3 Books to Read if You Liked ‘Wednesday’ on Netflix

Need more “something goes wrong at a boarding school” ambiance with a bit of magic or spookiness thrown in? Here are five books that give me Wednesday vibes–though caveat, I’m writing this mid-episode 4. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson A mystery, a boarding school, a past and present interlude that’s a bit connected and a…

Easy Reader Series Series: Sir Ladybug

I always say, I don’t want to write the “next great American novel,” I just want to write a stupidly successful Easy Reader series. I’ve been trying to read more Easy Readers recently, and so I’m going to write up some blog posts about Easy Reader Series I read, especially when I read…all of them….

Picture Book Round-Up #3

In this round-up, we’ve got some books recommended to me during the ALSC Institute Session Black Kids Camp Too, Don’t They? and more (aka: an ARC I also got at ALSC Institute) Where’s Rodney by Carmen Bogan, illustrated by Floyd Cooper. Gosh, Floyd Cooper’s style is so unique and despite illustrating many different kinds of…

Picture Book Round Up #2

Back again with another picture book round up! Today, we have a mix of books from the DC and Arlington “new books” shelf and a backlist title that I placed on hold for a reason I simply cannot remember anymore. A Library by Nikki Giovani, illustrated by Erin K Robinson I had to read this,…

Backlist Review: Vicious & Vengeful

Despite 100% purchasing these books myself—and looking at their spines on my shelves for months—I realized as I opened the front cover during boarding at DCA, that I had no idea what they were about.

5 Books That Have Made Me Cry Recently

I wouldn’t call myself an overly emotional person in real-life. When things go wrong, my tendency is not to cry. However, when it comes to books—especially picture books—all it takes is one uplifting phrase or illustration and I’m weepy. Looking back at my reading for the year—much of which I can’t talk about for ~award~…

Series Review: She Persisted

Somehow, in my career as librarian and book reviewer, I have developed a specialty in reading, reviewing, and raving about picture book biographies of women. I LOVE THEM. I find them a fascinating medium when done well, and kind of hilarious when they are done poorly. Ask me about the worst one I’ve ever read—it…