Finding Your Passion: The Genius of Peter and Paul Reynolds

We’ve all heard of books we think of as classics even if we’ve never read them.  Books like Atlas Shrugged, Fahrenheit 451, and The  House of the Seven Gables come to mind. I consider myself a well-read person (I’m a librarian, after all!) but it is simply beyond my capacity to read EVERYTHING.  The Dot was…

Book Review: Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina

The first time I heard the term “multiculturalism” was during my undergraduate study at Appalachian State University.  Up to that point I had never given thought to bias or cultural norms. I  knew the “n-word” was bad and that racism still existed in the world, but in my own little sphere of influence I never…

Book Review: The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

As a children’s librarian, I read lots of books from early readers through the Young Adult genres.  On rare occasions, I come across a book I believe is marked for greatness.  The Wild Robot is one such book.  Juxtaposing science fiction with a nature adventure story, Peter Brown creates a character that exudes more humanity than…

Elephant and Piggie Paper Bag Puppets

Mo Willems is one of my favorite children’s writers.  His latest book, Nanette’s Baguette is a song for the eyes and ears.  While Mo earned his first big break as a writer and animator for Sesame Street, kids today most recognize him as the writer and illustrator of the Elephant and Piggie series as well…

Legos in the Library?

I remember my first Legos back in the 70s.  The bricks weren’t part of a set to build something specific.  In fact, the only instructions were one’s own imagination.  I played with them much like I played with my Lincoln logs and erector sets.  I made structures in which my action figures could battle.  I…