Putting an end to Book Deserts

I haven't completely disappeared from the blogging world. The last number of weeks have been very busy with book fairs and other responsibilities. But I'm trying to get this back to normal. While I've been away, in addition to reading great books, my mind continues to be on getting great books into the hands of … Continue reading Putting an end to Book Deserts

One True Way

The year is 1977 and Allie has just moved from New Jersey to North Carolina. Her parents are divorcing and her brother recently died in an accident. Life definitely isn't easy. As she starts her first day at school she has two goals - make a friend and join the newspaper staff. Fortunately, Allie meets … Continue reading One True Way

That’s Not a Real Book: In defense of non-traditional reading by Amy Gibson

I have been super busy these past few weeks, but I am still here! In the meantime, check out this spot on piece from the Nerdy Book Club. I am a huge fan of audiobooks and graphic novels and so are my girls. Why does the format of the book matter?

Nerdy Book Club

“How do you ever find time to read all those books?”

”Well, I listen to audiobooks during my commute…”

“Oh. That’s not really reading.”

I find myself having this conversation more and more these days. What counts as real reading? Is listening to an audiobook the same as reading the book? Is a graphic novel “rigorous” text? Should students be “allowed” to engage with these types of texts for classroom purposes?

I answer yes wholeheartedly to all of the above questions, and this is why.


During my commute which is about thirty minutes each way to school, I live on audiobooks. Often, I am still listening as I walk into the classroom each day leaving people I passed in the hallway wondering why my pants are talking. Audiobooks are not just a way for students to shirk reading assignments. They offer both students and adults an opportunity to access…

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The Case for Loving – a special multicultural nonfiction picture book

Multicultural Children's Book Day. That time every year when we get to celebrate the diversity of this great country and to promote books that allow children of all backgrounds to see themselves on the pages. This year I received a few books that also remind us that the freedoms we have now haven't always been … Continue reading The Case for Loving – a special multicultural nonfiction picture book

The Bake Shop Ghost

This is the time of year of giving and of bestowing acts of love and kindness on those around us. I recently discovered The Bake Shop Ghost, by Jacqueline K. Ogburn. This delicious book reminds us that it is the little acts that can often mean the most. Miss Cora Lee Merriweather ran the best … Continue reading The Bake Shop Ghost

Heroes and Heroines

As J gets older, she loves to find out more and more about real people and the things that they have done. I think it is due, in part, to the fact that as kids get older, they truly become more aware about the world around them and learning about people who have made a … Continue reading Heroes and Heroines

A Culinary Adventure with All Four Stars

It is wonderful when a book can encourage a child to see outside of their personal bubble. In the charming series, All Four Stars, by Tara Dairman, J's eyes were opened to a variety of foods and ingredients that she had never come across. At 9, she has started to be more willing to expand … Continue reading A Culinary Adventure with All Four Stars