Author Archive: Gundry Rowe

Gundry Rowe is a K-8 librarian at Walt Disney Magnet School in Chicago, IL. She is National Board Certified in Library Media and has been working in children’s bookstores and libraries since she was 16. Although she prefers to balance reading kids' chapter books with books for adults, instead she finds herself reading Little Blue Truck for the 57,000th time to her two little boys.

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“Hey! I Think That Was a Clue!”: Writing Mysteries with Grade-Schoolers

“Hey! I Think That Was a Clue!”: Writing Mysteries with Grade-Schoolers

In my previous post, “The Names of These Books Are Secret,” I wrote about how I got the kids in my grade-school library excited about reading mystery novels using “mystery mysteries.” Although feeling a bit trepidatious I decided to also try out mystery writing with my middle-grade students. Fifth and sixth graders started by defining a […]

The Names of These Books Are Secret: Getting Grade-Schoolers Excited about Mysteries

The Names of These Books Are Secret: Getting Grade-Schoolers Excited about Mysteries

As an adult reader I really like reading mysteries, but this has never been an easy genre for me to sell to my grade-school-library patrons. A quick off-the-cuff book talk at the shelves is really my bread and butter for getting books into kids’ hands, yet I’ve always struggled to do this with mysteries. It […]

The “Everybody” Section and Other Non-Negotiables

The “Everybody” Section and Other Non-Negotiables

I didn’t start my career thinking I knew everything about being an elementary-school librarian, but I’d been to school and I’d learned all the things that are considered “best practice.” I knew I should have a flexible schedule, and that I should collaborate with teachers and even co-teach if possible. I knew how to use reference sources […]

Better Reading through Writing in Books? Let Kids Take Control of the Story

Better Reading through Writing in Books? Let Kids Take Control of the Story

As both a librarian and a reader, I’m of two minds about author studies. On one hand, I love the connection and shared language they can create. I have a fourth grader who, until very recently, routinely greeted me by saying, “I love Mo Willems.” On the other hand, I fear that knowing a lot about […]