Help Your Shelf is a children's literary consulting business that works with families and organizations across the country to create literacy-rich environments and ensure that every young reader finds a book that sparks their joy.
Kit Ballenger is a youth services librarian in the Washington, D.C. area. A former child advocacy attorney, she reads more than thirty-five thousand pages a year of newly released children’s literature and has a special knack for helping both voracious and particular young readers find their next ‘good-fit’ book. Kit creates the book lists for NPR’s children’s podcast, Wow in the World, and appears regularly on SiriusXM Kids Place Live as their librarian and ‘book genie’ in residence. She serves on multiple committees for the American Library Association and is the Co-Chair of Capitol Choices, a nationally respected children's book advisory nonprofit. A long-term volunteer at the Library of Congress Young Readers Center, Kit helps there with collection development and readers advisory. She is a graduate of Amherst College and U.Va. Law School.
Are you struggling to keep up with a prolific reader? Finding it hard to get your child excited about reading? Whether you're looking to stock your child's bedside table, reenergize your read-aloud selections, fill a baby's first bookshelf, or gift your grandchildren something that's sure to fit, Kit will help you find the book solution that's right for your reader.
"I always feel smarter, more informed and excited to start some new books after time spent with you. Thank you for sharing your love for books with us and our children. You are amazing."
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You can find Kit's book recommendations on Instagram @KitonLit. Please reach out via the Contact page to discuss how Kit can help your young readers.
When you work with Help Your Shelf, your children aren't the only readers who benefit. Kit works with local nonprofits including the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, THEARC, and Horizons Greater Washington, as well as with Title I classroom educators across the D.C. Metro area, to put new books directly into the hands of youth.