Archive | January, 2010

Black History Month

28 Jan

With January winding down and February just around the corner, you may have heard that the U.S. observes National Black History Month every February to recognize achievements and contributions by African-Americans.

February 1st, appropriately enough, is poet Langston Hughes’s birth anniversary (1902-1967).   One of my favorite poems of his is “Dream Variations”:

To fling my arms wide
In some place of the sun,
To whirl and to dance
Till the white day is done.
Then rest at cool evening
Beneath a tall tree
While night comes on gently,
    Dark like me--
That is my dream!

To fling my arms wide
In the face of the sun,
Dance!  Whirl!  Whirl!
Till the quick day is done.
Rest at pale evening . . .
A tall, slim tree . . .
Night coming tenderly
    Black like me.

From The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes,
published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Copyright © 1994 the Estate of Langston Hughes.
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Other Great Book Trailers

5 Jan

On YouTube, there are tons of great book trailers for really awesome books!  Here are some of the better ones (in my opinion) that describe the books well.

The author Meg Cabot had a book trailer contest last year in honor of the last Princess Diaries book, Forever Princess, coming out.  This was the second place winner of the contest.

This was the first place winner.

And this is one that Meg Cabot said she thought was really cute.

Here are some links to other favorites of mine: This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen; and again… another really great book trailer about This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen… and again, another great book trailer about The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle

Parties and Potions by Sarah Mlynowski (the 4th book in her Magic in Manhattan series)

One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones

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