National Read Across America Day aims to create and celebrate a nation of diverse readers – Houston Public Media
What are the books that opened your eyes to the world? Which ones helped shape who you are? Today, we discuss the importance of literacy and representation in books, as well as recent challenges to reading materials.houstonpublicmedia.org
CNET's Ackerman on the products and trends that will define tech in 2022
With 2021 almost in the books, we're looking ahead to the year to come in our new series "What's New in '22." In the first installment, CNET's Dan Ackerman joins “CBS Mornings” to talk about the big tech trends and products of 2022, including big leaps in augmented and virtual reality devices.news.yahoo.com
Ken Lindner’s ‘Aspire higher’ promises to motivate you to elevate your life
As the founder of the Positive Life Choice Psychology, he has studied the art of decision-making for years, and now in his new book, “ASPIRE HIGHER, How to Find the Love, Positivity, and Purpose to Elevate Your Life and the World,” author Ken Lindner offers his formula to help you raise your self-esteem and self-confidence.
Katy ISD parents demand answers from the district after finding books in campus libraries that contain ‘vulgar and explicit material’
Several Katy ISD parents are upset over certain books that are on the shelves at their kid’s schools. The parents said the books are obscene and sexually explicit in nature.
Conservatives target books amid anti-critical race theory push
Accompanying the anti-critical race theory push has been a building effort to rid school libraries of certain books. Often, these books are deemed to be sexually explicit. But others included acclaimed works about race and racism.washingtonpost.com
VYPE Media's Week 2 Plays of the Week
Another week of High School Football in the books, means another week of VYPE Live's top plays of the week! We've got it all this week. Offensive firepower, defensive TDs, and even some special teams! So take a look and come back Monday as we let YOU the fans vote on what play should be crowned as Play of the Week!!!!
The push for LGBTQ civil rights stalls in the Senate as advocates search for Republican support
Advocates’ hopes of passing a capstone expansion of rights for queer Americans, the Equality Act, have run aground amid GOP concerns about religious freedom and broader attacks on transgender rights.washingtonpost.com
‘Hometown Boy’ author shares inspiration and next steps for the shelf
A rainy day is a perfect time to curl up on the sofa with a good book, and if you like a sweet, feel-good, small-town romance then ‘Hometown Boy’ is the book for you. Author and blogger Audrey McClelland shares what inspired her to write this novel, as well as her plans to pen more in the future.
Local singer Bill Nash gets candid about writing songs for country music legends
HOUSTON – He has penned songs for country stars such as Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Diamond Rio, and Larry Gatlin. Now singer-songwriter, Bill Nash, looks back at his extraordinary career in music in his newly released autobiography, Saint Sinner Singer: An Unexpected, Redirected, Resurrected Life. Bill Nash and Kris Kristofferson in 1974 on the Phil Everly show (Bill Nash)The song is called “For the Good Times,” and you can see both artists performing the song in the video below. Bill and Kim Nash with country singer Reba McEntire (Bill Nash)“There were 5,000 songs that Reba listened to for two slots on that greatest hits album and ours was just picked at random. AdNash’s memoir, Saint Sinner Singer: An Unexpected, Redirected, Resurrected Life, is available now for sale.
Bellaire teacher Jennifer Mathieu on how her book became a Netflix film directed by Amy Poehler
HOUSTON – The new Netflix film “Moxie” is a coming-of-age story that highlights the importance of female empowerment. The film is based on a book by the same name, written by local author and Bellaire High School teacher, Jennifer Mathieu. She shared with Houston Life her excitement after her novel got the Hollywood treatment by renowned comedian Amy Poehler. Nico Hiraga as Seth, Amy Poehler as Lisa/Director/Producer, Hadley Robinson as Vivian in Moxie. Jennifer Mathieu and Amy Poehler on the set of 'Moxie" (Jennifer Mathieu)“Visiting the set was so fun.
