I am a former school librarian, currently teaching 6th grade Humanities in Beaverton, OR.  My library job was eliminated in 2012, but I hope to return to a library someday. I served on the 2016 William C. Morris YA Debut Award and I am currently serving on the 2018 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award.  I live in Portland, OR with Lucy the basset hound and volunteer with Oregon Basset Hound Rescue.

Here’s Lucy! She’s reading Larry gets Lost in Seattle by John Skewes.

Lucy reading


12 Responses to “About”

  1. lellielieb April 11, 2013 at 4:42 pm #

    Hi! I nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award because I like your blog and because your work and words have encouraged me. You can learn more about it here: http://lellielieb.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/very-inspiring-blogger-award/ Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Adrienne April 11, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

      WOW!!! I’m speechless. I just wanted to share some of my loves and it is heartwarming to know I’ve managed to touch you in some way. Thank you. Adrienne

  2. Michele Kophs January 29, 2014 at 10:06 am #

    I would love to contact you about Jane Kurtz, she is going on blog tour with her new book Anna Was Here. If you would be interested in participating and/or reviewing the book, please email me @ Michele@provatomarketing.com. (Can’t find your contact information on your blog.)

    • Adrienne January 29, 2014 at 11:14 am #

      I’d love to review her book. I’ve been working with my principal to get Jane’s brother Chris in & doing an “Everybody Reads” with his book. Maybe a blog tour with Jane might be easier. Can you give me more details? You can contact me directly at
      adrienne_gillespie(at sign) beaverton.k12.or.us


      • Jane Kurtz April 25, 2017 at 5:34 am #

        I was delighted to have your review of Anna was Here and now I’m really hoping we can send you an ARC of my new middle grade novel, PLANET JUPITER, which is actually set in Portland. Once again, you can get in touch with Michele!

      • Adrienne April 25, 2017 at 6:17 am #

        Thanks! I would love to get an arc. I have penciled the May 16th event on my calendar. That is already a busy week, but I will make every effort to be there. (I replied to the email comment too.)

  3. Petronius Jablonski April 22, 2014 at 1:27 am #

    If only more writers had Basset Hounds. Their books would be better. Proust, for instance: http://trypophobiac.com/2013/11/03/in-search-of-prousts-basset-hound-in-the-library-of-babel/

    Which book would you most like to find in the Library of Babel?

    I’m publishing a novel involving a close cousin of the Basset, but it’s not for youngsters.



  4. Kirby Larson September 22, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

    You are the lucky winner of a signed copy of Rory’s Promise! Email me at kirby@kirbylarson.com so we can get your info. Congratulations!

  5. Michael Snow December 11, 2014 at 7:42 pm #

    ‘A day late and…” If you would have an interest in looking at this book on the truce, I’d be glad to send the pdf. http://snowfar4.wix.com/1914-christmas-truce

  6. Michelle R. Eastman October 16, 2015 at 6:15 am #

    Hello. I am writing to ask if you would be interested in reviewing one of my books and/or highlighting my literacy initiative during November’s Picture Book Month. I am the author of Dust Fairy Tales: Absolutely Aggie as well as The Legend of Dust Bunnies, a Fairy’s Tale. My books take a lighthearted approach to the compelling desire kids have to fit-in. The stories validate the need kids feel for acceptance, while imparting a subtle message about the joy that can come from embracing one’s individuality.

    I began my career as an elementary teacher in the West Des Moines School District. At Iowa Public Television, I wrote and produced educational content.

    My work with children, and passion for picture books, inspired me to found the literacy initiative Picture Book Pass it On (PBPiO), to get free books to kids in need and inspire others to do the same.

    You can view short preview trailers for both books here: http://www.michelleeastmanbooks.com/

    I am happy to send you PDF review copies.

    Thank you for your consideration,

    Michelle Eastman

  7. Gold Standard Test October 16, 2015 at 12:51 pm #

    Such svelte pooches. And literary! What more could you ask for? ♡ 🙂

  8. john April 15, 2017 at 2:34 pm #

    I recently came across your blog regarding tea cups and K. Thomas. We are in the process of cleaning out my parents home both in their late 90’s and came across a Sugar bowl and creamer set from O&E.G. Royal Austria porcelain- painted and signed be K. Thomas. Would you be interested in purchasing this? Please email me below.

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