iOS app Android app


Pondering the Deeper Meanings of This Holy Season

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Something is deeply awry in our nation with the world's biggest economy that lets its children be the poorest group and the younger they are the poorer they are during their years of greatest brain development. The Prince of Peace is mocked as we let a child be injured or killed by guns every thirty minutes.

The 10 Best Health Books in 2014

Brad Stulberg | Posted 12.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Brad Stulberg

Perhaps my favorite part of being a minimally trained health writer is that it provides the perfect excuse to read! With no further adieu, here are the top 10 books in the realm of health -- defined broadly as the harmony of physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and spiritual needs -- from the past year.

A Fifth-Grader Discusses Common Core

Alan Singer | Posted 12.22.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

This is the interview with my granddaughter, a fifth-grader discusses Common Core.

The 10 Best Books For Grownups In 2014

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 12.21.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

Few things make me happier than finding a book that I absolutely love. Once drawn into a book, it's not easy for me to put it down. This year there were many that kept my attention, but these are my ten favorites.

Why One City Chose To Put Up An 'Ugly' Christmas Tree

AP | MICHAEL RUBINKAM | Posted 12.18.2014 | Religion

READING, Pa. (AP) — Reading's official Christmas tree has brought the city plenty of grief. Good grief. When the 50-foot Norway spruce went up la...

'Tis the Season for Reading: My Favorite Holiday Books

Allison Pataki | Posted 12.17.2014 | Books
Allison Pataki

There's perhaps nothing cozier and more likely to get you into the holiday spirit than to curl up beside the Christmas tree, nestle under a blanket with a mug of something warm to drink and dive into the pages of a beloved book.

33 Inspirational and Thought-Provoking Books That Will Help You Create a Life You Love in the New Year

Renee Lo Iacono | Posted 12.11.2014 | Books
Renee Lo Iacono

With New Years just around the corner, now is a great time to start thinking about what New Year's resolutions we would like to make in the upcoming year.

Nonfiction Book App To Eliminate Books, Reading From Reading Experience

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 12.15.2014 | Books

What’s the worst part of reading nonfiction? Is it having to sit through an entire, exhausting book? Is it having to look at words with your eyes? M...

Books as Chariots

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

So many youngsters and teens alike are facing difficult days as the holidays near. They are in search of another world, a more loving community, a l...

Calling All Harry Potters, Bilbo Baggins and Katniss Everdeens

Kyle Zimmer | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Kyle Zimmer

So come on all you Bilbo Baggins, Captain Ahabs, Harry Potters, Anne of Green Gables and Katniss Everdeens. I know you are out there and we need you to win this one. Because how this story ends affects us all.

How Young Is Too Young for Screen Time?

Katya Andresen | Posted 12.04.2014 | Parents
Katya Andresen

My view is that it's always a good choice to read to your children. Reading has been shown to diminish stress, improve concentration, fuel academic achievement and build empathy. So whether it's on a page or on a screen, read with your child as much as you can.

Truly a Lady

Paula Gordon | Posted 12.03.2014 | Media
Paula Gordon

Meeting P.D. James made me rethink my aversion to titles I associate with monarchy. She was an authentic lady long before she was a Lady. She earned that title, of course, which made the honorific sweeter.

What Harry Potter Can Teach Us About Neuroscience

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.02.2014 | Science

When reading about Harry Potter's adventures fighting Lord Voldemort or flying around the Quidditch field on his broomstick, we can become so absorbed...

For Charles and the Future Mrs. Manson

Terry K Carr | Posted 12.01.2014 | Los Angeles
Terry K Carr

Can I just say thank you to you, Charles, and the future Mrs. Manson for announcing your nuptials the same day of my therapy session? The timing had everything to do with uncovering an irrational fear of mine around the concept of safety. A fear I'd never told anyone about, and surprise, surprise, your name came up.

Old Family Recipe for a Thanksgiving of Books

Steve Leveen | Posted 12.02.2014 | Books
Steve Leveen

Being no cook, I offer no recipes for oyster stuffing or pumpkin tarts, but I am going to share my recipe for cooking up a Thanksgiving of books, and you're welcome to it.

Who Benefits More...the Children ... or the Volunteers?!

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 11.20.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Volunteers enter our magical world and immediately lose their adult demeanor. They stop being grown-up and in moments revert back to the cuddly, carefree children they themselves once were.

Anna Quindlen on Reading, Writing and Real Life

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 11.18.2014 | Books
Lois Alter Mark

Anna Quindlen has been a huge influence on my life. Her "Life in the 30s" column in The New York Times was my bible when my kids were little and I've read every one of her books, columns and essays.

A Quirky and Slightly Frightening Novel You May Want to Pick up Before You Get Ready to Baste Your Thanksgiving Turkey

Adriana & George Sifakis | Posted 11.18.2014 | Books
Adriana & George Sifakis

While S.W.A.K., a novel of ultimate betrayal is rather quirky, full of drama, and at times dark, you must exercise a slight sense of humor while readi...

To Read or Not To Read, Part 2

Pavithra Vetriselvan | Posted 11.18.2014 | Books
Pavithra Vetriselvan

Though most readers agreed with my opinions, many of them still didn't know where or how to start. Luckily, for all you non-bookworms out there, I've compiled a list of sorts in order to ensure that you get the most out of your literary adventures.

3 New Books for the Skier's and Rider's Library

Liftopia | Posted 11.16.2014 | Travel

I don't know if you call it a "ski-brary" or a "librare-ski," but here are three books that we'd recommend adding to that dusty old stack of tattered ski literature sitting on your corner shelf.

How to Make Time to Read

Lauren Jessen | Posted 11.13.2014 | Books
Lauren Jessen

Reading is one of the greatest pleasures in life. Taking the time to read improves your ability to focus, enhances your vocabulary, strengthens your empathy, and provides new experiences through a variety of characters.

Steer Your Young Child to the Library

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 11.13.2014 | Education
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

November is Picture Book Month and this week is National Young Readers Week, which got me thinking about libraries and the tremendous value they offer our young children.

Finding Other, Slower, Measures of Success

Michelle Chahine | Posted 11.07.2014 | Books
Michelle Chahine

It wasn't creative self-doubt. It was personal. What was I doing with my time? How could I measure what I had accomplished? I didn't have any of the traditional ways to judge myself and my work. By all the societal standards of success today, I had failed -- or at least, I hadn't yet succeeded.

To Read or Not To Read

Pavithra Vetriselvan | Posted 11.07.2014 | Books
Pavithra Vetriselvan

I longed for those 500 page worlds into which I could escape until it was time to go home, back to reality. Where is that passion now? When did we trade chapters upon chapters for 140 character tweets? When did we trade actual stories for Snapchat stories? And why?

MTV's Brenna Ehrlich Chats About Her YA Debut and Reveals Cover

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 11.06.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

November is finally here, which means National Novel Writing Month is in full swing, and Book Awareness Week is right around the corner. So with writing and reading on the brain, what better time to get the scoop on an awesome upcoming book and an exclusive look at the cover?