Graphic Novel Review: Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross

Superheroes are ubiquitous in our world.  Walk down the toy aisle of Target or Walmart and you’ll see a cornucopia of meta-human action figures and baubles of every imaginable type.  Disney’s purchase of the Marvel catalog of characters and its release of the Marvel Cinematic Universe reestablished the comic book world for a new generation…

Beyond the Book: The Life and Lies of Laura Ingalls Wilder

My family’s love affair with Laura Ingalls Wilder runs deep.  Not only did my mother read the series as a school girl in the 1950s, she also read them to me in the mid 1970s.  The production of the Little House on the Prairie television series sent us into a frizzy.  Shoot, I was even…

The Book that Saved my Life

I’ve always been a rule follower.  Even as a kid I never got into trouble.  I would sit in my playroom with my denim record player listening to books on 33 1/3 records and follow along with the floppy paperbacks until they nearly fell apart.  Other times I wrapped construction paper around empty cereal and cracker…

The Peril of School Librarians in the Age of “Fake News”

It is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid the political creep into our personal and professional lives.  When I became an elementary librarian, I thought I could avoid politically sensitive topics because most of those issues are not age appropriate for my little folks.  To be clear, I never bring up politically sensitive topics in my…

Child of Anger: Carl’s Adoption Story

*Note- Some names have been changed to protect privacy.  Immediate family members and close friends’ names have not been changed. Ah, my little monkey-butt.  It’s hard to know where to begin.  So much of Carl’s story has been a whirlwind of emotion, drama, and ultimately, healing.  Before we met Carl our social worker told us…

Three Awesome STEM Picture Books to Inspire Young Minds

I have grown to adore picture books over the last three years.  Not only do they give us beautiful, compact stories, they also put thoughtful works of art in the hands of children.  Except for science fiction works, it’s difficult to find books that fit the increasing emphasis of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and…

Toddlers are Evil

This post is intended to make you laugh.  If the title offends you, stop reading and look up the term “hyperbole.”  If you currently own a toddler or if you are the previous owner of a toddler, put everybody to bed, pour  yourself your favorite beverage in a clean Mason jar and enjoy! When we…

Picture Book Review: The Night Gardner by Terry Fan and Eric Fan

The beauty of picture book is that not only do you have a great story in your hands you also have a work of art.  Sometimes the art outshines the story while other times the pictures dwell in the shadows of an outstanding narrative.  The trick to long-lasting picture books that become permanent parts of…

Why Diversity Matters

A few months ago one of my kids came into the library asking me for books on basketball.  I led her to the 700s and showed her the books we had, paying particular attention to the new NBA set we bought last spring.  The young lady said, “No, that’s not it.  I want a book…