A Guest Post: Thanks to Alyson Beecher, Librarian and Blogger

One of the most exciting things to happen to me in conjunction with the publication of my debut novel has been the connections I’ve made with so many bloggers and reviewers. These are people I’ve followed and interacted with in social media. Over the years I’ve recommended their sites to others who are looking for reliable sources for quality books, insightful reviews, and commentary on the current state of literature and publishing for young readers. It’s been an honor and a privilege to share their platforms in this way, and I compiled many of those reviews, interviews, and guest posts in this statement of appreciation.

Alyson Beecher

Alyson Beecher

Now I am happy to share news of another guest post, this time with the amazing Alyson Beecher on her blog, KidLitFrenzy. For anyone who doesn’t know who Alyson is (can that be possible?), here’s what she has to say about herself on her blog:

“Alyson Beecher is an educator, writing mentor, book geek, and blogger. I say that I have to read children’s and YA literature because of my job but really I just love Picture Books, MG and YA books. During the day, I work with elementary students. My passion is getting my students excited about books, reading, and writing. I also believe that it is critical to partner with teachers, librarians, authors, illustrators, booksellers, and publishers to support efforts to connect children and teens to books. With that in mind, I have also co-founded the grassroots organization Bridge to Books with Alethea (@frootjoos, Read Now, Sleep Later).

When I don’t have my nose in a book, I enjoy hanging with friends, cooking, listening to music, or seeing a live performance.

Books are nearly always better than their movie version, and I am more likely to become a complete babbling fool in the presence of my favorite authors than some famous movie star.”

Alyson welcomed me to share some thoughts on how my own experiences with research and writing historical fiction might generate some ideas for teachers and librarians to use. 

My guest post can be read here.

As I said in the title of this post, THANK YOU, Alyson. It’s an honor and a pleasure to share your space for the post.



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