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, and check the resources section of Shake Up Your Shelves.