Around the Web: Writing in Verse, Tove Jansson's Hobbit Illustrations, and Indigenous Illustrators

Welcome back! This week, we're back with some thoughts on writing poetry, some illustration content, and a bit of literary history.


The Intimacy of Writing in Verse

The poetry selection at a bookstore

Aida Salazar recently wrote about the power of writing in verse for Diverse Verse, a site dedicated to diverse poetry and verse novels for young people. If you’ve ever found comfort in writing poems, you might relate to this blog.


The Moomins Creator’s Hobbit Illustrations

A hobbit hole with a round green door

When Tove Jansson, the creator of the Moomins, wanted to distance herself from her most famous creation, she turned to other projects. One was illustrating J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Open Culture has the full story, including tons of illustrations.



Indigenous Illustrators

Paint brushes with orange and red paint

Since we’re on the topic of illustration, I wanted to share this list of Indigenous illustrators. These illustrators are creating awesome artwork and books. So if you’re looking for some small actions to do following the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, consider supporting these creators.


The First Banned Book

A table with books lined up with their spines up

It’s banned book week once again, and Mental Floss asked, what was the first banned book? History buffs, you’ll want to read this article.

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