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2011 January 20
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by prgiff

The literature section in the library  beckons to me.  I speed toward the back of  our Trumbull Library for a gulp of the grown-up eight-hundreds, then head into the children’s room for a look at what’s new there.

This week I’ve found two great books, one in each section, but neither is new. I can’t believe I’m finding them just now.

So first, the book I found in the children’s room.  I read about this one in Sutton’s FAMILY OF READERS. It’s called A KICK IN THE HEAD, AN EVERYDAY GUIDE TO POETIC FORMS, written by Paul B. Janeczko and illustrated by Chris Raschka. It’s a rollicking look at poetry forms that I think teachers would love, and kids, too. It’s so clear, so appealing; you can’t help wanting to try your hand at a couplet, or an acrostic, or maybe even an epitaph.

In the adult section, I found THE BOOK THAT CHANGED MY LIFE, edited by Roxanne J. Coady and Joy Johannessen. Inside, seventy-one writers write about books that mattered to them. We’ve all read about writers’ literary choices, but this one really spoke to me.

Anne Lamott remembers wanting Pippi Longstocking to be her best friend, and says, “Oh, Jo—thank you, God, for Jo.” Jeff Benedict remembers THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD; Claire Cook says that Nancy Drew changed her life; and Sara Nelson talks about MARJORIE MORNINGSTAR, a book that still has a place in my own library.

How could I not love those writers’ essays? I nodded over their choices…agreeing, of course, agreeing.

2 Responses leave one →
  1. Jack Bissett permalink
    January 23, 2011

    My wife is a school librarian, and frequently when we travel, she reads new things that she thinks the kids at various levels might enjoy. A year or more ago she read Pictures of Hollis Woods, which we both enjoyed very much. She just finished Storyteller, last weekend. I wanted to say how much we liked it, how nicely it captures the pain and complexity of the Revolution, and how beautifully the characters are portrayed. Looking forward to more. I’ll mention your website to her so she can pick some more!

  2. January 25, 2011

    When my older girl was very small, she called your library The Book Church. That about sums it up! Don’t you think?

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