Between the Bookends at GeekMom

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This month the GeekMoms have run the gamut from new interpretations of Beowulf to a murder mystery in post-Revolutionary War New England. There are graphic novels filled with aliens and wizards, shadowy government organizations, teenage boys painting models in their bedrooms, and girls being discovered floating in cello cases. If something there doesn’t pique your interest then I don’t know what will!

The Books That Changed My Life

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We all have favorite books. Books that we have devoured many times over the course of our lives. But then there are those books that changed you as a person, that aren’t just wonderful, but soul shaking. GeekMom Sarah looks over her literary life and talks about just a few of those books and what they had done for her as a reader, and as a person.

Making the Unreal Real: An Interview With Kij Johnson

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Remember how I said that Lawrence, Kansas is a secret hub of science fiction and fantasy awesome? Meet Kij Johnson, KU’s new fantasy professor, an award-winning writer of fantastic things, and one of the people that makes the city such a great place for geeks. She’ll be at Oxford this January for the inaugural Pembroke Lecture in Fantasy Literature. Recently, I sat down with her to chat about her work, her books, grad school, and life in general.

The Reason We Should Read Picture Books to Older Kids

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I was quickly cruising through my email inbox on Friday morning, making sure there wasn’t something urgent needing my attention, when I came across a link to a New York Times article about how picture books are losing popularity. The subject matter stopped me in my tracks. I skimmed through the article, tagging it for a more in-depth read once I got my nine-year-old on