Category Archives: BOOK CELEBRATIONS

My Favorite Children’s Book By Andrea Bledsoe King

I am going to be honest; this was the hardest assignment I have ever been assigned by B4R! I have read so many books as a kid, a teenager, and now as a 40-something adult. Frank Zappa once said, “So

My Favorite Teachers- A Tribute by Andrea Bledsoe King

I actually have two teachers I would like to honor for Teachers’ Appreciation Week. The first person was my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Bennie Campbell. Mrs. Campbell should have been the one who taught me how to read and write, but

National Poetry Month: Holding On: A Poem by Andrea Bledsoe King

  In honor of National Poetry Month, I wanted to share a poem that I wrote with you all! Written for my husband, Neale King. After 9 years of marriage, I know it takes a lot to get married, be

National Poetry Month:The Griesly Wife by John Manifold

By Andrea Bledsoe King When I was very young my father, Ralph Bledsoe, Jr. would read me this poem quite often. My dad, now age 72, has been smoking since he was 17 or 18 so when he read me

Women Writers: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

by Emma Hyndman A short story collection that reads like poetry. Convincing stories that walk the line between fiction and reality just enough fiction to keep the reader captivated. Digging into Carmen Maria Machado’s “Her Body and Other Stories” after a

Women Writers: Beverly Cleary

By Andrea King One woman writer who probably had the largest influence on me is Beverly Cleary. When I was younger, I loved Ramona Quimby’s imagination, understood Ellen Tebbits ’ awkwardness, and sympathized with Leigh Botts’ confusion.  When we were

Emma’s 5 Most Anticipated Books of 2018

Emma Hyndman Reading has always been more than a hobby for me; it’s a form of self-care, education, and communication. For this reason, the process of reading a book is more of a ritual that starts the moment I begin

Claudia’s 5 Most Anticipated Books of 2018

by Claudia Rojas               Wade in the Water by Tracy K. Smith (April) She is the current Poet Laureate and I haven’t read her work before, so I’m excited to see how I like

Kate’s 5 Most Anticipated Books of 2018

by Kate Hawkins             I love to read fiction, and nearly every kind of genre – horror, historical, even a bit of romance here and there. With a new year brings a whole new selection

Ebba’s 5 Most Anticipated Books of 2018

by Ebba Karlsson I can feel that it will be a good year for books. I started to google on some books that will come out in 2018 and the results made me want to cancel everything to just sit