2015 Reading Challenge Book Ideas!

How are you doing on our 2015 Reading Challenge, Scouts??? The end of the year is approaching!

Don’t forget to let us know if you’re participating and aiming for a prize. Challenge Sheets must be turned in before finals! (AKA, the week after Winter Break!)

If you’re having trouble meeting any of the reading prompts, we can give you recommendations for them all! Just come in and visit us at the circulation desk. Loose your sheet? Come and get a new one from Ms. Neal.

A book with a protagonist of color

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Cover Reveal Roundup

There’s nothing quiet like the anticipation of a new book. As the publishers gear up for their autumn releases, we get to take an early peak at what those books will look like when they hit our shelves next year.

So many gorgeous covers have been revealed for sequels to our favorite series, and debuts from brand new authors. There’s a lot of diversity coming in the Fall, so no matter what genre you prefer to live in, you can get excited for some exciting new characters and settings.

WINTER (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) by Marissa Meyer (November 10th, 2015)

Here is the stunning conclusion to the national bestselling Lunar Chronicles, inspired by Snow White.

When Princess Winter was thirteen, the rumor around the Lunar court was that her glamour would soon be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana. In a fit of jealousy, Levana disfigured Winter. Four years later, Winter has sworn off the use of her glamour altogether. Despite her scars, Winter’s natural beauty, her grace, and her gentleness are winning admiration from the Lunar people that no amount of mind-control could achieve.

Winter despises her stepmother, but has never dreamed of standing up to her. That is, until she realizes that she may be the only one with the power to confront the queen.

Can Cinder, Prince Kai, Scarlet, Wolf, Cress, Thorne, Princess Winter, and the palace guard Jacin find their happily ever afters? Fans will LOVE this amazing conclusion to the series. Continue reading

Pick Up Something Different

Have you ever read a book where a main character holds a different sexuality than you? I’d bet not. For one thing, diverse books aren’t easy to find.

Most people don’t think to pick up a book with a protagonist different from themselves. When we read, we like to fall into a story, and it’s easier to do if the hero or heroine is like you–it’s why they market “boy books” and “girl books.” But I don’t have to tell you it’s important to see the world from different eyes–that lesson’s been drilled into you.

What more important is to choose to see through others eyes, and picking up a book is an easy, painless way to expand your horizons.we need diverse books Continue reading

We Need Diverse Books

When was the last time you read a book where the main character wasn’t white?

Having a hard time coming up with a title? That’s because diverse novels make up less than a quarter of today’s market–and even less make it to the bestseller’s lists. There is an expectation that white kids won’t pick up a book with a colored protagonist.

Prove them wrong.

No one purposely thinks, “I’m only going to read books about straight, white people,” but that’s often what happens simply because those are the books featured on bestsellers lists and in bookstores.It’s important that we read a diverse cast of characters–ethnicities, disabilities, sexualities–and open our eyes to other lifestyles. It’s an obvious statement, but one that bears repeating often.

We’re collected the titles of some amazing books with diverse protags you’ll love. Our list crosses all genres, so you’re sure to find something you’ll like. And don’t forget we’re always in the library with more recommendations! Continue reading