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NBA Legend’s Latest Children’s Book

Are you looking for books that you can read to your child?  Look no further!  I’m here to show you another book designed to inspire and motivate your kids. LeBron James has written a book titled I Promise, set to publish this coming August.

 

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While it will be a while before you can get your hands on it, you should still keep it in your shopping cart. In a press release, LeBron James said that “books have the ability to teach, inspire, and bring people together. That’s why these books, and the opportunity to get children and parents reading together, mean so much to me.” James says that his book is powerful because it’s a story that was made so that any child can see themselves in it. What a great message for kids!

 

 

The book encourages kids to be the best version of themselves through action. One page has a child speaking up and fighting for something through a megaphone. Another features a child dreaming big and becoming a team player. I think this material is something any kid will need as they grow and find their footing in the world. Books like this encourage them to be themselves and to do great work.

 

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James is a devout reader himself, which stems from his childhood. He states:

I used to be like one of the only kids in school who used to read newspapers.  I would read ‘Sports Illustrated’ all the way through.  I would read the articles. I would read all the articles. I wouldn’t just look at the photos. And I would rent out books, too, at the library in downtown Akron. I would read basketball encyclopedia books, just trying to learn the history.

 

 

There’s no way to buy or even pre order James’ book right now, so if you’re interested, you should keep a note to check back for any pre order dates!

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ Wins Big at the Emmys!

On Sunday night, the cast of Game of Thrones took their final bow. Actors and actresses who we’ve grown to love in their iconic roles throughout the series, such as Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, and Gwendoline Christie assembled a final time on stage.

 

 

Despite coming off the heels of the (very) controversial final season, it was nevertheless a wonderful night to see this talented crew one last time. Game of Thrones was nominated in all of the major categories but surprisingly, only went home with two, although they were nevertheless very big ones. Let’s dive in and see what went down last night!

 

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Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Gwendoline Christie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Carice van Houten
71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Show, Microsoft Theatre, Los Angeles, USA – 22 Sep 2019

 

Unfortunately, most of Game of Thrones’s wonderful cast were not winners this evening. Despite being nominated for Lead Actor, Lead Actress and Supporting Actress, the fantasy epic series ended up losing all three of them. Fan favorites such as Maisie William’s Arya Stark, Sophie Turner’s Sansa Stark, and Gwendoline Christie’s Brienne of Tarth, to say nothing of Lena Headey’s Cersei Lannister and Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen. Disappoint for all the work the ensemble put into the show, especially in terms of its outstanding female cast.

 

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However, one actor who didn’t get left out was Peter Dinklage, who took home his fourth win for the series. He set the record with the most wins ever in his category (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series), beating out Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul. In his acceptance speech, Peter Dinklage said:

 

“I count myself so fortunate to be a member of a community that is all about tolerance and diversity, because nowhere else could I be standing on a stage like this. It’s been about 10 years, all said and done, from the moment I met David and Dan till now. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but I knew that David and Dan were quite brilliant…We did nothing but sweat, we did nothing but laugh. Dave and Dan, we literally walked through fire and ice for you—literally—and I would do it all again in a heartbeat.”

 

He faced tough competition but emerged the only cast member with an award from the evening. Peter Dinklage’s win was pretty much guaranteed but he undoubtedly deserved it and his work as Tyrion Lannister will doubtlessly remain one of the iconic roles of television.

 

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The show also lost out on Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Writing, but took home arguably the biggest prize of the night: Outstanding Drama Series. This also marked the show’s fourth win for the award and took home the final win for the night overall. The entire cast, plus writers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, took the stage to thank the world for watching the series. It was a bittersweet end and we’re sure to now be feeling the effects of a post-Game of Thrones world.

But never fret! Two spinoffs are on the way and maybe, someday, George R.R. Martin will finish the Winds of Winter. Just because the show is over doesn’t mean the world of Westeros hasn’t come to an end.

 

 

 

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YA National Book Award Longlist has been Announced!

Yesterday, the National Book Foundation released the longlist Young People’s Literature category of the 2019 National Book Awards!

