Dear Authors: Stop Normalizing Disordered Eating

Dear Authors: When a book character is eating in a book, just let her eat. Eating is fuel and it’s healthy and it’s normal. Don’t subject readers to YOUR internal dialogue reflecting disordered eating that you have been brainwashed by diet culture into thinking is normal. Let your characters order food in a restaurant without … Continue reading Dear Authors: Stop Normalizing Disordered Eating

30+ Middle School Book Group Picks

I'm sharing this here because some of my Instagram followers have requested it! Earlier this week, my middle school ELA team requested the following, in correlation with their work with Curriculum Companion - a Wisconsin resource for CCSS. "............next unit they will be reading a variety of texts, forming an argument, and writing an argumentative … Continue reading 30+ Middle School Book Group Picks

My First Community Read

I'm so excited to be hosting my community's first ever community read in collaboration with my local public library branch! I'm sharing this here because I'm VERY excited about this, especially our "accompanying" titles. I know To Kill a Mockingbird is somewhat controversial, but we specifically chose it because it was the winner of the … Continue reading My First Community Read

2018 Reading Stats

So, it's finally time. Time to dig through all my reading numbers from the past year.......... It's the whole reason for my Google Forms Reading Log after all! Honestly, a lot of these surprised me and make me squirm. I am a very, very different reader now than I was in January 2018, and I … Continue reading 2018 Reading Stats

While you grew up on Harry Potter, I grew up on these

(Originally posted on Instagram) est. 1980 For context, see all of my thoughts on this in my Instagram stories highlight titled “HP outrage fuel” and see the review below for what started the mass of curses being put upon me. I love what J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter have done for children’s literature and generations … Continue reading While you grew up on Harry Potter, I grew up on these

Friends’ Most Memorable Reads of 2018

IT'S HERE!!! My absolute favorite project of the year! I selected a completely new group of my reading friends from Instagram this year and asked them for their 10 most memorable reads of 2018. PLUS, I asked them to give me three words that describe them as a reader, and as you'll see, that guideline … Continue reading Friends’ Most Memorable Reads of 2018

New Releases for March 20, 2018 and More

Another Tuesday, another stack of books! Three of these release today, as do a few more that I have pictured below. However, I just found out that THE NEW FARM is now releasing on March 27, so let's just call this an early release celebration ~ photos are taken, and that's that. One version of … Continue reading New Releases for March 20, 2018 and More

Three March 20th Kid Lit Releases You Need to Pre-Order Now

Popping in quick to let you know that I read these three books over the past two days, and they are ALL books you'll want to pre-order so you have them ASAP! Two are middle grade and one is mature young adult. Very different kinds of books for different audiences, for sure! Thanks a million … Continue reading Three March 20th Kid Lit Releases You Need to Pre-Order Now

Guest Post: The Power of Book Covers by Diane Magras

I am so happy to be hosting this guest post today! This middle grade author has a lot to say about book covers, and HER fabulous book with its marvelous cover releases today, March 6, 2018! Guest post by Diane Magras ~ author of The Mad Wolf's Daughter A cover is a reader’s first impression … Continue reading Guest Post: The Power of Book Covers by Diane Magras

A Quick Lunchtime Reading Recap

I have exactly 10 minutes for a blog post this week ~ ready set GO....... If you want an update on my reading journal, head over to this Instagram post. Here is what I have been reading over the past 2 weeks ~ if I show them here, I recommend them! And no links because … Continue reading A Quick Lunchtime Reading Recap