The 10 best audiobooks we’re listening to right now

March 16, 2019

published in the News and Observer 2/5/2019) I am woefully behind in posting…and I have yet to get the link to children’s audios but will do so soon!  Many of these are linked to Indiebound…please support me and them and read more »


Audio books can help new and struggling young readers. Here are some of the best of 2018

March 12, 2019

Audio books can help new and struggling young readers. Here are some of the best of 2018. Published in the News and Observer, FEBRUARY 18, 2019 05:45 PM, https://www.newsobserver.com/entertainment/books/article224929115.html Unfortunately audio links and images aren’t possible with IndieBound, but I’ve read more »


A Happy Divorce or Easy Isn’t Always Better

  I had ANOTHER run-in with Amazon last week. I became an Amazon Associate years ago because I wanted images for the books I was reviewing and the easiest way to do that was to link to Amazon. One day, read more »


Angie Thomas should see success again with ‘On the Come Up,’ her follow-up to ‘The Hate You Give’

March 3, 2019

Angie Thomas should see success again with ‘On the Come Up,’ her follow-up to ‘The Hate You Give’ published in the News and Observer, FEBRUARY 25, 2019 https://www.newsobserver.com/entertainment/books/article226215445.html Author Angie Thomas recently published her second YA novel “On the Come read more »


Correction

December 12, 2018

Hello all, Please note the correct title is Polly Diamond and the Magic Book. It’s a great new series! BTW…all these books are linked to Amazon if you want further mailing ease and can’t get to an Independent!


The best books and YA novels of 2018 for younger readers

December 11, 2018

(published in the News and Observer, December 9, 2018) (https://www.newsobserver.com/living/article222318090.html) Last week, I kicked off my annual Wilde Awards, the 22nd annual edition, with my list of favorite books of 2018 for children and young readers. This week, I look read more »


2018 Wilde Awards for Picture Books: The best children’s books of 2018 reflect today’s society, and our changing times

December 2, 2018

(published December 2nd, 2018) Link: https://www.newsobserver.com/living/article221909055.html It’s time for my annual Wilde Awards, when I name the best books for children and young readers of the year. As I put together this list for the 22nd year and I reflect read more »


Graphic novels are more than just comic books. Here are some of our favorites.

November 4, 2018

(published in the News and Observer, October 26, 2018)   The book marketplace is exploding with graphic novels, a catch-all term for books with amazing illustrations and often more pictures than text.They’re not comic books, though the words and images are contained read more »


Review: Two novels’ audiobooks reveal insights into other cultures, stereotypes

September 26, 2018

 (published in the News and Observer, September 25, 2018 07:50 PM) I’m often aware of how often I find myself lacking an understanding of cultures not my own. I recently listened to the works of two Asian-American novelists and narrators, read more »


YA author draws upon adventurous spirit in writing her new novel

September 17, 2018

Author Makiia Lucier recently moved to the Triangle from Idaho, and she may be one of the few who loves North Carolina’s characteristically humid summers. “It reminds me of Guam where I grew up,” said Lucier, who has settled in read more »