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.
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.
I recently recommended a book to Mary (not her real name), a twelve year-old girl who regularly comes to the library. Mary and I talk about books a lot, and she’s always seemed to like the books I’ve suggested. On this particular visit, I encouraged her to read what I thought was a pretty hilarious book.
The other night my friend Kathryn (“Mrs. L”), a middle school Language Arts teacher in California, texted me to ask if I could recommend a good book for her to read aloud to her class. I excitedly responded to her text with an extremely long and probably overwhelming email full of suggestions.
In a public library, summer is the time of year when the children’s room truly comes to life.
It is the time of year when books are returned with sand from the beach stuck in their plastic book covers, when kids walk into the children’s room still soaking wet from their morning swim lessons and plop down on our giant teddy bear to read a book.
Last Tuesday, about five hundred young readers filled the seats of Judd Hall at Vermont Technical College for the 2014 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Ceremony. You could feel the excitement in the air as soon as the students walked through the doors.
Every couple of months, I meet and discuss books with a group of some of the most critical and thoughtful readers I know. They’re insightful, articulate, and extremely smart. They’re also in grades 4 through 8.
They are members of the Essex Free Library’s Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Discussion Group, and each time we meet, we discuss a book from the DCF list.