About Us


Kellee Moye and Ricki Ginsberg met while serving on the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award committee. They were reading and discussing hundreds of books, and they quickly became fast friends. Both were diehard attendees of the NCTE convention and ALAN workshop and loved presenting at conferences and learning from other educators. Their passion is to make engaging books accessible for teachers. One day, Kellee called Ricki and asked her if she wanted to be blog partners. She said she wanted to create a blog for educators and Kellee’s experience as a middle school teacher might complement well Ricki’s experience as a high school teacher. And that is how Unleashing Readers was born.

Kellee Moye is the current teacher-librarian at Hunter’s Creek Middle School in Orlando, Florida. She began teaching middle school in 2006: first as a sixth grade language arts teacher, then as a seventh grade language arts teacher, then  as an intensive reading teacher for grades sixth through eighth as well as a developmental language arts class for new ELL students, and now she is the reading coach at her middle school in addition to teaching journalism and advanced reading. Beginning the 2019-2020 school year, Kellee moved to the role of teacher-librarian at her school.

Although she loves teaching in general, she has found a specific love for teaching reading. She enjoys working with all levels of readers: those who striving to find their love of reading or improve their reading ability because it is so rewarding and thoroughly enjoyable to transform these students’ views of reading, school, and learning as well as working working with advanced readers by enriching their reading experience is equally gratifying and enjoyable! As a classroom teacher, she believed that the biggest key to helping these students is community which includes class discussions, student-centered learning, and, most importantly, helping each student find the specific books they’ll love and time to read these books.

As teacher-librarian, all of her beliefs from the classroom moved with her to the library where she advises a group of students called Student Literacy Leaders who are like mini-librarians and are one of the keys to her school’s literacy success. She also enjoys working with all students of the school and with other teachers to help them reach all readers with great books and literacy instruction. Kellee also advises the Future Problem Solvers club, is a literacy leader at her school, and a member of her school’s professional leadership team. Her school is a 1:1 digital school.

Outside of her classroom, Kellee’s passion remains education and reading. Kellee is the ALAN President elect and is so excited to head ALAN December 2023 to November 2024 and host the ALAN 2024 workshop. She is the author of various teaching guides including for Candlewick, Chronicle, Abrams, Cake Literary, and various authors. She attends the ALAN Workshop and the ALA Annual convention whenever she can, as well as the state library conference, FAME. It is through these conventions, organization memberships, and through Twitter that she has built her professional repertoire which includes recent activities such as being a member of ALA’s 2020 Schneider Family Book Award Jury and was the co-chair of the Jury for the 2021 award; presenting at NCTE 2012-14, 2016-19, and 2023; reviewing for The ALAN Review; serving on the ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE) Board of Directors for the 2016-2018 term; serving as the ALAN social media coordinator 2015-2020; and being a member of the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award committee from 2011-2015 (where Ricki and Kellee met) including chairing the committee in 2014.

Kellee is a homebody who loves to spend time with her family, she’ll mention them often in IMWAYR and other posts. She loves being a mom, reading (obviously!), watching TV, her pets, talking to her family on the phone (they are all too far away!), hanging out with friends, Pokémon, Animal Crossing, LEGO, and going to Disney or Universal!


Ricki Ginsberg is Associate Professor of English Education at Colorado State University. She formerly taught high school English for six years in Vernon-Rockville, Connecticut. There, she designed and implemented two courses, Young Adult Literature I and II. Her mission was to help students learn about young adult literature in a warm, welcoming setting. Hundreds of students signed up for the course, and they devoured and discussed thousands of books. She is a strong advocate for allowing students choice in their reading materials to allow them to take ownership of their reading lives.

Every year, Ricki participates in a lot of great conferences including AERA’s annual conference and NCTE’s annual convention. She particularly loves NCTE’s ALAN Workshop (www.alan-ya.org). This conference is for educators, librarians, authors, and publishers who are interested in working to increase awareness of the power of young adult literature. Ricki was the 2020 President of ALAN, and has served as a member of the ALAN Board, as an ALAN consultant, and as a member of the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Committee (three years as a member, one year as chair, and one year as past-chair). For five years, Ricki was Assistant Editor of The ALAN Review, a scholarly journal dedicated to young adult literature.

