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Ellen Oh On “Crazy Rich Asians” and Representation

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Ellen Oh is one of the founders of We Need Diverse Books, a nonprofit organization that promotes diversity of multiple forms in children’s literature and publishing. She recently took to twitter to voice her dreams of more support for Asian American children’s book authors and illustrators with the stardom Crazy Rich Asians has been enjoying, both on page and screen. Representation matters to impressionable children as Ellen Oh pointed out in one of her tweets, “I didn’t see myself in any positive way as a child growing up in the states. It wasn’t until Joy Luck Club, written by an Asian American woman, that I finally understood the importance and the desperate need for representation.”   Hopefully, passionate advocates for this kind of representation…

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‘Einstein and the Rabbi:’ Searching for the Soul in This Week’s Just the Right Book Podcast

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Albert Einstein was once the most famous person on the planet. Today he work remains integral to scientific study, to the physics of our world, and to the way we conceptualize our very existence. His quotes on all subjects litter the walls of college dorms and university classrooms but there is one quote that is unlike any other. A letter in response to a grieving father that had just lost his son. In Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul, Rabbi Naomi Levy dives into the mystery of what prompted one of the greatest scientific minds in history to write so eloquently about the human condition and what it says about our own interconnectedness. Rabbi Levy joined Just the Right Book…

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All the Feels: The First Book That Made You Cry

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Whether or not you’re an easy crier, there’s usually one book that manages to hit you straight in the feels. For some of us at Early Bird Books, The Fault in Our Stars was the first to bring on serious waterworks (we’ll never read John Green on the subway again). For others, it was Bridge to Terabithia or Philip Pullman’s The Amber Spyglass. As for our awesome readers, The Red Fern Grows seems to have broken the majority of your little-kid hearts. In fact, other than tragic relationship stories like The Notebook, most of your first-time tearjerkers featured animals of some sort—Charlotte the spider and Old Yeller the dog, for example. And while you probably can’t say you enjoyed mourning…

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The Best of Twitter’s ‘Ten Things Not To Say To A Writer’

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Don’t you just love it when a Twitter trend is so brutally honest, it kind of hurts? Such is the currently trending hashtag #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter. This trend is exactly what it sounds like: writers ranting about things they hear all of the time and legitimately loathe. We’ve spent all day laughing and cringing at the entries in this trend, so we thought it’d be a good idea to throw together some of our favorites. Enjoy!                                                              

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