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Monday, March 16, 2015

Story Time

The other day a kid (one of the library regulars) showed me a short story she had written in school and we talked about it (it was actually pretty dark, but that's a tale for another time).

Later that afternoon, after she had finished her homework, the kid came up to me and told me she was bored. There were no programs going on at that time, so I said that she should write another short story. 

"What should I write about?" she said.

"An awesome librarian," I joked. 

This is what she handed to me a little while later:

I asked the kid who the narrator was talking to, and she shrugged and said "no one, really."
Even though I've never played chess in my life (and obviously we need to work on the "your vs. you're" thing), I told her I appreciated the support and that I hope she keeps writing. Someone's got to do it!  


While I have you here: below is some stuff I've worked on in the past couple of months that I'm proud enough to want to show y'all. (Might as well get all the self-promotion out of the way in one post because at the pace I am moving, the next time I'll blog again will be in July): 

Here's piece I wrote for Reading Rainbow: "A Writer & Librarian on How (& Why) to Surround Yourself with Books"

Here's a post on Book Riot about #WeNeedDiverseBooks featuring some awesome teens at my library (as well as the work of my awesome colleague Katya): "We Need Diverse Books: Real Teens Have Their Say

And don't forget about the Dear Book Nerd podcast! In some recent episodes, my guests and I answer lots of really interesting questions and discuss diversity, genre, more diversity, spoilers, and other cool bookish stuff. Check it all the episodes here (and submit your own questions!)

Until next time (hopefully before July),


Friday, January 23, 2015


Kid: "Will you still be a librarian after you get married?
Me: "Yes."
Kid: "You won't stay home and take care of the children?"
Me: "I don't have any children."
Kid: "But you will!"
Me: "Maybe, maybe not."
Kid: "You can take care of them during the day and then come to the library
to do the night work."
Well, looks like THAT'S sorted. Who says you can't have it all?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Edward Gets an Illustrator!

Hey, guys! I just want to share some quick (and AWESOME) news!

Some of you may know that I wrote a picture book manuscript called Edward Gets Messy and, with the hard work of my wonderful agent Brooks Sherman, sold it to Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers this past June. The book is slated to be published in the summer of 2016. To me, this sort of feels like it's a million years away...BUT an important step in the process has been taken!

I'm honored and excited to tell you that Olga Stern has been signed to illustrate Edward! I adore her artwork (it's certainly better than mine) and I can't wait to see what she creates for this little story. 

I'll be sure to share more updates as they arise. Thank you to Olga, to Brooks, to Kristin Ostby (my editor at S&S), and to everyone else who has supported this project along the way.


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Library List

Found this list in the library. I'm not sure what it's for, exactly, but I HOPE it's for a party, and I hope that I'm invited.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Who is Paul McCartney? (Library Kid Edition)

I've been seeing a lot of weirdness on the internet today about how society is "doomed"
because young people don't know who Paul McCartney is (which seems to be stemming from this tongue-in-cheek article). It appears that people are even
trolling mentions of McCartney on Twitter and questioning the intelligence
of anyone who does not know who he is or who says that he's maybe not relevant to kids today or even JOKES about it.
I got a little curious myself, so for fun, I did a quick, informal, totally unscientific poll of some of the kids currently hanging out in my library on this slow-ish, rainy Saturday.
To two tween girls:
Me: "Do you know who Paul McCartney is?"
One of the girls: "I've heard of him."
Me: "Do you know what he does?"
Girl: "No."
(Fair enough.)
To two tween boys:
Me: "Do you know who Paul McCartney is?"
One boy made a weird "I have no idea" face and the other said "He's an author, I think?"
(Close enough?)
To a group of four teen/tween girls:
Me: "Do you guys know who Paul McCartney is?"
Three of them shook their heads, but one said yes, so I asked her to elaborate and she said (VERBATIM):
"He's some singer. And he's old."
(In fairness, both are true.)
In conclusion: WHO CARES? I love the Beatles myself, but this is not a signal of doom. It's not really a signal of anything except the fact that time moves on for everything. Times change, tastes change, kids get new musical heroes, and that's okay. At the very least, stop (seriously, anyway) fighting on Twitter about it and harassing random people. I think we need to just *let it be, everyone.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Math Problems

A kid wrote this in frustration while I was helping her with her homework. I completely understand the sentiment, kid.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Just want to leave this link from Book Riot on here in case you have the means to help the Ferguson Library's extraordinary efforts:

How To Support The Ferguson Library

Thank you to whomever has already shared this link. Be good to each other.

Friday, November 7, 2014

To Amuse a Librarian

Last night I was talking with a tween (her 8-year-old sister standing nearby) about books she will probably have to read for high school, and I said that she'd probably be assigned To Kill A Mockingbird.

Her sister looks at me, a shocked expression on her face, and says "To KILL a Mockingbird?? Is that a horror book?"

The tween rolls her eyes and says, "Noooooo, dummy. It's from the Hunger Games series."

So close, kids. So close.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

When you walk over to the kid's catalog computer and it's like: