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Attention, Attention! Wild Cards

Allow me to take you back to the days of Tiger Beat and Teen Beat for a revival of Attention, Attention. Estelle reviewed Wild Cards over a year-and-a-half ago on the blog, but I recently had the pleasure of listening to the audio book. I really, really enjoyed my experience and the book, despite how often it made […]

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June 15, 2015 - 11:47 am

Liz - Yes please, Wilson Bethel! I love Wade so much. Thanks for the eye candy.

Little Kids: Vacation and Travel Galore!

Maybe because it’s been lovely here in Texas for the last few weeks. Maybe because I’m going to Hawaii in less than a week (!!!). Maybe because our neighborhood pool opened last weekend…or maybe for all of those reasons vacation, summertime and sunscreen, beach bags, and road trips are on my mind. What better way to […]

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May 8, 2015 - 1:50 pm

Magan - Thanks, Alexa! I really liked these picks too! I feel like this topic is pretty rare in children’s books so it was more difficult pulling it together. :-/

May 8, 2015 - 10:43 am

Alexa S. - That photo is so adorable <3 And I love the collection of vacation reads for your little ones (and not-so-little ones, as far as the BSC is concerned – one of my favorite books in that series, by the way)!

Little Kids: Bedtime Stories

One of my favorite times of day to read with my daughter, Everett, is before bedtime. It’s the only time during the day that her Daddy and I are both there to snuggle and read with her. One of us snuggles, the other reads, and we alternate every evening. We don’t always choose bedtime stories to […]

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May 5, 2015 - 3:34 pm

Magan - Alexa, “literary diet” — hahahah! I love that phrase! So clever! 😉

May 5, 2015 - 3:33 pm

Magan - Lori, thank you for the new book suggestion! We don’t have that one, but I’m looking it up because I don’t want to *just* have girly books on hand for E. She’s obsessed with trucks with they pass by so I think this will be a hit for her!

April 21, 2015 - 1:03 pm

Lori - We’re big fans of Little Owl’s Night and Llama Llama as well. Finn’s current favorite bedtime book is Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site. I love it too!

April 21, 2015 - 12:24 pm

Alexa S. - Definitely enjoyed seeing some new titles for little ones in this post, M! I grew up on a literary diet of Goodnight Moon, as well as fairy tales, so I won’t be much help with suggestions. Just wanted to say that I appreciated this post and will bookmark for future reference one day 😉

Dive Into Diversity Family Series: Stepfamilies

We’re continuing to delve into what exactly diversity is and I’ve really decided to hone in on family. Not everyone has a traditional family. The APA says that 40-50% of marriages will end in divorce. My mom’s first marriage did. It was just my mom and I for a little while until my dad (what […]

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July 14, 2015 - 8:00 am

Cousins Siblings Friends | Dive Into Diversity - […] Plus it fits in perfectly with Magan’s closer look at family varieties (reminder to check out her stepfamily post!). Feel free to leave comments below, and let us know what diverse reads you’ve been loving […]

May 1, 2015 - 1:33 pm

Stacking the Shelves & Wrappin’ It Up April 2015 | - […] Magan @ Rather Be Reading delves into Diversity with books about step-families and reading recommendations! […]

May 1, 2015 - 3:30 am

Julia Anne @ Peach Print - I just joined in on the Dive Into Diversity reading challenge fun today, but I was happy to realize I had already recently reviewed a book in the “diverse book” category, and it was one of the books you mentioned in your post, too. 🙂

Julia

April 30, 2015 - 10:44 pm

It's a Wrap • So Long, April • Rather Be Reading - […] Kids: Bedtime Stories Dive Into Diversity: Magan explores step-families Pub Date: First and […]

April 21, 2015 - 11:56 am

Alexa S. - I love that you’re focusing on non-traditional families for Dive Into Diversity, M! It’s a fantastic idea. My family is pretty traditional for the most part, but I love reading novels that celebrate ALL kinds of families. Great suggestions for the stepfamily reads! I think If You Find Me should be another on your list 🙂

April 20, 2015 - 10:01 pm

Crystal - It took me a while to think of books with step-families. Outside Beauty by Kadohata is one. I will have to think about it some more.

April 15, 2015 - 8:24 pm

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - Love your post, Magan. I think it’s really important to showcase stepfamilies in books, especially since they’re so present and a part of life for a lot of YA readers. While of course I want to read and see authentic representation on the page, it’s nice to come across a book without the evil dynamics, like someone mentioned above. Great to hear The Wrong Side of Right showcases stepfamilies in a positive light. Now I have even more reason to want to read it!

April 15, 2015 - 7:12 pm

Rachel - Gahhh, thank you so so much for this post. I have never had a traditional family and I have a REALLY hard time connecting with books that are heavily focused on the nuclear family because that’s just so far from my personal experience. I’ve read a lot of these, but I definitely have some new ones to add to my TBR!

