Book Culture on Columbus Celebrates Diversity in YA!

Inspired by We Need Diverse Books, a campaign that promotes children's literature "that reflects and honor the lives of all young people," we here at Book Culture on Columbus decided to take a look at the books we had on our shelves. Like many publishers, libraries, and bookstores across the nation, we realized immediately that Book Culture could provide our teen readers with a larger spectrum of voices. 

Summer Reads: YA Edition

I find myself on the fence about "Summer Reads" reading lists. On the one hand, my philosophy is simple: if you want a beach read, all you have to do is read on the beach. Anything that works for you is a legitimate choice for summer reading! On the other hand, if you're anything like me, a 500 page biography of cancer just isn't going to cut it when your toes are in the sand and you're sipping on something a bit stronger than lemonade. For that reason, I love to pick up a good young adult title for the beach. The YA novels that I've recommended here are all fast-paced with just the right balance of complexity and lightheartedness, perfect for binge-reading on your lazy summer days.

Summer with Book Culture Selects

We here at Book Culture take summer reading very seriously. During the dog days of July and August, we were hard at work curating timely reading lists for our lovely subscribers through the Book Culture Selects program. For a peek into what our booksellers have been gushing about lately, check out our picks from July and August!

The Potter Family, Part 1: Fantasy Foundations

The Cursed Child is coming out! Jim Kay is illustrating the series! Newt is getting his own movie! These are all excellent things, and there is so much joy in this series that I’m glad we can spend more time with what J.K. Rowling has created. However, there are plenty of other books that can be read in addition to them. This is part one of a multi-post series of Harry Potter read likes for all ages. First up: Fantasy Novels and Fantasy Foundations.