There’s a New Kind of Treat in These Vending Machines

There’s a New Kind of Treat in These Vending Machines

Kids from the low-income neighborhood Anacostia, located in Washington, D.C., have few opportunities to find a good book. Recent research has shown that there is only one age-appropriate book for every 830 children. But they now have an easy way to get good reading material: a vending machine. Instead of chips, candy, or soda, kids can get these brand new books for free with the press of the button.  The creator of this book-vending program is equally surprising: JetBlue, the popular airline. The machines are the company’s latest addition to the “Soar With Reading” campaign set up in collaboration with …

Lit Love: Quotes to Celebrate International Literacy Day

Lit Love: Quotes to Celebrate International Literacy Day

Usually, the “International (Something Random) Day” you see taking space on your Facebook trending bar seems like a joke, or something that really has no reason to be celebrated as a holiday. Talk Like a Pirate Day? Rubber Ducky Day? It wouldn’t be surprising if every day of the year had some arbitrary thing dedicated to it. Sometimes, though, these days are meant to support something special and important. That’s especially the case today, as we celebrate International Literacy Day— an opportunity to promote the power of reading.  We’ve compiled a list of inspiring quotes on literacy by famous readers …

5 Lesser-Known Books by Famous Authors

5 Lesser-Known Books by Famous Authors

Not every book can be as big as Jane Eyre or Lord of the Rings. Even for masters of their craft, some works just don’t catch on the same way that their hits do. Here are a few titles by major authors that never got enough traction to be name-worthy, but should still be checked out by fans looking for more reading material.   image courtesy of https://bit.ly/1FJkwNH   Farmer Giles of Ham by J.R.R Tolkien Love the adventure, swords, and sorcery of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings? Craving something else in that style? Well, Tolkien himself has the …

Skywalker and Shakespeare Unite for Star Wars Sonnet Maker

Skywalker and Shakespeare Unite for Star Wars Sonnet Maker

Last week was the annual Force Friday event, where Disney pulled out all the stops at retailers nationwide and released a huge batch of new Star Wars toys & products. Now, Quirk Books has joined in on the fun, promoting their popular William Shakespeare’s Star Wars series with a free sonnet generator.   All it takes to get your very own randomly generated wookie prose is answering four questions, such as what the name of the poem should be, or whether you want to rhyme the word “heart” with “part” or “art.” Ian Doescher, author of the Shakespeare Star Wars series, says he …