Though Valentine’s Day was first established as the feast day of St. Valentine, it has evolved into a commercial celebration of love far more romantic than its religious origins. But real-life love isn’t all chocolates and roses! As the books below show, Valentine’s Day is also an awesome time to …Read More »
There’s something special about science fiction. Though the genre sometimes gets a bad rap for its over-the-top storylines and—let’s face it—often awful movies, its uniquely imaginative world-building has enraptured audiences of all ages since Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was published in the 1800s. Whether your child is just starting out or …Read More »
Bookmarked: Holiday Reads The best books to cuddle up with this winter, no matter what you’re celebrating.
Books recommended by Rona Sue London of the Ivy Bookshop. There’s nothing better than sitting in front of a fire (or space heater) with a great book—and the holidays are an especially magical time to get lost in a wonderful story. Whether you’re flipping pages on the first night of …Read More »
Bookmarked: Local Authors They say the love of books starts at home. Get even closer with these locally written works.
Maryland has a long history of producing wonderful writers: Edgar Allen Poe, H.L. Mencken and Frederick Douglass, of course and, more recently, Tom Clancy, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Madison Smartt Bell, to name a few. But our great state’s authorial talent extends much further. Though perhaps not household names, countless Maryland …Read More »
As kids get older, the books they read have fewer and fewer pictures—and by the time they get to young adult fiction, the number of illustrations is next to none. One notable exception to this rule? Graphic novels, or stories told in comic-book format. Unlike comics, however, which focus on …Read More »
It’s time for one of my favorite weeks of the year: Banned Books Week! As a kid, books were among my prized possessions and I would yell at my brother regularly for what I thought was his careless disregard for the pristine nature of my books. Thankfully, I’ve mellowed out …Read More »
Young adult fiction is having a major moment. Though the genre is intended for readers aged 12-18, adults and teens alike have recently been swept away by YA powerhouses like the Divergent and Hunger Games series, John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars” and, of course, Harry Potter. It’s easy …Read More »
Transitioning from summer to school can be hard, especially for young children. These recommended reads from The Ivy Bookshop will help! Board/Soft Books (newborn-toddler) “The Night Before Preschool” by Natasha Wing and Amy Wummer ’Twas “The Night Before Preschool” (Grosset & Dunlap), and Billy was very nervous … but by …Read More »
Bookmarked: Cultivating Compassion Books for every age that encourage the understanding of difference.
For parents of children with disabilities, it can be difficult to explain to their child exactly why he or she experiences the world differently—and, similarly, parents of enabled children may struggle to clarify why their child’s classmate or friend has characteristics that are unfamiliar to them. Fortunately, the accurate representation …Read More »
No matter how old you are, there’s nothing better than sprawling out in the sand with a great story! Before you head down to the shore, check out The Ivy Bookshop’s top-shell(f) picks for the beach bums at all reading levels. Board/Soft Books (newborn-toddler) “Busy Ocean” by Roger Priddy Introduce …Read More »