Ricki’s research interests rest in integrating diverse texts and pedagogical practices in schools and the recruitment and retainment of teachers of color. Her work has published in journals like Teachers College Record, Reading Research Quarterly, Research in the Teaching of EnglishEnglish Journal, Voices from the MiddleThe ALAN ReviewJournal of Human Rights, Journal of Adolescent Research, and Multicultural Perspectives.

She and her co-editor Wendy J. Glenn published the book Engaging with Multicultural YA Literature in the Secondary Classroom: Critical Approaches for Critical Educators (Routledge, 2019).

Her second book, Challenging Traditional Classroom Spaces with YA Literature: Students in Community as Course Co-Designers (National Council of Teachers of English, 2022).


Please contact us at unleashingreaders@gmail.com or on Twitter @unleashreaders for any inquiries about us or Unleashing Readers. 

18 thoughts on “About Us”

  1. Hi ladies! My mom sent me a link to your wonderful page, and to your Top Ten Characters You’d Like to Have Lunch With. May I say how thrilled I am that Miss Movado made your list!! Thanks for thinking of her – and for including her in such esteemed company.

    Best – Cecilia

    • Cecilia,

      Thank you so much for stopping by! We’re honored that your mom found us and that she shared our page with you.

      🙂 Kellee

  2. Hi there!!

    Kelle, I read a review you did for a book titled “Now is the Time for Running” I do literature circles with my class and do a war theme. I use Breadwinner, Torn Apart (A Dear Canada diary), The Sky is Falling, and Camp X. I teach grade 6 and I saw in your review that “Now is the time for running” is appropriate for Grade 7. I am going to read the book, but I was wondering if you think it’s too mature for grade 6?

    Thank you so much!!

    • Maureen, It is going to be a personal choice. It has hard parts in it, but so does Breadwinner. It would be a great book for your lit circles if you think it is appropriate for your kids. 🙂

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  4. Sage Adderley of Sage’s Book Tours gave me your link and said you might be interested in a blog post from me. As a teacher and author I’d love to share some ideas that teachers might find useful. I wrote my latest book, Warrior Kids, specifically for teachers to utilize with students. Please let me know if you’re interested and the specs you require. I’ve been looking at some of your posts and they are almost like lesson plans. Is that your focus? Is there a length requirement? I look forward to hearing from you. Take care!

  5. Greetings,

    You did a wonderful review of my book Good Morning Yoga and I would like to send on my new release Meditate with Me: A Step by Step Mindfulness Journey (Dial Books for Young Readers) for your consideration. Thank you!

  6. Hi,

    Hope you’re well! Just wanted to ask if you accept outside content contributors, because I would love to pitch you some ideas if so.

    I’m a contributing author for a new homeowners site, and I’m looking for opportunities to write more actively for other sites as well.

    Are you the right person to contact about this?


  7. Hi Kellee, I am a missionary serving in Uganda. I have been creating a Language Development curriculum for schools here. i came across your lesson plans for the Hat Trilogy (books by Jon Klassen), and was delighted. I would like to use this lesson plan set and not disturb your copyright, but in order to use it there must be some adjustments made for African relevance. How can this be done? If I were to get permission from you to make the adjustments, could I still give the credit to you for creating the lesson plans and just mention that it is edited for Africa?

  8. Hello, Mrs. Moye!
    I obviously found out this site as you told us about it in book club. I don’t want to reveal who I am, but I’m pretty sure you can figure it out. Anyways this site seems amazing, and I just wanted to say that you are amazing and all of us from HCMS Book Club really adore you and your book recommendations! Stay safe, and I miss you a lot these days!
    PS: Hi Trent!
    Yours truly,
    City of Bones lover

  9. Excellent source! Thank you for all your good work. We CAN provide excellent and important content online as long as we need to in order to keep our students safe. “See” you at ALAN (What a year!!)

  10. Hi,
    I was featured contributor February 2018 for my middle grade fantasy MONA LISA’s GHOST. My new book, THE GRAVITY THIEF was published in July 2020 and i would love to contribute again with an updated article about the exhilaration of writing Fantasy for middle graders.

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