We started off the month celebrating Women's History month, and we find ourselves mid month practicing social distancing and trying to keep our out of school children entertained. We've got you covered with recommendations for both.
For this week's Book Bingo I decided to find a book written by or about a person with disabilities. Good Kings, Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum is both. This book is a difficult read emotionally. It deals with physical and sexual abuse as well as neglect of children with disabilities. It's heavy and it's infuriating and it's heartbreaking. This book is not for the faint of heart, but it addresses a topic that is often overlooked and a population that is grossly underrepresented in literature.
This week's 2020 Reading Challenge is a 2 for 1. I loved the Children of Blood and Bone so much that I immediately tore into Children of Virtue of Vengeance. 10/52 books down, and I had so much fun with this series!
Our favorite picks for February include a few books that offer a different perspective for Black History Month. The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver introduces us to a child George, and how his love of plants and nature inspired his future as a scientist and inventor. And in Deathless Divide we get to experience an alternative US after the Civil War where the dead walk. We hope you check out and enjoy these selections.
Has anyone ever recommended a book to you that you left you baffled as to why you'd never heard of it before? That was my reaction to this week's novel, The Good House by Tananarive Due. Why this isn't a horror classic that people are screaming about is beyond me, because this novel is absolutely brilliant. Book 8/52.
Easily one of the most engrossing, mesmerizing books I've ever had the pleasure to read. This week's edition (Book 7/52) was the The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. I don't want to go as far as to call this book a masterpiece but...it was a masterpiece.
For the 4th week (and 6th book) of the 2020 reading challenge I decided to venture into the world of YA literature and finally read fan-favorite Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I am SO HAPPY I chose this book.
2020 Reading Challenge Week 3. 5 books down, 47 to go. This week I decided to check the LGBTQ+ author off my Book Bingo and try out Mostly Dead Things. Check out my review below!
4 books down, 48 to go. For week 2 of the 2020 Reading Challenge I decided to get personal and focus on mental health.
At Well Versed Kids we strive to highlight the best diverse and inclusive books for children. Black, Latinx, and Native authors combined wrote just 7% of Children's books in 2018. That's why it's important to not only support books that feature diverse characters, but are authored by authentic voices as well. These are the January new releases we're most excited about.