I’m Megan Anderson, resident reader, reviewer, and writer.
I began writing before I could actually write anything down on a page (thanks for scribing for me, Gramma!), and I taught myself to read shortly thereafter. When I was in high school, I published my first poems and stories. I helped staff my high school’s literary magazine, Fingerprints, by selecting pieces, editing, and running the club’s website.
While attending Miami University of Ohio, I worked at the library, was an editor for the literary magazine Inklings, and majored in Middle Childhood Education with a focus in English and Social Studies. Because I was also earning my reading specialist certificate at the same time, I had to take classes on reading and evaluating literature for students using ideas proposed by a wide variety of educational theorists. Since May, 2006 I have read over 3,000 books written for young people. My goal has been to read a wide variety of books so when students ask me for recommendations, I have plenty in my back pocket. It’s come in handy in my jobs as substitute teacher and paraprofessional.
I never stopped writing, though. In 2014, I published my first book, More Than Grammar. Since then, I have published six more books, two of which are specifically for middle grade readers. I have sold these in bookstores and at local conventions, as well as online.
During the summer of 2017, I decided to start a blog to share my reading expertise with teachers, librarians, and parents. I wanted to focus on books with diverse characters because they represent the students I work with on a daily basis. Not every kid is “Miss Suzy Perfect looking for a prom dress”; they have real troubles and struggles, both internally and externally. They have hopes and dreams, too, and I want to celebrate them!
Hopefully, anyone who comes here can find the perfect book for any child they know.