As a children’s literature specialist, I write about books for a number of publications, including The Horn Book, BookPage, and Kirkus Reviews. You can read my articles on the Calling Caldecott blog for 2020 (We Are Water Protectors), 2019 (The Bell Rang) and 2018 (Seeing Into Tomorrow).
My article, “‘Whose Side Are You On?’ Moral Consequences of Young Readers’ Responses to To Kill a Mockingbird,” was published in the peer-reviewed, open access journal Research on Diversity in Youth Literature in January, 2020. In it, I use data from a youth literature circle alongside Toni Morrison’s Playing in the Dark, cognitive criticism and reader response theory, to question the use of To Kill a Mockingbird in schools.
For book recommendations, look under the Homeschool tab for book lists I have used with children in recent book groups.
You can find my educator's guides for young people's books on the publisher's websites. See my guides for Blackout (to come), Concrete Rose, The Shape of Thunder and Other Words for Home, Punching the Air, On the Come Up, and the picture book Sometimes People March.