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YA Inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s Tales

The Statue of Hans Christian Anderson in Odense, Denmark

Hans Christian Andersen is best known for bringing us fairy tales such as “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Little Mermaid,” “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” and “Thumbelina,” among many, many others. His likeness has been memorialized on everything from a Danish postage stamp to statues in cities around the world. To celebrate his 211th birthday, we’ve picked out four young adult novels inspired by his stories.

Posted by Danielle Mohlman

The Best Travel Companions in Literature

It's the time of year that every student loves: Spring Break. Before you pack your bags for the trip to Mexico or Florida, we would like to make some recommendations for literary travel companions to take along with you on the journey.

Posted by Sarah Fox

Literary Quotes Mashed Up With Archer

We already know Archer is a reader. He’s even gone so far as to determine himself to be a “Kristy, with maybe like a dash of a Claudia” from The Baby-Sitters Club books. So we’re preparing for the March 31st Season 7 premiere of this hilarious and smart show with a mash-up of Archer + famous literary quotes.

Posted by Jamie Canaves

Don’t Pinch Me, Bro: A Look at The Color Green in Literature

Set that alarm reminder now to wear green on St. Patrick's Day or risk the physical pain of a pinch. In honor of that mandate, we are celebrating all things green in literature. Let’s hope it is enough to keep us safe from violent fingers.

Posted by Sarah Fox

The Ultimate Geek Girl Squad of Children’s Literature

Remember how when you were a kid, all the smartest girls in your books were seen as “odd” or “different” by the other characters? Ever imagined jumping into the worlds of the books, Blue-skiddoo style, so you could be their friend? Well, in honor of Women’s History Month, we’ve paired together some girl wunderkinds who would totally be in the same squad if, y’know, they existed in the same universe.

Posted by Eve Legato

Quirk Corral: To Butterbeer-finity and Beyond!

Here at Quirk we’ve spent the week searching the internet for the best bookish, geeky, and crafty links. Whether you are looking for a recipe for brownie cakelets or some NASA travel posters, we’re sure to have something to make your day a little brighter.

Posted by Jennifer Morell