A Book and a Hug


Meet Barb Langridge

barb landridgeI'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.

So, I hope you'll give the site a try. Definitely use the Find a Book feature up in the top right hand corner and send me an email using the Contact section to let me know what you think. Check out the author interviews on Books Alive. We have many more to load and they'll be coming over the next few months. If you would like to contact me, you can do so at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can link to on Facebook and you can support the site by using our Amazon links to purchase books.

I wish you great joy and wonder in your life. Give them a book and a hug!

Best regards,


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