Houston Rockets, Reliant and Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation hosting annual book drive
HOUSTON – Throughout the month of March, the Houston Rockets and the Rockets Women’s Organization are partnering up with Reliant for the fifth annual ‘HTX Reads Book Drive,’ benefiting the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation. This year Houstonians can support childhood literacy virtually by texting “BookDrive” to 91999, or visiting bushhoustonliteracy.org/bookdrive. In addition to donating money or books, Houstonians are encouraged to celebrate National Read Aloud Month by making reading with their children a daily habit and using #HTXReads when sharing photos on social media. Watch as Lauren Kelly chats with Julie Baker Finck, President, Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, Felicia Stone, Houston Rockets Women’s Organization, and Leanne Schneider, Director Of Community Relations at Reliant about how you can support this wonderful event.
Dr. Seuss books shoot to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list
Dr. Seuss' never-before-published book, "What Pet Should I Get?" Books by Dr. Seuss have flooded Amazon's U.S. bestseller list after it was announced that six of the author's publications were being pulled over racist imagery. In total, 15 Dr. Seuss publications were in Amazon's top 20 list on Friday morning. Former Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama mentioned Dr. Seuss in their previous speeches. "Research in recent years has revealed strong racial undertones in many books written/illustrated by Dr. Seuss," the statement said.cnbc.com
6 Dr. Seuss books won't be published anymore because of racist and insensitive images
6 Dr. Seuss books won't be published anymore because of racist and insensitive images Six Dr. Seuss books will no longer be published because of racist and insensitive imagery, Dr. Seuss Enterprises said in a statement on March 2, the late author and illustrator's birthday.cbsnews.com
17 picture books you’ve never heard of, but that your kids will love
Who doesn’t love “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” (And the polar bear version. And the panda edition!) Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle definitely have that formula down to a science. And well, the classics are the classics for a reason, and most parents can probably agree there will be room for those books on any shelf.
‘Don’t give up’: Houston author fulfills dreams of publishing first book at the age of 77
At the age of 77, Ellen Richardson had her first novel published after overcoming numerous obstacles. She shared her journey writing and publishing her book, Murder and the Talk Show Diva, and why it’s important to persevere and never give up. “I want to have a book published. I’ve been writing for so long, and so finally my dream came true.”Houston author Ellen Richardson shares her journey writing and publishing her first book, Murder and the Talk Show Diva. The two of them together solve the murder.”Houston author Ellen Richardson shares her journey writing and publishing her first book, Murder and the Talk Show Diva.
How growing up in Third Ward inspired a Houston teacher to become a successful author
HOUSTON – A former teacher found inspiration in her Third Ward upbringing to create new a fantasy novel set in Houston. The book is called Wings of Ebony and the author, J. Elle, chatted with Houston Life about her impressive story that landed her a six-figure book deal. Houston author J. Elle (Chris Spicks Photography)“I wanted to get into the profession, but I didn’t have any formal training. Wings of Ebony is out now and it debuted on the New York Times young adult bestseller list. To connect with J. Elle, click here.
Houston author J. Elle hopes to ‘inspire a movement’ in new YA Fantasy novel inspired by Third Ward
HOUSTON – A Houston-native author is tackling racism, privilege and empowerment in her new, debut novel. Author J. Elle spoke to KPRC 2 about her book described as the 2018 film “The Hate U Give” meets DC’s “Wonder Woman” taking place in a “Black Panther” world. Elle said she hopes her book can “inspire a movement and plant the seeds of change.”From inspiration to publishingElle told KPRC 2 an image rooted in her mind brought her to the keyboard. Ad“Writing is like exercise, like I just sat there (at my desk) one morning and started drafting what came to mind,” she told KPRC 2. My neighborhood lives in the pages of this book,” she told KPRC 2.
10 Texas books that defined 2020
None of us will forget the year 2020, but hopefully a part of these memories will be of books we read for solace and comfort during these strange times. Below are a handful of recommendations—each with a Texas connection—for holiday gifts or for your own to-read list. Two nonfiction books shed the proverbial spotlight on one of the state’s favorite actors, Matthew McConaughey, while other titles introduce fresh perspectives and voices that explore Texas landscapes and identities in new and unexpected ways. Nights When Nothing Happened by Simon Han (Riverhead)Han’s debut novel animates the struggles of an immigrant family from Tianjin, China, living in the Dallas-area suburb of Plano. Simon the Fiddler follows Boudlin’s adventures and missteps throughout South and East Texas during the late 19th century, amid the chaos and turmoil of Reconstruction.
