Jack Frost is in the house and it looks like he intends to stay a while! Which means it’s a great time to snuggle up with your favorite little people and a good book. We’ve got some spectacular recommendations for winter picture books that will delight your littlest ducklings… and keep scrolling down to see some other awesome titles for the early readers in your house, all on the theme of winter. Break out the hot cocoa, bundle up and enjoy! continue reading >>
Here they are, our last staff favorites for 2013. We can’t believe how this year has flown by—there were so many amazing books and so little time to read them all!
We want to take this opportunity to say thank you for spending 2013 with the Literary Duck blog writers. We obviously have some of the best and most discerning readers, and we wish you all Happy Holidays and Happy Reading. We’ll see you in 2014! continue reading >>
Rather than turn on the heat in my apartment, my boyfriend and I have taken to storing piles of blankets in every room. This means lots of snuggles. Sadly, not always with me. Our usually aloof cat has taken to resting in what would normally be my spot next to my boyfriend (because he has the most body heat out of all of us), leaving me huddled under my own measly blanket with only the comfort of a book to keep me warm. While he watches football and the cat watches Cat TV (aka the backyard), both snuggled together in such an unbelievably adorable manner that even I feel sickened (okay, and maybe a bit jealous), I escape to Bookland… continue reading >>
The holiday break is a busy time of year at the Duck Store. By the time Fall finals are done, we’ve bought and processed tens of thousands of books at buyback, switched the shelves to Winter term and started shelving earnestly with dreams of textbooks dancing in our heads. Seriously—I have more work dreams than I care to actually admit.
Students get a couple of weeks out of school, heading back to families and friends and winter break work hours. The Insider blog isn’t taking any breaks (though the Insider gets one). continue reading >>
Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. ~ Emilie Buchwald
Picture books are always a delight for imaginative children. Here at the Literary Duck, we’re happy to say that 2013 has produced a bumper crop of stunning, amazing, beautifully illustrated picture books that are sure to become family favorites. So whether you’re adding books to your own library or starting to think about the winter holidays and gift giving, check out these ten titles that we love. continue reading >>
Prior to being a dad, I had this idea that when the time came, I might use some favorite books to mentor, guide and influence, hoping that, as they did for me, the books would act as salve for my son or daughter during tricksy patches growing up. It was partially a fun game: “Quick, top 5 books you’d recommend your kid read, at what age, and why.” But I do think there’s something behind the idea that a book, a song or really any form of art could provide an understanding “we get you, you’re not alone” to a young person that a parent can’t always do. continue reading >>
How long has it been since you read a really great Western?
Or… gasp! … are you one of those unfortunate people who have never read a Western, good or otherwise, in your entire life? Do you equate the very word “Western” with John Wayne movies and stories of shoot-em-ups at the O.K. Corral?
Well, here at the Literary Duck, we’ve got good news for you—Westerns aren’t the stuff of pulp fiction any longer! Oh, yes: we’ve got some perfect recommendations to back up that claim. And since November 23rd is Billy the Kid’s birthday, it’s an ideal day to see for yourself what we’re talking about.
So, whether you’re an old cowboy or new to the genre, let’s call November 23rd READ A WESTERN DAY! continue reading >>
This week has been a series of embarrassing events. It all began very innocently. I was eating the most delicious Reuben—thick, homemade bread; juicy corned beef; perfectly pickled sauerkraut—when I decided to take a selfie. I was wearing kitty cat face makeup from the Halloween story time at the library where I work. I thought I looked especially cute and selfie-worthy. (I allow myself four selfies a year, and this was to be one of those occasions.)
I took the selfie and tweeted it. Adorable. If you follow me on Twitter, you know how adorable it was. I then proceeded to devour my Reuben enthusiastically, and it was this enthusiasm that was to be my downfall, continue reading >>
Like most kids in America, I grew up with the traditional Thanksgiving fare, and like most aspiring gourmands, I like to elevate classic dishes to new levels. Unfortunately, like most young people fresh out of grad school, I am broke. However, if the point of Thanksgiving is to be grateful for what you have, then this Thanksgiving I choose to be grateful for my vivid imagination and my family. I have always wanted to prepare an extravagant Thanksgiving feast for my whole family, both blood-related and adopted over the years. This is difficult for two reasons: funds and the fact that my family is spread all over the place. So below you will find the meal I would make if I had the money, and if I could get everyone I love into the same room for an evening. (For those of you responsible for bringing over a single dish to a potluck this Thanksgiving, check out my choices for some inspiration!)
Let me set the scene: There would be the lighting that every woman I know prefers (soft candlelight). This would be in lieu of the harsh but environmentally friendly fluorescents that currently reside in my apartment’s light fixtures. The wassail, hard spiced cider, and hot buttered rum would be flowing. continue reading >>
Hello from SLC Utah, no I’ve not changed allegiances—simply on a quick trip in the mountains, catching up with the family and forgetting about deadlines.
That’s OK because I have a simple subject to talk about: feedback. It’s a subject I’ve touched on before while noting that, in spite of the nature of this blog, I rarely get comments. The few I have gotten either seemed to be spam or were from old friends (we miss you Rich!)
I’m always a little surprised at the lack of comments; with a subject like textbooks I would expect at the very least to get flamed a time or two.
Of course I’m conscientious about the blogs I write, try to back up my claims with facts, check my math, remove names from stories and have people proofread even before it is sent to the editor. However, it’s not just the blog that I’m talking about when I talk about comments, I mean in real life too. continue reading >>