Author Archive for Morgan


Monday, Jan 28, 2019

It's awards season in library land. I look forward to this day each year, as I love predicting which titles will win which awards. The ALA Youth Media Awards recognize distinguished "books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children...

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019

This is the last Mock Newbery post and your last chance to vote on the whole nominee list. These two stories deal with bullying and the difficulty in sharing painful truths. " Just Like Jackie " by Lindsey Stoddard follows Robbie as she struggles...

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019

 Mock Newbery round four is here! Today brings us to two titles that explore slavery and bravery. Aisha Saeed's " Amal Unbound " shines a light on modern slavery as Amal must find the bravery to stand up to injustice. " The Journey of Little...

Thursday, Jan 3, 2019

I hope this third round of  Mock Newbery head to heads will bring cheer to your winter holiday break. Today we'll look at our two illustrated titles, each taking unique looks at fitting in. Jacqueline Woodson's " The Day You Begin " speaks to...

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2018

It's time for Mock Newbery comparisons, round two. This week let's look at two stories about seeking treasure and finding truth. In " The Parker Inheritance " by Varian Johnson, Candice seeks to unravel the mystery surrounding the treasure that...

Monday, Nov 26, 2018

In the first round of Mock Newbery comparisons, we'll take a look at the stories of two girls who learn the value of friendship and community. In "Front Desk" by Kelly Yang, Mia Tang's courage and kindness makes readers root for the immigrant girl...

Thursday, Nov 15, 2018

It's time to prepare for our Mock Newbery Awards this year. The real Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished...

Friday, Oct 26, 2018

 October has been all about art in many forms from traditional to digital. The tweens in Minecraft got in on the artistic action by creating pixel-style art and statues on the library server. Some were individual efforts and some were combined...

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Tomorrow is Mother's Day, so we had to have a storytime all about how great moms are. There are lots of stories about all kinds of mothers, but today we read about animal moms, new moms, and monster moms. We learned some songs to sing to our...

Thursday, Feb 1, 2018

This is the last  Mock Newbery summary and review before voting ends and we declare a winner! Our final nominee is  Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson. This intense piece of historical fiction delves into racism, identity and the...

About Morgan

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Morgan previously worked at the Iowa City Public Library.