Book Reviews and More

Hi! This blog is for my classes at Texas Woman's University.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Brief Hiatus

Hello everyone -

Thank you for checking in! I wanted to let you know that I'll be taking a brief hiatus from my blogging. I've been fortunate enough to start my Practicum this semester at a local public library branch. So having that, plus my two other graduate school classes, my volunteer roles, and the unexpected ups and downs of a busy life has put me behind in most areas (especially laundry - thanks Mom for the help!).

I'm planning to still update the SCBWI monthly book report titles and my reading list (which has been sadly neglected so far this year!). Hopefully, I will get back to a weekly blog post soon.

Thanks for supporting my writing and library efforts!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Happy St. Valentine's Day everyone!

Hi everyone -

Valentine's Day is traditionally a special holiday for my husband and myself. I hope all of y'all take the time to reach out and remind someone this week that they are special in your life. Or at least take the time to read a book you love!

Friday, February 6, 2015

And the Winners Are...

Hi everyone!

Have you seen the list of winners yet? There are some selections I really love, some I'm really looking forward to reading, and others I'm not that crazy about. So that's pretty normal for the ALA Youth Media Awards.

I just want to highlight one particular winner: A Boy and the Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz and illustrated by Cátia Chien, which won the children's book category for the Schneider Family Book Award. The Schneider Family Book Award "honors an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences" (ALA). I loved this book! I couldn't get through it without tearing up. The author tells of his experience with stuttering, how it affected the course of his life, and led to his dream of protecting animals.

I've also had the middle school category winner, Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin, on my To Be Read pile for quite a while. So I'm excited to move it up to the top of the pile.

Here's a link to the list of all the awards:

Congratulations to all the winners!