Researchers have shown that reading fiction promotes empathy. Children’s book author and illustrator, Anne Dewdney, echoes that finding when she argues that, “When we open a book, and share our voice and imagination with a child, that child learns to see the world through someone else’s eyes.” Sadly, studies reveal that parents in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain spend less time reading and telling stories to their sons than to their daughters. In fact, in as early as nine months, researchers found a gender gap in literary activities.



Weekly YA Spotlight: A selection of the most anticipated new YA novels released this week (20/07 - 26/07)

Extraction (Extraction #1) by Stephanie Diaz  ✤ July 22nd

Dissonance (Dissonance #1) by Erica O’Rourke ✤ July 22nd

The Fire Wish (The Jinni Wars #1) by Amber Lough ✤ July 22nd

Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly #3) by Susan Dennard ✤ July 22nd

Like No Other by Una LaMarche ✤ July 24th

Endless (Shadowlands #3) by Kate Brian ✤ July 22nd

Check out the rest of this month’s new YA releases here!

We’ll take one of each, thank you!



Final countdown time.

4 days to go.  3 authors remain.

Mindy McGinnis.  Author.  Librarian (aka a sister in arms).  Friend of PPL.  And here we thought we’d have trouble summing her up in a few words….

We were lucky enough to host Mindy at our library back in March (click through for photos), where she talked about the inspiration behind her novel Not A Drop To Drink.  We had a great crowd, a great time, and Mindy was kind enough to stay afterwards and talk shop - and great books - with some audience members.

Not A Drop To Drink is about survival, family, and knowing yourself.  It’s about being able to adapt when your world suddenly changes and everything you thought you knew doesn’t make sense anymore.  And it’s a sparse book, every word used in just the right way at the right time. Lynn has only ever known what  Mother taught her - defend the pond in their backyard at any cost to survive.  But when Lynn’s life changes, when the landscape changes, can Lynn change as well?

Mindy will be talking killer thrillers and the art of writing good characters (and maybe sharing a few details on her second book, In A Handful of Dust) with us on July 26th but hey, don’t rely on us - read Not A Drop To Drink, and then meet Mindy at the Pickerington Public Library and get your book signed!

The PPL YA Author Fest.  1 Day.  12 Authors.  Your Books.  Your World.  A Huge Event.