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Family-friendly Book for a Good Cause

The Perfect Children's book for Easter.

Before I get to today’s book, let me tell you a little story.

This past St. Patrick’s day, U.S. vice president Mike Pence visited my old stomping grounds: Savannah, Georgia. You see, Savannah has the second largest St. Patrick’s day parade in the entire nation. However, residents were none too thrilled at having the anti-gay politician dampen their fun. Ordinary items and longtime staples of parade-watching like water bottles, backpacks, coolers, and folding chairs were all banned. Luckily, rainbow flags were not. Every single photograph taken of Pence during the significantly less festive festivities includes at least one rainbow flag in the background. And I’ve never been more proud.

Politics aside, Pence is debuting a new children’s book about his pet rabbit Marlon Bundo. But we’re not going to talk about that book. Because…

The Perfect Children's book for Easter.

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John Oliver released a Marlon Bundo book that is even better.

Maybe you’ve heard of it?

Available in hardcover, ebook, and audio, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo is a beautiful, family-friendly love story about two bunnies who happen to be gay. It’s written by Jill Twiss and illustrated by EG Keller. The illustrations are delightful, and the audiobook narrators are illustrious:

  • RuPaul
  • Jack McBrayer
  • John Lithgow
  • Ellie Kemper
  • Jeff Garlin
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson
  • Jim Parson

Plus, proceeds from the book sales support The Noah Project and AIDS United; both of these are charities which are dedicated to helping the gay community.

So, do your family a favor. Give the gift of love, knowledge, and acceptance. And, did I mention this would be a huge snub to Pence?

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Favorite Books from My Childhood

Child sitting on a bed reading a copy of The Lord of the Rings.

The stories you read in childhood can stay with you for a lifetime.

Child sitting on a bed reading a copy of The Fellowship of the Ring.
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Today I wanted to share some books that shaped me both as a person and a writer. I was always an awkward child (as I’m sure some of you might be able to relate), but it’s something I’ve grown to love about myself (and you should, too. 🙂 ). And though I read pretty much all over the place in my childhood, three genres enticed me the most: fantasy, mystery, and horror. (I blame the horror bit on the fact that my birthday’s so close to Halloween.)

Now, decades later, I continue to find myself circling these genres again and again, with a little science fiction thrown in for flavor. Here’s a list of some of my absolute favorite middle grade books from childhood. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!


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1. At the Back of the North Wind

2. The Chronicles of Narnia

3. The Dragonriders of Pern

4. Encyclopedia Brown

5. Nancy Drew

6. Sherlock Holmes

7. Poems and Tales of Edgar Allen Poe

8. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

9. Goosebumps

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36 Books for Kids Under $25

36 Books for Kids

Give your child a head start in life. Teach them to read.

36 Books for Kids

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Humans have told stories for hundreds of thousands of years. And they have a powerful influence on our everyday lives. You want the best for your child, so giving them the gift of literacy is a no-brainer. Here are some books that can help your child on their journey to fluent reading.

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