5 Tried and True Ways to Help Your Child Rediscover the Joy of Reading

All my life I’ve been surrounded by books.  They were my friends, my comfort, my escape.  How could anybody not love a good book?  I credit my mother’s hard work for me reading before I entered kindergarten in 1979.  I remember the teacher assistant calling me to sit on her lap in the rickety, slatted…

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…

The Top 6 Reasons to Read Aloud to Kids

It may come as quite a shock to some, but far too many children start school without ever having a book read aloud to them.  I always assumed that the read-aloud was a right of passage for little ones and parents.  My mother read to me voraciously from the time I was born.  Not only did…

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…

My Librarian Life

I never set out to be a librarian.  In fact, all I ever wanted to be for as long as I could remember was a teacher.  First, it must be understood that we were poor. I never ventured further than thirty miles from Elkin, North Carolina where I was born until I was in the…