Characters free from stereotypes

Books written for early readers are built with simple characters. This is good for emerging readers. They can come to appreciate running gags, as a character does the same thing in different scenes. The simple character can be described with few words, and takes does not take long to feel that the character is a…

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Book Reviews: lightning round

For your enjoyment and edification, I offer you a lightning round of one sentence reviews of the children’s novels I’ve read so far this summer: The Amaranth Enchantment, by Julie Berry Fun fantasy arranged in a standard evil stepmother and girl-finds-a-prince format. The Leaving, by Tara Altebrando YA suspense novel fails to deliver on its promised intrigue….

ariel view of person with sun hat reading outdoors next to a dog

Summer Reading

It’s August, and the last week of the summer reading programming we run here at the library. Soon I’ll change all of our displays for back to school season. I’m a bit sad about the summer slipping away. Mostly, though, I’m proud of the kids. The children here in our community read terrifically this summer!…

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Brave Wednesdays: baby shoes!

This week, my toddler asked me to “go to the grocery store and buy my baby orange sandals.” She was pretty disappointed to hear that I would have to do some research about baby doll sandals, and they were’t a thing I could easily swing by the grocery store to get for her. Subsequent research…

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Brave Wednesdays: The Musical Episode

In June of 2014, I wrote a song. I’ve written a couple of songs over the course of my life, although I can’t remember most of them. I remembered this one. A couple days later, I wrote it down. A week or so after that, I added a bridge to my three verses. I left…

Brave Wednesdays Report

I jumped back into it with a very brave act- I got up I front of people with my questions. I taught and I learned. It was electrifying and incredible and really everything that Brave Wednesdays are all about. Allow me to back up and explain:

Clever Negotiations

Enjoy today’s edition of Library Moments! Child: One, two. I have two. Can I take another book? Adult: Two sounds like a good amount. Child: What about two more, because what about my brother? Adult: Can you share? Child: No, he needs his own. Adult: [gives child The Look.] Child: Ok, I can share mine…

Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

Book Review: Jane Unlimited

In addition to blogging here, I post book reviews on GoodReads.com from time to time. Here is one I just wrote, after reading an eARC (eBook Advanced Reading Copy) provided to me by NetGalley. Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book is surrealism defined. It’s like reading a Dali…

Cockatiel Bird

Overheard in the Library

Several children are standing together near my desk, watching our library pet, Libby the cockatiel, who is cocking his head and chirruping at them. They’re discussing things they are old enough to do on their own. First they talk about who gets to check out books on their own, but as they each have their…

Detoxing a Society: A thought experiment

For this Brave Wednesday, I want to share with you the beginning of what I imagine could become a longish short story, or a perhaps a novella. I first conceived of the idea in 2012, and wrote these words after having it occasionally pop back into my mind for about a year. After writing it down…