My Virtual Bookshelf

Lately, publishers have reached out to me to review a variety of books. Many of them educational, while others are simply fiction. I have added some of my favorites or books I believe should grace school library/ teacher  shelves. 

Have a book that you wish to be considered for review?  Email Louise here


 Full confession:  I am a friend of the author of HALFLING and was her media manager for a few months during her launch. However, I agreed to do that AFTER I was blown away by this book! Donna Marie Robb (aka Donna Atmur) is BRILLIANT! She has constructed a world in which both children and adults will find themselves lost and not wanting to return until they know the fate of Remi, the protagonist. Read the stellar KIRKUS REVIEW HERE


Kirkus Reviews:

A chorus of voices for justice and change, diverse alike of identity and cause. (further reading) (Novelty/biography. 8-12)

One of the BEST children’s book to teach the history of women!  I see this as a great gift for elementary – middle school aged girls and boys! From the Amazon description: 

She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World, with the touch of a button readers can hear Dr. Mary Mcleod Bethune, Dolores Huerta, Dr. Maya Angelou, Dr. Jane Goodall, Shirley Chisholm, Susan Shown Harjo, Hilary Rodham Clinton, Leymah Gbowee, Dr. Temple Grandin, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Tammy Duckworth, Dr. Joanne Liu, Abby Wambach, and Malala Yousafzai. “




Common threads are the resilience of the protagonists, the search for a dignified life with the ability to work, the desire to reunite with family, and the inhumanity and exploitation of smugglers. Many stories are incredibly touching and accessible -Kirkus Reviews”

 This book will grip your heart strings from the very first story.  Compelling and educational.  I had my eyes opened as to the plight of refugees around the world.  A portion of proceeds helps TSOS.   


Ready to be heard is the candid account of a Deaf life when one was hearing.  Do you mourn the loss? Do you embrace the new challenges? These questions are answered and much more in this biography by Amanda McDonough. She is one of the nicest people you will ever meet, too! Her website and links to ordering can be found here.

The Light of Deaf Women
If you like Bill Bryson - read this!
When you need to laugh through the grief