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Children’s Books Week

It’s Children’s Books Week. I’m the mother of a 4 year old boy who loves libraries and being read to. And I like to follow what’s happening in the lit (including kidlit) world. So, I thought I’d share a book every day this week that I recommend.

Today’s book is Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History and Future by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl. This book gives a brief summary (one page each) on each woman, so it’s a good introduction to a wide range of women you may not know about. As a woman with young family members who have autism, I was especially happy to see Temple Grandin for the letter T. It’s 64 pages long and Amazon says it’s for ages 8-16 year olds.

Here’s a Goodreads link for a full description and sample.

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Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (Book Review)

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Today’s book is Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. It’s a small book and less than 300 pages, but packed full of good stuff. If you desire to be creative, then this is the book for you. I liked this book a lot. I like it so much in fact that while my review copy is from the library, I plan to buy the book in the future. Gilbert separates the book by sections that she believes are the key ingredients for a creative life: courage, enchantment, permission, persistence, trust, and divinity.
The title is literal. She believes in magic and that creative ideas are separate beings that approach you to co-create something. Even if you don’t lean mystical, the book is great for tackling any objections you may have to a creative life and how to live happily or at least peacefully while pursuing a creative life. And I make a point of saying “creative life” not a “creative career” for a reason. This book is for everyone. It’s not just for people looking to become professional writers or artists of some sort. In the book she mentions figure skating and gardening, though a lot of the book does have focus on aspects that might be suited for someone who wants to pursue a creative career.

I was already drawn to the book for a reason. I do desire more creativity in my life. It’s one of the reasons I started this blog. But the book was great in making me want to keep pursuing a creative life, beyond the blog and for the rest of my life. Life seems like it is so much richer with creativity in it or at least that’s how I feel especially after reading this book. So, go out and buy or check out this book from the library to get fired up for a creative life.