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As someone who has taught 1st, 2nd, and 5th grades, I was obviously already swimming in children's literature well before I started this endeavor. Once becoming a mom, well, our bookshelves are starting to buckle and I'm not one bit sorry! My husband, two daughters and I love nothing more than exploring the outdoors and reading together. In my mind, there's absolutely nothing better.


I stay at home during the day with my girls which affords me the time and capacity to focus on providing our public with high quality, diverse children's books. I am here to help us all find the books we need for any occasion. If I could create an app that would generate a list of age appropriate, high quality books for you on the subject of your choosing I would, but for now, you've got me for all your book hunting needs. 

Picture books are the catalyst for the best conversations that happen in our classroom and at home, they can help start those discussions and teach us how to navigate new situations. Therefore, I want to and your children or students to find the best of the best.

I work with publishers and authors who send me work directly, as well as scour all our local bookstores and libraries to find the books that aren't new but are just as fantastic and powerful as ever. 

You can email me questions, book requests, 
or publishers and authors can email me regarding book reviews.

I no longer accept digital files for review.

Follow me on Instagram @whatsakidtoread for your daily dose of kidlit.

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  1. Hi Holland. I'd love to send you a copy of my latest picture book, A RACE AROUND THE WORLD: THE TRUE STORY OF NELLIE BLY AND ELIZABETH BISLAND, but I'm having difficulty finding your email address. November 14 marks 130 years since Nellie and Elizabeth started their incredible race! If you're interested, could you contact me?

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