April is … A Celebration of Neurodiversity!


April is a month full of celebrations, including the celebration of neurodiversity with Autism Awareness Month.   In fact, April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day – a day to Light it Up Blue!   For more information, visit Autism Speaks. I want to share with you a few Autism Spectrum resources; first is a LibGuide I created –  “Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Resources”   

Second is a wonderful website I discovered a couple of years ago – Disability is Natural I highly recommend reading Kathie Snow’s monthly articles which encourage People First Language

Lastly, I’ve included  a list of elementary and middle school books that have a protagonist or secondary characters that are on the Autism Spectrum.  I have read and reviewed all of the books on this list, and am happy to share my research paper if you are interested!  Click here for a printable list, including some non-fiction resources as well.

Elementary School Fiction:

Hoopman, Kathy. (2001) Of Mice and Aliens: An Asperger Adventure. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Peete, Holly Robinson. (2010). My Brother Charlie. New York: Scholastic Press.

Tourville, Amanda Doering. (2010). My Friend has Autism.  North Mankato: Picture Window Books.

Welton, Jude. (2008). Adam’s Alternative Sports Day: An Asperger Story. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Middle School Fiction:

Baskin, Nora Raleigh. (2009).  Anything but Typical.  New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Brenna, Beverley. (2005). Wild Orchid.  Calgary: Red Deer Press.

Crowley, Suzanne. (2007).  The Very Ordered Existence of Merilee Marvelous.  New York:  Greenwillow Books.

Dooley, Sarah. (2010). Livvie Owen Lived Here. New York: Feiwel and Friends Book.

Dowd, Siobhan. (2007). The London Eye Mystery.  New York: A Yearling Book.

Ersking, Kathy. (2010).  Mockingbird. New York: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated.

Houtman, Jacqueline. (2010). The Reinvention of Edison Thomas. Honesdale: Front Street.

Roy, Jennifer. (2010) . Mindblind. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish



On the Blue Comet by Rosemary Wells

8036437My Cougar Book Club 5th grade students really enjoyed reading On the Blue Comet by Rosemary Wells — the poem If  by Rudyard Kipling touched them in amazing ways.  While some students e-mailed Rosemary via her website, three others created book trailers — take a look!




April is … National Poetry Month & School Library Month


At my two schools, Brookhaven Elementary and Clopper Mill Elementary,  we will be celebrating National Library Month in a variety of ways, including participating in Poem in Your Pocket Day (April 18th) by Skyping with schools around the United States.  Watch future blog posts about our video chats on April 18th, 19th, and 22nd!



The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day – March 20th

At my two elementary schools, we celebrated The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day — all week!   At Brookhaven Elementary School, we created two large caterpillars (one with student hand prints and one with student’s favorite foods) to decorate the hallways outside of the media center.  Ms. Johnson’s kindergarten class had the opportunity to Skype with a kindergarten class in Wisconsin, sharing The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, and Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin, Jr. At Clopper Mill Elementary School, my fifth grade library assistants helped me create our Devour a Good Book bulletin board. ImageImage





Welcome to my blog!

“From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other.   But when books are opened you discover that you have wings.”   ~Helen Hayes

I truly believe that books — and the library — are the portal to the world and beyond.   The library is not simply a physical space  that holds books and computers — it is wealth of  information that it holds and potential for using this knowledge to each one’s goals.   Books, in all their many forms – print, digital, audio – are truly the wings with which we fly to greatness.