Archive | September, 2020

K-5 “Find Philly’s Superheroes” contest

24 Sep

Although Fall 2020 started off differently than past years, one thing hasn’t changed, and that’s the heroes in our homes, community, and neighborhood. The A Book A Day program (which places books in two West Philly schools) wants to hear about the powers that your heroes possess. Ask them what they’re best at and tell us what you learned. You can submit a written and illustrated entry. We also welcome oral storytelling (your audio recording should be up to 3-minutes long). Please visit their website to learn more about the contest and how to submit your work. Application deadline is October 30th, 2020.

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  • Wordless books will be accepted. There are no limitations on page numbers. Stories can be written in different languages (please prove a translation for our committee.)
  • We accept stories written in different languages, as long as translations can be provided.
  • Subject line should read: Find Philly’s Superheroes! _[name of student]
  • In the email, please include: Student’s name, student’s grade (K-5), title of the story & best way to contact you.
    (*All personal information will be protected. To ensure fairness, judges will not have access to personal information except for the grade of the applicant.)
  • Attach images of the storybook. Upload each page as clearly as possible.
  • Recorded stories should be up to 3 minutes long. Please send MP3 files.

Contest winners will receive gift certificates to Bindlestiff Books.

Bindlestiff Bestsellers

19 Sep

These are our best-selling titles for the last month, in descending order of sales:

Ibram Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist

Zadie Smith, Intimations: Six Essays

Isabel Wilkerson, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents

Brit Bennett, The Vanishing Half: A Novel

bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions

Mikki Kendall, Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot

Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

Robin Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

Bettina Love, We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom

Ibram Kendi, Antiracist Baby

Zetta Elliott, A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart (picture book)

NK Jemisin, The City We Became

Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

Richard Powers, The Overstory: A Novel

Resmaa Menakem, My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies

Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower

Mary Trump, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man

Making Worlds reopens

19 Sep

West Philly’s newest bookstore/community space, Making Worlds, is reopening Thursday, Sept. 24. They are at 210 S 45th Street, and are reopening on a limited basis from 3 to 7 pm, Thursday through Sunday.