The Blonde Librarian

Welcome to the Blonde Librarian blog!

This blog was created to house children and young adult literature book reviews. Feel free to browse and read a few! You may decide you want to pick one up for yourself!

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Picture Books

Pictures are vital to the telling of the story in a picture book. Read my three book reviews of a wordless Caldecott medal winner, a book by beloved author, Mo Willems, and a classic tale I had never read.

Traditional Literature

Book reviews of a retold folktale, a twist on The Three Pigs, and a Caldecott medal winner.

Poetry, Mosaic Ceiling (Washington, DC)


Reviews of an award winning poetry book, a book by renowned poetry author, Douglas Florian, and a powerful novel in verse.


Three reviews on: Mark Twain, Negro Baseball League, and a book by Steve Jenkins

Historical Fiction

My favorite genre by far!


I love fiction, and YA…but not so much fantasy. (Sorry Harry Potter fans!)

Fantasy & YA

Savvy by Ingrid Law Dial Books for Young Readers, 2008 ISBN: 978-0-8037-3306-0 Summary: The Beaumont family is incredibly unique…especially Mama’s side.  On each member’s thirteenth birthday a magical, supernatural power or “savvy” all their own is revealed. Mississippi Beaumont expects to be no different. However, her newly revealed savvy, and trying to get to herContinue reading “Fantasy & YA”

Historical Fiction

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis Scholastic Press, 2007 ISBN-13: 978-0-329-75755-7 (originally 978-0-439-02345-0) Summary: This book details a year (1860) in the life and times of eleven-year-old Elijah as told by himself.  Elijah is the first free-born child in the settlement of Buxton, Canada which is known for being a safe haven for slavesContinue reading “Historical Fiction”

Nonfiction & Biography

SEPARATE IS NEVER EQUAL: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2014 ISBN: 978-1-4197-1054-4 Summary: Duncan Tonatiuh tells the true story of the Mendez family’s fight that led to the desegregation of schools in California in the 1940s.  The Mendezes were a Mexican-American family who moved to Orange CountyContinue reading “Nonfiction & Biography”

“I love a book that makes me cry.”

― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Words are powerful. Thus the books that hold them contain much power as well. They can make you laugh, cry, feel less alone, change for the better, ponder the past, and hope for the future. Books are friends and confidants. They are treasures to be be read and poured over. Find a book. Read it. Chances are you won’t regret it.

About Me

My name is Michelle, “Babe”, and Mom. I am a Jesus-follower, wife, mother of 3, future librarian, and graduate student. On the side I love to shop, decorate, and read…image that!