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Take Our Golden Books Quiz!

We've asked you about your favorite Golden Books. We told you why we didn't like them and we talked about how they changed the children's publishing landscape. Now we thought it would be fun to test your Golden Books knowledge. We'll present you with a question and you click on the provided answers to find out if you are correct. Let's go!...more
@Denise Ogle's letters are stored at the University of Oregon so I'm hopeful a grad student may ...more

Golden Books Changed Children's Publishing

You are out shopping at either the grocery store or the pharmacy and you happen upon some children's books. They have colorful cover art and look like fun. When you pick them you and check the price you discover that they are inexpensive. It makes its way into your basket, perhaps with one or two more. If this sound familiar, you might just have Golden Books to thank for it. ...more
I believe I've seen them at Toys R US too.more

True Confessions: I Hate Little Golden Books

I don't like Little Golden Books. I have never liked Little Golden Books. There. I said it. My dirty little secret. ...more
We have hundreds of Little Golden Books; add to this collection all the Little Golden Books my ...more

Guest Bloggers Needed!

Hey y'all! I'm running a guest-post series called "And that's when I realized..." on my blog and I'm looking for contributors!Let me know if you're interested! Here is this week's post.
Hello, my name is Ericka. I'm a freelance writer from San Diego. And writing has always been my ...more

What Are You Reading in March 2013?

I haven't been reading much lately. I really, really haven't. So far I've finished 11 books this year, which I realize is a very good number for many people but I often read that many or more in a month. I've lost my reading mojo at the moment. Of course, this could have something to do with the fact that we keep getting tv series on DVD from the library. I'm down with blaming it on Battlestar Galatica. Darn those cylons! But March... I have some hopes for getting my reading mojo back in March....more
I'm currently finishing The Chalice By Nancy Bilyeau and then I'm anxious to read A Tale For The ...more

Has Anyone Read Still Alice?

Hi! I'm new to groups, so I'm not sure if there's already a discussion started. I finished reading Lisa Genova's Still Alice recently. It's been a long time since I've been moved by a book but this one was great. The main character has Alzheimer's, and it's told from her perspective.It really helped me understand how my Grandmother must see the world now. I wish everyone in my family would read this book. Check it out if you haven't yet. :-) Trinka Polite ~~Poet & Author...more
I hadn't heard of it until just now, but now I'm intrigued.  It's on my to-read list!more

BlogHer Reads "The Hobbit": The End of the Journey

Hip, hip hooray! It's Hobbit day! We have finished our BlogHer read-along and it's release day for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. So much Middle-Earth goodness at once! In the final section of The Hobbit we see the end of Smaug. I almost felt a bit bad for Smaug. He wasn't a very nice dragon, but he also didn't strike me as a very smart dragon. In my opinion, Gollum came closer to outsmarting Bilbo than Smaug ever did. ...more
I'm so sad I missed this read-along!  I study children's literature for a living and it's so ...more

American Gut - Does diet matter? Food eaters needed

Hi All - We have launched the American Gut project - a crowd sourcing effort to see if diet and lifestyle shape the American Gut - gut microbiome that is (all of the microbes and their genes). We need vegans, vegetarians, omnivores, everyone. Special diets and conditions welcome. We need food eaters to join! Thank you - American Gut...more

BlogHer Reads "The Hobbit": Go Team Bilbo!

Just one more week until Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is released in theatres. So! Excited! Though admittedly also a tad nervous about the reports that viewing it in 48fps is making some people feed sick but I figure if I can handle queasy-making camera work that was in The Blair Witch Project and the forest scenes of The Hunger Games I can handle The Hobbit....more
It's funny because I love Lord of the Rings, but was never able to get into The Hobbit. Maybe ...more

Paint it Black by Janet intense you can't put it down and you feel saddened when it's finished.

