About Us

Get to know the ladies behind the blog:

Jackie and Kirsten

Welcome to Beyond the Bookends, a blog for modern Moms who love to read and wish to inspire a love of reading in their children.

On the blog, you will find picks for your next great read, bookish gift guides, and book lists to help you dive deeper into a particular topic or era. Like many people, we love to see our favorite novels adapted for the big or little screen, so be sure to keep an eye out for our Book to Screen posts where we review how good (or bad) an adaptation is!

For your children, you can browse our favorite kid’s literature, rooms inspired by childhood classics and even activities to bring the stories your children read to life.

We live in the Philadelphia area and we want to show all the amazing things our city has to offer! We will be highlighting local bookstores, places to explore with your children and Mom’s Day Off activities (because #mommyneedsabreak.)

Jackie is a Speech Pathologist and a mother of three amazing kids. She grew up in Toronto, Canada which is obvious to anyone that has heard her talk “about” going “out” or doing anything “again!” She has a passion for reading that takes up a lot of her spare time.

Kirsten is a full time mom to two awesome little boys. She grew up in the Philadelphia area and after leaving the Zoo found that she almost had  enough time to read a small percentage of the books on her “to read” list.

Kirsten loves coffee and Jackie only drinks tea. Kirsten is an early riser and Jackie stays up late but when it comes to books, they are always on the same page.

We decided to start this blog so that we had a legitimate excuse to spend as much time reading as we already were. Numerous play-dates were spent at every book store we could find.  Now, these ventures can be business meetings. Who ever said you can’t mix business and pleasure?

Have a question or want book recommendations? Drop us a line with 3-5 books you love and we will recommend a few for you to enjoy.


**Disclosure** Blogging costs money. To help cover our bills, we are involved in a select number  of affiliate advertising programs. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. We are also a participant in the Share-a-sale Affiliate program (Book of the Month Club.) All opinions of products we link to are our own. We only link to products we would be recommending to you anyway.