March is the signal spring is about to begin. March is named after the Roman god of war, Mars. He was the ancestor of the Roman people through his sons Remus and Romulus. The earliest Roman calendar has it written Martius. It marked the season of festivals and warfare. In the Saxon culture, it was named Lentmonat, marking the lengthening of the days. Whatever the history, there are many things to look forward to in March like St. Patrick’s Day, spring equinox, and Daylight Savings. Here at Discover Books, we would like to pay tribute to the talented authors and illustrators who are lucky enough to have their birthdays in March.
Emily Dickinson paid tribute to the month in her famous poem “Dear March-Come In” which is in the public domain.
Without further ado, the list of authors and illustrators with March birthdays:
The month of February is a time to reflect on the rich history and accomplishments of Americans with African ancestry. It’s a time to reflect on what “Can Be”. (A Reason to Celebrate and Share Our History by Cris Clay) It is a time to stand united and look forward to the future with optimism and hope. This month provides the opportunity of a deep learning experience across different cultures.
Discover Books is pleased to highlight some of the great African-American authors who have left an indelible mark on the history of time. The history is rich and the poetry, stories, and people are unforgettable. Each week this month, we will highlight the great African-American authors and their messages to the world.
Phyllis Wheatley was the first African-American woman to publish a book of poetry. She found her voice and freedom through her poetry. Born in West Africa and sold into slavery at the age of 7 or 8. She was emancipated after publishing her works. Her story is tragic but her words are beautiful. Her life is embedded deep within her writings. Born in 1753 and died in 1784 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Maya Angelou was an American poet, singer, and civil rights activist working with both Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry. She has been awarded over 50 honorary degrees. At the inauguration of Bill Clinton, Angelou recited her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” (1993). This was the first time a poet recited at an inauguration since Robert Frost at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration. Born in 1928 and died in 2014.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
“Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.”
Langston Hughes used jazz rhythms in his works leading to the art form known as jazz poetry. People’s love for poetry in the 1920s was dwindling, but he was connecting with his audience through the use of easily relatable language, themes, attitudes.
He was one of the main contributors of the Harlem Renaissance, and known for his colorful portrayals of Black life from the 1920s-1960s. Hughes wrote plays, short stories, poetry, and several books. He focused on change and using art to change people’s perspectives and worldviews. Born in 1902 and died in 1967.
“What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun?… Or does it explode?”
“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly”
“I’ve known rivers: I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins. My soul has grown deep like the rivers.”
– Langston Hughes
W.E.B. Du Bois was an activist, sociologist, educator, historian, and prolific writer. He was one of the most influential African American thought leaders of the 20th century. It wasn’t until his college years that he began to see the effects of racism. His thesis, The Suppression of the African Slave-Trade to the United States of America, 1638-1870 remains an authoritative work on the subject. Born in 1868 died in 1963.
“A true and worthy ideal frees and uplifts a people; a false ideal imprisons and lowers.”
“I believe in Liberty for all men; the space to stretch their arms and their souls; the right to breathe and the right to vote, the freedom to choose their friends, enjoy the sunshine and ride on the railroads, uncursed by color; thinking, dreaming, working as they will in the kingdom of God and love.”
“Read some good, heavy, serious books just for discipline: Take yourself in hand and master yourself.”
-W.E.B. Du Bois
Discover Books will continue throughout this month to highlight the contributions of these great writers. Join us on this incredible journey and Let The Stories Live On.
Where did Walt Disney get his ideas? Books of course! He was a creative genius who brought hundreds of stories to life through his animated art. The majority of his movies were based or loosely based on books and historical stories. Great books make great movies. Animation made the stories and characters come alive. He enchanted us all. Disney magic revived stories and fairy tales that might have been forgotten. Disney was drawn by each story’s magic and created his version of it to strike a chord with the inner child in everyone.
Disney’s whole career was about creating magic for his “guests”. Whether it was a movie, t.v show, or theme park, he focused on the magic within the story. He wasn’t just about sitting in front of a screen. He wanted families to spend quality time together. Therefore, every movie produced created a Disney book. His published books were the mechanism to bring about great family read along. Do you remember your first Disney book?
We carry a huge selection of Disney Books at discoverbooks.com where you can Let the Stories Live On.
Disney’s first book, which was The Adventures of Mickey Mouse, was published in 1931. (We carry the 50th Birthday Edition.) Disney continues to publish books to inspire the kid in all of us. Find your childhood favorite and Let the Stories Live On at discoverbooks.com
How many of these books have you read? Did the movie motivate you to read the book or vice versa? How many more books became Disney movies? Can you name them? Find these and many more at discoverbooks.com. The list below is just a sampling of the 100’s of Disney books we have available on our site. Doing a site search will bring up more options. Happy Searching! Let the Stories Live On.
Discover books offers 5- packs of Disney’s Little Golden Books for $5.20. These are perfect gifts for your class or neighborhood children.
