As the school year comes to a close and life begins to slow down a bit for some, public libraries everywhere are gearing up for their busiest time of the year: the summer reading program. While it may be the busiest, most hectic time of the year for me, it’s also my favorite.
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There is a four-year-old girl who comes to the library every week with her mother and older sister. When they came in last week, her mother mentioned to me that she and her girls had just sat down to make their Christmas wish lists together.
Yesterday I sent a nine-year-old boy home from the library with three juggling balls and four balloon animals. He and his babysitter had come to the library for our Wacky Wednesday program, and he was determined to learn how to juggle.
In my experience the movie version of a book is almost never as good as the actual book. I’ve resisted watching several movies based on books I love, because I’ve worried that the story on screen may somehow ruin the story and the images that formed in my head.
“My child is not a strong reader, and we’re struggling to find a book he will stick with. He’s easily discouraged, and he says he hates reading. Can you help me find a book he’ll like?”
I’ve been asked this question many, many times.
A couple of months ago, a ten-year-old boy rode his bike to my library. He came in all by himself, a huge smile on his face. Someone had just told him that there was a place where he could take books home for free, and he was eager to get his hands on a new book series his friend had just told him about.
When I was in elementary school, I decided that I would be an author when I grew up. Naturally I was thrilled when my fourth grade teacher announced that a real writer was going to be visiting our class. A real writer!
This weekend, while many people placed bets on the Super Bowl, I jotted down my predictions for the Newbery Award, one of the most celebrated and notable awards in children’s literature. Every year I make my guesses, and I am almost always surprised.