Classroom Connections Interview

Caroline Starr Rose, author of the novels in verse May B. and Blue Birds, and the just-released prose novel Jasper and the Secret of Riley’s Mine, interviewed me for her Classroom Connections series! There’s also an ARC giveaway at the end of the interview.

I love the Classroom Connections series because Caroline, a former teacher, knows what teachers are looking for in middle grade books to bring into their classrooms. Her interview with Linda Williams Jackson, author of the 2017 middle grade debut Midnight without a Moon, is a standout.

Thank you for having me, Caroline!

Kids’ Indie Next List

How to Stage a Catastrophe made the Spring/Summer 2017 Kids’ Indie Next list! As a librarian, I’m more familiar with library-world book honors & promotions, but I’m super happy about this & grateful to all the independent booksellers who work so hard to select upcoming books and them get them into the hands of readers!

The full Kids’ Indie Next list includes some great 2017 titles, including Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give and Becky Albertalli’s The Upside of Unrequited. You can probably find a print version of the list at your local independent bookstore!

17 Things to Support Your Local Library

On January 1st, I tweeted a list of 17 things to do to support your local library in 2017, and it seemed to strike a chord with people. Nothing I’ve ever tweeted has gotten that kind of attention–over 300 RTs & many more likes. I think it says something about the power of public libraries. I’ve seen people quote-tweet it, saying they learned to read because of the library, or they work for a library, and these are the things they most want people to know.

Not everything on the list works for every library, of course. I made the list from the perspective of a 10-year US public librarian, currently the director of a very small rural library, fully taxpayer-funded. And I definitely get the point people are making when they say, “Good list-but check your library’s donation policy!”

Libraries all over the US and the world are different, but we have this in common: there’s a massive amount of goodwill toward libraries. Thanks to everyone who liked, retweeted, or commented on this thread for showing me how much libraries matter.

Here’s a Storify of the thread. Please use it to support your local library!