Story Tags

Tap the magic Tree

Trees, Please!

Picture books about trees

As a child, I spent lots of time reading under trees. But there were things to consider. You had to get the right spot - the roots of the tree had to be large or small enough for you to sit comfortably, you needed shade, the type of tree was important too. But once you found the sweet reading spot, you found a spot you could call home as you read away the afternoon.

Before He Finds Her

March Mysteries

March is here and, to my reading pursuits, that means it is time for mysteries! I love reading mysteries in March: maybe it is the alliteration, maybe it is because March is the transitional time between winter and spring, maybe it is needing a thrill after the lovey-dovey books of February have passed, etc. Whatever the reason may be… it is March, and in March, I read mysteries!

Big Girl Panties

A Little Bit of Love

Sometimes we all need a little love. Not the bodice-ripping kind of love, just enough to warm us during a soul-searching voyage or as a way to rediscover our true selves. Don’t worry, readers, I got you! Below are some of my favorite fiction reads. They will offer you some love and lots of self-discovery as the main characters redefine their career goals in publishing or cooking, learn to love themselves and not their bodies, or examine their lives as their past and future collide.


Shapes, Shapes, We're Gonna Read Books on Shapes!

As a children's librarian, I am constantly asked for recommendations for early literacy concept books like shapes, colors, numbers, letters, etc. One night as I worked with a mom to find great books on shapes, I realized that while there may be lots of shape books, not all of the shape books were GREAT! So, I rummaged through the shelves for the best books about shapes, and in turn, I created this list of my favorite shape books - just for you! Enjoy! 


Library Love!

Picture books that share our love of libraries

September is Library Card Sign Up Month -- so if you don't have a library card, this list should inspire you to sign up for one here! It was a struggle to pick just a few picture books about the magical place that is a library! Most of these books play on the imagination factor that allows children (and adults) to dream and play in a new world through reading and books! We know that reading is awesome, and hopefully some of these reads will help you to find your way to the library!

Chalk by Bill Thomson

Imagination Exploration!

Picture books that encourage imagination!

When I was a kid, I would spend lots of time creating worlds in my head and acting them out with my Barbies and assorted toys. I eschewed my Barbie Dream Car in favor of using my shoes as Barbie cars. Unfortunately for my parents, I drew all over the walls - creating a visual display of everything in my brain. I once pulled out all my stuffed animals, pillows, and blankets and created a soft floor for my bedroom. My poor parents had no reproach for my crazy and wild imagination. They had created the monster by making me a voracious reader!  

Summer of Chasing Mermaids

Summer Lovin'

Now that the weather is finally catching up to the time of year, I feel an urge to break out all my favorite YA summer reads! Even though I am technically an adult, I love reading realistic and fantasy teen novels. And summer ones are especially fun reads as they play on the possibility and freedom that summer brings to teenagers! It seems like the perfect time to fall in love, and you can fall in love with some of these fantastic reads below: 

Thunder cake

Read it and Eat it!

With all the rain we’ve had lately, I keep thinking back to the book, Thunder Cake, by Patricia Polacco.