About Valerie Byrd Fort

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 Instructor 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.


8 Responses to About Valerie Byrd Fort

  1. Hi, Valerie!

    I would like to pick your brain about how to get district permission to create a school library Facebook page. Could you send me your email address? Thanks!!!

  2. Valerie Byrd says:

    Hello Valerie!

    As you may have noticed, my name is also Valerie Byrd! I happened to come across your blog while Googling my own name (hey, I was bored, why not, right?)…anyhow, ironically, I am vegan/vegetarian, have an interest in yoga (along with fitness & nutrition in general), and love to read. Just wanted to say congrats on becoming so successful in a career you have a passion for and loving life.

    Namaste, hon!


  3. Matt @ Team Building Blog says:

    Hi, Valerie!

    I just found your site, and I love the #nerdcott idea! Ambitious! I remember reading “Frog and Toad Are Friends” when I was in school—I still remember it (that, and “Stone Soup” and “Puss in Boots”). Good luck with the list!

    I run the blog at Team Building Activities for Kids Central . com, and I was thinking that I’d love to write a guest post for you—maybe about how teamwork affects class participation, or about team artwork projects, or something else (any requests?). I figure it might be a good fit for your readers.

    If that sounds like a good idea, please let me know (you can reach me at matt @ teambuildingactivitiesforkidscentral . com).

    And—one of your posts was, “What are you reading right now?”—answer: “Shantaram.” VERY good!


  4. Jocinda says:

    Good afternoon! I recently came across your blog while searching for story time inspiration. I am a long time 2nd grade teacher recently turned children’s librarian. Thanks for all of the fun ideas you’ve shared. Do you have playlists on Spotify that are available to the public? Just curious. Thanks!

  5. Thank you for your kind words, Jocinda! I think my Spotify playlists are public…I’ll double check 🙂

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