It all started with the rescue of one bird; a good deed that led to a passion and a calling. Michele Raffin didn't know much about birds when she helped save a small bird from a busy freeway and get it to a vet. Despite the vet's best attempts to save it, the bird died several days later. Raffin was heartbroken.
Despite the enduring legacy of the 1961 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, its author, Harper Lee, who never wrote another book, for years remained one of the most enigmatic writers to the public.
Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children's Literature by Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson, and Peter D. Sieruta
When children's authors mention their profession to inquiring strangers, they often hear, "Oh, that's so sweet!" or something equally cloying. The reality is far from the stereotypical image of cute little animals and happily ever after: Scandal, violence, subversion, rebellion, parody, censorship, and controversy abound.
Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you're having a nice start to your week! As for me, I'm doing very well, and I have a treat to share with all of you. Coming up on December 3rd, we have Dr. Joel Keller of Baldwin-Wallace University coming in to talk to us all about the History of Rock and Roll (from 1949-1964). Learn all about Rock and Roll's Historical and Cultural Significance, the many types of Rock and Roll, enjoy the greatest hits and top tens from each year, and more!
Sister Simone Campbell has spent virtually her entire life advocating for social justice. In third grade, for example, after her teacher denied a classmate a part in the class play, Sister Simone wrote and directed her own play in which everyone had a part.
Sometimes, you have a plan for your life, and it plays out exactly as you imagined. More often, you experience unexpected twists, and you either make the best of them and move forward or regret them and live forever in the past.
Thanks to advances in medicine and technology, humans are living longer than ever before. But is that necessarily a good thing?
To be born female in many countries is to be born an outcast, stripped of rights and freedom, abused, exploited, and, often, marked for death. Afghanistan, one such country in which girls have little or no value, serves as the setting for award-winning investigative journalist Jenny Nordberg's book The Underground Girls of Kabul.
For decades, elephants have been a primary attraction at circuses, performing impressive stunts to spellbound audiences. Out of the spotlight, however, elephants (and other trained animals) endure a bleak, oftentimes abusive, existence. Last Chain on Billie by Carol Bradley highlights one such elephant's experience that fortunately has a rare happy ending.