The Mental Health Benefits of Reading for Pleasure

In today’s fast-paced world, taking time to read may seem like a luxury we can’t afford. But is it? What are the benefits of reading? Research shows that reading is not just a pleasurable pastime, but also a powerful tool for maintaining good mental health. From reducing stress to improving cognitive function and promoting empathy, […]

The Role of Literature in Promoting Social Change

Throughout history, literature has played a vital role in inspiring and promoting social change. From classic works like “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Catcher in the Rye,” to more contemporary novels like “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Alchemist,” literature has the power to challenge our beliefs, spark critical thinking, and inspire action. Shining Light […]

How Literature Can Change Your Life

If you’re reading this, you likely already know that literature is amazing. Think back to all the experiences you’ve had curling up with a book, the people you’ve known in these fictional worlds, the places the tales have taken you, the memories you have implanted in your brain all because someone put pen to paper.

Representation Matters! Bringing Diversity to Children’s Literature

Storytelling is in our human bones. It has evolved as part of our functional biology, and we rely on it as a means of survival since the hunter-gatherer days. Stories promote social learning, teach us conflicts and various resolutions, and pass on the lessons learned by older generations. As primates who constantly need to process […]

The Legacy That Writers Leave Behind

When I was a little girl, I devoured animal books: Adams’ Watership Down, Sewell’s Black Beauty, Gallico’s Jenny, everything by James Herriot. These books taught me that every creature has a soul. They inspired me to start a “cat patrol” in my neighborhood and feed stray cats. I used to spend my entire allowance on […]