--by the Hollywood Teen Book Council
We are highly anticipating the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child that will be published July 31, and looking forward to the movie release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in November. To celebrate, we created a list of our most recent favorite books, and put them to the Sorting Hat test. Looking at the values of each of the four houses of Hogwarts, this is where we see these main characters most likely getting placed.
Hufflepuff values hard work, dedication, patience, loyalty, and fair play.
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E. K. Johnston
Head Cheerleader, Hermione, does a lot to keep the team together and enjoys the athleticism of cheerleading. She has a dedication to the craft.
Dig Too Deep by Amy Allgeyer
Liberty cares about the mining that is destroying and polluting the town. She begins her own investigation seeking fairness and justice.
X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz and Keekla Magoon
Growing up, Malcolm Little is constantly frustrated by the lack of fair play. Trying to leave a past behind him, he knows he can’t run forever and his new found freedom is an illusion.
Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
Sierra Santiago realizes that something strange is going on, and finds herself to be in a long line of shadowshapers that are currently at war with evil anthropologists and unlikely zombies.
Calvin by Martine Leavitt
Calvin believes that if he can convince Bill Watterson to create one more Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, it will make him better. His dedication to this leads Calvin to go on the journey of the lifetime.
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Finn keeps searching for Roza after everyone gives up. He also stands up to the terrible brothers.
Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
After his mother’s death, Matt values hard work and his job at the funeral home.
Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan
Larger than life Tiny Cooper, has written a play about his life. Through his quest for meaningful relationship, Tiny proves to be the most loyal of friends.
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
Willowdean wants to prove to everyone in her small Texas town that she is more than just a fat girl, so she prepares to compete in the beauty pageant her mother runs.
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Violet is dealing with the loss of her sister, to whom she is extremely loyal. She is dedicated, and follows through on the quest to visit Indiana places.
Ravenclaw values intelligence, knowledge, and wit.
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
Faith is all about knowledge and solving the mystery of her father’s death through science.
Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki
Monty and the other members of the mystery club are trying to figure out how things work.
The Steep & Thorny Way by Cat Winters
Hannalee values intelligence and wants to be a lawyer. First she needs to search for the truth about her father's death while avoiding trouble from the Ku Klux Klan
The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
Joan values education and studies on her own after the day’s work cooking and cleaning is done.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Mikey thinks a lot, and is very intelligent. He just wants to graduate and go to prom before someone blows up the high school. Again.
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Woodson uses her intelligence to make sense of the Jim Crow South and the Civil Rights Movement.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Feyre is witty and smart, and she doesn’t want to give that away. She is a very good problem solver.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Noah, one half of an intense twin rivalry, wants to see how it all works while his sister Jude manipulates their fates.
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
Austin uses his knowledge of his own family to write the history of the world - a world that has been overtaken by unstoppable soldiers that come in the form a giant praying mantises.
Jackaby by William Ritter
Abigail has very good attention to detail and is accepting of how things come her way - skills necessary when serving as R.F. Jackaby’s assistant, an investigator who studies the unexplained.
Slytherin house values ambition, cunning and resourcefulness
Outrun the Moon by Stacy Lee
Mercy wants into the St. Clare’s School for Girls and she uses her cunning to gain admission.
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
Lisa is ambitious, resourceful and cunning. She’s also very savvy.
Burn, Baby Burn by Meg Medina
Nora is determined to get out and get on with the next part of her life. She wants to be more than what she is currently seeing that there is.
Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
Both Wink and Poppy use secrets to have power over Midnight and their other friends.
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Charlotte Holmes is quite proud of her heritage and is resourceful enough to solve mysteries.
This Side of Home by Renée Watson
Nikki holds onto her ambition that she and her twin sister Maya have had since they were little - to leave Portland and attend a prestigious college. Gentrification in the traditionally African American neighborhood raises challenges.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman
After the planet Kerenza is attacked, Kady’s mother is on another ship and Kady is determined to get to her.
Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
Ida Mae has ambition and knows where she is going. She wants to be a pilot and in order to do that she must use her cunning and pass as white.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
After she was out as gay and sent to a restrictive church camp, Cameron survives the re-education without being brainwashed.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Jude is very ambitious and does what it takes to get in a prestigious art school, even if it means selling out her twin brother Noah.
Gryffindor values bravery, daring, nerve, and chivalry.
Unbecoming by Jenny Downham
Katie uses her nerve to navigate around her mother’s rules so she can discover the details of her grandmother’s story.
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
While Riley demonstrates bravery by keeping a blog about what it is like to be gender fluid, they also inspire bravery in others.
Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez
Naomi navigates through 1937 East Texas dodging racist policies and discrimination.
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
Quinn values bravery, even if he isn’t feeling up to it at the moment.
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Amanda shows her bravery and nerve as she navigates her school as a transgender girl.
Under a Painted Sky by Stacy Lee
It takes guts to cross the country while dressed as boys, as Samantha and Annamae demonstrate again and again.
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Theodore is brave in trying to fix his problems himself.
The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
Henry was very polite to Flora, but he also was steady and persistent in his pursuit of her.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Queenie is loyal to her friendships and displays bravery while standing up to her German captors that are accusing her of being a spy.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Joss Whedon
Buffy kills vampires for her job! Is there anything braver? She also cares deeply about her family.
This update to our mobile app is more than an update — you are getting a totally new, separate, app.
When you tap on "Your app is outdated, please update!" on your app, you will go to the store corresponding to your phone or tablet — Google Play, Apple's App Store, etc. — to download the app.
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Please delete the icon for the old app, the blue mountain shield (on the left). At some point, it will cease working. Keep the new icon, the one to the right, with our new logo.
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--By the Hollywood Teen Book Council
One of the amazing things about science fiction it that it helps us see a greater possibility imagined: there is more that is possible in our world and in ourselves. Here are two recent reviews of books where our protagonists get creative within the confines of their situation and imagine and create greater possibilities.
The Martian by Andy Weir
Review By Hannah Witscher, 8th grade
How do you feel about Mars? What about potatoes? Do you like realistic, thrilling science fiction? If you want to read about people creating inventions to get then out of dangerous situations, then The Martian is the book for you. In the not-so-distant future, NASA has created a spaceship that can travel to Mars. On the third mission disaster strikes and Mark Watney is stuck on Mars and his team thinks he is dead. I really enjoyed this book. It was full of science, and everything that happened pretty much could happen with technology we will have in the near future. The story is also fast-paced, and I couldn’t put it down. If you like realistic science fiction, this is the book you should read.
Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace
Review by Ella DeMerritt, Freshman
Wasp is the archivist, a ghost slayer chosen by the goddess Catchkeep to protect the people of her land from the ghosts that roam in the realm of the living. She’s forced to kill the “upstarts,” girls who want to take her place as the archivist. Our heroine is tormented by the Catchkeep-priest, her sleazy and cruel superior. Unhappy with her monotonous life, she longs to be free, but can she really be free when she has to die at the hands of an upstart to do so?
So she carries on, harboring hatred for both herself and the priest forcing her to live like this. Until something phenomenal happens. A nameless ghost comes to her for help-- which shouldn’t be possible, considering ghosts can’t speak. The ghost begs her (in an especially harsh way) to help him find his colleague, another ghost named Foster. And thus begins Wasp’s reckless journey to the underworld.
Archivist Wasp is a thrilling adventure story with a strong female character at its core, and even better, with no love interest to center the plot around. As much as I appreciate an original love story every once and a while, it’s refreshing to read a book that’s not based around a cheesy heterosexual romantic plot. And to conclude, Archivist Wasp is a rousing sci-fi novel that you can’t seem to put down. give it a chance, you won’t be disappointed.
Today, the library started using a new logo. The library used the same logo since becoming part of Multnomah County in 1990. Prior to that, the Library Association of Portland governed library services in Multnomah County, using the same logo since about 1912. In 2014, after Multnomah County residents voted to create a permanent library district to fund library services and hours, the library turned 150 years old. A special logo was created for the occasion.
