About Valerie Byrd Fort

I spent 15 years as a librarian in elementary schools before deciding to stay home with my daughter. After staying home for a couple of years, I had the opportunity to apply for and accept my DREAM JOB. For years, I taught Children’s Literature at the University of South Carolina as an Adjunct Instructor for the School of Library and Information Science. In August 2018, I started teaching for SLIS full-time and I lead Cocky’s Reading Express. I am passionate about the importance of reading and libraries. I am married to Marty Fort. He owns the Irmo Music Academy, Columbia Arts Academy, and the Lexington School of Music.

I enjoy cooking, Barre3, yoga, and reading. My favorite things to read are thrillers, funny memoirs and young adult novels. I LOVE picture books, especially those about dogs and families.

Updated: August 25, 2019

10 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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  7. Hi Valerie,

    I don’t know how you pick which books you’re going to review, but I thought I’d tell you a little about mine anyway. My novel, Ghosters, is a middle-grade paranormal mystery filled with thrills, friendship and humor.

    Ghosters is about Theresa Martinez, a twelve-year-old Spanish-American girl. When her mom dies, money problems force Theresa’s family to move into her dead grandmother’s creepy old mansion. Immediately, strange things start to happen. The powdered sugar she’s been searching the kitchen for suddenly falls out of a cupboard. Closed curtains are mysteriously open—all fun stuff for Theresa’s new ghost-obsessed friend Kerry. When they find out the reality show, Ghosters, is hosting a contest for the best paranormal recording, Theresa remembers Dad’s money problems and vows to win the contest. Along with Joey, her little brother who has Asperger’s (a milder form of autism), the girls use Kerry’s ghost-chasing equipment to hopefully capture prizewinning evidence. They soon discover that ghosts are just the tip of the stunning mysteries the old house holds.

    If my 22 Amazon reviews are reliable, and of course, they are, it’s a pretty good book.

    Here’s the link to my YouTube video for Ghosters and, once you’re hooked, you can also click on the Ghosters 2 video link below that.

    This is the link to my website: https://www.dianacorbitt.com/

    Thank you for your time,

    Diana Corbitt

  8. I enjoy you because of every one of your work on this blog. My daughter takes pleasure in setting aside time for research and it’s really simple to grasp why. We learn all about the powerful means you make great techniques via your web site and cause response from others on the subject plus my girl is in fact starting to learn so much. Take advantage of the rest of the year. You’re carrying out a fantastic job.

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