Christmas Books to Cozy up with!

The week between Christmas and New Year's often feels like a time warp. The kids are still out of school, but work goes on, and what day is it again? Though Christmas is over, the decorations are still hung and a pile of Christmas-y sweets is taking up a whole corner of the kitchen (holiday [...]

Holiday Shopping: Books for All Ages

My latest post for Knoxville Moms is a bookish holiday shopping guide! You can view the post on their website here. Books make excellent holiday gifts, whether you're shopping for babies all the way up to great-grandmas. Here's a thorough list of highly recommended books, from a book nerd, to help make your book shopping [...]

The Best Books with Dogs

Nothing makes me pick up a book faster than a dog on the cover. Strange? Probably. True? Absolutely. The only problem with books that feature dogs is the general fear that the dog won't make it to the end of the book. So rest assured, these book recommendations are safe reads as far as canine [...]

Summer Lovin’: Summer’s Best Beach Reads

As a total and complete book nerd, I love books of all kinds, from KidLit to literary fiction to beach reads to short stories to...basically everything but horror, because I'm a big scaredy-cat. But there's just something about summer that makes me want to read beachy rom-coms and stories heavy on character development and plot [...]

Top Reads for 2022 (So Far)

It's almost June, somehow, and I just finished my first semester as a graduate student. I'm working towards earning my Master of Fine Arts in writing for children and young adults, and so I have been doing a LOT of reading. Here are my top reads of 2022, so far: Picture Book: Fry Bread, Kevin [...]

Summer Reading Recommendations and Rewards with Knoxville Moms

My latest post with the Knoxville Moms is available here! See below for a sneak peek! Somehow, summer is just around the corner. Reading is a wonderful way to maintain those hard-earned skills developed during the school year, all while encouraging imagination and building empathy at the same time. But staring down shelves and shelves [...]

Novel in Verse Book Recommendation List: Middle Grade and Young Adult

Novels in verse are books with a full and complete plot told in poetic verse. These novels lend themselves to topics that have emotional depth and resonance. Novels in verse can also be laugh out loud funny, and have all the great qualities prose novels have as well, including well-developed characters and an interesting plot. [...]