streaming Netflix series Cobra Kai or have been watching since its first episodes—or even remember going to watch the original Karate Kid movie way back in the '80s!—you'll be happy to learn there are other martial arts films out there for you to enjoy as well.

13 Popular Book Series Gift Sets for Young and Young Adult Readers

Box Sets and Other Collections From Bestselling Book Series Make Seriously Awesome Holiday Surprises

By Karen DeGroot Carter • December 07, 2020

What’s better than a book for a holiday gift? A bunch of books from a favorite series! If you’ve got young and/or young adult readers on your holiday shopping list, you’ll find a whole slew of options when it comes to picking out a gift set from a popular series they love—or will love to discover.

Make Your Loved Ones' Holidays Brighter: Give Books!

Buzzed-about 2020 Titles That Are Sure to Delight This Holiday Season

By Karen DeGroot Carter • November 23, 2020

Even if your holiday shopping list includes people of all ages with varied interests, chances are they’d love to discover some new books! Check out these hot 2020 titles and buy one (or two!) for the book lovers in your life this holiday season.

The Celebration of Diverse Voices Served Up by the 2020 National Book Awards

Enjoy a Wide Variety of Insights From the Finalists for the Prestigious Awards

By Karen DeGroot Carter • November 16, 2020

One of the most exciting aspects of this year's National Book Awards is the diversity of the books and authors featured. From fiction and nonfiction to poetry, young people's literature, and translated works, this year's National Book Awards finalists provide a variety of perspectives.

Riveting Reads to Enjoy with the Whole Family

By Karen DeGroot Carter • November 09, 2020

Want to help your children succeed? Read with them! These eight entertaining books are perfect for reading aloud—and can even entertain readers of different ages. Pick a few and start making memories as you share silly, heart-warming, and exciting stories with your family.

A Celebration of National Author's Day and National Novel Writing Month

By Karen DeGroot Carter • November 02, 2020

The intrigue around what makes novelists tick has been explored in multiple stories through the years. Check out these books and movies during NaNoWriMo (or anytime!) to enjoy unique takes on the wonder and exasperation often experienced by those who pursue the writing life.

Time-Travel Treasures

Books and movies that take us back or forward in time

By Karen DeGroot Carter • October 26, 2020

Good stories often provide welcome escapes from life's challenges, and those that also allow us to slip into the past or jump into the future can be especially welcome in exasperating times. While a pop classic like the movie Back to the Future is an obvious choice for a fun, time-bending adventure, and holiday favorites such as Groundhog Day and A Christmas Carol also toy with time in unique ways, many other books and movies effectively explore the power and impact of time travel as well.

Intense Movies Based on Intense Books

Psychological Thrillers That Are Sure to Enthrall

By Karen DeGroot Carter • October 19, 2020

If you love good page-turners that keep you up reading all night or suspenseful flicks that keep you on the edge of your seat, the following thrillers are just what you need.

Indie Bestsellers to Enjoy During National Book Month

By Karen DeGroot Carter • October 12, 2020

Take advantage of a whole month devoted to books and check out some of these recent top titles sold and recommended by independent booksellers of all types.
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