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15 Author Pages You Should Like on Facebook

Jul 25, 2014

Want more bookishness if your Facebook feed? Check out these wicked awesome author fan pages. 1. Paulo Coelho If you want to get philosophical on social media, definitely check out Coelho’s page. It features a lot of quotes by the author in English and Spanish. 2. Patricia Cornwell The crime writer posts news about and [...]

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Cool Bookish Places: Storybook Forest

Jul 18, 2014

Storybook Forest is a featured attraction at Idlewild Park in the Laurel Highlands near Ligonier, Pennsylvania. It features thirty-three scenes and landmarks from an array of children’s fairytales and fables, including The Little Engine That Could, Jack and Jill, Humpty Dumpty, Aladdin, The Three Little Pigs, and Alice in Wonderland. There are also six costumed actors in character as Mother Goose, Captain [...]

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6 Folktales from 6 Continents to Read to Your Kids

Jul 14, 2014

Folktales, myths, and legends from around the world are a great way to expose kids to a diverse range of cultures and ignite their imaginations. Here are a few to get started with: Africa: “Words as Sweet as Honey from Sankhambi” This is a short tale from South Africa in the same vein as Kipling’s Just So [...]

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12 Dead Authors You Should Follow On Twitter

Jul 1, 2014

In an effort to preserve and/or satirize the words of great authors of yesteryear, many have set up Twitter accounts in their names. This list includes only active accounts (i.e. accounts that have been updated since the new year). There are a number of (sadly) abandoned accounts that are worth perusing (@AustenQuote, @EmersonQuote, and @ThoreauQuotes come [...]

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On Memorizing Literature

Jun 28, 2014

I’ve never been a huge fan of rote memorization. That’s one of the reasons why I enjoyed English class so much when I was a kid. It was less about remembering a bunch of facts and more about discovery and creativity. But occasionally we would be assigned some story, poem, or excerpt to memorize. In the [...]

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