The holidays end and, in the blink of a weary eye, a new year begins. The twinkly lights come down. Menorahs and ribbons and creches and Bendera are packed away for another year. Even as work resumes for those of us who were lucky enough to have some time off, we catch our collective breath. I'm not much for resolutions, but I've always found the early months of the year to be a meditative time. And a stack of books that I can't wait to read helps me feel that I'm starting the year out right.
It's that time of year, and once again we're eager to share gift options for all the young book-lovers on your list, from preschoolers through middle schoolers. Most are 2017 releases, but we've included a few titles from late 2016 as well. (You can find our 2016 gift guide here, by the way. And if that's not enough, check out our STEM gift book recommendations from 2015 and 2014.)
If you could use some January island time but have to stay put, if you want to learn the natural & social history of an area and why it matters, or if you want to feel some hope that creative conservation can blend with the day-to-day, this book by David R. Foster is all you. https://twitter.com/amscimag/status/951566998529593345
Publishing is a tricky business. One of the many reasons: "Essentially, if a bookstore doesn’t sell all its copies of a book, it can return unsold copies to the publisher for full credit, regardless of their condition, and the publisher will pay the shipping costs." https://twitter.com/brooke_warner/status/951563140860391424
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".