School Visit: All Saints School

Guys, I had so much fun visiting All Saints School this week. It was my second visit in two years, and while I spoke to the entire middle school the first time around, this time was super cool because I visited first with the 8th graders alone and then with the sixth graders. I love having… Read more »


Night of the Living Cuddle Bunnies by Jonathan Rosen My rating: 5 of 5 stars I can’t remember the last time I read a book that was this much fun. I laughed my way throughout, and I found myself genuinely trying to foresee the outcome–with no success. Jonathan Rosen has written a hilarious tale that… Read more »

Book Review: MY SEVENTH GRADE LIFE IN TIGHTS by Brooks Benjamin

My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights by Brooks Benjamin My rating: 5 of 5 stars I found this book compelling. There’s something really cool about a group of kids doing their own thing, in their own way, and being totally okay with it. While covering topics that will make kids stop and think, it thankfully avoids… Read more »

Book review: The First Last Day by Dorian Cirrone

The First Last Day by Dorian Cirrone My rating: 5 of 5 stars If the cover alone doesn’t draw you to this sweet middle-grade book, Haleigh’s story surely will. Haleigh doesn’t do well with change, and as the best summer of her life comes to an end, she spends her last night at the Jersey… Read more »

Book review: Ruby Lee and Me by Shannon Hitchock

Ruby Lee and Me by Shannon Hitchcock My rating: 5 of 5 stars Growing up can be tough, but it’s even tougher when you feel responsible for a terrible accident and are at odds with your best friend because in a moment of rage you called her something really terrible. Tensions are thick in this… Read more »

Five in Five with Kathleen Burkinshaw: author of The Last Cherry Blossom

Hey there, Kathleen! I’m so excited to have teamed up with you for the #MGGetsReal campaign—to highlight books with tough topics for “real” kids. I can’t express how important it is for people to be able to find themselves within the pages of a book, especially kids who can be so self-conscious during those awkward… Read more »