Picture Book Review

I love, love, LOVE! the new Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld book: Exclamation Mark ......!!! Great concept, great design, great story! Short and sweet, the illustrations are simple and bold, blending perfectly with the story of this little exclamation mark who tries so hard to fit in, until he realizes his full potential. I [...]

Dragons Love Tacos

This super-cute picture book by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri is a fun read for ages 4 & older. It'll tell you all you need to know about how to throw a successful taco party for dragons: how they like their tacos and how they don't (i.e. NO spicy salsa.) Because, of course, it's something [...]

Middle Grade Fiction Review (Audio Book)

Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver My rating: 5 of 5 stars I loved, loved, loved this story! I listened to the audio recording, read by the incredible Jim Dale, and basically it got to the point where I would make up reasons to drive somewhere so I could keep listening to it. It's wonderful [...]

Mock Newbery

Well, I've been MIA for a few months but one of my New Year's Resolutions (which is actually all of my old ones that I never, um, resoluted?) is to actually post MORE on my blog. Or, at all, as the case may be. Anyways, this email I just received from one of the Youth [...]

YA Fiction Review

The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron My rating: 4 of 5 stars I received a copy of The Dark Unwinding at BEA this past spring and I was eager to read it. Mine didn't have the pretty cover, but I had a postcard with what it would look like. I defintely really enjoyed reading this [...]

Banned Books Week

Here's this year's Teen Banned Books display. I used the same board from last year but updated the display books with quotes on the covers to show why they were banned or challenged. Also, I took some old books from the book sale room (ones that were headed for the dumpster anyways) and re-purposed them [...]

YA Fiction Review

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore My rating: 5 of 5 stars I really enjoyed Kristin Cashore's third book in the - well, I'm not sure exactly what to call it. Realm Trilogy? I don't know. Regardless, it was good! It made me want to re-read Graceling and Fire to remember some of the history of the [...]

YA Fiction Review

The Diviners by Libba Bray My rating: 5 of 5 stars Loved reading Libba's newest novel. I loved the Gemma Doyle trilogy, and The Diviners is along the same vein. The fun and excitement of the 1920's time period made an interesting contrast to the frightening plot. Characters are well-developed and the story kept me [...]

Eric Carle Signing & Meeting Oliver Jeffers!

I have been completely delinquent about posting - ugh. And I still haven't posted about my trip to BEA! Planning my summer reading program combined with changing over to a new catalog and circulation system = zero extra time. However - I did have an amazing day at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book [...]

BEA is Almost Here!

Super excited to be traveling to NYC to attend BEA (BookExpo America) bright and early Tuesday morning! Unfortunately, I will not be able to see Stephen Colbert at the Tuesday Author Breakfast (boo) but I have tickets to the Wednesday Children's Author Breakfast (with 2 of my favorite authors: John Green and Lois Lowry!) and [...]