Library Goddess

Libraries. Books. Reading.

July 2017

Check out highlights of what I've shared on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and my Library Goddess Blog this month!

Follow along daily at:



TWITTER - @librarygoddess

INSTAGRAM - @librarygoddessblog


I reached 1,000 followers during the month of July, so to celebrate, I have started giving away a book each Monday. This is inspired by some of my reading heroes - Donalyn Miller, John Schu, and Jennifer LeGarde. They each host book giveaways and I have always loved the idea, so now I am doing it too! Check out the Library Goddess Facebook page every Monday for your chance to win!

Articles about READING

The new school year will be here before you know it, so there are LOTS of articles and blog posts popping up about how to encourage students to read (to me, it's actually kind of simple...allow choice, time to read, and be a good reading role model). Here are a few of the posts I've shared this month:

The Reading Teacher – Bid Farewell to “I Hate Reading”

What Works For Getting Kids to Enjoy Reading?

Nationwide Wishing Day

Kathryn Applegate has a new book coming out in September that I was lucky enough to read an advance reading copy (thanks #kidlitexchange and Netgalley!). It is WONDERFUL. Like, my newest MUST READ for everyone. To celebrate this book, the publisher is hosting a Nationwide Wishing Day on September 28. Request an event kit here!

Calm Classroom

This looks like an interesting program for classroom teachers to introduce kids to mindfulness. I have requested an account, but haven't heard back! Worth exploring!

Read for the Record

I LOVE participating in this each year...if you are in a school or public library, easy programming for that the book, share the awesome website, then do some sort of extension activity...with this book, you could read aloud other books about ducks (maybe add some non-fiction to compare and contrast?) Or, just go all out "story time" and add some fingerplays, songs, and snacks. There are LOTS of duck related snack ideas out there! Just HAVE FUN!

Library Goddess Blog Post

On the blog this month:
  • First day of school READ ALOUDS

Columbia SC Moms Blog Posts

I am one of the contributors to the Columbia SC Moms Blog. Here are my posts from this month:

  • How NOT to Potty Train Your Toddler

  • How I Survived the First Two Years of Motherhood

About Valerie Byrd Fort - Library Goddess

I spent 15 years as a librarian in elementary schools before deciding to take a break and stay home with my daughter. When my daughter is sleeping, I read and review children’s books and blog about my reading (and sometimes about my girl). I also teach Children’s Literature at the University of South Carolina as an Adjunct Professor for the School of Library and Information Science. I am passionate about the importance of reading and libraries. I am married to Marty Fort. He owns the Columbia Arts Academy and the Lexington School of Music. I enjoy cooking, Barre3, yoga, and reading. My favorite things to read are funny memoirs and young adult novels. I LOVE picture books, especially those about dogs and families. I am available for special projects, book talks, consulting, and speaking to teachers and librarians about books, kids, and reading. I am also very good with technology and am willing to create a presentation to suit your needs.