About

My name is Katie Fitzgerald, and I am the Read-at-Home Mom. I have three daughters: Little Miss Muffet (almost four years old), Little Bo Peep (two years old), and Little Jumping Joan (newborn). I have been married to my husband for five years. We are both trained librarians, and we share a common love for well-written children's literature.

Though this site was new in September 2016, there is a lot of backdated content, which represents the best of my book reviews and articles from my professional blog, Story Time Secrets. Story Time Secrets is still up and running, providing story time assistance and occasional reflections on library issues. Read-at-Home Mom, however, takes a more personal approach to books and reading. Here I share reviews of the books we have purchased for use in our homeschool, along with award-winning books, treasures discovered at used book sales and libraries, and, very rarely, new releases by authors whose work I have previously enjoyed. I also write about my children's relationship to books, and the specific titles they love.

Other things to know:

  • I am the author of Story Time Success: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), and the forthcoming Successful Summer Reading Programs for All Ages: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018). 
  • I and my family are practicing Roman Catholics. We have a special affinity for books which portray our faith accurately and treat it kindly. I have also taught CCD classes, and my lesson plans are collected here.
  • Though I have done so in the past, I no longer accept review copies.
  • I am very active on Goodreads, and many of the reviews I did not transfer to this site are archived there.
Want to get in touch? My social media links are in the sidebar, or you can email me at katie.r.fitzgerald@gmail.com. (Again, please note that I do not accept review copies.)