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David Cole and Kate Hawthorne at OLA Super Conference

David Cole, author of The Math Kids series, and Kate Hawthorne, author of The Boatman, will be at the OLA Super Conference on February 1st to do signings. David Cole's Signing When: Friday, Feb 01 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am Location: EXPO – Georgetown Publications Booth #204 Kat Hawthorne's Signing When: Friday, Feb 01 | 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Location: EXPO – Georgetown Publications Booth #204 Check out the OLA website for more information.

15 Books That Will Spark the Love of Science in Young Readers

Science is sometimes tricky with readers, especially younger ones who are swayed to pick up a fantasy book, rather than a STEM title. But we want to change all that for girls and boys who are intrigued by space travel, glass beakers, and lab experiments. Encouraging children and young adults to explore the sciences should always be a priority. So for our next book list, we would love to inspire readers to pick up these science-themed books! A Perilous Journey of Danger and Mayhem: A Dastardly Plot by Christopher Healy Ages: 8-12 years As New York City prepares for the 1883 World's Fair, Molly wants nothing more than her mother, Cassandra Pepper, an unknown inventor, to be accepted into the f

Around the Web: Speak, Gladstone's Library, Harry Potter, and a Quiz

Happy Friday, everyone! I’m writing this from my home office as I lament cold weather and what feels like never-ending snow. Someday, I’ll venture outdoors again, but I’m not sure it’ll be this weekend. At least there’s always reading! This week I’ve gathered an article from Speak author Laurie Halse Anderson, a bookish getaway, an update on the value of Harry Potter books, and a fun book quiz. Happy reading! Talking to Boys about Assault Speak was one of the first books I ever read about sexual assault. It acted as a jumping off point for further learning, and I think about it regularly as the #MeToo movement grows. So I wanted to share an article from the author, Laurie Halse Anderson, abo

Staff Changes

The Common Deer team is going through some changes this month. First, Catherine Luke is joining us! Catherine will be working in accounting. She is an avid reader with a MA in International Education. She currently teaches college level English for Academic Purposes and Communications in addition to running a bookkeeping business. Welcome to the herd, Catherine! In sadder news, our wonderful founder Ellie Sipila is stepping down from her position as managing editor, designer, and production manager. Ellie has spent countless hours editing and designing our books and she will be greatly missed. Good luck in your future endeavours, Ellie!

Around the Web: Reading More, Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird, Re-fusing CanLit, and Bookstore Cats

Welcome back to Around the Web! It’s Emily again and this week I’ve got some tips for reading more, some interesting essays, and something cute to end the week with. Hope you enjoy! How to Read More If you’ve resolved to read more in 2019, then you may want to check out this list of tips for reading more from Book Riot. It’ll give you some ideas for upping your reading game. Teaching to Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is taught in high schools all over North America, but not always in the best way, suggests Andrew Simmons. In an essay for The Millions, Simmons looks at how English teachers have taught the novel and how those teachings fall short, offering some suggestio

Around the Web: Marketing for Indie Creators, Design, Medieval Illustrators, and Canada Reads

Hello again, readers! In my city, kids went back to school this week and so the holidays have officially ended and life is going back to normal. It’s a little sad for some, but the new year comes with lots of new opportunities including the chance for more reading, of course! Here’s what I found around the web for you this week. Medieval Women Illustrators Women often get erased from history, but new research has shed some light on women’s occupations in medieval Germany and the findings have to do with books! Illustrated illuminated manuscripts, to be exact. Researchers studying burial remains of a medieval cemetery found flecks of lapis lazuli pigment in the lower jaw of a women’s skeleton

Around the Web: 2019 Writing Goals, Big TBR Lists, English Majors, and Public Domain

Hello again readers, and welcome to 2019! I hope you’re year is off to a stellar start. If you’re new here, Around the Web is where I share interesting articles, blogs, and other fun stuff from across the internet. Most of the time, these are book related but general creativity posts make their way on the list every now and then. This week, I’ve got some new year’s themed links, a resource for English majors, and a bit of news. Check it out! Writing Goals Well, 2019 has arrived and with it comes all the New Year’s Resolutions. If you’ve got writing goals for this year, you might be interested in hearing about other writers’ writing resolutions. Why It’s Okay to Have a Big TBR List Who doesn’

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