August 26, 2020

I love New York, and my latest book crush, In Five Years by Rebecca Serle, made me remember why. My grandmother was from Brooklyn, and I lived in New York City after college and during 9/11. Like everyone who has ever lived in or visited New York City, right now especi...

August 26, 2020

I love this book about a real WWII heroine! 

While reading about heroic women, I find myself imagining what I would do in their shoes, and I find strength in their lives. Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhorn is a fictional novel based on the real life accomplishments of a...

May 26, 2018

Having just finished CIRCE by Madeline Miller, I am amazed by the power of her storytelling!  The book is an imaginative retelling, origin story of how Circe became the story of legends.  

Circe is definitely a fabulous book! Spellbinding storytelling about the ancient...

February 25, 2018

The many pleasures of reading are a joy to those that enjoy losing yourself in a book and finding a window into another person’s life.  As a school librarian, I also see the wisdom of using books to teach empathy to children and teens.  Reading about a perspective that...

February 24, 2018

My experience on the Printz Committee 

was a phenomenal experience in reading for excellence in Young Adult literature.

I had a wonderful professional development learning with my fellow librarians and evaluating excellence in literature.  This is a process I began 15 ye...

February 18, 2018

My Printz committee experience gave me the opportunity to read FABULOUS YA books over the past year!!  Here are nine of my favorites:

Invictus by Ryan Gaudin
Adventuresome, sci-fi story taking place in a world where traveling through time is the government’s job to make...

February 13, 2018

I am a member of a the Printz 2018 national book award committee and we read over 52 books in 52 weeks.

I can imagine the reaction, why?   

As a school librarian and a life-long enthusiastic reader, I have loved books since I was a little kid.  After working in the...

February 12, 2018

I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the 2018 Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult literature.  The announcement today heralded the best books of the year. 

My utmost respect is given for my fellow librarians and our work on the 2018 Printz . Likewise the ple...

February 6, 2018

This compelling story of perseverance in a 1970’s Alaskan wilderness portrays  a mother & daughter who are determined to survive both the harsh environment and the abusive husband/father. 

Hannah wrote a wonderful ode to Alaska and she has the personal experie...

January 12, 2018

We all need inspiration and these two books create a wonderful model of self-care and helping others in service. I recommend both of these books for kids ages 10-14.

Luke Reynolds ‘ book Surviving Middle School is an essential guide for students! I have taught middle sc...

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