Use the Index to Find Books on my Blog: each book title featured on my blog is listed in alphabetical order and linked to the post.

  • Bullets points at the end of the post are ways to use the text in writing or reading.  (You can always find several ways to use the text; I’m just choosing the top ways I think the book could be used.)
  • Author and illustrator’s website linked to the page
  • Book trailers and other videos uploaded for your convenience

About Me:  (Update 2018)

About fifteen years ago I began my journey as a writing coach at Pierceton Elementary School in Indiana.  I joined a fellow group of writing coaches with the AllWrite!!! Consortium (now called The Lead Learners), studying under Carl Anderson and alongside Ruth Ayres. Ruth Ayres nudges four of us to join a writing group, the BONS,


The BONS: the other Ruth, Ruth A, me, Tammy, Tam

and with their support, my writing continues. Follow me on Instagram @Booksavors and also on Twitter @MHGbooks.

My love affair with picture books began by reading Wondrous Words by Katie Wood Ray.  Katie nudges you to go to the library and read, immersing yourself in the words. I have presented at the Summer Institute in Warsaw, IN.  It is my wish for you to let children catch your passion for reading. I invite you to join me in savoring some books as you read-like-a-writer.

Have fun!

Mary Helen Gensch

More about Book Savors.

  • Content AreasHealth, Science, Social Studies
  • Fun Reads –
    • Baseball Reads
    • Community Building
    • Fun Read Alouds
    • Love of Reading
    • Poetry
    • Writing Connection
  • Slice of Life stories –  stories about my daily life

5 Responses to About

  1. Toni Buzzeo says:

    What a great review of my book, The Library Doors. I’m wondering whether I can quote the text with a link to the original on my web page for the book?



  2. Thank you so much for including my book in your fantastic, thoughtful list, and for adding to it with your wonderful ideas for inspiring children. I am truly honored.

  3. Tam says:

    You know have pictures in the left and right margins!!! Every pause I get, I look to either side, wondering about the objects I see especially about the blue dish? or sunglasses? to the left. The picture of 3 on th right oppposite of charlie Brown, all the titles on the side, the dog in the book basket, and didn’t I see Carl somewhere? Once again the you comes out.

  4. the other ruth says:

    The bookshelf surrounding the post is awesome–it’s like the books are hugging or supporting your thoughts! Or maybe your thoughts are on the shelves right along with the books; living beside and among them.
    I like the new About section and think it’ll help your readers. I’m with a comment by Tam a while back–great things are in store for you and you are about to really take off with your writing, your blog is growing and evolving, and you are growing. Awesome!

  5. […] when I’m ready to read more, there are plenty of ideas to be had on Mary Helen’s blog, Book Savors. She uses her blog to smartly organize books. Like this:LikeBe the first to like this.   […]

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