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5 Excellent Animated Films NOT produced by Disney

Princess Aurora, Cinderella, and Ariel

It is true that for decades Disney studios have produced widely popular films for children. It is also true that Disney films are regularly criticized for portraying cultural, racial, and gender stereotypes that cause many parents to question the problematic messages they give to children. Despite the controversies associated with Disney films, I admit that I have enjoyed the occasional screening of Sleeping Beauty and other […]

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Modern Poetry Exploring Race & Identity

Vivek Shraya Even This Page is White Cover

I've long been a fantasy and graphic novel nerd, but lately I've been trying to expand my reading horizons in a quest to be a "well-rounded reader." This has brought somewhat mixed results (I'm a little too squeamish to ever be a fan of true crime, for one!), but the plus side has been finding out that, […]

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YA Books To Help You Survive Your Winter Break

The two weeks of winter break are fast approaching and if you're looking for a way to pass the long, dark, cold hours I suggest you check out one of these winter or holiday-inspired books. Each book is set during the winter months and pairs perfectly with a cup of something hot. From tree decorating, […]

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African-American STEM Heroes!

whoosh

I do a little internal happy dance every time I get a reference question that directly relates to what I'm reading at the moment. This happened recently when a patron asked for children's books on African-American inventors and inventions-- a question that came exactly one day after I read and loved Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-soaking Stream of Inventions, the story […]

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