Staff Picks

The Animal Dialogues

Uncommon Encounters in the Wild

The encounters Craig Childs relates in The Animal Dialogues are unique for two reasons: his life spent in courting such encounters, and his skill in making readers feel we are present and sharing the experience with him.

'Drive!: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us'

Why carrots and sticks (often) don't work

What do Internet and software upstarts such as Wikipedia, Firefox, Apache and Linux all have in common? They are all immensely successful innovative “open source” ventures that were developed and managed exclusively by volunteers.

Fascinating Fact-Based Titles for Children

For Common Core (and Even More)

Some young readers have always loved non-fiction--after all, nonfiction is the home of books about dinosaurs, space, paper airplane building and many other fascinating topics.  On the other hand, those who love story-telling and narrative may have a preference for fiction.  These days, though, all kinds of young readers are likely to encounter more nonfiction due to the adoption of the Common Core curriculum framework in many schools.  Here are a variety of nonfiction titles for all ages and interests--and not one reads like a textbook!

Urban Legends & Historic Lore of Washington, D.C.

Staff Recommendation

Did you know the Old Stone House on M Street in Georgetown was George Washington's surveying headquarters in 1791?Were you aware that the city is built on a swamp?What do the hoofs mean on equestrian statues around the city?Have you heard that while Abraham Lincoln was touring Fort Stevens in 1864, a young Oliver Wendell Holmes ordered the Pre

New Books to Die For

Want a frightening read to keep you up all night this Halloween season? Luckily for you, many of this fall's hottest new books are totally terrifying!Check out one of these creepy titles that everyone has been talking about - you'll be sure to want to sleep with your lights on afterwards. 

Lou Reed Lives Forever!

Honoring Punk's Place in Fiction

Spooky Titles

Get Ready for Halloween with the Kids

Looking for a great read to get into the Halloween Spirit?Check out some of these fantastic titles, some designed to scare and some designed to reassure your child that there is nothing to be afraid of when it comes to monsters. Silly or scary, these stories are guaranteed to be entertaining and perfect for Halloween!

Adaptive Services Children's Recommendation

'The Sound of Music'

Our October 2013 movie recommendation is Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music.

'Twelve Years A Slave'

In the canon of American Slave Narratives, we have a few staples, such as those of Frederick Douglass,

'Fall of Five' by Pittacus Lore

In the fourth and most recent volume of the Lorien Legacies, The Fall of Five

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