Halloween. The day where children dress up in costumes and go door to door asking for treats. The day where the average child consumes around3 cups or 7,000 calories of candy. Did that catch your attention? Just for comparison sake, that is the same as eating 13 Big Macs. Consider how many days they continue to consume this much candy.
Discover Books wants to help. Books Not Candy. We sell children’s book bundles ranging from $5.20 to $11.00. We know for most people, giving out 100’s of books isn’t feasible, but giving 10-20 books is a start. We have bundle packs of Goosebumps, Dr. Seuss, Clifford, Disney Golden Books, Pinkalicious, Magic Tree House, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Beverly Cleary, and Captain Underpants. Start a new trend – BOOKS NOT CANDY. Together we can not only help reduce the amount of sugar children eat but also give a child the gift of LITERACY. Order now to ensure delivery for Halloween.
DAILY SUGAR CONSUMPTION
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the Union of Concerned Scientists notes “that American children between the ages of 2 and 19 consumed 124 grams of sugar, or 29 teaspoons, every day. Teenage boys in particular (age 12-19) consume an average of 161 grams—or nearly three-quarters of a cup—of sugar daily.” The American Heart Association recommends for children 2 to 18 is 25 grams of sugar. This daily number combined with the increased intake on Halloween is cause for alarm. Even small steps are helpful.
DAILY READING HABITS
The average 8-12 year old spends 6-9 hours on media and technology a day. That is longer than they spend in school. Even more discouraging is the fact, they spend on average less than 10 minutes a day reading. Reading exposes one to different points of view, different cultures, ideas, and engages the mind and imagination in a way technology can’t match. Encourage your children, yourself, and those in your circle of influence to spend 30 minutes each day disconnected from gadgets reading a real book.
The benefits of switching 30 minutes of technology time to true reading time are unfathomable. One benefit is the gift of focus or attention. When scrolling through endless content online, we aren’t necessarily engaged or focused. When we read, it trains our brains to be present even as our minds create the pictures in our heads. It takes focus to see the words, create the concepts, and process the meaning of the story. In short, we are exercising our brains.
INVITATION TO ACT
We invite you again to begin a new tradition this Halloween – Books Not Candy. We’d love to hear your stories as you share the gift of literacy this HALLOWEEN. LET THE STORIES LIVE ON.
Saturday, March 2, is not only a day to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday, it is also the NEA’s Read Across America event. Thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers celebrate by bringing together kids, teens, and books. If you’d like to get involved, you can find out more here.
Do you remember your first Dr. Seuss book? The odds are you can’t if your parents started reading to you at a very young age…just as I have done with my children. But surely we have our favorites. Wocket in my Pocket (for its silliness), To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street (for the imagination), and of course How the Grinch Stole Christmas (for the change of heart).
Dr. Seuss is not only a star in the book world. His books have become huge movies and TV shows. The first Grinch movie came out in 1966, and has been a must-watch movie each year. Who can forget the song You’re A Mean One, Mr Grinch (as sung by Thurl Ravenscroft – he also provided the voice of Tony the Tiger for Frosted Flakes commercials “They’re Great!”)? Then in 2000, a live-action movie version of the book came out starring Jim Carrey. And just last year, a new CGI movie version of the book came out under the title The Grinch. These serves as a reminder of the staying power of Dr. Seuss’s story-telling.
Other recent movies include 2003’s The Cat in the Hat, 2008’s Horton Hears a Who!, and 2012’s The Lorax.
Premiering in 2010, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! is a TV series featuring the voice of Martin Short as the cat who takes Nick and Sally, the Fish, and Thing One and Thing two on adventures in his Thinga-ma-jigger “vehicle.” The series focuses on science and learning concepts. A tie-in book series has been published too, exposing another generation to new variations of the Seuss world.
To celebrate Reading Across America and Dr. Seuss’s birthday, we’re having a “Buy 2 Books, Save 15%” promotion. Enter the coupon code SEUSS19 on the cart page. Good through March 2, 2019. And let books take you to all the places you will go.
As the primary IT guy for our website, one of the benefits my family enjoys is ordering books when I make code changes to DiscoverBooks.com. After a change, I always order a test book (to make sure everything still works properly). My daughter and wife fight about who gets the next “free” book (free to them – of course I pay for books just as everyone else does, after checking our social media and email campaigns for a coupon code). My 11-year-old daughter wrote a blog post about the books/series she likes the most:
Greetings, fellow readers! My name is Kate. I am in the sixth grade, and here are some of my middle school reading recommendations:
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
I started to read the first (of five books in the series) in the summer before fifth grade. It had been sitting on my shelf, and I decided to bring it along on a trip. Once I started reading it, I could not put it down. It is beautifully written and absolutely hilarious. I finished it at the beginning of the school year, and I was very excited to read the next book in the series. While reading, you will learn about Greek mythology. I already knew some Greek mythology before I read this series, but Riordan brought the characters to life for me. You’ll learn about Poseidon, Zeus, Medusa, Athena, Hera, Demeter, Ares, and many more including cool monsters and Titans. One of my favorite chapters is about Aunty Em’s Gnome Emporium, which turns out to be statue shop – with statues that Aunty Em (Medusa) created with her deadly gaze. I gave the books to my mom when I was done and she likes them, although she has to fight my friends for them because they’re all reading them too! Rick Riordan has four other different series right now and I’ve enjoyed them all as well. I’ll talk about them in my next post.