For nearly 70 years, the National Book Foundation has recognized outstanding literary works every year. They are five categories in the National Book Awards: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature. The Young People’s longlist was the first to be released this week, and other are scheduled to appear later on. The shortlist for the finalists in the will be released October 8, and the winners are going to be announced Nov. 20. So you’ve got plenty of time to read some of these incredible books!

The list of ten contenders, announced by The New Yorker, includes the following:

 

Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson, The Undefeated

Laurie Halse Anderson, Shout

 

 

Akwaeke Emezi, Pet

Cynthia Kadohata, A Place to Belong

Jason Reynolds, Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks

 

 

Randy Ribay, Patron Saints of Nothing

Laura Ruby, Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All

Martin W. Sandler, 1919: The Year That Changed America

 

 

Hal Schrieve, Out of Salem

Colleen AF Venable and Ellen T. Crenshaw, Kiss Number 8

 

These are absolute must-reads for any YA fan, so definitely check them out before the winner’s announced!

 

 

 

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Picture Book About a Trans-Child Wins A Major Award!

Today’s world can often seem extremely anti-LGBTQ, with society feeling oppressive toward people who fall outside the line of heterosexually. But there is still a lot of good news, especially with the recent news about the book called Julian Is a Mermaid.  

 

 

The book is a children’s picture book that tells the story of a young boy called Julian who comes to terms with his queer identity, showcasing his attempts at dressing in woman’s clothing and how his nana reacts to his attempts to embrace his new identity. The author and illustrator Jessica Love, who was partly inspired by a trans friend, never expected it to be published. After all, many U.K. and U.S. imprints are yanking books off shelves who have gay or trans protagonists, with children’s work a big victim of this unfortunate practice.

 

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On Sept 11, Jessica Love was proven wrong when her book won the much coveted Klaus Flugge prize. The prize goes to the most exciting newcomer in children’s book illustration and on Wednesday night, Jessica Love took it home. The judges called the book ‘astonishingly beautiful’ and were further quote as saying:

‘Julian Is a Mermaid reminds us that picture books can make us understand the world differently and better; that they are for everyone. It is a groundbreaking book.’

Love went onto note that the recaption had been mostly positive but there was some hostility toward her work for supposedly spreading the ‘gay agenda.’ She noted Julian is a Mermaid was drawn from her own personal life, with Julian’s nana based off her own queer role modes, her aunt and her aunt’s wife. She wanted a book that could provide the support she received to millions around the world.

 

Jessica Love

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She is extremely humbled to win the prize and is now working on a sequel, again featuring Julian and his nana. She found the book’s success totally gratifying and paralyzing at the same time. She hopes to continue to give her characters further life, while hoping the success doesn’t overwhelm her. But with the amount of joy and praise she has received from the LBGTQ community, she is likely to continue to soar upward much like Julian himself.

 

 

 

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Two Hugo Finalists Trying to Turn Silver to Gold

The Hugo Awards, the annual award for science fiction, will announce their winner later in the week, but for now, there are two finalists which are the first in their series—so you can start reading right now, and be ready for the winner this weekend.

 

Trail of Lightning, by Rebecca Roanhorse

Trail of Lightning

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Maggie is a post-apocalyptic Navajo monster hunter, and that’s just the beginning. When a girl goes missing in a small town, she’s forced to team up with a medicine man to travel the reservation, uncovering secrets and coming closer and closer to a monster more terrible than either can imagine. An immersive flooded world, filled with gods and monsters, and characters with enough sarcasm and attitude to bear the weight of a dark plot and devastated world.

This has already swept a few awards, and is sure to be a good pick for anyone who likes any supernatural or speculative genres.

 

 

Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik

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You may have noticed by now I’m A LITTLE OBSESSED with Naomi Novik, but hey, the experts back me up. This is sort of a fairy tale, related to Rumpelstiltskin, but you always get much more than you can possibly foresee with Novik.

Since her father is running the family business into the ground, Miryim takes matters into her own hands. For better or worse, she’s very good at debt collecting, and ends up catching the attention of the supernatural—the icy Staryk—and it only gets more dire from there. You can expect gloriously lush world building and characters who feel like real people.

 

 

 

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