I'm Barb Langridge and I thought I'd share a bit with you all about who I am and why I created this website.
My passion is getting kids excited about reading and that's why I do the children's book recommendations for WBALTVChannel 11 here in Baltimore (that's our NBC station) and have a cable television show, Books Alive, for which I interview really top notch children's and young adult authors and illustrators and folks from the publishing business.
For those who are wondering how I got here, I've been an independent children's bookseller and a children's specialist at a public library. As an Army wife for 30 years, I raised my two children on three continents and as a grandmother of two I enjoy magical moments sharing books with children.
Books can open doors to the world. Reading really is magic and I want to help parents and young people find the books that connect to them and open the world up for them.
But, it can be hard to find a book these days. I am working on a Books for Girls page and our Books for Boys page is up for you to use . Hopefully, they will be two powerful tools for helping you to match a book to your child's personality.
I love to go out and do booktalking for school groups and groups of teachers and reading specialists. I speak at conferences and the energy and the connections I feel with people when they come alive through books, well, it's just incredible. Books do that to people. It's amazing what can happen when you put the right book in the hand of the right young reader.
I wish you great joy and wonder in your life. Give them a book and a hug!