Author & Illustrator Spotlights

Happy Friday! I’m VERY excited to share a new resource that is finally ready to go live. In the “EXTRAS” menu above you will find a page titled: Author & Illustrator Spotlights As of today, there are 22 authors and/or illustrators included (in alphabetical order by first name). As stated at the top of the page: I believe author spotlights are a great way to encourage readers to try new materials. This list includes a variety of authors and/or illustrators I’ve spotlighted in the past (and plan to in the near future) in order to encourage their readership. I’ve tried to include their hometown, a quote, and extra resource (video or article) with each of them. Use as you please and notice there is a PDF (8.5 x 11 info page) to accompany most authors/illustrators. They are a wonderful addition to displays and make for fun signage to highlight parts of your collection (if you’re a librarian that is). The first page always contains the author’s photograph, a short bio, and a quote. The second page (if one exists) features the covers of their books. If you have an author you’d like to see information for simply message me. It’s hard to […]

The 57 Bus, Dear Martin, and The Hate U Give

If I can say one thing for certain about 2017, it’s that it was a great year of publishing in the world of books written for young adults. Besides the many great books that I read (and continue to) with a 2017 publication date, The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater, Dear Martin by Nic Stone, and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas continue to pull me back to them. These three novels not only contain powerful stories, exceptional writing, and contemporary settings but also tie in with each other as if they were meant to be. If they all came from the same publisher I’d say it was planned. For whatever reason they came about in the same year, I’m glad. And I’m also glad to have had the opportunity to read each of them. There are links to each of the books and authors through the text above where you can find reviews, summaries, and other information. What I wanted to share in this post, other than my excitement for these three titles and authors, are the resources you can use with the young people you care for. Though I have not had the opportunity, I would love to listen in on […]