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 [...]

Weird Rules to Follow Book Review

Weird Rules to Follow by Kim Spencer is a middle grade collection of short vignettes that whisk readers away to the not so distant past, where a bicycle with a banana seat and room on the handlebars was the star of summer. This beautiful novel transports readers to 1980s Prince Rupert, where Mia and her [...]

Answers in the Pages Book Review

How do you put into words a book that touched your heart? I adored David Levithan's Answers in the Pages, but I knew this review would be incredibly difficult to write. Levithan captures the heart and humanity of an often-discussed issue in an accessible and easily digestible way. It put into words that feeling, deep [...]

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 [...]

Sari, Not Sari Book Review

Sonya Singh's Sari, Not Sari is a delicious treat of a rom-com, the perfect spring and summer read. It's the book that once you finish the last sentence, you clutch it to your chest and start counting down until it makes its appearance on the silver screen (because you just KNOW it is meant to [...]

Book Review: Anybody Here Seen Frenchie?

Leslie Connor's Anybody Here Seen Frenchie? is as thought provoking as it is emotional. Aurora is known for being loud and blunt. When a new family moves in next door, Aurora sets off to finally have a friend. When she meets Frenchie and his mom, she learns that Frenchie is as quiet as she is [...]