Trump could ink book deal worth $100M
HOUSTON – In the last four years, books about President Donald Trump have been in-demand, and that isn’t expected to slow down anytime soon. A few book publishers are considering a new tone on Trump. According to Page Six, one source familiar with the president said: “Trump is being bombarded with book and TV deals that could be worth a staggering $100 million.” Trump is also reportedly being courted by some conservative TV outlets. However, the source told Page Six the book and television deals are plan-B “if he doesn’t win the vote war.”It is also unclear which publisher will ink a deal with Trump, but he published his most recent book, “Crippled America,” with Simon & Schuster. This discussion comes as former President Barack Obama is set to release a new book, “A Promised Land.” Obama and his wife, former first lady Michelle Obama, agreed to a reported $65 million deal with Crown in 2017, according to the Associated Press.
Deshawn Watsons new book Pass It On is out now
HOUSTON Deshaun Watson is now an author. The Houston Texans quarterback released his new book, Pass It On: Work Hard, Serve Others ... Repeat," on Tuesday. It talks about succeeding as a leader in seven elements. A statement from the team about the book said Watson writes about everything from his experience as a Texans QB, to nursing his mom through cancer to his journey as a leader while attending Clemson. You can catch Watson and the rest of the Houston Texans play against the Kansas City Chiefs Thursday night on KPRC 2.
5 children’s books that celebrate diversity and inclusion
Valerie Koehler, owner of Blue Willow Bookshop in West Houston, shared her picks for best books to educate your kids about diversity and kindness, starting at age 3. You may have different color skin, different kind of hair, or have different kinds of food in your lunch box. All Are Welcomeby Alexandra Penfold (Knopf Books for Young Readers)All are welcome ( Knopf Books for Young Readers) (Blue Willow Bookshop)Join all the students at school where all are welcome. Sulweby Lupita Nyong’o (Simon & Schuster Books)Sulwe (Simon & Schuster Books) (Blue Willow Bookshop)Sulwe has very dark skin, darker than anyone in her family. The Undefeatedby Kwame Alexander (Versify Books, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)(Versify Books, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) (Blue Willow Bookshop)A powerful ode to the endurance of African Americans throughout our country’s history.
You can listen to Daniel Radcliffe read chapter one of ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’
Having Harry Potter himself read them to you, of course! J.K. Rowling is gathering up some of her famous muggle friends to bring fans the ultimate Harry Potter quarantine entertainment. The entire first book in Rowling’s wizarding series, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” will be available for fans to listen to, and each chapter will be read by a different celebrity once a week, starting off with Daniel Radcliffe, aka Harry Potter. The site is full of puzzles, quizzes and articles that focus on everything Harry Potter and Hogwarts. You can watch a video of Radcliffe reading chapter one of the book here, or listen to it on Spotify.
13-year-old bullied by classmates for his love of books now has 230,000 Instagram followers
"Can't believe how awful kids are," Ellis Landreth, 24, wrote on Friday, explaining that her little brother was being bullied for setting up an Instagram account to review his favorite books. At the time of writing, Callum's Instagram account had more than 230,000 followers. Numerous people replied to Landreth's tweets with their own experiences of being bullied, or to express their own love of books. English novelist Matt Haig sent Callum a collection of books, adding: "Hey let's all follow Cals Book Account on Instagram and show him some support." Callum set up his Instagram account last month, posting his first review of Stephen King's "The Shining" on February 23.
The latest "banned books"
Every year the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of books that the public or officials have sought to ban from library shelves. They say it's an annual snapshot of issues that concern Americans the most. Vinita Nair discusses this year's entries.cbsnews.com
A celebration of fake books
A first-of-its-kind exhibit in New York City is drawing crowds of book enthusiasts. Ironically, none of the books featured are real. People who judge these so-called "Blooks" by their covers will have a surprise in store when they discover what's inside these rare, novelty items. Lee Cowan reports.cbsnews.com