The Harry Potter series is very well known to readers all around the world (more than 400 million copies sold, in 55 languages — including Latin and Ancient Greek). JK Rowling is the first author to make $1 billion. The series is about a boy who finds out he is a wizard. In every book he goes on a new adventure, usually with his two best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. I like to watch the movies after having read the books to see how they are different. The book is always better. My favorite book from the series is The Goblet of Fire.
In this book, Harry has to compete against wizards from other schools in many challenges. My favorite characters in the books are Hagrid, Cho Chang, and Fleur Delacour. I was lucky to have my mom take me for a weekend to Universal Studios in Florida. We visited the World of Harry Potter. I had butterbeer (it’s like an ice cream float – so good!) and we had a lot of fun exploring Diagon Alley. I highly recommend reading the books (first), watching the movies (second), and visiting Universal (if you can- get the butterbeer and chocolate frogs).
The Hunger Games series is probably my favorite series so far this year. It is thrilling and action-packed. The only problem is younger readers may be frightened by the violence that’s described. The story takes place in the future with a country divided into 12 districts that are harshly ruled by an evil president in the capitol. Every year, two children from each district participate in the “games.” They fight each other until only one person is left alive. As the series continues, there is a revolt. The main character, Katniss, becomes the face of the revolt and is nicknamed the Mockingjay (which is the name of the third/final book in the series). For Christmas last year, I got a bow and arrow set – sometimes my dad calls me Kate-nis when I’m practicing. I don’t mind too much. I watched the movies after reading the books. They were good but left out a lot of parts I enjoyed from the books.
Scholastic recently published a study that shows that 15% of children (ages 6-17) don’t read any books over the summer!
I know, I know….we were shocked too!! That number is staggering considering there is SOOO much proven evidence that not reading over the summer is detrimental to a child’s learning process throughout the rest of the year.
The good news, however, is that 50% of the same group of children read between 1-5 books over their summer break!!!! eh-ehmmmm we will say that one more time…..
Scholastic reports that 50% of children ages 6-17 read between 1-5 books over the summer!
There we go…..that’s better!
So you might be sitting there wondering what you can do to get your children to read more over the summer, keep their brains active and ensure a smooth transition for them back into the school year in September right? No problem!
Here is an awesome infographic from the survey that is JAMPACKED with great ideas to get books in those hands! Click on the infographic to read the full Scholastic survey with more information and statistics that you might find pretty surprising!
We have saved the best news for last because now it is easier than EVER to get books for your children to read over the summer! You don’t even have to go out and fight the summer heat for this one…GET READY!
Head over to www.DiscoverBooks.com to take advantage of our multiple book promo going on now! Buy ANY five books on our website and get 20% OFF!!! Can you believe it??? 20% That’s like getting one of the books completely free!
Yep, that’s how we feel too! And we know your kids are going to love it. Hop on over to www.DiscoverBooks.com and buy any 5 books that you and your children want (you can even get one for yourself too!) and then enter code SUMMERREADING2017 at checkout for 20% off.
Keep your family safe, happy, and most of all READING this summer with Discover Books!
As most of you probably know, Easter is coming quickly! Sunday will be a day full of celebration and Easter egg hunts across the country!
We found some pretty creative articles that we wanted to feature in this week’s blog that put a twist on the traditional Easter egg.
First up, a kid friendly craft that will keep your little readers busy for hours! A recent article from www.growingbookbybook.com, ties together our favorite thing in the whole world (books!) and one of the most beloved pass-times on this annual holiday!
Imagine if you could dye/decorate your Easter eggs according to your favorite book!!
How cool would it be to tell a story, Easter egg style, from beginning to end of an Easter egg hunt?! Our imaginations have been running wild ever since we started thinking about all of the possibilities for characters that we can create!
Check out the images below and read the full article here!
We also think that this idea from www.StoneGableBlog.com is amazing! Got any old books lying around? (c’mon…we know you do!) Use them to create 1 of a kind eggs that all of your bookie friends will be OBSESSED with!
We want to invite all of our readers to come up with the most creative book inspired, Easter egg designs that they can think of and post pictures of their creations on our Facebook and Twitter pages for everyone to see! Pull one of your favorite books or characters off of the shelf and out of your imagination to create an Easter egg/storybook masterpiece!! We cannot wait to see what you come up with!!
Don’t forget to take advantage of a pretty sweet Easter deal that we have for you on our website!