I’m a wife and mother of two stinky boys. We live in Los Angeles, a city that’s so spread out yet somehow we’ve found this little nook that feels very suburban. The ability to walk to nearby restaurants, our farmers market and, most importantly, our library makes me happy. I see people I know on almost every venture out. It feels small. It embodies community.

I grew up in the Midwest, a very small town in Indiana. An only child, with two loving and involved parents, I had a pretty great childhood and spent many summer days riding my bike with my BFF to our teeny, tiny public library. I’ve always treasured books and the way they help your imagination to take you to other lands.

“Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as high…”

Well, you know the rest.

While attending college for Elementary Education, I discovered a love for children’s literature in particular. It was my favorite course and I immediately began collecting kids books. Being a college student on a budget, I scoured thrift shops and garage sales for gently used books. I always had the notion that I was creating a library not just for my future students, but, also, for my future children.

I love my family, I love my community and I love books. Admittedly, I have less time to read in this season of my life. I just read different types of books. Children’s literature, memoirs/biographies and light, fluffy novels dubbed “chick lit” are the best fit for me these days. Every so often, I’ll add something darker (think Gone Girl or Fates and Furies) or a classic that I missed when I was younger into the mix.

I’m always curious what others are reading. I love talking about books. I am hoping to be a resource in the near future for book and parent-related events in the area. I want to be a champion for literacy in my community and beyond. Send me a note or leave a comment anytime. And always remember- reading is FUNdamental!