Story: Hannah Louise Ballard has lived her entire life enslaved to the white owner of an estate in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Late in 1859, the young woman marries another slave, named Moses, at a ceremony officiated by their owner, Master James.

April showers bring May flowers, but sometimes those showers also bring cantankerous kids longing to play outside. So while you’re waiting for the sun to shine again, keep touchy tykes busy with books celebrating the rain. These stories, chosen to intrigue and enchant children of all ages, m…

At first glance, Wendy Wees’ Autumn Migration looks like something from the venerated, long-running Little Golden Books series for children – and then the outré intrudes.

Bedtime makes the perfect time to snuggle with your little one and a book, creating lasting memories of treasured moments that also help youngsters calm themselves and ready themselves for rest.

In an era during which far too many people are talking globally but far too few are genuinely thinking that way, St. Louisan Andy Leicht’s Earth 2.01 comes as a small comfort.