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.)


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Thankful for good books!

This Thanksgiving weekend, I am thankful for many things -- my wonderful family, my supportive school community, and of course, BOOKS! I’ve read so many good books lately, and I can’t place orders for my school libraries quickly enough. Here are a few of my favorite recent reads, all published this year, that I highly recommend!! The picture book Mixed: A Colorful Story by Arree Chung warmed my heart with an important message for children about embracing differences. Reds, yellows, and blues live in harmony until one day a dispute causes them to segregate. But what happens when a yellow and a blue fall in love? Suddenly the world is once again full of possibilities. The simple words and illu

AISLE Conference 2018

I spent the past three days at the Association of Illinois School Library Educators Conference in Tinley Park, and I am so inspired and excited to head back to work tomorrow with this experience in mind! Here are a few highlights: Kathleen March and Beth Van Curine from Anderson's Bookshop held an incredible three hour session on Thursday afternoon, sharing their favorite new releases for kindergarten through 5th grade. They featured board books, picture books, nonfiction, graphic novels, and early chapter books. I’ve seen them book talk together before at the YA Literature Conference, so I knew I was in for a treat... and they did not disappoint. I still feel so new in the elementary school


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