on the Loose 

Hey fellow book lovers! I'm a K-8 school librarian and mom of two young readers. I write the occasional blog when inspiration strikes, but I've also compiled some great book recommendations for all ages. (If you're on a phone, click on the three lines in the top right corner for more.)


May 12, 2020

I’ve been feeling down about the world lately, and I know it’s being amplified by this current isolation. My family’s hanging in there, but I find myself lying awake worrying about kids whose homes aren’t good places for them, or people trapped with abusive partners ri...

March 17, 2020

So, I'm not going to lie. Today was a little... weird. But I was also so impressed by everything I saw from teachers, administrators, families, authors, business owners, and just generally positive messages from the community at large. Sometimes it takes a crisis for p...

March 15, 2020

I'm currently writing this in my pajamas, where I'm preparing to quarantine with my family and teach from home for at least the next three weeks. All Illinois schools have been closed, and my husband works for DePaul University, where he's currently swamped as he works...

February 3, 2020

On Saturday, I had the opportunity to meet with 70 fellow librarians and reading teachers from all over the state of Illinois to decide on the 20 books that would be on next year’s Caudill list. (If you’re not familiar with the Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award...

January 23, 2020

I should preface this blog entry by admitting that I was completely wrong in my Caldecott and Newbery predictions for last year, so feel free to take these with a grain of salt! Now I'm not one to watch the Oscars or Golden Globes, but give me some ALA awards and I'm a...

January 17, 2020

Happy 2020! I am excited for everything this new year has in store both personally and at work.

The first half of this school year had been… an overwhelming blur. After spending much of the summer reorganizing and cataloging books at the middle school, the school year s...

June 7, 2019

Wow. This year was a blur. I am completely exhausted, but am so excited to work on collection weeding, ordering, and reorganizing this summer (more on that later!) -- and to start next school year with a clearer vision for this no-longer-new position. I’m also so grate...

April 22, 2019

Hi everyone! It has been a few months since I’ve written an entry… yeah. I feel like this year has finally caught up with me being in a new position and trying to reorganize and revamp programs in two school libraries. I feel like it was just winter break, and I blinke...

January 27, 2019

Along with my fellow book lovers across the country, I CANNOT WAIT to hear which titles will be named tomorrow by the American Library Association as the most distinguished stories for kids and teens of 2018. This has been my first year as a full-time K-8 librarian; wh...

January 20, 2019

As many of us across the country enjoy a day off of work and school tomorrow, I'd like to share my three current favorite books about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for young readers.

I Have A Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, illustrations by Kadir Nelson

This stunning p...

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