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Kristen Kwisnek

Kristen Kwisnek is a public librarian based near Baltimore, Md. who specializes in children’s literature and services. When she’s not reading, writing, or librarian-ing, Kristen can be found with her amazing husband eating something delicious, watching ‘90s music videos, and dreaming of one day having a dog that she’ll pretend is Sirius Black.

How to Host a Shirley Jackson Dinner Party

Celebrate the genius of everybody's favorite gothic author with a Shirley Jackson dinner party. We've got the tips and supplies to make it happen.

A Simple Solution for Bookish Forgetfulness

What's a reader to do when they can't retain important moments in books? Here's how one reader solved the problem of forgetting what you read.

Make Storytime Musical: 8 Singable Picture Books for the Vocally Shy

We've got a list of singable picture books that already have established melodies to go with the words. So, warm up those pipes and start singing!

Any Time Can Be Storytime with Kanopy Kids

Here are a few storytimes one reader developed using animated storybooks available right now on the library streaming service Kanopy Kids.

Don’t Give Up!: 8 Picture Books To Promote Resilience

Motivate the young people in your life with these eight motivating picture books about resilience, perseverance, and persistence.

10 Literary Quotes Celebrating the JOMO Way of LIfe

You know that blissful feeling you get from staying home, snuggled up with a book, and missing out on all ...

5 Fantastic Picture Books that Defy Gender Stereotypes

Books published in the last few years that challenge gender stereotypes for today's kids!

Get an In-Depth Look at a Barnes & Noble Concept Store

Barnes & Noble has been around for many years (since 1873, according to the company website), and has evolved significantly ...

Snag Bookish Greeting Cards at Trader Joe’s!

Trader Joe’s is my favorite grocery store for many reasons. The fresh flowers greeting me at the door, the free ...

3 Pen Pal Books for Tweens that Promote Cultural Understanding

When I watch the news or read the paper these days, there seems to be nothing but the same negative ...

Want To Read the Entire SONG OF ICE & FIRE Series before the GAME OF THRONES Season 8 Premiere? Here’s How

I live my reading life by a code of bookish rules, and the one I follow most loyally is, “Thou ...

10 Picture Books To Broaden the Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Palate

The Very Hungry Caterpillar turns 50 this year, and I think he’d want to celebrate with a feast. Using his ...

Meet the Rad Girls of Color for Beginning Readers

When I was in the early stages of my reading life, I inhaled books for beginning readers like Little Bear ...

Tips for Getting the Best Book Recommendations from Your Librarian

If you’re going to ask a librarian for title suggestions, there are some things you can do to make sure you get the best out of the interaction.

8 Year of the Pig Book Releases by Asian American Authors To Add To Your TBR

We're highlighting new books for the Year of the Pig, focusing on authors who come from Asian backgrounds and stories that celebrate the Lunar New Year.