YA Book Review: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green My rating: 4 of 5 stars Describing mental illness to someone who is not mentally ill is probably one of the hardest things to do. It's like that game where you try to explain to an alien how to make a peanut butter sandwich when they don't [...]

Audiobook Review: Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts

Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts by Susan Cain My rating: 3 of 5 stars Confession: I did not finish listening to this audiobook. It wasn't that I didn't like it. I didn't NOT like it. I do think that it would probably be much better in print format. The narrator was good, but [...]

A Quistory Lesson with Sarah Prager!

            I recently had the pleasure of hosting a visit from Sarah Prager, author of the awesome new YA nonfiction book, Queer, There and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World. I can't recommend this book enough. It's an incredible resource to have as a Youth Services Librarian. Please check [...]

Author Storytime with Anna Staniszewski

We are so, so lucky because a children's bookstore recently opened in our hometown! I am still kind of in shock about it. It's in a beautiful old house and has lots of little rooms and nooks to discover! It's called Enchanted Passage and if you ever are in the area and have a chance [...]

BunnyBear: A Picturebook Review

                    I honestly had no idea what to expect when I started reading this book - other than I was psyched to see the beautiful illustrations by Carmen Saldana. Also, I was intrigued by the extremely adorable title - can I actually purchase a Bunnybear somewhere?!? [...]

Gift Book Review ~ Me: A Compendium by Wee Society

I bought this for my cousin's almost-seven-year-old daughter for Christmas and I just had to share how cool this book is! It's like a journal, but even more fun because each page asks you different questions about yourself and you fill in the answers, either by writing them or by drawing a picture. It's a [...]

Amy Schumer is my BFF (disclaimer: not really)

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer My rating: 5 of 5 stars Does the fact that my husband tells people my new best friend is Amy Schumer give you any clue as to my feelings about this book? Well, it should. Because she is. JK. Not really, but I honestly felt [...]

YA Book Review ~ The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater My rating: 5 of 5 stars A perfect ending to an incredible series! I am in love with everything about this series: the characters, the setting, the blend of supernatural with legend and magic. By far one of the best in the YA section and one I always refer [...]

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 [...]