The National History Day competition season is heating up. The fun begins in the San Luis Valley on January 25, with competitions occuring around the state through April. Denver students will compete on March 21, and the statewide competition will be held at the University of Colorado Denver on May 2.
Ah, we're at the beginning of a new year (and decade!). The prospect of staring down months of post-holiday winter might make a lot of folks grumpy, but I LOVE the beginning of a new year. It’s like opening a brand new notebook, or a fresh jar of peanut butter. Fresh opportunity as far as the eye can see. It’s a time to set goals, and what goal is better than improving your reading life?
Here are some ideas for successful reading resolutions in 2020:
The weather’s cold, it’s dark outside and you have a hankering for something warm and tasty. These cookbooks will help you whip up some deliciousness to brighten your winter days.
Sweet Revenge: Passive-Aggressive Desserts for Your Exes & Enemies by Heather Kim. Filled with recipes like What a Piece of Sheet Cake or Every Day I Regret Us S’More, this snarky and sarcastic cookbook will add a lot of sweetness to that bitter break-up.
It’s no secret that this is my favorite time of year - pumpkin patches, crunchy leaves, cooler weather, and of course spooooooky books! But what to read? Something that will leave you sleeping with the lights on? Something a little less terrifying and more atmospheric? Something funny and scary? Whether you’re looking to have your blood chilled, or just want something a little spooky to get you into the Halloween spirit, we’ve got you covered.
Each year, more than half a million students participate in the National History Day Contest. Students choose a historical topic related to the annual theme, and then conduct primary and secondary research. Students will look through libraries, archives and museums, conduct oral history interviews, and visit historic sites. They present their work in one of five ways: as a paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary, or a website.
Banned Books Week (September 22 – 28) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. Censorship leaves us in the dark, keep the light on. Celebrate your freedom by reading and speaking out in support of banned books!
The Top Eleven Challenged Books of 2018 are:
The school year is in full swing, which means that you, dear reader, most likely have some reading assignments looming on the horizon. Whether you’re in AP classes or not, English teachers LOVE to assign books that are likely to crop up on the AP literature test. But that list is huge, and figuring out which books you might actually enjoy reading can be daunting. Fear not! Here is a list of amazing AP books that read a lot like some much more recent popular young adult titles.
From September 15th to October 15th, Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated, but what exactly is it celebrating or who are we celebrating? And why isn't it dedicated a complete month like other heritage months (Black History Month, Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, or Women's History Month). I want to share the answers to these questions and I promise to give a book list at the end.