Another week of social distancing has come and gone. This week included the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and since we can’t celebrate by planting trees or giving back to nature (although it seems as though our staying indoors has definitely been helping out the planet), LitHub has collected four very comprehensive lists of Earth Day books to read instead. This week also included World Book Day, and we would love to hear which books positively changed your life in the comments! Now onto Book News:
There have been several new publishing initiatives to support different workers. First, a doctor and his son have created a children’s book for the families of health care workers.
Penguin Random House has joined forces with a group of chefs to publish a cookbook to help support restaurant workers.
And several experts have come together to create a children’s book that helps explain the pandemic to kids.
The American Federal Appeals Court has declared that literacy is a right protected by the constitution.
The American Library Association has released their list of the most challenged books in 2019.
It has been that the anonymous donor that contributed 250,000 pounds to help save indie bookstores in the UK is Amazon, a company believed to be responsible for putting indie bookstores in a precarious place to begin with.
The International Booker Prize has been postponed announcing the winner due to Covid-19.
The finalists for the Women’s Prize for Fiction have been announced.
Nine students have been awarded 25k in prizes at the virtual poetry in voice finals.
The number of virtual literary events continues to grow! AirBnB Experiences have now added online literary experiences to their repertoire.
Michelle Obama is starting a weekly virtual story time for children in isolation.
Random House has launched a virtual Magic Tree House program in an effort to keep young readers engaged at home.
David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas, is set to release a new novel in July.
If you find yourself needing a laugh, might I recommend this collection of one star reviews for the Dictionary.
And if you’re going to watch anything book-related this weekend, please let it be either Danny Devito reading The Lorax or Kate Winslet reading Green Eggs and Ham. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Have a great weekend, everyone!
Staff Pick and Social Distancing Update
Tara, Senior Manager, Author Experience
“I decided to take a break from the screen this weekend. I’m attempting to turn my phone off Friday after work and keep it off until Monday. This also means no tv. The only screen I’ll look at is the eInk screen of my Kobo. Whether I survive and thrive or cave immediately is yet to be seen. I’ve been reading this book since November and plan to finally finish it.”