17 picture books you’ve never heard of, but that your kids will love
Who doesn’t love “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” (And the polar bear version. And the panda edition!) Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle definitely have that formula down to a science. And well, the classics are the classics for a reason, and most parents can probably agree there will be room for those books on any shelf.
Celebrate Black History Month with these must-read books
Former first lady Michelle Obama, at left, discusses her book "Becoming" with Sarah Jessica Parker at the Barclays Center on Dec. 19, 2018 in New York City (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images). Yes, we do assume that, by now, you’ve all heard the rave reviews for former President Barack Obama’s memoir, “A Promised Land.”Not to mention, the praise for former first lady Michelle Obama’s book, “Becoming,” which debuted in 2018. From the website Black Enterprise, this is called “12 must-read books by Black authors.” And then the list “25 Must Read Books For Black History Month” looks like it has some incredible reads, as well. Leave your book recommendations in the comment section below. AdAuthor’s note: Although “Americanah” came out in 2014, so I’m late to the party, the novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a real page-turner.
Alright, alright, alright: Matthew McConaughey chats with Jen Tobias-Struski about new book, growing up in South Texas
SAN ANTONIO – You know the name and most of us know his Texas ties. “Born in Uvalde, raised in Longview, and went to school in Austin,” Academy Award-winning actor, Matthew McConaughey said, recalling his youth in South Texas during a chat with SA Live’s Jen Tobias-Struski. Ad“So I would have to get them pulled, and that was the road trip to San Antonio from Uvalde when I was a young kid,” McConaughey said. So I’d cry, but I’d get a yogurt on the way home.”McConaughey said he had tubes in his ears seven times. During the interview, McConaughey also talked about trying to get acting roles in San Antonio, and he recalled the story of what led to one of his most famous lines, “Alright, alright, alright,” from the movie “Dazed and Confused.”That story and the extended interview are in the video above.
Move over Amazon: Bookshop.Org offers a way buy books online while supporting local bookstores
San Antonio – Buying a book through Amazon may be cheap, but it does not support local, independent bookstores in San Antonio. That is where Bookshop.Org comes in, which offers a new way to buy a book that is just as easy as one-click shopping on Amazon, but sends money to local book stores all around the country. “[Amazon is] able to offer books at such a competitively low price that they are undermining the publisher, the author, the local, independent book store and the local, independent book seller. “They are able to offer books at such a competitively low price that they are undermining the publisher, the author, the local, independent book store and the local, independent book seller. So it is really unsustainable, and I would argue completely cannibalizing way to buy a book,” High said.
Your child’s classroom can win a library of free books
SAN ANTONIO – Three great organizations are teaming up so that 1,000 teachers will win an estimated 20,000 books. To win, you must be a Title 1 teacher, federally funded teachers that work with students who have yet to master math and reading skills. From there, 1,000 teachers will be selected to win a batch of free books for their classroom. Teachers who win will go to a website and select the books they would like to receive, so this can benefit any age range, from babies to teens. Teachers can send books home for students to read.
15 epic books you may finally have time to read now
Now might be the moment to dust off that book you've always vowed to read but never had time for. Yes, we all read these seven books years ago. There are classics and then there are classics, like these epic poems -- still read, taught and turned into Brad Pitt movies more than 2,500 years after they were written. Why not relive that epic series by going back to the source material -- the fantasy novels that put Westeros on the map? Two more books -- plus more seasons of the show -- are coming, which should keep “Outlander” fans fogged up through at least 2026.
You can listen to Daniel Radcliffe read chapter one of ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’
Having Harry Potter himself read them to you, of course! J.K. Rowling is gathering up some of her famous muggle friends to bring fans the ultimate Harry Potter quarantine entertainment. The entire first book in Rowling’s wizarding series, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” will be available for fans to listen to, and each chapter will be read by a different celebrity once a week, starting off with Daniel Radcliffe, aka Harry Potter. The site is full of puzzles, quizzes and articles that focus on everything Harry Potter and Hogwarts. You can watch a video of Radcliffe reading chapter one of the book here, or listen to it on Spotify.
Watch George Strait read a dinosaur book to your kids
SAN ANTONIO – It was a Texas-sized storytime for kids on Tuesday as the “King of Country” George Strait sat down to read a book live on Governor Greg Abbott’s Facebook page. Photos go inside ‘over-the-top’ showcase at George Strait’s former Dominion homeThe series is called “Stars of Texas Story Time” and this week Strait read “Never Ask a Dinosaur to Dinner” by Gareth Edwards from what appears to be his home. The video has been watching over 200,000 times and from the comments, it seemed more than the kiddos were watching. All your favorite children’s books, reimagined for the age of coronavirusOne person posted, “Raise your hand if you’re a mom watching without your kiddos. ", and another read “No kiddos around here, just me because well, George Strait.”Others to appear on the “Stars of Texas Storytime” series include Jerry Jones’ daughter Charlotte Jones Anderson, Abbott’s daughter Audrey Abbott and former UT quarterback and current New York Giant Colt McCoy.