It is a time of rapid change and evolution for libraries. Our commitment to free and equal access and advocacy for reading will never change, but today’s libraries are so much more. They are places of learning, creation, technology access, civic participation and more. As the library evolves to meet the changing needs of our community, our visual identity is taking a new form as well. Today, the library begins using a new logo.
Multnomah County Library’s updated logo was funded entirely by private dollars from Friends of the Library. The library will continue to use existing materials, like letterhead and so on, until they run out. Modest implementation costs, for things like signage, are covered by existing budgets within the library.
The library’s new logo will help create consistent visual standards for all library services. This simple geometric pattern — an “L,” a book, a portal, a window, a laptop, an arrow — the logo is whatever you want it to be. Anything is possible. Just as it is at your library.
We are proud of the library’s 152-year history of service to this community. As the library re-imagines how it can best meet the community’s changing needs, we will always honor the library’s rich heritage.
Thank you for your ongoing support and passion for your public library.
Multnomah County Library loves zines! And that's why we will be at the Portland Zine Symposium on Saturday (July, 9th). Come see us at this annual extravaganza celebrating small presses, DIY culture and the wonderful zinsters of Portland and beyond! Oh, and did we mention it's free?
Stop by to sign-up for a library card, check out a zine or snap a photo with our giant library card. Can't make it? You can check out some fabulous zines from the library anytime that we're open. Take a look at some of the lists below to get started.
--By the Hollywood Teen Book Council
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 2009 TEDTalk is a powerful statement in how only having one story can perpetuate stereotypes.
We try to read broadly at the Hollywood Teen Book Council and seek out books that will expand our worldview. Whether it is a Chinese immigrant living in Canada, soldiers in an unpopular war, or our preconceptions of cheerleaders, here are three books that surprised us and changed how we saw others.
Midnight at the Dragon Cafe by Judy Fong Bates
Review by Siena Lesher, sophomore
From clothing to teeth to the food you eat, the cultural differences between China and Canada are one that many don’t even consider unless they’re being made fun of it. Su-Jen, who takes the English name “Annie,” leaves communist China with her mom for a hopefully better life in Canada. As she is very young, she begins to subtly assimilate into Western culture, leaving behind the ideas of her past. I actually read this book twice - the first time focussing on the plot, the second on the pressure for Annie to become “Western.” I thought it was very interesting and well written, thoughtful and very eye-opening.
Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers
Review by Noah Pettinari, sophomore
Do you like plot twists to the Iraq War? Then this book is for you. Birdy is a soldier newly deployed into Iraq and Kuwait from Harlem, New York. As he learns the ropes of Civil Affairs operations in Iraq 2003, he encounters the true embodiment of war. This book is written in such a way as to personify the commonly dehumanized military, and lacks the catchy plots commonly found in YA novels. I would recommend it to any teen interested in the mental toll of war and how much war can change a person's life.
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E. K. Johnston
Review by Elsa Hoover, sophomore
When I picked up this book I didn’t have any idea what it was about. Exit, Pursued by a Bear? A cheerleader? I wondered what this could possibly be about, but then I read the inside of the flap and found out it was about sexual assault and stopped short. Did I really want to read something so sad? But I went on and I am really glad I did. This is a book about a cheerleader raped at camp, and the next year of her life as she navigates this new world. My favorite thing about this book was its realism in the face of a hard subject. Not everything turned out great. It wasn’t cheery and that why it felt real. You could understand where all the characters were coming from. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a short, emotionally charged book.
Here is a list of more books that helped expand our worldview:
Louise Erdrich keeps getting better and better. Reading her new book, LaRose, I was awed by how the stories seem to bubble out of her in such interesting, complex profusion.
The main story is a tragic one, so tragic that it almost made me decide not to read this book. There are two families connected by blood and friendship, and both have sons who are five years old. One of the fathers is out hunting and accidentally shoots and kills his friends’ son. To atone, he decides to give his own son to the other family.
That’s where it starts, but there’s so much more. These families’ stories connect to the stories of other people in their community and to the stories of their Ojibwe ancestors. And all of these well-developed characters are voiced on the audiobook by Erdrich herself, who is perhaps the best audiobook narrator ever. Her quiet voice is just plain lovely to have in your earbuds, and she wholly captures the different characters’ voices, their humor and heart.
