I am still learning.” 
-Michelangelo, age 87

Must Reads

George R.R. Martin said: “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…The man who never reads lives only one."

We love to read. Reading provides a window into new ideas and new ways of looking at ourselves, our world, and our relationships with all of it. Reading inspires us, motivates us, and broadens our horizons. Here we will share what we've been reading–both fiction and nonfiction–including titles for the young people in your life.

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Books About Ruth Bader Ginsburg for Children of All Ages (including you!)

Books About Ruth Bader Ginsburg for Children of All Ages (including you!)

* From Baby Feminists by Libby Babbott-Klein and Jessica Walker.*

Looking for a book for introducing a young person to the Notorious RBG? Or maybe even a quick, entertaining read for yourself?  Here are some of my favorites in order by age group. Happy reading!  - Mo

BabyFem1Baby Feminists by Libby Babbott-Klein and Jessica Walker – a lift-the-flap board book for ages 0-3. Lift the flap to discover what femnist icons Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mae Jemison, Frida Kahlo, Barack and Michelle Obama, Gloria Steinem, Dorothy Pitman Hughes, Billie Jean King, Yoko Ono, and Malala Yousafzai might have looked like as infants and toddlers. 

 I Look Up To…Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Anna Membrino and Fatti Burke – a board book for ages 2-4. Part of the “I Look Up To..” series that introduces babies, toddlers, and preschoolers to inspiring women.

I Dissent Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy and Elizabeth Baddeley – a picture book for ages 5-9. This was the first picture book about RBG, and it’s my favorite. It introduces children to the power of dissent and speaking up for justice while also showing that you can vehemently disagree with someone and remain friends.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality by Jonah Winter and Stacy Innerst – a picture book for ages 6-9. "Ladies and gentlemen of the jury: During this trial, you will learn about a little girl who had no clue just how important she would become." Justice Ginsburg’s story is presented in the form of a court case. And it’s a page turner. 

NotorioNotorious RGBus RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg - Young Readers' Edition by Irin Carmen and Shana Knizhnik ­– a 200-page, full-color edition for ages 8-13. Cheeky, fun, full of pop culture references, photos, and illustrations.  



Becoming RGB

Becoming RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Journey to Justice by Debbie Levy and Whitney Gardner – a graphic novel biography for ages 10 and up. A compelling and empowering, cinematically rendered portrayal of the life of RGB from shy child to Supreme Court legend. If you enjoy graphic novels as much as I do, you’ll love this one.

Dissenter On the Bench

Dissenter on the Bench: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Life and Work by Victoria Ortiz – a biography with black and white archival photos for ages 13 and up. Each of the ten chapters highlights one court case alongside one aspect of Ginsburg's life, from her childhood to the influence of her faith on her work to her judicial career. Readers also get a better picture of how America's legal system works, and how cases reach the Supreme Court. A 2020 Sydney Taylor Honor Book.

Better with age: The Psychology of Successful Aging

Successful Aging Demystified

Better With AgeAlan Castel’s book on successful aging is a boon for seniors curious about how to age better and live longer. Castel is a professor of psychology at UCLA and a forward thinker in the field of aging. Better with age is a very readable book that provides an abundance of information on a variety of different aspects of aging. There is some brief information on brain function and cognition as well as memory issues that we confront as we age. His discussion on how to stay sharp as we age is worth the price of admission for this book. You can also rely on Castel to dispel some of the rumors and false narratives around brain training that has become such a big commercial success directed at seniors. This well written, well researched, and very readable book is worth reading and having in your library.

 

Books for Babies

10LittleFingersPeople are always asking me what books they should gift to the young people in their lives. So I am going to use my book review space to recommend books for children and teens. I will create lists of fiction and nonfiction, spanning a variety of genres and interests, for all ages. 

Let's start with babies. Most of us are aware that reading to newborns is integral to their development, but many of us don't know of a single title published after Good Night Moon. 

What books could you take to a baby shower or suggest a pregnant couple add to their gift registry? 

Here's a list of beautifully written and illustrated read alouds crafted with the kinds of words, rhythms, concepts, and illustrations that delight and engage wee ones.

First, I recommend any and all books written by Mem Fox. She is masterful. My favorites include:

 Other titles, authors, and illustrators I love:

 

Time to Fly: Life and Love After Loss

Time To FlyThis is a compelling book about loss, love, and one woman's courageous journey of discovering one's life purpose in the face of a world enexpectedly turned upside down. 

I had the good fortune to meet and spend two weeks with Eileen Robertson Hamra at a small, intimate retreat in Hawaii designed to create clarity and structure for adults looking for freedom and purpose in thier lives. At that time, Eileen had been widowed for less than a year. She was at the retreat to create a future for herself and her three small children that honored her husband Brian Robertson but also allowed Eileen to move forward in becoming the inspirational leader she was meant to be. 

This is a story that will move and inspire, no matter where you are in life. We have all experienced loss in one form or another; loss of a spouse, a parent, a loved one, or maybe a reversal of fortune that shakes us to the core.  A Time to Fly: Life and Love After Loss is a book you can't put down. You are pulled into Eileen's journey in such an intimate way you feel as though you are part of her story. Eileen shows us all that it is possible to move forward and create a life larger and more inclusive than we have imagined, one that is filled with meaning and happiness.

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