Author: Deanna

Which is better? The story or the illustration? BOTH!!

April 18, 2017 |
Every four years since 2007, writer-illustrator Brian Selznick has published a new book. They are intense and adventure-filled. They also are big and fat — thick with impressive heft in the middle-grade children’s book realm. (One Keep Reading »

Behind every great man there’s a great woman

April 12, 2017 |
From humble beginnings came Coretta Scott King, a woman whose life spanned Jim Crow to the 21st century. The recently released autobiography “My Life, My Love, My Legacy” is beautifully written in the late Mrs. King’s own Keep Reading »

Third-born kids must hide

March 21, 2017 |
The Population Police – an intriguing concept for middle-grade readers. In her book “Among the Hidden,” Margaret Peterson Haddix explores the idea of a world where the government, fearful of a food shortage, dictates that Keep Reading »

More Lorelai and Rory? Yes, please!

March 8, 2017 |
So, there’s new talk this week about even more Gilmore Girls coming to Netflix. For Gilmore Girls devotees, this is a big deal! (Excuse me while I do my happy dance.) For everyone else, Gilmores Keep Reading »

Let’s celebrate! (But in a sugar-free kind of way)

February 8, 2017 |
Thankfully I stumbled upon Danielle Walker’s “Against All Grain” cookbooks early in my transition to paleo eating. Paleo means eating whole, unprocessed foods — loads of veggies, some fruit, lean meats and seafood. (What I didn’t Keep Reading »

Who is? Who was? We know!

January 17, 2017 |
The best series of books to answer some of your kids’ questions is here! It’s the “Who was” biography series. In our library, it lives in the youth gold area. These books are terrific for Keep Reading »


November 15, 2016 |
Among my family’s favorite youth authors is Sharon Creech, whose best-known work is Newberry Medal-winner “Walk Two Moons.” My son and I snuggled up with her latest book, “Moo,” during his recent bout with pneumonia. Keep Reading »

Rutabagas, turnips, parsnips, oh my!

November 9, 2016 |
A collection of root vegetables is growing in my refrigerator. This calls for immediate action! Hooray for the library’s cookbook collection. Specifically, I made amazing root veggie chips from The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook by Mickey Keep Reading »

Stuart’s Cape

October 18, 2016 |
If you know a child who is struggling with confidence (or if you’re in need of a giggle), consider sharing the book “Stuart’s Cape” by Sara Pennypacker. (Also, if you’re a fan of toast, you’ll Keep Reading »

The End of Your Life Book Club

October 13, 2016 |
Love a book that leads you to other books? Me too! A book to try is “The End of Your Life Book Club” by Will Schwalbe. The book pays tribute to the author’s journey through his Keep Reading »