April 14, 2015 - 4:27 pm

Ellie @ Ellie Reads Fiction - I just shared my review of Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson – a sweet MM romance of two childhood friends on a road trip finally coming together.
The issue of complex family relations was strongly present in the story – one boy was the child of divorced parents and the other was adopted. There were interesting family dynamics involved which influenced their romance.
Overall, as a fan of contemporary romance, I very much appreciate it when the stories reflect the present world in all its complexity, including the family relations. Thank you for highlighting this aspect!

April 14, 2015 - 3:45 pm

Magan - Natalie, thank you so much for checking out the post. I’m so glad you could connect and find some books to add to your to-read list. Thank you for your thoughtful comment! <3

April 14, 2015 - 3:40 pm

Natalie @ Flowers in my Books - This was a great post! It was nice to hear about your family, as someone who has grown up with a bio dad who is a step-dad to my brother and sister and then having my parents separate I know how important it can be to read books about non-traditional families (especially ones that bring it into a positive light). Thanks for the recommendations, I will definitely be adding some of these to my reading list 🙂

Getting to Know Paula Stokes, Author of LIARS, INC.

Author Paula Stokes reached out to me via social media when she saw I had read a review copy of LIARS, INC. Several changes went into the final edits of LIARS, and she created a document so her readers could be aware of them before reviewing. (I’d like to add that reading the document only allowed me to love […]

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May 5, 2015 - 3:36 pm

Magan - Bre, isn’t she?! I absolutely adore her! I’m so thankful she stopped by the blog. And you. Thanks for your great comment — I LOL’d. 😉

April 30, 2015 - 2:02 pm

It's a Wrap • So Long, April • Rather Be Reading - […] Part of It: My Budget-Friendly NYC Day Magan chats with author Paula Stokes Baseball and Book pairings Estelle chats with author Juliana […]

April 19, 2015 - 10:31 pm

Bre @ Booky Berries - This interview is so cute. Paula Stokes is so cute. You are so cute.

Sometimes I say a word so much it doesn’t even feel like a word anymore. Guess what the word I killed this time was.

April 14, 2015 - 3:18 pm

Magan - Definitely do, Meg! She’s SO great and I have a fond adoration for her. I was so glad to learn of the changes that were made. Some were very subtle, of course, but I loved that I got to know and didn’t harp on a detail that later would have been so insignificant or nonexistent.

April 14, 2015 - 3:15 pm

Magan - Alexa, I need to read Lainey too. E and I have each read one! Thank you for reading the interview! <3

April 14, 2015 - 3:08 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Great interview! I’m even more excited to read Liars, Inc. now. I tracked down a copy last month so hopefully I’ll be reading it in between some obligation reading soon.

April 7, 2015 - 4:59 pm

Alexa S. - Loved reading your interview with Paula, M! I’ve loved connecting with her on Twitter, though I have yet to read any of her books. Definitely going to have to remedy that after seeing this post though!

April 7, 2015 - 4:06 pm

Meg - Very fun interview! Stokes is a new-to-me author, but I’m sold. I’ve never heard of an author contacting reviewers about changes to ARCs, and that is awesome! I know I’ve read early copies of books that were drastically altered in final form, and it made them tough to discuss. Will be looking for her work!

Little Kids: Let’s Talk About Feelings

Hi, again! I’ve got a stack of new children’s books that will be coming out in the next few months sitting next to me. I sat down and picked a few of my favorites I wanted to highlight that I strongly feel should be on your radar over the coming months when they’re released. I […]

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April 1, 2015 - 8:01 am

It's a Wrap • See Ya Next Year, March! - […] Little Kids: Books About Feelings Dive Into Diversity: They Work Hard for the Money Pub Date: Can I Be So Blunt […]

March 24, 2015 - 4:27 pm

Magan - LISA! I love that you pointed this out. I’ve been trying to read a parenting book about HOW to talk to children because the language that was used when I was growing up tends to negate feelings and have a very “I know what’s best for you without really listening to what the child is saying” attitude. I hope I can teach Everett to work through her emotions well; I’ve always kind of been a really hyper-sensitive person and always grappled with feeling things DEEPLY.

March 14, 2015 - 10:19 am

Lisa @ Bookish Broads - I love that you’re highlighting these kids books! I’ve done some reading with child development (now that I have one, of course) and one of the most helpful things we can do with our kids is help them name their feelings to help them deal with said feelings. It’s so nice to have that reinforced with books that provide examples and discussion. Thanks for sharing!

March 13, 2015 - 10:30 am

Brianna - So fun. There are so many great picture books, both old and new.

March 13, 2015 - 10:16 am

Alexa S. - What a cute selection of books! I think Wild Feelings would be the one I’d be most inclined to pick up, just because I love that cover 🙂 Happy reading!!!