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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Award Predictions!

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; while so much of my energy in the past as a classroom teacher had been dedicated to lesson plans and grading papers, this new position has required me to stay even more current with quality children’s literature. So, I’ve gotten to spend more of my time reading and reviewing and adding new books to my school’s library collections. This is the first year I feel like I've read enough to have some solid award predictions, so here th

Honoring MLK through literature

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 picture book pairs the text of King's iconic "I Have A Dream" speech at the March on Washington in 1963 with Kadir Nelson's gorgeous paintings. Each page shows the plight of the disenfranchised groups and individuals referenced in the speech, as well as King's hopes for the future in his own words. Most books I've seen come with a CD of the speech audio to play while reading. Published in 2012, this book is definitely a "must

Upcoming Chicagoland author events

Happy new year! Chicago and the area suburbs have a wide range of incredible authors coming to visit - here are a few of the events I'm most looking forward to: Samira Ahmed Love, Hate, and Other Filters (ages 14 and up) Tuesday, January 8 @ 6:30pm American Writer's Museum, Chicago Adib Khorram Darius the Great Is Not Okay (ages 12 and up) Monday, January 14 @ 7pm Anderson's Bookshop, Downers Grove Dan Gemeinhart The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise (ages 9 and up) Tuesday, January 15 @ 7pm Anderson's Bookshop, LaGrange Tom Watson Stick Dog series (ages 7 and up) Monday, January 28 @ 7pm Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville Angie Thomas On the Come Up (ages 14 and up) Friday, February 8 @

My Favorite Books of 2018

I always get nostalgic at the end of December, reflecting back on the past twelve months and planning for the new year ahead. 2018 held a surprising career change for me -- I was lucky enough to be able to stay in the school district that I love, but was given the chance to put my graduate degree to work by reviving our library program. I’ll admit that the new workflow has been more challenging than I anticipated, and I miss certain aspects of the classroom more than I realized. But my mind is already buzzing with ideas for both our elementary and middle school libraries for the second half of the year, and when next Monday rolls around, I know I’ll be ready to get back to it! As my job desc


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