Wildfire by Mary Pauline Lowry

I love when I find an author who writes strong female characters. Who doesn’t love strong girls who follow their minds, don’t let anyone boss them around and have their own adventures? That’s why I love me some Mary Pauline Lowry.  Our shared hometown of Austin and our love of grrrl power makes us kindred spirits.Mary’s latest book is Wildfire and I loved it so much I made a video. Check it out.  ...more

CYBILS Award review: While We Run

OMG I've never read anything like While We Run before! The cover is so breathtaking I can't stand it! The superimposed images of a white girl and a black boy are amazing. I couldn't wait to dig into it.Abdi Taalib thought he was moving to Australia for a music scholarship. But after meeting the beautiful and brazen Tegan Oglietti, his world was turned upside down. Tegan's no ordinary girl - she died in 2027, only to be frozen and brought back to life in Abdi's time, 100 years later....more
I'm glad you wrote this. I have this book on my shelf now and I don't think I've read the first ...more

Challenge Yourself to Read Diverse Books in 2015

It's time for diversity! I've been wanting to start my own reading challenge and I've finally done it! Let's ring in 2015 with a reading challenge that celebrates the multicultural reader and challenges the status quo. Presenting An Unconventional Librarian's 2015 Diversity Reading Challenge! #DiversityReadingChallenge ...more
Karen Ballum I'd be surprised if you hadn't already read this one, but you mentioned narrative ...more

Happy Dia de los Muertos!

When I lived in San Antonio, I witnessed large celebrations of Dia de los Muertos. Being from Pittsburgh, I had no idea what it meant but because I love everything about the Hispanic culture, I was hooked after some education. Day of the Dead translates simply into day of the dead. Despite what you think, it's not some creepy zombie thing.  It's a celebration of the lives of those you've loved who have died....more

Have you ever played Pin the Nose on Olaf?

I'd like to share with you during the month of May some of the best times that I have that you don't know about. During the weekends I don a tutu and a tiara and act as the Tea Queen and host book themed tea parties!Here's one that was fun. ...more
So cute! I love this.more

I need my morning Cuppa

Do you need coffee in the morning to get going? Me too!...more
hahaha I need a pot. lolmore

It's Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr

I love the book It's Okay to be Different because it shows the lils just exactly what different is: having no hair, to having different moms and dads, to having a dog as a friend, there's no end to what being different is.  The point Parr makes is that it's ok.  And sometimes the lil ones need to hear that from a book with pictures that make sense to them.Here I am reading it.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do....more

Giveaway: Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom

There is STILL time to enter my giveaway: Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom, by Eric Wight.  Wight has written a series of books about Frankie Pickle, a “kid with the world’s most amazing imagination!” As you can imagine, Frankie’s imagination leads him to adventure and trouble, it’s HILARIOUS!...more


Emotional intelligence You may know that I’m job hunting. I’ve actually been job hunting for a year, but my memory loss issues kinda put me on hold.  I’m feeling better, plus I need to help pay for number 1 son’s college so I’m looking for work again.  I’m excited because I had two job interviews this week.  Each job was entirely different from the other....more

feed your brain

I found this article in More magazine called “How to Feed Your Brain” which had some interesting tips that I thought I’d share.  It seems like everyone is an expert on brain health and everyone has ideas on how to increase your memory. In my opinion, most of them don’t work. At least, for me. And that’s really all I care about, right?...more
Thank you for this list.I printed it out.more