It’s a special experience, when writers read their own books for the audio version, and especially when they read them brilliantly. You’ll find more wonderful audiobooks read by their authors on this list. Please let me know if there are titles I’ve missed that should be on it.
Often as I am driving through the countryside passing small villages and towns I wonder, 'who lives here? What do they do for work? What do they do with their time?' You might think I sound like a city-snob, but I actually spent the first 20 years of my life in a place that didn't even merit the title of village, the sign at the edge reading "hamlet with a heart."
Many authors have made their dinner out of small, seemingly sleepy places where, under the surface, the inhabitants are living lives of turmoil, tragedy and passion. Alice Munro is a master of this genre. In Lives of Girls and Women she writes of people who seem to be living upright and staid lives, all the while hiding "deep caves paved over with kitchen linoleum." Other authors place their characters in barren and hard-scrabble places, an ideal stage for pathos and emotional intrigue. Kent Haruf's novels take place in the fictional town of Holt, Colorado and focus on the emotional lives of people struggling to find meaning in their lives. Pulitzer Prize winner, Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout recounts the story of a woman living in small-town Maine through a series of short vignettes, each examining a period in her life.
Lately I'm very much intrigued by the people of Words, Wisconsin, as described by David Rhodes in his novel Driftless. Olivia adheres to the principles of her church and knows the bible backwards and forwards as a result of being wheel-chair bound. She tyrannizes her sister Violet who spends her days in good works and in taking care of her sister. Their pastor, Winnifred, has spent her life trying to overcome the loss of her mother by looking for grace within the church. Graham and Cora Shotwell are in the fight of their lives with a corrupt dairy co-op. And July Montgomery is the glue that holds the community together, though one would never think it from his taciturn and understated manner.
For me, the joy of reading fiction is to indulge my curiosity, or some might say, nosiness. These stories of intersecting lives give us the pleasure of snooping into people's affairs without offending anyone. And the next time I drive through a small town, I'll be looking with fresh eyes.
Dana and John are the masterminds behind Minimalist Baker, a Portland blog dedicated to simple, plant-based and gluten-free cooking. Dana is the recipe developer, and John handles all-things technical. We asked Dana a few questions about books, reading and food, and here's what she said:
The cookbook I can’t live without is ...
I am honestly not a big cookbook user and typically search for recipes online. However, the one I find myself going back to is My New Roots by Sarah Britton. It has so much helpful information about how to soak grains, nuts and seeds, and how to handle and prepare foods on a very foundational level. Plus, the recipes are seasonal and gorgeous!
Anne Lamott. I’ve read most of her books and they’ve taught me so much about life, writing and faith.
I would serve...
I think I would serve my Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes from the blog. They’re a classic, so filling, and entirely plant based! One of my all time favorites.
The last thing I learned from reading was...
That I should wear a sleep mask to improve the quality and the amount of sleep I get (from the The Body Book by Cameron Diaz).
My guilty pleasure book is...
I don’t know that I have a guilty pleasure book, but I’m always reading up on health and diet and my favorite among that group is Rich Roll’s Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World's Fittest Men and Discovering Myself.
My favorite thing about the library is....
The smell. Ha! I love the smell of books. I also love that there is so much knowledge at my fingertips when I’m there.
--by the Hollywood Teen Book Council
As summer approaches many of us are making plans for future trips. Some will be enjoying summer with “armchair travel” while others will be finding adventure on the road. Whichever way you travel, here are some suggestions for you:
Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
Review by Siena Lesher, sophomore
It seems as though adventure is hard to find these days. We’re all so trapped in what’s expected of us, caught in a web of time that draws tighter with every passing second. But, Let’s Get Lost fights to show that you don’t need to escape to have an adventure, that if you can just manipulate the silk, you can travel within the web. Each character must face their spider, one meeting a sister to whom she hasn’t spoken in years, another asking out the person they’ve loved for ages, all stories spun together by a girl on her quest to see the northern lights. I’d recommend this book to those who want to take their own adventure, whether it be traveling to Alaska, or simply seizing the Tuesday.
Also, try one of these:
"If there's a cure for this
I don't want it
Don't want it
If there's a remedy
I'll run from it
If you ask many people what the term "disco" conjures, you'll likely hear about drugs, excess, sex, celebrity and exclusive parties/clubs - not to mention the questionable fashions, the quintessential hairstyles and the inevitable accusations of artificiality and inauthenticity (anyone remember "Disco Sucks"?).
But disco was a complex musical and cultural set of coordinates that originally emerged from the economic, sexual and racial peripheries of early 1970s New York City. Tim Lawrence's Love Saves The Day - a definitive and exhaustive intervention in cultural history - uncovers these radical roots in eye-opening detail. Lawrence draws upon a ton of archival material and interviews with many of the (surviving) primary players to construct a wonderful narrative that should appeal to anyone fascinated by the intersections of the social, economic and cultural in the 1970s. Lawrence documents the founding of David Mancuso's legendary Loft and tracks the myriad divergent strands forward that ultimately lead to the dead end of Studio 54 and the mass burning of disco LPs in Chicago's Comiskey Park.
Especially of interest for pop music aficionados (disco touched just about every pop musical genre that followed), sound junkies, and anyone curious about the complex intersections between sexuality, technology, music and politics.
And for your dancing pleasure, here's a playlist featuring some of the best music of the period:
I’m not fond of heights, but I’m always happy to be on a ladder harvesting fruit with the Portland Fruit Tree Project. My experience volunteering with this group inspired me to make a list called “In the Orchard.” You’ll find romances, memoirs, and other books featuring orchards and fruit trees.
One of my favorites is the memoir The Orchard by Adele Crockett Robertson. I so enjoyed getting to know this determined woman. She quit a job during the Depression and lived alone with her Great Dane for almost two years while trying to save the family farm and orchards. She worked hard with a single minded devotion to care for apple and peach trees, treating her few workers fairly, and trying to make enough money to pay the mortgage. A great read!
National Bike Month has just concluded, and Pedalpalooza is now upon us. Do you need inspiration for your art bike, your cycling costume, or your bike party invitation? Look no further than the Central Library Picture File collection, which contains among its thousands of files one with the heading Bicycles & Tricycles. In it you’ll find images clipped from a variety of sources, from a variety of eras, for your bicycle art needs. If visual art collage and the serendipity of browsing appeal to you, this might be your resource.
Other Picture Files that begin with the letter B include Babies, Bahamas, Bali, Balloons & Dirigibles, Bandstands, Bangladesh, Banks (Buildings), Barbados, Barns, Bathhouses, Belgium, Bells, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bible, Biography (there are many Biography files, with subheadings such as Authors, Cartoonists, Designers, Popes, Scientists…), Biology, Birds, Boathouses, Boats, Bolivia, Bookbinding, Bookplates, Books, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botany, Boy Scouts, Brazil, Brickwork, Bridges, Bronzes, Bulgaria, Burma, Business, and Buttons.
For more about the Central Library Picture File collection, see:
Please feel free to get in touch with us to inquire about this unique resource!
And for a selection of books about biking in Portland, see Matt's excellent reading list.
A message from Director of Libraries Vailey Oehlke
With Summer Reading just around the corner, Multnomah County Library is removing late fines for all youth library materials and on youth accounts (ages 0-17), effective June 15. Children's and young adult items will no longer be charged late fines. You can read more about the specifics of the new structure here.
The public library is a partner to youth, parents, families and caregivers from birth through high school. Exposing children early to a world rich with words, songs and play helps them become readers and succeed in school and in life. We proudly serve youth of all ages with high-quality books, fun and captivating programs, research resources, homework help, and caring staff who offer personal assistance.
For many, late fines are a real barrier that stops children and families from using and benefiting from the resources the public library offers. With the support of the Multnomah County Library District Board, our library is changing this practice. All existing late fines on youth accounts and materials will be removed as of June 15, 2016.
Patrons of all ages will still be responsible for returning library material for others to use within seven weeks of the due date, or be charged the replacement value of that item.
