Stories in Verse

In a PBS NewsHour interview, Jason Reynolds, the award winning young adult literature author, shares his ideas on how poetry can get more young people interested in reading. And I couldn’t agree with him more. This year, several publishers are launching new stories in verse. These are some of my favorites: The Undefeated. Kwame Alexander. … Continue reading Stories in Verse

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Nonfiction Children’s Books: Women In Science

On the car ride home from a doctor appointment, my son said “Mom, why didn’t you schedule the appointment with a woman doctor? Women doctors seem to know more." In honor of Women’s History Month, here are several books about women in science that will inspire the children in your life.

Realistic Children’s Fiction: Loss & Grief, Death & Dying

How do you explain death and dying to your young child? I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, my sons were 3 and 6 years old. I struggled finding an age appropriate book I could read to them. I decided to explain what was going to happen to me in my own way and it helped them stay positive throughout the journey. I self-published our family’s story to help others get through the awful battle of fighting cancer.

5 Factors to keep in mind when offering Makerspace experiences in the Library

As humans, we are moved to make things, using our hands and our brains. The school library can provide an outlet for all students to fuel engagement, creativity, and curiosity at the same time. A Makerspace in a school library is powerful. Here are five factors to keep in mind when offering makerspace experiences to … Continue reading 5 Factors to keep in mind when offering Makerspace experiences in the Library

Building a Diverse Book Collection

Providing Windows, Mirrors, Sliding Glass Doors, and Beyond Building a diverse collection of fiction, nonfiction, novels in verse, graphic novels, and biographies can be an overwhelming task. The books need to appeal to a wide variety of students that turn over every few years. Knowing how to spend your budget can be quite daunting. Having … Continue reading Building a Diverse Book Collection