  I don't know how many people have read this book by Janet Fitch - 'Paint it Black'.  It was a book I myself stumbled upon and ended up ordering it from the Books-a-Million in my area.  I had found Janet Fitch's novel 'White Oleander' several years ago in a local Wal-mart.  Stunning is the first word that comes to mind.  The characters, plot, and emotions made the entire book come to life.  Later on as a few years went by, I actually ended up seeing the movie  'White Oleander' on Lifetime....more
@Karen Ballum I have a list of her Top 10 writing tips and I think she was discussing this book ...more

BlogHer Reads "The Hobbit": Trolls, Goblins and Gollum, Oh My!

I am really, really glad that I decided to read J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit before Peter Jackson's film comes out in December. As I've been reading I keep saying to myself, "I forgot about that!" For example, I forgot that Biblo was supposed to be a burglar. Oops! Really, all I remembered about The Hobbit is that Gandalf somehow got Biblo involved with a bunch of dwarves, Biblo goes to Rivendell, there were trolls and a dragon, and then Biblo meets Gollum and gets the ring of power....more
@Katie_Wordsforworms Giggle. But it's a very Gandalf-y thing to do. And I was behind too! I had ...more

BlogHer Reads "The Hobbit"

In just three weeks Peter Jackson will be bringing Middle-Earth back to the big screen with the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I am sure I am not the only one excited about this! Going to the theatre to see The Lord of the Rings movies are some of my happiest memories. I even risked being late for a history exam in order to see the media screening of The Fellowship of the Ring....more
Just got past Bilbo's trolls! Heh. Trolls are funny.more

November 2012: What are you reading?

Ah, November. It's that month we start to realize that the end of the year is looming and we look at our schedules and our goals and being to freak out. Wheeee! My goal for the year was to read 150 books. It's a goal that for me is doable but just barely. I got there last year by reading the last two books on December 31 thanks to breaking out some fast middle grade reads. I have to read 26 books to meet my goal....more
FYI - I loved The Rook. It was a bunch of fun.more

The Princess Bride is 25? INCONCEIVABLE!

As cheesy as it may be, I do find it completely and utterly inconceivable that The Princess Bride is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its release. I mean, sure, I did watch it in elementary school. It was one of those films that appealed to both the boys and girls and none of us complained when we watched it....more
Absolutely love this movie.  But as much as I loved the movie, the book is better.  I actually ...more

New "The Hobbit" Trailer for Tolkien Week!

While I may not be thrilled with the fact that The Hobbit is going be split into three films, I am pretty excited about the fact it's coming to the big screen. September is a big month for fans of Middle Earth. Not only is this week Tolkien Week, but September 22 is Frodo and Biblo's birthday and sometimes known as Hobbit Day....more

Final Breaking Dawn Part 2 Trailer from MTV VMAs!

Robert Pattinson put in an appearance at the 2012 VMAs with some of his co-stars and they brought goodies for everyone -- a new Breaking Dawn: Part 2 trailer! Woohoo! ...more
 @carolinabeckey Squealing is a totally appropriate response! more

The Acropolis - #TeamGargoyle

There are not enough books in the world about gargoyles. There just aren't. So I am extra thankful that R.K. Ryals picked up her pen and has begun a new series about Conor the guardian gargoyle bff of Dayton and Monroe, from her Redemption series....more
I'll have to check out the Redemption series. I like gargoyles.more

NEW Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2 Trailer!

Yay! There's a new full length Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2 trailer. As much as it pains me to admit it, it maybe made me squee. Just look at all those vampires! And Renesmee! ...more
Wow I do so love the new Vampy Bella. I can't wait for the movie to come out. It's gonna be ...more

Retribution: Book 3 in the Redemption Series by BlogHer Member R.K. Ryals

Book three, the final book, Retribution. Sigh. I'm sorry to see these characters go. Not that I have to since Conor has a series of his own called The Acropolis -- and I'm very much looking forward to reading about gargoyles. There are not enough books about gargoyles, in my opinion. Oh, where was I?...more
 @Denise Doesn't she have one in the works? Maybe it will  be ready soon :)more


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