I wish you all a summer filled with fun and reading. Won’t you please come visit us at the library?
Director of Libraries
Kids these days. They get the best books! Sometimes we get the best recommendations from patrons. Even when they're only 7 or 8 years old! I'm pretty sure I would have adored these graphic novels as a little girl because, I've got to admit, I really liked them as an adult. Princeless tells the story of a young princess whose father locks her up in a dragon guarded tower to await rescue by a prince. She's having none of this. She promptly rescues herself and steals a dragon so she can have adventures instead of meekly awaiting a future spouse. After listening to a young fan sing the praises of this series, I put book one on hold to read for myself and I'm glad I did! It's a charming adventure with some clever jokes for older readers hidden in it.
The Courageous Princess is a gentle story with a fairytale feel to it. Mabelrose is kidnapped from her loving parents, the king and queen of a tiny humble kingdom. She manages to keep her head in the face of danger and escapes from her captor while, unknowing of this, her father sets out to try to save her. Mabelrose has traditional fairytale virtues of modesty, loyalty and so on. She saves herself from each new problem she faces while trying to get home by doing the right thing for the right reasons.
Princess Ugg is meant for a somewhat older audience than the first two titles. Princess Ülga is a barbarian warrior princess who, on the wish of her dead mother, goes to a school for princesses in the "civilized" lands so she can learn about her clan's neighbors. Her mother hoped that perhaps what she learned would halt the endless fighting in her homeland through diplomacy. The noble born girls from gentler lands do not understand Ülga and mock her appearance and behavior endlessly.
These titles are a great deal of fun and a quick distraction (and from an adult's perspective pretty sweet and charming) with young heroines who don't need someone to rescue them.
A figure emerges from the dusky grasslands of the steppe. She rides an antlered beast, perhaps an elk or deer. A bow and quiver is slung across her back, and an axe hangs at her side. She is clothed in a long tunic with ornate belt, a leopard skin, and wildly patterned trousers. A peaked felt cap covers her head. As the rider moves closer her mount’s antlers glint red and gold, and you can see that they are part of an elaborate mask, and that the elk is a tawny mare, one of those with the thick scruffy coats suited to cold climates. A hunting dog bounds through the grass at her side, and a trained eagle flies above.
While this may sound like something out of a fantasy novel, it’s a scene that could have happened 2,500 years ago in the steppes of ancient Scythia. In The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women across the Ancient World, Adrienne Mayor compares the myths to the archaeological evidence, and reveals a horse-centric, egalitarian culture in which women riders with bows fought and hunted, both at the sides of men, and on their own. These independent women were perplexing and even scary to the Greeks, who were both repelled and aroused by the idea of women fighters… and their pants! The world's oldest trousers were invented by the nomads of the steppes and look like something you might see today on Hawthorne street, but the Greeks considered them women's wear and thus, well, TERRIFYING! There are many more fascinating tidbits like this in Mayor's book and the books on this list.
From what I hear from my kids about sex education at their schools, kids in the Portland area are getting abbreviated, inadequate information about sex in these classes. Studies show that kids are probably also getting plenty of information from Internet porn. Neither of these options are very good.
I want them to know things that are never talked about in sex ed class-- that sex is supposed to feel good for girls, too. That pornography almost always presents an insanely stylized, but also unimaginative version of sex, and that real sex won’t and shouldn’t look like that. And then, of course, there’s a whole host of conversations to have about our culture’s weird over-sexualization of girls.
Clearly, we need to talk to our kids about sex, even though it is perhaps not their favorite subject for a chat with parents. For those questions they would never ask you, there’s a great sex-positive website called scarleteen you can point them to. And, of course, library books can help, too, so I created this list of really good books for kids of all ages.
Rereading is a great pleasure for me. There's way too much new stuff for me to keep on top of it all, and sometimes you just want something you know. (Dunno how many times I've gone through the Harry Potter books.) What I'm mainly curious about are: what do YOU reread? What books bring you back every once in a while? Some people have a thing they read annually. Do you? Please comment with your favorites!