Hi. I’m Elena.

I am a girl who loves to read.

I love to read so much that at  age 9 I  became a blogger, shining a spotlight on the diverse stories I’m reading. At elenareads.com, I makes recommendations about books that promote diversity and inclusion.

In the past four years, I’ve reviewed more than 175 books and have interviewed more than 60 writers, illustrators, and book lovers – including Newberry Medal winners Erin Entrada Kelly  and Jerry Craft.

I’ve has been featured on Fox 2 News in Detroit and on the Make Meaning podcast. My work has appeared in the online news site Farmington Voice and in Blue Marble Review, which highlights young writers from around the globe. I enjoy sharing about the importance of diverse books in school libraries and classrooms. I’ve been  a guest speaker during a virtual assembly  for students at Somerset Elementary School in Bellevue, Wash. and at Metro Parent Detroit’s EdExpo.

When my nose isn’t in a book, I’m playing piano or violin. I also run cross country and track and participate in musical theater.

I also love to write. I’ve won a few awards for my poetry.

You should know that when I write my book reviews, instead of stars, I rate them using roses to honor my Lola Rose, who died before I was born.

Well, now that you know a little bit about my blog, tell your friends and family about it and make sure to view it often! I would love it if you would follow my blog and my social media handles, too.